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Setting Assassin’s Creed in the American Revolution? That’s a bold move. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a single decent game set in that time period. There have been a decent RTS or two set in the Civil War, and a million games set in World War II and later conflicts. The Revolution is, if anything, unexplored as game territory.
Crazy Taxi is Back
Gamers of a certain age should remember Sega’s Crazy Taxi. CT was an arcade-style rampage that foreshadowed deeper games like the Driver series, the Need for Speed series and Grand Theft Auto. The game’s premise is simple: You drive a taxi, you pick up passengers and drive them to their destinations, and they pay you. The money you earn is your score. But that premise gets nowhere near describing the sheer mayhem you can wreak behind the wheel.
Crazy Taxi lets you careen through a city full of streets crowded with other cars, buses, pedestrians, and vendor carts. You’re not confined to the road. You can drive your car full speed right across city parks to cut corners or just because you feel like it. Pedestrians scurry, other cars avoid you and flip, when you smash into them, and you make mad dashes to get your fares from point A to point B. Crazy Taxi is absolutely nuts.
Crazy Taxi has come and gone since it debuted on the Dreamcast in 2000, but OnLive has brought it back for good. It’s part of the cloud gaming service’s PlayPack, which costs $9.99 a month and includes over 100 games ranging from Crazy Taxi to Batman: Arkham Asylum, three of the Tomb Raider games, Bioshock and several other recent major game hits. The PlayPack also includes three other Dreamcast classics: Sonic Adventures DX, Sega Bass Fishing, and Space Channel 5 Part 2.