The second installment (and hopefully many more) of DreamCast ports, Crazy Taxi, is coming out November 23rd (PSN) and 24th (XBLA). The bigger piece of news is that SEGA didn’t just slap the same game in this time, but instead the game will be rendered at 720p with a full 16:9 aspect ration. Say goodbye to those pesky pillar-boxes! Really happy to hear that the second port fixed one of the gripes we had with the Sonic Adventures port. As a DreamCast fan, I’m stoked to see these classic titles making a come back.
So in summary: $10 USD with Achievement/Trophy Support and remastered visuals to take advantage of today’s hardware. Personally, I am a fan of this trend. Hopefully sales do well to convince SEGA to continue bringing back the classics.
Press Release and Screen Shot gallery below:
SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON – October 13, 2010
SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. announced today that the HD remake of Crazy Taxi™ will be available for download worldwide this November. This re-mastered classic will arrive on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 24 and on the PlayStation® Network on November 23 (for America) and November 24 (for Europe and Australia). Players will be able to hurtle off parking garage roofs and barrel through traffic-packed streets for a low fare of 800 Microsoft points or $9.99/£6.29/ €7.99/ AU$ 12.95.
“Crazy Taxi is the second installment in our Dreamcast revival, and we hope this release will prove every bit as nostalgic to fans as Sonic Adventure did last month!” said Haruki Satomi, Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA.
New features in this remake include high-definition 720p graphics presented in a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, leaderboards and trophy awards, and two game types to experience – Arcade Mode and Original Mode. Classic features making a comeback include sixteen mini-games that hone taxi-driving skills, huge San Francisco-style hills for plenty of hang time and occasional deep-sea exploration opportunities.
For more information about Crazy Taxi, visit the official web page.
About SEGA® of America, Inc.
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA’s global website site is located at www.sega.com
About SEGA® Europe Ltd.
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s website is located at www.sega.com.