Here's the thing about Taxi Chaos; it unapologetically borrows the formula from SEGA's popular Crazy Taxi series in almost every single way, and if you enjoyed that game back in the day, you'll probably get at least a few kicks out of this one. It handles well, the city is well realised and brimming with colour, and the core gameplay loop of picking up customers and delivering them to their destinations as quickly as possible still hasn't grown old.
It even has a few cool little quirks to its gameplay, such as the ability to jump with the A button, which not only allows you to overtake traffic, but also jump onto the rooftops of buildings and potentially find one or two hidden secrets. There are a few individual quest lines too, where picking up certain passengers will set you off on a handful of errands to complete, collecting items around the city. It's fun, albeit in short bursts.
The problem is, that's all you get. There are three variations of the same mode - one where you're being timed, one where you're not being timed, and one where your direction toggle is turned off. You also only get to choose between two drivers, and while there are a good number of vehicles to unlock, the small amount of overall content is far from enough to keep you invested in the long run. You don't get any mini-games like in Crazy Taxi, for example, which is a big shame for a game being priced at a whopping £25.99 / $29.99 at launch.
And in the case of Xbox specifically, it's really hard to find a reason why you'd pay that kind of money when Crazy Taxi is backwards compatible on the platform, and can be picked up for significantly less. That's not to take away from the work that's been put into Taxi Chaos, because it's a competent enough take on the formula, but SEGA's 1999 original has more content, more attitude and a better soundtrack, so it's hard to recommend this one.
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