Over the last couple of years or so, SEGA’s arcade taxi game series hasn’t really had a whole lot in the way of new titles. Okay, you had a compilation in 2007 and a mobile only game in 2014, but as far as major installments go? You’d have to go back to 2002 for one of those.
Above: The last main installment this series ever had
But regardless of that gap between releases, did you know that Sega had plans for a fourth game at one point? Indeed, at one (currently unknown point in the past), their Australian branch actually pitched Crazy Taxi 4 to the rest of the company, complete with some basic concept art and ideas that suggest a home console game more in line with the originals. Here’s the artwork they used for to pitch this undeveloped game:
Above: A basic piece, but it seems to share the madcap style from the earlier games quite well.
So what come of this mystery game? Well for reasons unknown, SEGA declined the pitch and the idea was scrapped. Was it due to the mobile game market? A lack of confidence in older IPs? Who knows, but what we do know is that such a game could well have been an amazing title had it actually gotten into development and a certain level of effort put into the game’s design.
But what do you think? Is the idea of a fourth Crazy Taxi game something you’d have been interested in?
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Which is quite appropriate considering the Sochi Winter Olympic Games are going on right now. The deal is apparently active in both the US and Europe too, and gives you a nice 30% discount on the game’s price.
But my opinion?
Don’t bother. The game’s apparently not that good to begin with, and the only real ‘decent’ aspect is supposedly the soundtrack (which can be listened to for free on Youtube or numerous other websites). Just watch the actual games on TV instead, you’ll get all the enjoyment and none of the waggle controls.
Also known as Sonic Boom (yes really), Sega’s new redesign for the Sonic the Hedgehog series has now been shown with a game announced for the foreseeable future. And oh boy are some Sonic fans probably not going to like the end result…
Basically, they’ve aged up Sonic and the other characters and made them look like strange teen style cartoon characters in a way to make the new tie in cartoon show seem all different and interesting. Just watch the video and see the ‘unusual’ change in the full post!
That’s according to this poster at the Nuremberg Toy Fair anyway, which lists the game alongside existing ones like Sonic Lost World and Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games as coming in the near future.
It’s also multiplatform. So in other words, it’s coming to the Wii U, PS4 and Xbox One. Keep reading to see the evidence for yourself and some other random thoughts on this matter!
Well, Sega call it a trailer anyway. It’s most definitely not what anyone else considers one. Either way, here’s Sega Europe’s official trailer for the Yoshi’s Island Zone DLC in Sonic Lost World. It’s certainly an orignal one with a lot of charm.