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Crazy Taxi
  opened by paleface at 16:36:40 08/23/22  
  last modified by paleface at 12:27:18 03/05/24  
  paleface [sys=PC; cat=Driving; reg=NA]
Remembered I finally got totally into Crazy Taxi 1 & 2 about ten years back in a weekend binge or something where it finally clicked and I learned how to Crazy Boost and Limit Break or whatever and was just loving the whole thing.
Then I had to drive somewhere and almost had an accident when I reflexively tried to Crazy Boost from a stop light in my actual car.
That was the last time I played Crazy Taxi.
Now I donít have a car though so I guess itís okay! Letís make some crrrrrazzzzy money!
  paleface 16:51:43 08/23/22
Or maybe it was a stop sign, and I jammed on the brake and into neutral to stop, then punched it into first to go? That would make more sense, mechanically. Anyway, it was bad.
  paleface 21:32:06 08/23/22

Man that Original city is mean--those intentional dead-ends of Landing Pier and Millennium Tower, the bigger one of the whole artificial island out in the bay, the bizarre Tetris-shaped blocks downtown, the elaborate tunnels--all put there to baffle the new driver. = P
Pretty sure there are rooftop shortcuts to get to Millennium Tower. I do not know them, although clearly there are some launching pad jumps downtown--which I have not learned to approach correctly.
Kinda want to stick to Arcade city for now. ;_; It's prettier, too! : P
Liking Gena's "nimble" car. The control in this version *IS* fairly twitchy (rumor says the analog stick input is interpreted digitally anyway); I may give that steering mod another try, now that I've got the hang of Crazy Boost better (when I first tried the mod, it definitely made the steering more precise, but I thought it also made Crazy Boost a lot harder to do--but I wasn't very good at Crazy Boost then so that could easily have been user error).
Gus' replacement voice (rumor is it's the actor from CT2?) sure is weird. ; )
I was on the verge of getting the PS3 version when I thought to check for a PC version--in videos, this one looked to have sharper textures. A 2014 update added an FXAA option. Back in the day some folks complained about bizarre low performance glitching, and the Vulkan D3D9 wrapper for Linux was presented as solving it (even in Windows)--but I haven't had any performance issues; the unmodified game runs real smooth!
  paleface 01:44:17 08/25/22
cookieplmonster's SilentPatch definitely makes steering with the analog stick more precise (rumor was the game was defaulting to interpreting all input digitally; anyway steering was real twitchy and swervy), and does NOT inhibit my ability to do Crazy Boosts, so yep that's a good one.
  paleface 19:49:56 08/25/22
Just realized Crazy Taxi is Elite (see entry 1456) only with The Offspring instead of Strauss.
  paleface 00:04:41 10/11/22
This is the Steam version, not the earlier PC version. So the old licensed music, brands, and driver voices have been replaced by inoffensive not-expensive ones.
  paleface 01:04:10 10/11/22

Playing 10 minute mode in Arcade as each of the four drivers--actually got an Class S license! = ooo I guess Gena's my girl! ^ )^
Gena $5,565.53 (S)
Axel $4,907.02 (A)
Gus $4,775.58 (A)
B.D.Joe $4,511.95 (A)
With Gus, finally got to that weird seaside highway end of town past downtown 44:43. 'p'
  paleface 22:39:52 12/10/22

Oops, apparently at least one of the new music tracks--the ones that replaced the original tracks by Bad Religion and The Offspring--can trigger a copyright claim on YouTube: "Radical Sabbatical" by The Days The Nights. So I had to chop out its two minute, fourteen second segment at 0:56.
Fortunately--I think--the music tracks are loose files installed with the game, under Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ Crazy Taxi \ SoundData \ music_adx -- so now I've just taken Radical_Sabbatical.adx out of that folder, and the game seems to play just fine without it, choosing from the other tracks instead.
It suggests that the licensing terms Sega used for these new tracks were STILL rather slipshod, so I won't be too surprised if some of the twelve remaining tracks end up triggering claims at some point as well; maybe eventually I'll be playing with no music. There are .adx music format converters out there (from user-made tools for Sonic games, it looks like), so I suppose it might be possible to stick in replacement, public domain tracks if the silence became deafening. ; D
(Oh yeah replacing the music must be possible, come to think of it; there's already the mod that replaces the replacement music with the original tracks. ; )
Playing Arcade Rules instead of 10 Minutes mode, I was worried it was going to be all about finding a set route--but much more important, it feels like, is efficient driving, and not losing passenger tips (and time) by hitting things; if you can do that stuff well enough, maybe you don't have to worry so much about sticking to a specific route, I dunno. Although in any case, they sure don't want you going back from the start point--none of the fares around there that I tried want to go back, and if you drive back without a fare, you have to go for a long way--through a ritzy weird little suburbia--without anything to show for it.
  paleface 02:36:19 12/18/22
Another song got flagged: "Your Mouth Is A Guillotine" by The Vicious Five. If many more start going I'll just have to find a completely new replacement, truly open-source soundtrack!
  paleface 17:47:16 12/18/22
Went hunting around for public domain punk songs; now I've replaced those two in the game with
*We're All Going To Hell*
by Hearse Pileup

by Defy The Mall

which both seemed to fit pretty well. ^_ ^
To do this I used Audacity (mp3 to wav conversion, default settings) and AdxEncoder.exe from the ADX Tools for Windows pack (wav to adx conversion, default settings), downloadable from a link in this tutorial:
Then you just put the tracks in the game's music folder

Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ Crazy Taxi \ SoundData \ music_adx
and rename them to the file names of the tracks you replaced. : )
  paleface 19:54:44 12/19/22
  paleface 13:39:45 02/17/23
Turned up the music volume slightly and got a bunch MORE copyright claims--so basically I'm replacing all the music aside from the menu (name_loop.adx) and character select (The_Chase.adx) tracks, which means 12 tracks to replace in total. The replacement tracks are:
Mix It Up
by Golden Duck Orchestra
On Sale
by Golden Duck Orchestra
by Golden Duck Orchestra
by Golden Duck Orchestra
College Dropout
Mom's Garage
Fee Fi Fo Fum (Feat. Gorillaz)
We're All Going To Hell
by Hearse Pileup

Where you used to B
by Defy The Mall
Radio Hack
by Defy The Mall
The Fun Factory (at the)
by Defy The Mall
Who's that kid?
by Defy The Mall
by Defy The Mall
The SUPERARE tracks were a little lower volume; I used Audacity's Graphic EQ filter to raise them.
  paleface 20:31:36 02/17/23

Trying to learn crazy drifting on the fly with Gena led to a lot of wheelie crash tip combos. ; D
I guess combos may be somewhat important. That single-wheel 34 combo took a $266 fare to $900! Did burn some clock though I suppose. : P
Another taxi took a jump! = oo
Shoo well it was a lot trying to do everything at once after not having played in 2 months+, which is deffo not a great approach. ; D Gotta get in the taxi more frequently!!
(Pretty sure that Class A I got before was only in the 10 minutes mode; think B *is* my best under Arcade rules.)
Did some sick like nose stands for huge tip combos as a result of stupid crashes from trying I dunno crazy drift/brake into stops or something, that was kind of cool. ; )
Horrible at drifting, but was definitely easier with Gus. Had to give up trying to short-cut through the parking garage, kept crashing real hard. : P Probably shouldn't be trying to drift in there, come to think of it.
Didn't realize the actual helipad itself was out of the stop zone. ; ) = ooo
  paleface 21:06:05 02/22/23

Finally managed some actual Crazy Dashes after reading a FAQ reminded me that I need to make sure I'm off the gas when I shift into Drive. Can't handle this new Crazy speed! = oo Crashed a lot--but did manage to raise my Arcade score from $3.1K to $3.7K or something already. Maybe I'm starting to get a little on the right track now, just gotta learn how to drive. ^ _^
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