posted by hardtosayx (COATESVILLE, PA) Jul 29, 2008
Member since Nov 2007
Wasn't expecting anything REALLY good. But it's definitely a good game to keep you occupied. The only thing I don't like is that you pretty much keep doing the same thing. But you can play as EMT, Firefigher or Cop which is a positive thing. The cover definitely makes you think it's action packed but it's not. Driving around is a little hard at first then it gets a lot easier.
For fans of Crazy Taxi, this could be on your radar screen. The game play is very similar, but different in enough ways that could spark your interest. Codemasters didn't do a good job promoting this game, as it's so much better then a lot of junk Wii games out there right now.
For starters, you are in charge of reducing mayham in the city, and you do that in three ways - Fire - Medical - and Police work. All which have their own unique tasks and some mini games that go with each.
What this game is NOT - purely mini games. There are some mini games depending on what your task is, but it's a 60/40 split in favor of non-mini game goals. (i.e Drive to a burning garbage bin and use the Wii mote to put it out)
The game definitely has a last gen look to it, but it's smooth, color full, runs at 60fps with no dips that I could find and tight controls the game has some good texture work (ie the road and buildings) but some bad texture work as well (Grass looks like it did in the N64 days) No motion added when driving, so that was a selling point for me. As you restore mayhem, more places will open up, and the difficulty will increase (however you can pick between hard, easy, med. etc at the start menu) Overall, the graphics don't disappoint. They won't be anything to write home about, but they are good enough for you to want to keep playing, or at least not be distracted by ugly features.
The main down fall is this game is pretty repetitive. Pretty much each career you use you'll be doing the same things over and over and over. There are a varity of them, but they are all within the first level. Some annoying voice work that can be turned off, and for 1 mini game the controls are pretty hard to master.
It's a good rental, and if the price had been 29.99, it's a must have. With Mario Kart, Brawl, and Okami out, it's hard to factor this into your gameplay time, but maybe later down the road. It's a well made game and I give kodos to the devs.
If you are a big fan of Crazy Taxi, then this game is definitely for you. It is exactly Crazy Taxi, only you get the chance to play either a cop, firefighter, or medic, travelling around your precinct making deliveries or playing mini-games to reduce the mayhem in the precinct. Along the way, you pick up mayhem reducing signs and food (donuts for cops, hotdogs for firefighters, and coffee for medics) to reduce your damage. The mini-games are funny, and the dispatcher yelling at you throughout the game can get annoying, but it really is a good game to pass some time. Although I personally would not spend full price for this game, it would be one I would rent again to play with younger friends.