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Imagine synchronistic paced action/racing, graphics so sharp you almost can cut yourself, an amazing polygon game engine with no pop-up, accurate collision detection, fantastic music with memorable melodies and bass-pounding sound effects! Imagine hours of racing fun with an addictive two player split-screen mode, realistic landscapes, awesome crashes and intelligent computer enemies. Now imagine a game that has none of the above. Welcome to Smashing Drive.
Smashing Drive is Namco's arcade-to-home translation of a simplistic racing game that casts you as a cabbie trying to score big bucks in bustling New York City. What superficially keeps Smashing Drive from being just another Crazy Taxi clone is your checker cab's ability to pick up a variety of useful yet outrageous power-ups. Actually, Smashing Drive plays more like a standard racing game than like Crazy Taxi. You don't pick up fares, but instead you will be challenged to race through checkpoints in an effort to add seconds to your ticking clock, beat your rival, and top the best overall score. That all sounds fine, but Smashing Drive has virtually no lasting value whatsoever and just isn't much fun to play even as long as it lasts--that is to say, the new Xbox version essentially shares all the failings displayed in the GameCube port released some weeks ago.
I wouldn't mind the fact that there are no other controls in this game besides gas, brake and horn (which can destroy your car if you abuse it) if that meant I had to use my driving skill to get by.
On second thought, the music is far too irritating, as are the graphics, level design and user interface to sustain my interest. This game isn't fun at all and it does nothing with the Xbox hardware. Makes a good gag gift or gag rental, if there is such a thing.
A mediocre arcade game becomes one of the worst Xbox games yet. Spend your money elsewhere.
Bottom line: dont waste your time, money or electricity by trifling with this piece of sorry software. I can see absolutely no reason why Namco would bother putting out something of such dubious quality except to cash in on GameCube owners starved for new titles. Come to think of it, I dont understand why Nintendo would even approve it for release. Do yourself a favor and spend your money on anything else. Taking a taxi ride down to return or exchange Smashing Drive will be more fun than playing it.