It's so rare that games come out sooner than expected rather than ... well, the other way around. That seems to be the case with Crazy Taxi. Though the game was initially slated for a November 23 release, it will actually be made available later today on the PlayStation Store for $9.99. Sorry, Xbox Live Arcaders, but your release date didn't get the red carpet treatment -- it's still coming November 24.

In fact, Sega has made the pot even sweeter for PS3 owners. If you're a subscriber to PlayStation Plus, you can go ahead and knock $1.99 off the price of the game if you purchase it before November 30. Wow, two dollars? That's cuh-raaaaaazy money. Actually, no, wait. That's perrrfectly saaaaane money.

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SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that Crazy Taxi is now available for download on PlayStation Network, and will be available next week, Nov. 24, on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Digitally remastered with High-Definition 720p graphics, players can enjoy all the fun of the original arcade and Dreamcast classics for a fare of $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points. PlayStation Plus Members can snag this title for 20% off for the first two weeks of release, until November 30, 2010.

"If today were the debut of Crazy Taxi, we're certain its unique blend of arcade action and precision driving would still lead it to become one of SEGA's most popular titles," said Haruki Satomi, VP of Digital Business of SEGA of America. "This new and improved entry in the series will bring as much joy and happiness to players in 2010 as the previous games have in years past."

In Crazy Taxi, players must barrel through traffic-packed streets, hurtle off parking garages, and crazy dash their way to big money in a frantic race to scare up the most fares. In addition to being digitally re-mastered in HD, Crazy Taxi includes leaderboards and trophy awards, two game modes (Arcade and Original) and 16 mini games to hone players' insane driving skills.

For more information about Crazy Taxi, visit http://www.sega.com/games/crazy-taxi

This article was originally published on Joystiq.