The Getaway

PS2 - MPN: 97133
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You are Mark Hammond, a reformed criminal trying to make a new start. Just when you thought you'd abandoned your unlawful ways, underworld boss Charlie Jolson murders your wife and kidnaps your son.
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ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
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The Getaway
4 Star Review  GameZone - Jan 29, 2003

You may not know it now, but The Getaway will go down as one of the video game industry’s most ambitious games. Whether it gets noticed for its gratuitous profanity and bloody violence, photorealistic recreation of a real city, or deep fusion of film and video game, The Getaway made its mark as one of the most elaborate video game productions to date. However, raising the bar that high often makes it hard to get over it, and The Getaway, although entertaining, falls victim to its own high standards. The Getaway is the story of blackmail, kidnapping, and double-crossing amongst various criminal organizations in the picturesque city of London.

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Getaway
3 Star Review  GameSpy - Jan 17, 2003

A few years and five million quid later, Sony Europe's internal dev crew, Team SoHo, has pushed The Getaway out of the door and onto the streets. Released just before the big Xmas rush in the UK and Europe, The Getaway now graces the US PlayStation 2 audience with all the grace and style of a rabid pit bull dressed in an Armani suit. Anyone that might have been following the game will know that it was influenced by the likes of top-quality British gangster movies such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and more recently Snatch.

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Getaway
3.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Jan 6, 2003

The Getaway is amazing and infuriating in roughly equal measure. Parts of it are as good as anyone has ever done in their particular vein, or indeed as good as anyone is likely to do in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, other parts of it are so astoundingly bollixed that one wonders how they made it out of the testing phase. Here is a game where you can drive around a virtual rendering of an entire real city, modeled down to authentic individual storefronts; here also is a game with an aiming system that considers some bugger 50 yards off a greater threat than a guy six feet behind you with an assault rifle...

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The Getaway
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

The Getaway receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.12 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,056 game of all time, #75 game of 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and #416 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 131 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
A game wrestling with its own mediocrity
1 Star Review   By member wampa8jedi - Jul 11, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent voice acting, lack of any HUD makes it an engaging experience

Weakness: Excessive profanity, wretched gameplay, glitchy

Let's cut to the chase--The Getaway: Black Monday was a bad game, and the original is even worse. In fact, the Getaway only has a few things going for it. The graphics are decent; it resembles a grittier and more realistic Grand Theft Auto. The voice acting is also quite good... it's just what they're saying that is so bad. This game is NOT for the faint of heart (or ear) as it is filled to the brim with profanity. The gameplay is also filled with flaws, such as a lack of a decent save system and stupid gameplay decisions (to heal up, you lean against the wall... somehow that magically repairs your broken limbs). There are also numerous graphical and save glitches... unless you have a strong interest in British cityscapes or profanity, stay far away from this stinker.

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4 Star Review   By member swordsstab - May 17, 2003   

Strengths: this game is very good and worth buying. The missions are hard but very fun to beat. Lot of weapon choice and fun jacking cars off the street.

Weakness: Hard to beat some missions. i get very mad when i cant beat them. Aiming control isnt that great and driving steering isnt that great.

this game is fun. worth buying and put in your collection of good games. fun to shoot but aiming isnt that good and fun driving but steering isnt that good.But everything else is good. this game gets a 4. its very good and would purchase again

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4 Star Review   By member Ewilson - Mar 14, 2003   

Strengths: The game explores the streets of London in a very real matter, capturing the actual streets of London! The story is very contagious, you wont want to leave your seat for a second.

Weakness: Although the game is very good, its also a very short one. It takes a mear four hours to beat.

The game has a very good ending. The only problem is that once you beat the game there are no special features so that you can play it again, so basically there isnt any replay value.

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2 Star Review   By member Seattledogg - Feb 13, 2003   

Strengths: The game looks far better than it plays, but only marginally, as I’m sure you’re aware developers, Team Soho, has masterfully captured 50 square kilometres of London and it’s back streets for free roaming.

Weakness: The game itself is disappointingly short considering the amount of time and money put into it, but out of the 20-odd missions there’s enough story telling to make a short movie, not to mention the already exciting game itself.

To be honest, you’ll probably be disappointed with The Getaway once you reach the end for the first time, as it takes a feeble four hours to finish, having played through with both characters to get the whole story. But it’s one of those games you could pick up straight after finishing and play over again with the same level of enjoyment. The only problem being that there is nothing you can change about the game the second time, whether it being difficulty or way of playing, but at least this time around you’ll be far better at it, meaning you’ll get less agitated. There is a small special features section, but there’s nothing really exciting to unlock here apart from a “Free roam” mode and the game’s credits, but with the rumour of an add-on pack there is still something to get excited about, don’t worry. Think of The Getaway as the starter with the main course lurking around the corner.

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4 Star Review   By member redruM - Feb 6, 2003   

Strengths: this game has a hooking story line and is very realistic similar cars to reality ,, superb

Weakness: although this game is realistic ie. more than vice city but still it has a bit tacky car controls and simple actions

overall this is a superb game well worth buying.. it has good graphics and an ace story line with realistic gameplay . it has an acurate map of london. but this game is really innovative in the way way you navigate through the game, instead of a map your lights flash in the direction you have to go adding to the realism of the game. out of 5 this game gets a worthy 4.

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Product Details
Description
You are Mark Hammond, a reformed criminal trying to make a new start. Just when you thought you'd abandoned your unlawful ways, underworld boss Charlie Jolson murders your wife and kidnaps your son.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 1
Summary
Product Title The Getaway
Manufacturer Sony
Lowest Price $9.99 from Amazon Marketplace
Power Score 3.5 | 9 Reviews
Game Information
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: No
Memory Space Required: 56 KB
Release Date: 2003-1-19
Network Compatible: No
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Additional Specifications
Category: Playstation Action
Class: Playstation 2
Uses Memory Card?: Yes
Optional Expansions: Controller with Vibration Function
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Expert Reviews
The Getaway
4 Star Review  GameZone - Jan 29, 2003

You may not know it now, but The Getaway will go down as one of the video game industry’s most ambitious games. Whether it gets noticed for its gratuitous profanity and bloody violence, photorealistic recreation of a real city, or deep fusion of film and video game, The Getaway made its mark as one of the most elaborate video game productions to date. However, raising the bar that high often makes it hard to get over it, and The Getaway, although entertaining, falls victim to its own high standards. The Getaway is the story of blackmail, kidnapping, and double-crossing amongst various criminal organizations in the picturesque city of London.

Read the full review »

Getaway
3 Star Review  GameSpy - Jan 17, 2003

A few years and five million quid later, Sony Europe's internal dev crew, Team SoHo, has pushed The Getaway out of the door and onto the streets. Released just before the big Xmas rush in the UK and Europe, The Getaway now graces the US PlayStation 2 audience with all the grace and style of a rabid pit bull dressed in an Armani suit. Anyone that might have been following the game will know that it was influenced by the likes of top-quality British gangster movies such as Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and more recently Snatch.

Read the full review »

Getaway
3.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Jan 6, 2003

The Getaway is amazing and infuriating in roughly equal measure. Parts of it are as good as anyone has ever done in their particular vein, or indeed as good as anyone is likely to do in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, other parts of it are so astoundingly bollixed that one wonders how they made it out of the testing phase. Here is a game where you can drive around a virtual rendering of an entire real city, modeled down to authentic individual storefronts; here also is a game with an aiming system that considers some bugger 50 yards off a greater threat than a guy six feet behind you with an assault rifle...

Read the full review »

The Getaway
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

The Getaway receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.12 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #2,056 game of all time, #75 game of 2003 for the PlayStation 2 and #416 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 131 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
A game wrestling with its own mediocrity
1 Star Review   By member wampa8jedi - Jul 11, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent voice acting, lack of any HUD makes it an engaging experience

Weakness: Excessive profanity, wretched gameplay, glitchy

Let's cut to the chase--The Getaway: Black Monday was a bad game, and the original is even worse. In fact, the Getaway only has a few things going for it. The graphics are decent; it resembles a grittier and more realistic Grand Theft Auto. The voice acting is also quite good... it's just what they're saying that is so bad. This game is NOT for the faint of heart (or ear) as it is filled to the brim with profanity. The gameplay is also filled with flaws, such as a lack of a decent save system and stupid gameplay decisions (to heal up, you lean against the wall... somehow that magically repairs your broken limbs). There are also numerous graphical and save glitches... unless you have a strong interest in British cityscapes or profanity, stay far away from this stinker.

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4 Star Review   By member swordsstab - May 17, 2003   

Strengths: this game is very good and worth buying. The missions are hard but very fun to beat. Lot of weapon choice and fun jacking cars off the street.

Weakness: Hard to beat some missions. i get very mad when i cant beat them. Aiming control isnt that great and driving steering isnt that great.

this game is fun. worth buying and put in your collection of good games. fun to shoot but aiming isnt that good and fun driving but steering isnt that good.But everything else is good. this game gets a 4. its very good and would purchase again

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4 Star Review   By member Ewilson - Mar 14, 2003   

Strengths: The game explores the streets of London in a very real matter, capturing the actual streets of London! The story is very contagious, you wont want to leave your seat for a second.

Weakness: Although the game is very good, its also a very short one. It takes a mear four hours to beat.

The game has a very good ending. The only problem is that once you beat the game there are no special features so that you can play it again, so basically there isnt any replay value.

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2 Star Review   By member Seattledogg - Feb 13, 2003   

Strengths: The game looks far better than it plays, but only marginally, as I’m sure you’re aware developers, Team Soho, has masterfully captured 50 square kilometres of London and it’s back streets for free roaming.

Weakness: The game itself is disappointingly short considering the amount of time and money put into it, but out of the 20-odd missions there’s enough story telling to make a short movie, not to mention the already exciting game itself.

To be honest, you’ll probably be disappointed with The Getaway once you reach the end for the first time, as it takes a feeble four hours to finish, having played through with both characters to get the whole story. But it’s one of those games you could pick up straight after finishing and play over again with the same level of enjoyment. The only problem being that there is nothing you can change about the game the second time, whether it being difficulty or way of playing, but at least this time around you’ll be far better at it, meaning you’ll get less agitated. There is a small special features section, but there’s nothing really exciting to unlock here apart from a “Free roam” mode and the game’s credits, but with the rumour of an add-on pack there is still something to get excited about, don’t worry. Think of The Getaway as the starter with the main course lurking around the corner.

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4 Star Review   By member redruM - Feb 6, 2003   

Strengths: this game has a hooking story line and is very realistic similar cars to reality ,, superb

Weakness: although this game is realistic ie. more than vice city but still it has a bit tacky car controls and simple actions

overall this is a superb game well worth buying.. it has good graphics and an ace story line with realistic gameplay . it has an acurate map of london. but this game is really innovative in the way way you navigate through the game, instead of a map your lights flash in the direction you have to go adding to the realism of the game. out of 5 this game gets a worthy 4.

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