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The Getaway: Black Monday PS2 Review
31 May 2010
Excerpt: Sony’s original bandwagon-jumping take on the GTA series was a decent, but flawed attempt at matching Rockstar’s well-established and classic series. The mechanics were there, but it’s just a shame that so many areas of the game needed some picking up.
Excerpt: Well, the gameplay still sucks. 2003's The Getaway was an attempt to raise videogames to the level of interactive film. One of the main ways they attempted to do this was by removing all obvious signs of "gameness"—no health bars, no ammo counters, no maps.
Excerpt: What can I say about a game that strives to recreate a real-world environment in a video game? While the city may be a general recreation of London in Team Soho’s The Getaway: Black Monday , the details that would be found in the real world just aren’t there.
Summary: Parents need to know that the game's three primary characters either are criminals or once were criminals. Although each has admirable qualities (Mitchell is a police officer, Eddie is loyal, and Sam is intelligent), stealing from and/or killing people is a central theme in all of their lives.
Excerpt: Two years ago, PS2 owners were introduced to The Getaway, a gritty crime drama of murder and betrayal. Team Soho's creative decision to remove all onscreen HUDs, facial animation capture system and faithful recreation of London streets were hailed as a cinematic achievement.
Excerpt: 2002 is a long time ago. Two years, in fact. Since 2002, we’ve had technological advances, gameplay innovation and game franchises that consistently raise the bar. The Getaway was impressive enough ‘ albeit far from perfect ‘ when it was released back in 2002, so given that another two years have...
Conclusion: Overall Black Monday isn't the sequel it was hoped to be. Most new additions are poorly-executed or unsuitable for the game, nearly every niggling fault of the original remains and the storyline feels amateurish and boring.
Summary: Taking players back into the London
underworld, The Getaway: Black Monday is an ambitious sequel to the top selling
crime game. Set several years after the first game, Black Monday casts the
player in one of three roles - which lends the gameplay a little more variety.