Summary: If they could have cleaned up the
controls and kept the graphics up to date this game would have been a
keeper hands down. As it stands, the story alone still makes it worth
a play through but, in the end, the gameplay will leave you wanting.
Pros: Amazing story and script.
Cons: Unfortunately inferior gameplay to others of its type.
Excerpt: I have no clue as to what the movies Get Carter , Lock, and Two Smoking Barrels or any other Guy Ritchie films are like, simply because I have never heard of them. The only thing I do know about those flicks are that they come from England and that they are gangster films.
Pros: Amazing graphics, Fantastic voice acting, Sneaking around London
Cons: No adjustable camera controls, Sometimes sloppy and glitchy animations
Conclusion: The Getaway is a very impressive title and is one that every PS2 owner should have in their collection, with the driving aspect of the game proving to be enjoyable enough on it's own, and the sort of thing that Londoners and foreign tourists would really appreciated on it's own. However a few imperfections and frustrating aspects let down the overall gameplay and take the shine off of an otherwise perfect game which provides a good alternative to Grand Theft Auto.
Excerpt: Team Soho, the minds behind The Getaway didn’t take the idea of an interactive movie lightly. Nothing Videogame-ish gets in the way of the illision of complete cinematic immersion within The Getaway. Health bars? Street Maps? Ammo displays? When was the last time you saw any of these Heads up Displays in a real Hollywood Blockbuster? “Look out Ah-nold! According to your health bar, you can only take a few more hits!
Conclusion: Playing The Getaway will put players either behind the wheel of a vehicle or will put them on foot, usually winding up in firefights or physical altercations. The driving sequences feel a bit more realistic than they do in the GTA games, but this doesn’t necessarily make them better. The cars cannot sustain much damage before breaking down, and the steering feels rather sluggish.
Excerpt: There are very few people who can’t get caught up in a good crime drama, a story that features the seedier sides of life. Usually packed with former convicts trying to go straight, gang leaders in massive turf wars, and fistfuls of bullets, these stories provide a grittier adrenaline boost than your usual action movie.
Excerpt: This simple two-word mantra hangs below the Team Soho logo in the back of The Getaway's manual, and it's perhaps the most perfect way to sum up the experience of the brainchild of dozens of folks' three-plus year effort to meld the world of cinema with that of the videogame. The result is not without faults, but it can't be denied that the boys and girls at Team Soho worked their butts off to deliver a gaming experience that is truly unique.