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Mixed or average reviews- based on 78 Ratings

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  • Summary: It's morning in Covent Garden. A woman is shot dead in the street. In the distance, a child screams as a car disappears with a screech of tires. It is a crime that will spark a series of intense events in London and the most notorious gangs are implicated. Mark Hammond is about to be dragged into a life he vowed he'd left forever. DC Frank Carter is caught on the wrong side of London's criminal underworld. Two men separated by the law but joined in their obsession to bring down London's crime supremo. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. It's definitely the closest video games have ever come to capturing the essence of a kick-ass action flick. [Feb 2003, p.92]
  2. The gameplay though is sometimes too realistic for its own good.
  3. A great action title... The problem is that we had such high expectations for the game, expecting a true next-gen title to really push the genre forward, in this respect The Getaway falls short of the mark.
  4. Absolutely runs away with the title of most visually and technically impressive game for the PlayStation 2... Unfortunately, the developers shot themselves in the foot with the actual game.
  5. If you're a fan of films like "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch," you'll feel right at home with this twisted tale. [Mar 2003, p.122]
  6. Though The Getaway's combination of driving and on-foot shooting sequences is occasionally entertaining, and the production values are impressive, usually the game just isn't fun--in place of almost every gaming convention The Getaway boldly tries to defy, it offers a significantly worse alternative.
  7. The level of detail is extraordinary... but the slickest graphic presentation can't cover for Getaway's flawed script... In a game infused with more humor and less pretentious aspirations, these flaws would be more forgivable. [24 Jan 2003, p.106]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 58
  2. Negative: 14 out of 58
  1. MarcP.
    Sep 11, 2004
    10
    This game is great, takes a while to get used to the direction instructions (no arrows, car indicators flash to show which way to turn, so you need to learn to keep an eye on the back of the car!) but it sems so real & gritty, compared to the likes of GTA Vice City. London location is a bonus, with recognisable cars & you can take any, even the memorial Tank near Buck Palace! I cant wait for the next installment...... Expand
  2. OrenM.
    Dec 15, 2002
    10
    It?s the best game of his kind; I am not the only one that thinks that way. Please update your database because simple search in google brings better scores then yours. Not all the best games must come from the USA, Japan end the UK are not less talent. Expand
  3. JamieD.
    Oct 20, 2003
    9
    Excellent game. I've had a PS2 for about 4 months and haven't really used it much. Then my brother lent me this game and I've been on it every night. It's really easy to get into and it really sucks you in. It's a great stress reliever too after a hard day! Expand
  4. Freud
    Dec 28, 2002
    8
    GTA VC is for kids - it´s filled with cartoonish gameplay, ridicilous weapons, senseless random violence ("cool, I killed the prostitute"),etc. The Getaway is far more realistic and feels more challenging. Expand
  5. D.Farr
    Dec 17, 2002
    7
    Well worth renting for a night or 2 but would not reccomend parting with your hard earned cash for it!!! GTA Vice city is by far the better purchase however you have to admire the level of detail put into this title its just a shame they didnt put the same level of thought into the gameplay. Expand
  6. NeilC.
    Feb 25, 2003
    5
    Not as challenging as Vice, the levels feel far more staged, and there is a feeling of the user getting herded into doing things. Anybody looking for realism in a game should perhaps stick to movies and not comment on video games. To those who said it couldn't be done - correct. Expand
  7. BendO.
    Jan 15, 2003
    0
    Sluggish control, horrible driving physics, basically horrible gameplay. as great as the graphics are, it aint enough to save this title! I give it a 1 point score for the graphics. Expand

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