The Getaway: Black Monday PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 53
  2. Negative: 11 out of 53
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  1. The best feature of the game, by far, is the original script, story line, and depth the game goes into for the London Underworld and how easily it sweeps you into the whole genre.
  2. Brutal, and urgently in your face, the game aims and scores often enough to recommend it highly.
  3. 80
    Switch on those subtitles (the cockney accents make English sound like a bloody foreign language) or else you'll potentially miss out on some of the finest dialogue in a video game. Our favorite line: "She's had more pricks than a second-hand dartboard." Oi!
  4. Fun as this game is to play, the best moments come when you just sit back and observe. Wonderfully acted, written, and directed motion-capture cut scenes play like the Snatch follow-up Guy Ritchie should have made, further evidence of the narrowing gap between video game and movie production values.
  5. PSM Magazine
    It's a snack, not a meal, but it's definitely a tasty one. [Feb 2005, p.78]
  6. The characters are hit and miss (especially the cop) and some of the gameplay is rather plain and leaves much more to be desired. I would love to see this game on the next generation Sony system though.
  7. It honestly has more of the feel that the original "Driver" gave on the Playstation, and that's a good thing. However, it isn't enough of an improvement to truly recommend this title as anything other than a rental or budget purchase.
  8. Slightly improved but lacks the rugged spark of the original. Not a bad game but inoffensively reasonable to the point of disappering completely. [PSM2]
  9. As it stands Black Monday just cannot compete with the truly impressive games released for the Playstation 2 this year.
  10. Game Informer
    The game is still firing blanks and driving on four flat tires. [Feb 2005, p.115]
  11. It’s just that The Getaway: Black Monday is no better and no worse than the original, and for a sequel, that's a crippling issue.
  12. It’s gritty, and unpolished in many areas (I actually had a few freezes that forced me to reset my PS2), but if you bite down and bare it, you’ll like it. That is, if you are a fan of movies like those Mr. Ritchie makes.
  13. Black Monday has a strong story, but aspects like the timed driving missions could have easily been left out, and the game would have been stronger for it.
  14. The story and setting are interesting and involving, the gameplay is solid enough, and the visuals and audio are polished. The only real thing the game is lacking is length and replayability.
  15. 65
    Black Monday has a few glaring faults with control, over your character, targeting and a camera system that hurts the overall game play experience.
  16. 65
    A map complete with objective markers is a big help, as are the GPS driven turn signal indicators, but the game is just as stiff, clumsy, and unworkable as it's ever been.
  17. The concept of the game itself (and of the series) is a decent one that’s hampered by a lot of AI and gameplay issues. What’s more, the inclusion of stealth play that is weakly implemented compared to other titles further sheds light on the problems of Black Monday.
  18. A game so utterly devoted to the same flawed concepts as its predecessor that it might as well be the same game with a new story.
  19. Its fantastic story and surprisingly good sound are just not enough to make up for missing gameplay elements and a short campaign.
  20. The locations feel more spacious than the original, too, and missions are varied so drug busts move into car chases with only the slightest hint of nausea...A limited but exciting experience.
  21. Sadly the game still doesn’t address the fundamental issues over control, AI and the basic nature of the gameplay; although we still found ourselves suckers to the plot and presentation – it’s the main reason for playing through the game sadly.
  22. AceGamez
    The recreation of Soho is excellent and whilst the missions vary from driving to on-foot and are generally well-designed, both have their fair share of technical problems that can really frustrate and significantly mar the gameplay.
  23. You're stuck with a game of disparate modes - driving, shooting, sneaking, and cut-scene-watching - that never gels into the cohesive, cinematic product the developers were promising. [Feb 2005, p.104]
  24. 60
    Continually trying to properly center the cam, however, frequently places you in harm's way. Until you put some serious time into the game, you'll be blown away more often than you like from unseen foes off-screen.
  25. Hiding an otherwise mediocre game behind story and setting doesn't work twice.
  26. This is one of those games that of course tried to put the "open ended" gameplay into play, but failed to do that, and threw in some clunky controls with it.
  27. Great storyline told through an engagingly interwoven approach with some solid acting can't offset clunky controls and overly-linear gameplay that haven't improved since the first game.
  28. 60
    More about the story it presents than the game play used to advance the plot. Luckily, said story is so compelling that it largely makes up for the sins committed in other aspects of the title, keeping the game interesting despite the trial-and-error mission setup and sometimes-confusing objectives.
  29. Plagued by the exact same issues that hampered its predecessor. There's a huge difference though, it’s the year 2005 now and people expect more out of their videogames.
  30. It’s no "GTA," but I’ve played worst games recently.
  31. The most depressing thing about Black Monday is that parts of inspiration or beauty occasionally shine in the abyss of missed potential. This game is alright, but aspires—rightfully so—for much more, and misses the mark.
  32. This series shows promise, but currently lacks what it takes to be in the next echelon of its genre.
  33. A sub-par gameplay experience with awkward controls, an annoying camera and very basic driving experiences. The original game got away with it but now there is no excuse.
  34. A stylized game that unfortunately lacks any substance. It’s just not a very fun game to play, due to the temperamental camera and barely average gameplay.
  35. It really is a shame that The Getaway: Black Monday is so little fun to play. Aesthetically, it’s a beautiful title, and utterly loaded with potential.
  36. 55
    A badly designed, downright disappointing attempt at a story-driven shooter.
  37. Maybe if any of the significant flaws of the original had been ironed out, and the missions were actually compelling, we wouldn't mind, but the excitement and thirst for vengeance of the original has been replaced by exceptionally ordinary shoot-'em-up missions, one on-rails shooting section, and a few awful stealth encounters.
  38. The artificial intelligence of other characters is often dim. Enemies are often oblivious to your nearby presence, while colleagues provide little genuine assistance.
  39. An incredibly disappointing game that may drive a nail into the coffin of this once-promising franchise.
  40. 50
    Most levels feel more like a carnival duck shoot than a gritty peek into London police work. Enemies stand still no matter how close Mitch is to them and it's often child's play to dive-roll under a gun barrel to slap on the cuffs. This isn't merely unrealistic AI -- it's bad.
  41. 50
    At worst, though, it embodies one of the more unfortunate trends our industry is prone to follow: putting style and presentation over substantive interactive experience.
  42. The underworld figures are colorful, and the language they use has a life of its own. But the game's design is bollocks.
  43. 45
    Full of glitches, boring modes and a poor frame-rate at times. We have given it exactly the same score as "DRIV3R" and who actually enjoyed that game? Avoid it and you’ll be happy, and we’ll be happy.
  44. Still, at least you get to get out and enjoy easily the worst thirst-person controls devised.
  45. netjak
    Between the silly design flaws, lack of challenge, and short length, Black Monday would be better off being called an expansion pack for a Grand Theft Auto game - and even that would be over-praising the game. While the story flow is incredibly clever, the lousy characters are a deterrent to it.
  46. We didn't expect that once we had been given our orders by the Sergeant, we would find so many bugs, glitches and plain annoyances to hinder our progress through the seedy underbelly of old London Town.
  47. Oversimplified controls and an atrocious camera. If it were a movie, you'd leave the theater halfway through and not care about the conclusion. [Feb 2005, p.86]
  48. Cheat Code Central
    Unfortunately Black Monday works as neither a game nor an interactive movie. The enemies and the situations are far too unbelievable. There is no sense of accomplishment since you don't really have to work very hard.
  49. Play Magazine
    It's almost like they picked parts of the first that worked really well, and then broke them. [Feb 2005, p.67]
  50. Just inexcusably bad. How can a sequel suffer from the exact same problems as the first title?
  51. games(TM)
    It’s an immense letdown – so much so that the first few hours of play are filled with disbelief, as players are forced to lower their expectations with each new disappointment...The Getaway: Black Monday should be avoided by all but the most fervent lovers of mediocrity. [Christmas 2004, p.112]
  52. Edge Magazine
    Six 'f*cks' in the opening cut-scene set the tone for a game that's desperate to appear edgy, uniquely British and grown up... Ironically, the script is so desperate to be adult that it ends up sounding as mature as a teenager rebelling against school uniform. [Christmas 2004, p.85]
  53. British culture is certainly responsible for some fine works, like Shakespeare, David Bowie and Elizabeth Hurley. But as The Getaway: Black Monday proves, it’s also capable of some very bad ones, like the Spice Girls, blood sausage, Prince Harry's Nazi costume, and now Black Monday. Despite the name, we're pretty sure this game sucks every day of the week.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Jul 9, 2016
    Out of all the games I've played on the PS2, this is by far the worst. The story is uninteresting, the characters are bland and lackOut of all the games I've played on the PS2, this is by far the worst. The story is uninteresting, the characters are bland and lack personalities, the voice acting is unimpressive to say the least. The combat system is choppy and the fact that there is no HUD doesn't help.The stealth missions are ridiculous. In the plus column dough, the cars look decent. Full Review »
  2. Apr 11, 2015
    A damn fun and challenging game with some great visuals and gameplay for its time and platform. Performance issues occasionally hinder theA damn fun and challenging game with some great visuals and gameplay for its time and platform. Performance issues occasionally hinder the experience but only marginally. It's super cheap nowadays so if you're looking for a challenging game with great combat mechanics this game is for you. Extra props to the game for being one of the only open-world games set in London. Full Review »
  3. Feb 19, 2013
    This is one of the best games I've played on the PS2.

    The cars are good, you can choose how you want to end a mission, and there are a few
    This is one of the best games I've played on the PS2.

    The cars are good, you can choose how you want to end a mission, and there are a few glitches which ruin the game a bit.
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