The Getaway: Black Monday PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2005
Metascore
57

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. 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.
  2. Still, at least you get to get out and enjoy easily the worst thirst-person controls devised.
  3. netjak
    41
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. Cheat Code Central
    40
    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.
  7. Play Magazine
    38
    It's almost like they picked parts of the first that worked really well, and then broke them. [Feb 2005, p.67]
  8. Just inexcusably bad. How can a sequel suffer from the exact same problems as the first title?
  9. games(TM)
    30
    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]
  10. Edge Magazine
    30
    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]
  11. 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
7.6

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
    2
    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
    8
    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
    9
    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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