• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 19, 2003
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
Buy On
  1. 74
    Forgive its design and technical shortcomings and you'll be in for a treat -- let them bother you and you're in for a frustrating ride.
  2. Too much of it feels clunky and "bloody amateurish", as a certain character is fond of exclaiming. For what it's worth, however, there's really nothing quite like The Getaway in terms of a truly gripping adult gaming experience.
  3. Worth checking out just for the driving sequences through an ultra-realistic London alone. However, the gun fighting action just does not deliver the same level of gameplay.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    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]
  5. The driving missions are decent but frustrating, as it is sometimes difficult to know where the game wants you to go without a map.
  6. 70
    Amazing and infuriating in roughly equal measure.
  7. PSM Magazine
    70
    A curious mix of brilliant artistry and some less-than-brilliant game design. [Mar 2003, p.41]
  8. The biggest hindrance in The Getaway involves its user interface - or lack thereof - as the development team attempted to make the game look and play out like a movie.
  9. 70
    It has a lot to live up to, and although it does manage it on several counts, the frustration from its down points tends to grate just a little raw on fractured nerves.
  10. 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.
  11. The Getaway has an intense storyline with very little in the way of humor.
  12. The efforts put into the acting and story deserve a game with better graphics, less glitches, and more refined gameplay.
  13. This turned out to be a "good mediocre" game. It would have been so much better if only the basic features such as adjustable camera angles were an option here.
  14. Cheat Code Central
    60
    Nowhere near as engaging as "GTA 3," "Vice City" or even "Max Payne."
  15. Unfortunately during this gargantuan effort, someone along the production line forgot to say this: Fackin’ hell, these control’s ain’t ‘alf fackin’ dodgy, guvnor!
  16. Often frustrating due the limitations associated with a linear narrative, its lack of incentives to replay missions, and its stubborn attitude in not providing clear visual feedback on how well the player is doing at any given stage.
  17. 60
    As a game it's nowhere near as good as Rockstar's GTA franchise, but its excellent storytelling and slick production values make it an experience worth having.
  18. Simply aimed too high, and fell short. The basics of the game, like control and fun should have been figured out before anyone tried to make it into a movie.

Awards & Rankings

99
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#16 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
21
#21 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 92
  2. Negative: 21 out of 92
  1. PhillipS.
    Jun 30, 2003
    9
    This game is cool but the only problem is that the cars are to slow but I think it is still better than Grantheftauto3/vice city.
  2. Chuck76
    Mar 31, 2003
    6
    Probably the most hyped and over-rated game of the year (in the uk anyway). The humour, graphics and superb story line are the biggest Probably the most hyped and over-rated game of the year (in the uk anyway). The humour, graphics and superb story line are the biggest acheivment of this title. Once you've got used to the sluggish controls, slightly too realistic driving physics and the awkward but rewarding aiming system this game can be pretty cool. But as you get further you grow bored of the cut scenes, the constant repeating of the same tasks and similar missions. A word of warning, if you're the kinda guy who gets infuriated to the point where you wanna put your controller through the TV give this game a miss! The feel of a movie is what this game stes out to do and it delivers but that's also the biggest flaw. If I wanna watch a movie I will. Definitely worth playin' should take a week or less to crack. Try an take advantage of some stores 10 day return policy (oops shouldn't really say that, ha). A must if you live in London though. Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2018
    4
    Some really enjoyable elements to the game, but it just feels like a clunkier version of GTA. It's also INSANELY difficult at times whichSome really enjoyable elements to the game, but it just feels like a clunkier version of GTA. It's also INSANELY difficult at times which makes you give up eventually and not even complete the game. Full Review »