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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
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  1. 70
    Amazing and infuriating in roughly equal measure.
  2. 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.
  3. Cheat Code Central
    Nowhere near as engaging as "GTA 3," "Vice City" or even "Max Payne."
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  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. The Getaway has an intense storyline with very little in the way of humor.
  11. 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!
  12. PSM Magazine
    A curious mix of brilliant artistry and some less-than-brilliant game design. [Mar 2003, p.41]
  13. The driving missions are decent but frustrating, as it is sometimes difficult to know where the game wants you to go without a map.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The efforts put into the acting and story deserve a game with better graphics, less glitches, and more refined gameplay.

Awards & Rankings

#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#25 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 54
  2. Negative: 13 out of 54
  1. PhillipS.
    Jun 30, 2003
    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
    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. Oct 16, 2016
    This game is best left alone. The only good things about this game are the graphics and the story. Other than that, the gameplay is terribleThis game is best left alone. The only good things about this game are the graphics and the story. Other than that, the gameplay is terrible and leaves a lot to be desired.

    The game is bordering on unplayable, due to bad controls. You can only move around with one thumbstick and the auto-aim is severely inaccurate. There's no HUD, meaning you won't know what you're doing half the time and there's a steep learning curve due to bad level design.

    This game, along with Driver 3, is the reason why Grand Theft Auto will always remain superior in my opinion. Only try if you're really interested.
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