The Italian Job PlayStation
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  • Summary: London, 1969. Charlie Croker has just finished a three year stretch, courtesy of Her Majesty's Prisons, and has an idea: to steal $4,000,000 in gold bullion, right from under the noses of the Mafia and the Turin Police.
    This is where you come in... as one of his drivers, you'll have to
    London, 1969. Charlie Croker has just finished a three year stretch, courtesy of Her Majesty's Prisons, and has an idea: to steal $4,000,000 in gold bullion, right from under the noses of the Mafia and the Turin Police.
    This is where you come in... as one of his drivers, you'll have to master 14 vehicles, including flashy sports cars and the legendary Mini Cooper, as you screech down sewers, roar over rooftops and tear through the Alps, with the Mob and the law hot on your heels.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It's the first must-own PS one game for the PS2-only chaps. And that's a real coup. [June 2002, p.102]
  2. Quirky, fun and appropriately-priced.
  3. Rockstar could easily sell this game for full price, and it would still be well worth buying. [June 2002, p.120]
  4. If the words "noonday underground" mean anything to you, or you don't know who Tanner is, then The Italian Job is definitely just for you. [July 2002, p.89]
  5. Its madcap subject matter, good presentation, and friendly control scheme will appeal to many people.
  6. It’s not 'impossible' hard, just so unforgiving that it fails to be 'enjoyable' hard.
  7. A great PS game, along the lines of "Driver," only more, shall we say, international. [June 2002, p.63]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. MantisX.
    May 8, 2003
    7
    This is a suprisingly good grand theft auto style driving game. I picked it up for 8 bucks at sams club after reading a few reviews for it. This is a suprisingly good grand theft auto style driving game. I picked it up for 8 bucks at sams club after reading a few reviews for it. It does have horrible graphics but the gameplay makes up for it and its humor is actually pretty amusing. Well worth 8 bucks anyday (but hey, they could have sold me a coaster for 8 bucks and it still would have been a good deal, assuming it was a special light up coaster or something). Expand
  2. Dan
    Aug 26, 2002
    6
    I'm still scratching my head at this one. First of all, "The Italian Job" is great fun, in a very pure way. That may sound odd I'm still scratching my head at this one. First of all, "The Italian Job" is great fun, in a very pure way. That may sound odd considering the criminal theme, but this game is a straightforward driver, with the player charged to complete specific missions within a specified period of time. Then there are the mini-games ... Although the sound is pleasant enough, the graphics leave much to be desired. I don't think that I am jaded by the beauty of the 128-bit games; "The Italian Job" looks like it came off a 32-bit system, at best. Finally, after putting in about three hours of play time, I tried to save my progress -- but I kept being told that the memory card in my PS2 was unrecognizable. My rating gives the benefit of the doubt to the game, presuming that this was just a temporary glitch in my system. Expand
  3. BrianB.
    May 24, 2002
    4
    Controls are not the greatest, very sluggish. Graphics are choppy and blocky. Thank heavens it doesn't cost 50 bucks to buy or I'd Controls are not the greatest, very sluggish. Graphics are choppy and blocky. Thank heavens it doesn't cost 50 bucks to buy or I'd be really disappointed. The playstation is really starting to show it's age when titles like this come out; should have been a PS2 only release... Expand