The Italian Job

PlayStation
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Its madcap subject matter, good presentation, and friendly control scheme will appeal to many people.
  2. It’s not 'impossible' hard, just so unforgiving that it fails to be 'enjoyable' hard.
  3. Get used to the controls and level shortcuts and you should have no problem leaving the cops with their donuts and the Mafia alone with the fishes.
  4. PSM Magazine
    60
    The crime caper atmosphere really makes it fun! [June 2002, p.40]
  5. The controls take some getting used to, and the graphics aren’t superb, but the game is fun to play.
  6. 60
    Hard to digest. The visuals are strictly low-budget with splotchy, blocky graphics.
  7. Play Magazine
    60
    A great PS game, along the lines of "Driver," only more, shall we say, international. [June 2002, p.63]

Awards & Rankings

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#7 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2002
User Score
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No user score yet- Awaiting 1 more rating

User 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). Full Review »
  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. Full Review »
  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... Full Review »