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The Getaway (PS2)

by Sony
PlayStation2
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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  • Drive through over 40 square kilometres of central London, realistically recreated
  • Perform stunts including 2-wheel alley races to handbrake turns
  • 20 real interior locations
  • Explore London as a tourist, black cab driver or minicab driver
  • 2 plot threads - play as victim and cop to get both sides of the story
  • Over 60 minutes of cut scenes
  • For 1 player

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B0000AN1C2
  • Release Date: 19 Sep 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,258 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

The Getaway is basically Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City in London, albeit with a stronger storyline, slightly less variety and a slightly different control system. You start the game in the rhythm and blues (shoes) of ex-cockney gangster Mark Hammond, who has to watch as his trouble and strife (wife) is killed and his dustbin lid (kid) kidnapped. As the game begins you tear off in hot pursuit along the impressively detailed fields of wheat(s) (streets) of London. The driving is a notch more realistic than GTAs in terms of handling and the damage your jam jar (car) can take; this realism means The Getaway is not so immediately appealing as the GTA games, but it manages to be amusing enough since youre still allowed to run over people and half-inch (pinch) their cars. Where the game is unquestionably better than GTA is in on-foot combat. This features much tighter controls, including two aiming modes and a wall-hugging option like that of Metal Gear Solid. No doubt Sony are also under the impression that the story is far superior to GTAs rather amorphous narrative, but its certainly an acquired taste, featuring as it does enough non-subtle language, mockney accents and poor dialogue to make even Guy Ritchie blanch. In terms of freedom of movement The Getaway is more restrictive than GTA--but what it loses in freedom it gains in tighter gameplay and, of course, the ability to drive on the right (i.e., left) side of the road without the Old Bill getting in a hows your father. --David Jenkins

Amazon.co.uk Review

The Getaway is basically Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City in London, albeit with a stronger storyline, slightly less variety and a slightly different control system.

You start the game in the rhythm and blues (shoes) of ex-cockney gangster Mark Hammond, who has to watch as his trouble and strife (wife) is killed and his dustbin lid (kid) kidnapped. As the game begins you tear off in hot pursuit along the impressively detailed fields of wheat(s) (streets) of London.

The driving is a notch more realistic than GTA's in terms of handling and the damage your jam jar (car) can take; this realism means The Getaway is not so immediately appealing as the GTA games, but it manages to be amusing enough since you're still allowed to run over people and half-inch (pinch) their cars.

Where the game is unquestionably better than GTA is in on-foot combat. This features much tighter controls, including two aiming modes and a wall-hugging option like that of Metal Gear Solid. No doubt Sony are also under the impression that the story is far superior to GTA's rather amorphous narrative, but it's certainly an acquired taste, featuring as it does enough non-subtle language, mockney accents and poor dialogue to make even Guy Ritchie blanch.

In terms of freedom of movement The Getaway is more restrictive than GTA--but what it loses in freedom it gains in tighter gameplay and, of course, the ability to drive on the right (i.e., left) side of the road without the Old Bill getting in a how's your father. --David Jenkins --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent,but a few mistakes! 20 Dec 2003
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This game(The Getaway)i borrowed of a friend and i was very impressed.First you are Mark Hammond an EX-Gangster of a london gang.One day his Wife is shot and boy kidnapped and you chase them and therefor the Rich storyline evolves.After 12 missions you become Frank Carter an EX-member of the flying squad(police force)and you get wrapped in 12 more missions from a more legal point of view(he is a bad boy though).The missions are amazing and thrilling.Drive any veicle you see or hijack it if its occupied.The camera controls are slightly annoying and dogey but over all sweet.The whole of london is explorable and very well detailed and recreated with much accuracy.This game as you may know is 18, this is due to obsessive swearing(offencive or not is you choice),A sick amount of violece including breaking peoples neck,shooting them in the head and gunning people down in the street but whether you do that is your call.There is also traces of nudity however but that is only at the poledancing club.of corse there is breaking the law,killing police,hijacking cars and doing ilegal missions.For the light hearted its 'water off a ducks back' but for other gamers could be the fate of them or others(but not always).Also for some is even more discusting as hammond gets beaten' up alot which some may find disturbing and on mission 5 or 6(i think but i know its called 'taxi for mr chai')shows a man screming for his life as he gets torchered by gangsters but only on 1 mission for about 1 minuit.If its guns your after there are plenty such as pistol(s),AK-47,uzi,(other various (sub)machine guns),meat clevers,baseball bats and other weapons.The cars are all realisticly different in speed,turning(control) and sturdyness.From nissan micra's to lexus this game has them. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Getaway 16 Dec 2002
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Format:Video Game
This is definitely a game of two halves.
The driving sections are great, although as I'm not a Londoner the detail of the street scenery is wasted a little on me. The frame rate can get a bit choppy, but the overall impression is that you are playing on a more powerful console.
However, the game falls down when it comes to the sections on foot. The controls are awful and the game-play repetitive. It may look better than GTA: VC, but it is no where near as fun.
Overall, you may get something out of this if you know London well. If not, I'd stay clear and get Vice City instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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After hearing over and over about the amazing photo-realistic interpretation of London and the other hype that went with this game I could not wait to buy it. After playing it for a while I did find that what they said about the streets was largely true - the roads are accurate and graphically close to the real thing. However I did find it very grey and depressing (how's that for realism!) and unfortunately sparse of cars and pedestrians.
The game itself involves you having to perform dirty deeds for a gang boss who has your kid hostage - with each save point being the start of each of twenty-ish(?) missions. Each mission (usually) involves you driving somewhere, then getting out, into a building and shooting lots of people.
In-car playability is fairly dull, most cars are fairly slow to drive (plenty of diesels, estates and tiny Micras and Fiats), although you do get one or two sportier ones (there seems to be about ten million green Alfa-Romeos in London these days!). The only indication you get as to your destination are - your indicators - telling you whether to go left or right. Car damage is fairly realistic - similar to Grand Theft Auto 3.
Out-of-car control is a bit of a nightmare. The over-shoulder camera is too slow to keep you aware of what is going on in front. Upon doing a U-turn you will find that you need to skilfully change direction with your gamepad otherwise you will run off at a tangent to where you wanted to go.
If you don't like getting shot then steer clear of this game. No matter how ready you are for a battle or which weapon you've got or how quick your reactions are, your enemy will almost always hit you first (and usually two or three times) before you put them down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Big Let Down 24 Dec 2002
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Having waited quite some time for this game, I rushed out to buy it on the day of release, only to be rather disappointed with the whole affair.
Being a huge fan of GTA3 and latterly, Vice City, I was ecpecting more of the same type of action, only set in photo realistic London. I've never been to London, so I can't really comment on how lifelike it looks, but the graphics while driving are superb...even if it wasnt accurate, it still looks like a real city.
The first thing that got me was the sheer un-userfriendliness of the controls. I was struggling on the first mission when faced with more than one opponent because of the dodgy camerawork. Also, being a PS1 veteran, I'm more used to the D-pad for movement, which isn't an option here, only the fiddly analog controller.
Then, midway through the second level, I encountered a huge bug in the game, when I was able to walk through the wall upstairs in the office area of the bar in Soho, causing the screen to distort badly, Having taken ages to get there, I was more than a little frustrated.
Time may well give me a better impression of this game, but as far as playability goes, its nowhere near as accomplished as GTA.
Play before you buy would be my advice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did not work
Did not work on a PS2 (whereas other games did).
Published 6 days ago by D T
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1.0 out of 5 stars didn't even work
Bought it for a friend for her birthday, didn't even work. The seller didn't even reply to my message when i expressed it didn't work.
Published 9 months ago by Sarah Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game, but police & pedestrians notoriously poorly coded!
I had an urge to revisit this game after many years sans playing it, I did, and I won't bore you with the general synopsis of the game if you're looking to revisit it too and... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by JaY_the_Sussex_Pirate
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Game!!
I have noticed that many reviewers before me have told you (the reader) not to compare this to Grand Theft Auto. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
2nd time I have bought from here for just 1p, brilliant will most certainly be coming back.

Great game as well.
Published on 25 Jun 2012 by arthur
3.0 out of 5 stars A dire game from an outstanding publisher...
You only have to look at the rating system to discover what a marmite game this is... Or should that be was?

$5 million dollar budget later, what do we have? Read more
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