3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THE GETAWAY - disappointing but still a good game,
This review is from: The Getaway (PS2) (Video Game)
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.
There are no health or ammo bars - in fact no on-screen indication at all whether in car or out, of your status. You can only tell by the amount of smoke coming out of your bonnet, or how much your character staggers when they've been shot too much. Luckily you can lean against a wall and recover your health when on foot - otherwise you would last less than a minute each time. (Reload times are very quick thankfully - you'll find yourself doing one bit over and over again).
The 18 certificate is there for a reason. The amount of violence and swearing in this game makes Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels look like Cinderella (almost)!
Overall - if you're looking for a fun game then do not buy this. If you expect a realism-based simulation of a gangster's life in London then this game is bearable. In fact once you get over the disappointment of the hype and the annoying little gremlins in this game then you can actually get into it quite well. My advice - get a demo or hire the game out first!