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The Getaway: Black Monday - PlayStation 2

by Sony
PlayStation2
Mature
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) 57 / 100

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  • Three playable characters, each with their own agenda, strengths, and resources -- for a variety of gameplay options in one continuous game experience
  • Exciting driving missions as you burn up the city streets in the fastest cars in Europe
  • Dive into the world of organized crime in London, piecing together the whole story from different perspectives
  • Play out all kinds of wild driving missions as you explore a virtual London, filled with shady characters and deadly challenges
  • Multiple endings and outcomes depending on which missions and players you choose

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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00005YXW7
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 8, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,670 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

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If Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino collaborated on a crime film, only to realize that they hated each other's guts halfway through filming and wanted nothing more than to sabotage the project, a cinematic failure along the lines of The Getaway: Black Monday would likely be the result. Amid hardhearted action sequences and vulgar cockney dialogue, the plot unfolds through flashbacks, flashforwards, blurring time periods, and maybe even some wormhole-related anomalies. I applaud Team Soho's grand scope and attempt to bring ambitious storytelling to the video game front. With beautifully animated and well-acted sequences fueling every second of the story, it definitely feels like an interactive motion picture. Sadly, it's also a bit hard to follow, and not nearly as gripping as Charlie Jolson's twisted mind games from the original entry in the series.

Additionally, you never really get the impression that the three playable characters are connected to the events at hand. In the original title, you really got the sense that you knew who Mark Hammond was, and would go to any length to help him exact revenge on Jolson. In this entry, Sergeant Ben Mitchell's personality is paper thin, Eddie comes across as a cheap attempt to diversify the action with hand-to-hand combat, and Sam's hard-edged ways just gnaw at your nerves. It is nice that you can alter the events at hand to bring about multiple endings, but as you can imagine, my disinterest with the plot to begin with didn't necessarily transition into the desire to see different outcomes.

Without a truly engaging story to fall back on, it was up to Team Soho to create a thrilling gameplay experience. Sadly, the game is still firing blanks and driving on four flat tires. Team Soho did little to improve upon this series' shoddy gameplay. Targeting is still incredibly frustrating, your character movements are very mechanical, the vehicle physics are painfully inaccurate, and although improved, the enemy AI is still prone to blindly running right into the barrel of your smoking gun. The changes or new additions that Team Soho has implemented are minimal at best. The game now boasts a pause screen map system, you can fire a gun while driving, and motorcycles can be jacked. The game does have moments of brilliance, and I was impressed with the diversity of missions, but in an age where Grand Theft Auto continues to improve with each passing release, a mediocre Getaway sequel gets beat down in a bad, bad way.



Concept:
A hard-boiled British crime caper that will make you scratch your head in confusion over the plot twists, and shake your fist over the shoddy gameplay



Graphics:
London's gorgeous details are diminished by the bumbling animations of its occupants



Sound:
The only area of the game that doesn't have faults. The voice-acting and score are perfect



Playability:
Bollocks!



Entertainment:
Very ambitious, but also very disappointing



Replay:
Moderate

Rated: 7 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
Issue: February 2005

2nd Opinion:
As always, the English are living in the past. In keeping its bad targeting and camera, as well as the awkward movement of its characters, this game has all the grace of the Queen of England getting drunk and stripping for pounds – just like the first Getaway. The simple and repetitive action is sharply contrasted by the explicit care put into everything from the stellar voice-acting to the cinematic cutscenes. Although I like the philosophy behind the HUD-less interface, I often wanted a little more direction during missions to complement the impressive wide-open environments. Rue Britannia!

Rated: 7 out of 10
Editor: Matthew Kato


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Engage in ruthless story as it unfolds from three perspectives, one strugggles to keep London from the clenches of organized crime, one becomes an unforgiving vigilante over-night and the other is looking for the big payout. A brutal devious gangster forces their paths to violently intertwine.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing tour of London, but annoying gameplay January 29, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Getaway - Black Monday is the sequel to the Getaway game. This is set in an almost photorealistic version of London, with cops and robbers trading bullets.

For better or for worse, everyone is going to compare this game to GTA - San Andreas, as well as to the first Getaway that came out several years ago. So it's a strange situation in that the game is truly amazing in its own right - but it is very weak when held up to the standards of today's gaming.

First, the amazing parts. You literally are driving around the actual streets of London in this game, in real cars. If we had shown this game to gamers 5 or 10 years ago, they would have been blown away. Every detail of the streets is paid close attention to. If you played this game for a few weeks and then visited London, you would know your way around. That is an amazing achievement.

The game is very much like an interactive movie. Often the cut scenes almost seamlessly merge into your action. The shadows and movements in game are quite impressive. Some say the cut scenes are too long - but again this isn't a game about blasting away. It's about being drawn deeper and deeper into the story.

The graphics are very impressive, with tons of details. For example if you pick up dropped ammo, you actually stoop down and pick up something that looks like ammo. If you're in a car that is hurt, it goes more and more slowly, and the smoke obscures your vision.

The sound equally draws you in, from the various accents of the characters to their dialogue and background sounds. Also, unlike most of the games of this style on the market, you're actually playing 'good' most of the time. Instead of just killing people for fun, you are able to handcuff them and only take out the truly bad guys.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but strangely addictive. January 31, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
When the first Getaway came out, it was naturally compared to the revolutionary Grand Theft Auto 3. It was the first game similar in the city re-creation aspect to follow GTA3. After years of creation, it was released with much fanfare and a lower price of $39.95. While it wasn't a failure, it sure did not live up to the hype.

Now the sequel has been released in a much more subdued launch, with much lowered expectations, and though it is extremely flawed, it's an enjoyable game. It's a strange game. In terms of gameplay, in terms of problems, and in terms of wasted potential, this game should be terrible. Despite all that though, for weird reason, I couldn't put it down.

Even though it has the City of London to traverse through, the game is mostly a third person shooting game with just a smaller part consisting of driving or chasing missions. You play as three different character in 22 chapters, a cop and a criminal, and a teenager.

First, the bad. The most glaring problem are the camera angles. In many missions, the camera is the toughest enemy. Close quarter angles are just terrible. This is mostly an indoor shooting game, and much of it relies on stealth and looking over corners . The camera just doesn't want to cooperate. It's just bad. I can't stress that enough.

This brings up the stealth missions. Now, with the camera described above, it makes it annoying. While doable, you'll be spotted, but you'll never see who spotted you. While a nice change of pace from the constant gun firing, the camera ruins it as you can't see half the stuff you need to. It's also sometimes pretty unintuitive to figure out where you need to go.

The game is short, which is what I prefer, but the reply value is virtually non-existent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As The First January 15, 2005
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The reason I liked the first Getaway, other than the fact that you're operating in the realm of a real city, is the way the game flowed. The game wasn't too fast paced, the storyline was engaging and suspenseful,and the missions were original and cool and actually gave you a tourist's view of London.

The tempo of Black Monday started off so fast that I didn't get to absorb the storyline or the ambience of the game. If you are looking to buy this game you should really do it with the knowledge that you'll actually enjoy this game more once you've completed it. The game pace was too fast and I didn't understand the storyline really until the end and even then I didn't buy into it. Plus I thought the missions were either boring, unoriginal or too drawn out, except for level 17 & 18 I believe (the ones with Eddie).

The first Getaway was a little better because there were more high speed driving missions, stealth missions, major gang shoot-outs in places like an art museum, a hospital, a multi level car park, and a huge ship. There were cool objective missions like setting fire to a building, dropping off a dead body, asassinating the police chief inside the police HQ, going into different gang hide-outs and searching a booby trapped house. You also knew what the main characters were about, and the difficulty level was a little higher. The originality and methodical pace is absent in Black Monday I believe. But the movement of the characters and visuals were slightly improved from the first one.

There are also annoyances with camera problems, movement, AI, and glitches. There is also no "London experience" like there was in the first game. The other thing about this game is that it is full of huge glitches!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the stuff of men
played this game back in the day and waiting for a Ps3 or 4 reboot!
I love it! you can not get more deeper than The Getaway! Read more
Published 8 months ago by smc
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Not How It Should Be
Nice open world, looks good, and with a fairly laid out story to back it. However, controls especially for combat is garbage and instantly took the joy outta playing for me.
Published 10 months ago by Shawn Hawkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I purchased this game without playing it first (mistake #1), thinking it was similar to the Grand Theft Auto series (mistake #2). Read more
Published on September 10, 2011 by Promiscuous Popsicle
2.0 out of 5 stars Completelt uninspiring
The first Getaway was a not-half-bad attempt to translate British crime-film cinema to a videogame format. Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by J. pascale
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Game
Despite the poor critial reviews this game received, I had wanted to try it since it was released since I thoroughly enjoyed the first Getaway. Read more
Published on June 5, 2010 by DRocK
4.0 out of 5 stars video game
I don't know anything about the game. I bought it for my nephew and he loves it. He's 14.
Published on December 29, 2009 by Cynthia Coleman
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good game(8.2/10 IMHO)(SPOILERS galore)
First of all, I don't feel like comparing this to GTA, to me it feels very different and takes the step towards realism, I like "The Getaway" series more than True Crime and I... Read more
Published on December 20, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars I was exactly what I was expecting
This game is not nearly as bad as all of you say it was. The controls were the same as they were in the first Getaway. The story had the same feel as the original getaway. Read more
Published on February 8, 2006 by tcollar83
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but better than the first series
This was the continuation in the epic Getaway series. First of all not the best sequel, its true the GTA series truley outdone themseleves compared to Team Soho. Read more
Published on June 7, 2005 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars biased reviews
beware of biased reviews panning this fine game.they do so probably because its British. It's far better than Gta san andreas.
Published on May 30, 2005 by veteran gamer
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