The Italian Job
PlayStationDas Experiment 'Rennspiel mit Story' ist beim Italian Job voll aufgegangen. Geschickt wurden die Stärken der Vorbilder GTA und Driver geklaut, so das der 50iger Jahre Racer fast deren geniales Feeling versprüht. Wäre die Präsentation ein wenig zeitgemäßer, könnte man The Italian Job uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen. Hoffen wir, dass Charlie die Millionen in naher Zukunft auch einmal auf einer Next-Gen Konsole abstaubt.
PlayStationWhile the main single-player game isn't terribly long (it'll take the average gamer around a day to complete it) there are a handful of other modes that successfully increase the overall lifespan of the game. Like Challenge Mode, which consists of ten driving trials that include exercises in jumping, racing, and overall car control. Free Ride which allows you to roam the streets of the game's cities without the added pressure of a time-limit, you'll be able to polish up your driving skills and scope out various locales followed by a panoramic view of the location.
PlayStationAs a $10 budget game, TIJ is worth it. Add $20 more and it’s certainly not. It’s not a game loaded with replay value, though the extra features will add life to the game. However, if you’re a fan of GTA or Driver, The Italian Job isn’t a bad idea, thanks to that low price. If this game was released in the 1997-1998 window when PSOne was at its best, it would have been a groundbreaking game – instead it’s a good game that’s pretty fun while it lasts, despite the inherent flaws.
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
WindowsThe Italian Job is misschien geen grafisch hoogstandje maar er valt heel wat lol mee te beleven.
PlayStationIf you're like me, you've been a bit startled by the raves heaped on this game. The PS one is starved for games for months, suddenly one comes along that isn't a pile, and everybody who still cares falls all over themselves for it. Myself, I've been playing a lot of PlayStation games recently, including plenty of auto outings like PixeLogic's own Crime Killer. This game's not getting off easy just for running competently on an aging system. Fortunately, the developers pushed plenty on the system and juiced it with some strong gameplay in an era where it wasn't really expected. Fans of the movie aren't just being served cack on a cracker.
WindowsThe Italian Job is like eating half a great meal: it satisfies enough to keep you content but you still feel that there was something more that could have been added. For the bargain price, though, you can’t go wrong with this lively game.
PlayStationAlthough The Italian Job doesn't possess nearly the longevity of games like Driver or Grand Theft Auto III, its madcap subject matter, good presentation, and friendly control scheme will appeal to many people.
WindowsThe Italian Job maybe isn't quite as out-of-the-blue as it might seem. Between the resurgence of the Mini Cooper's popularity and the ongoing production of a Hollywood remake of the 1969 film starring Mark Wahlberg and Ed Norton, The Italian Job's appearance on the PC isn't pointless. The game is simple and in some ways even a bit crude, and the entertainment it offers is relatively short-lived, but it's not a bad deal at $20, and it's got a lot more personality than you'd find in your average PC game.
PlayStationHaving said all that, i guess its time to mention the games price tag. It’s only 10 bucks, and it’s one of the best PSone games we have played in a long time. If you own a PSone i suggest you pick this game up. But don’t expect too much. The game has its novelty factor and its high moments. I found it to get boring after a week or so of non-stop addiction. You must have this game in your collection.
PlayStation"The Italian Job" ist eine gelungene Mischung aus bekannten Spielprinzipien, welche technisch sauber umgesetzt wurde. Freunde solcher missionsgestützter Funracer werden sicher nicht enttäuscht sein, denn in "The Italian Job" steckt mehr Fun drinnen als man im ersten Augenblick vermuten möchte. Leider ist die Anzahl der Missionen etwas gering geraten und der Schwierigkeitsgrad zu niedrig angesiedelt um für wirklichen Langzeitspaß zu sorgen.
PlayStationOverall, Rockstar's The Italian Job is an oddly decent PSX game. Even though the market has been taken over by the more-powerful next-gen games, lots of people still own Playstations, and for them this game is definitely worth trying - particularly when you consider the 15 dollar price tag.
WindowsThere’s some short-term (emphasis on the short) entertainment value to be mined here, but serious Caine fans might want to save their $20 for the special DVD movie release later this year.
WindowsBesides the main campaign, the game also features the Destruction mode (you need to knock over all the pins, instead of dodging them), which is about the only other interesting game mode available. In the end, this one is supposed to hook you with its offbeat adult nature and some good-ole' fashioned car wrecking, but I'm not so sure that people who don't get in the spirit of the movie, will enjoy the driving all that much. Me, I thought the game was entertaining enough to make me finish the main campaign, but that would hardly be enough to make me part with some cash for it.
PlayStationThis game stays remarkably tight with the movie, so really, what we're dealing with here is gaming homage. If you are looking for an amusing storyline that is definitely in the style of late sixties Brit, then you've come to the right game. If you keep in mind you only spent ten bucks, give yourself time to get used to the controls, and then sit back and enjoy the ride, you won't really be disappointed. But if you get this game expecting the next GTA or something with stunning achievement in graphics, then you are bound to be disappointed.
PlayStationThe Italian Job a pour lui sa bonne réalisation et son ambiance à mi-chemin entre Shérif, fait moi peur ! et Austin Powers. Mais il est un peu gâché par sa faible durée de vie. Un sous-Driver à ne réserver qu'aux joueurs prêts à lui pardonner sa faible durée de vie.
WindowsI could give you one really good reason to get the game, The Italian Job -- that is the movie, The Italian Job. All of the breezy spirit and zany thrills of the flick are packed in. Unfortunately, I could give you a lot more reasons against it due to the bad PC job. On the PlayStation, anybody who dug the style had no reason not to pack up this cat. But even though the resolution is better, the PC version hits some bumps (not to mention that it's tough to play a game this dated on the same machine you were just playing Mafia on.) You might even be better off running an emulator of the PlayStation game. The light charms of the game makes it nearly irresistible, but if you want on this Job, stick with the smaller horsepower ride.
PlayStationThe Italian Job is an entertaining game that anyone can sit down and play. There are a ton of story-driven missions, but there’s enough mini-games to keep you busy if you want to take a break from the main game. It doesn’t look as good as the newer Playstation One games on the market, and even some of the older ones look and play better, but for just under $10 you can’t expect much.
PlayStationOverall, however, Italian Job is hard to digest. The visuals are strictly low-budget with splotchy, blocky graphics, although the European locales try hard. The frequent car collisions suffer from slo-mo physics, and the controls feel like you’re driving through molasses. The only saving grace in the rudimentary sounds are the kitschey-catchy movie tunes and the Michael Caine sound-alike’s Cockney accent.
WindowsThe Italian Job ist eine 08/15-Playstation- Konvertierung, wie ich sie eigentlich nicht mehr auf dem PC sehen will. Grafikeffekte sind selten, Polygonzahl und Texturen entsprechen dem PC-Standard von vor drei Jahren. Außerdem sind die Missionen frustig aufgebaut. Die unpräzise Steuerung verschärft den hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad noch. Schade um den nett gestalteten Innenstadtverkehr: Ich warte lieber auf GTA 3.
WindowsLisenssipeleistä on sanottu paljon pahaa ja kaikki pätee myös Italian Jobiin. Kun tarjolla on Midnight Club 2 tai Midtown Madness 3, en keksi yhtään hyvää syytä hankkia Italian Jobia. Tuskin elokuvankaan fanit haluavat hyviä fiiliksiään pilata.
WindowsUn jeu qui s'inspire de plusieurs grands hits sans avoir su en reproduire les qualités. The Italian Job ne marquera pas les joueurs comme un GTA 3, un Driver ou un Crazy Taxy dont il reprend les principes. La concurrence a beaucoup mieux à proposer pour que l'on ait vraiment besoin de s'attarder sur ce soft. A réserver à ceux qui ont un réel besoin de substitut pour attendre les prochains cartons du genre en perspective, comme Mafia. A quand The Godfather's Job ?
WindowsFor those who absolutely live for driving games and can revel in un-realism, The Italian Job can occasionally entertain and you may even feel you're getting your $30 worth. For almost anyone else (including myself), as light and forgettable as this game is, you're probably better off just renting the flick and picking up the latest Need for Speed title. There’s a new movie version of The Italian Job starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton being planned for release in 2003 -- we can only hope lots more care is going into remaking the movie than there was in bringing this game from the PSOne to the PC.
WindowsDas Rennspiel zum Kinofilm The Italian Job: Charlie staubt Millionen ab erscheint ein Jahr zu früh. Denn einerseits kommt das Remake des Klassikers erst nächstes Jahr in die Kinos, andererseits hätte dem Spiel ein weiteres Jahr Entwicklungszeit nicht geschadet. The Italian Job erzählt die Geschichte eines aufwendig geplanten Bankraubes - allerdings nur in sehr kurzen Videos, die durch Spielsequenzen verbunden werden. Da muss der Spieler der Polizei entkommen, einen Mafia-Wagen zu Schrott fahren, Kurierfahrten übernehmen, einen Transporter begleiten und vieles mehr.
PlayStationThe Italian Job är verkligen inget dåligt spel. Men det hade potentialen att bli så mycket mer; en cool förlaga och ett bra koncept. Som det är nu är det ett spel värt att prova om man gillar genren, men det kommer inte att gå till historien som något mästerverk.
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WindowsSince The Italian Job for the PC is a straightforward PlayStation port and a bargain priced title, my expectations were not very high. Sadly, even with this low level of anticipation, I find myself disappointed with the game. Beginning with a decent premise combining larceny with fast driving, the quality of every component of the final product – from graphics and sound to vehicle physics and gameplay – is uniformly dismal. Since many potential buyers will not have seen the film, the product must stand on its own merits – which it does not. If you want to speed through a city and bash into things, the Midtown Madness series is a lot more fun; if you want to complete intense driving missions, then Driver provides more fulfillment. Although accessible to everyone, The Italian Job ultimately fails to accomplish its mission.
WindowsUltimately this is an awful adaptation of what was probably a pretty good movie. The plotline of the game, which presumably is from the plotline of the movie, is a good one, but that’s not enough to hold the poorly executed fragments of the game together. If the actual mission in which you steal the gold is anything like the movie, that movie must have some of the greatest car stunts of all time. And in what I recognize as the game’s sole gasp of originality, the system the cops use to catch you is interesting. When a police car is near yours he gets a letter or number off your license plate. If the cop hangs onto you long enough to get your whole plate, you’re busted. That’s new, and I give them some credit for it because it seems to work well. On the whole, however, I can’t believe I wasted hard drive space on this one.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
WindowsLike most PS1 conversions, The Italian Job doesn’t look good. Everything’s blocky, the textures are all blurry, and the grainy horizon bitmap brings back memories of the first Doom demo. Even though It involves driving through a city while pursuing a life of crime, The Italian Job is no Grand Theft Auto III. It’s basically 16 short driving challenges (which require no improvisation) that are connected by a thin plot. There’re some extra modes available, but the driving model is so stiff that it’s hard to imagine bothering to play them.