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The Getaway: Black Monday (PlayStation 2)

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Description

It's going to be a day to remember for Sgt Mitchell. His first shift back on the MET's Organised Crime Squad begins with a dawn raid on a council estate that turns nasty. The next 48 hours will put him against the suspicions of his team mates, a new ruthless wave of crime and the most powerful man in London.

Meanwhile on the other side of the city, amateur boxer Eddie O'Conner is in severe trouble. The bank job went horribly wrong, his small-time crew has been wiped out and his only ally in this whole mess is Sam, a teenage thief more comfortable with nicking laptops than gang violence. Eddie knows he's way out of his depth, now his friends are dead and somebody is going to pay...

The game is split into sections. Once you complete Sgt Mitchell's part, you get to play as Eddie. You play the same story, but view it from two different angles. Some events that look vague when played from Mitchell's side get explained when controlling Eddie. Some portions of the game are playing using Sam, providing yet another piece of the puzzle.

The gameplay is divided into driving and shooting/sneaking parts. Usually you receive a mission, drive to a certain destination, and then shoot (or sometimes sneak) your way to the goal. London has been digitally recreated for this game, and you can drive through it freely. As Eddie, you'll have to avoid police and rivaling gangs chasing you. You can hijack cars and even buses. You can also leave a car at any time and run through London on foot. For the shooting parts, there is a variety of moves you can perform: sneaking, hiding, crouching, rolling to the sides, etc. You can knock your enemies down by using your gun's butt as a melee weapon or take pedestrians hostage to prevent the policemen from killing you. Eddie also has unarmed boxing moves to help you fight your way out of trouble, and Sam has the ability to get out of trouble by climbing out of the way, or sneaking under objects to hide.

Screenshots

The Getaway: Black Monday PlayStation 2 Eddy running on the street
The Getaway: Black Monday PlayStation 2 Dragging a thug

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User Reviews

This game is a great mix of driving and shooting Simon Koetsier (422) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 2005 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Feb, 2005 7 out of 10 70
IGN Jan 10, 2005 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Over Online Feb 28, 2005 65 out of 100 65
GameSpot Jan 10, 2005 6.4 out of 10 64
Softpedia Apr 20, 2006 6.3 out of 10 63
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 11, 2004 5 out of 10 50
GameSpy Jan 13, 2005 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 17, 2004 9 out of 20 45
UOL Jogos Jan 28, 2005 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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References

The fictional headquarters of the Skobel Group in the game is modelled after a real building, 30 St Mary Axe or known by its nickname The Gherkin. It is a large, cone-shaped building in City of London (UK), London's financial district. The same building can also be spotted in the skyline of the Xbox Live Arcade title Boom Boom Rocket.

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Alex Carlyle (36) added The Getaway: Black Monday (PlayStation 2) on Jun 22, 2005