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The Italian Job is misschien geen grafisch hoogstandje maar er valt heel wat lol mee te beleven.
The 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.
The 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.
There’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.
Besides 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.
I 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.
The 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
Lisenssipeleistä 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.
Un 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 ?
For 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.
Dass eine Gangsterchronik eine grandiose Hintergrundstory für ein Autorennspiel liefern kann, ist seit Driver und GTA 3 bekannt. Selbst in Italian Job wird eine gute Geschichte erzählt, der spielerische Part wurde allerdings arg vernachlässigt. Warum muss man mit den schweren Schlitten ständig unter höchstem Zeitdruck rasen? Warum kann man nicht einfach unauffällig an einer Polizeistreife vorbeifahren? Warum gibt es nicht eimal ein herkömmliches Wettrennen? Und warum beschränkt sich der so genannte Mehrspielermodus darauf, dass mehrere Fahrer an einem Rechner nacheinander die Einzelspielereinsätze fahren? Bleibt zu hoffen, dass zum Release des Film-Remakes im nächsten Jahr auch ein Remake des Spiels erscheint.
Since 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.
Ultimately 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.
Like 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.