The Italian Job Reviews (PlayStation)

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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.6
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.6
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.6
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Overall User Score (14 votes) 3.5

Critic Reviews

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80 (Dec 12, 2001)
Das 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.
Worth Playing (Jun 30, 2002)
While 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.
79 (Oct 26, 2001)
Auch wenn The Italian Job hierzulande wohl auf den Bekanntheitsbonus der Filmvorlage verzichten muss, kann sich die PSone-Adaption durchaus sehen lassen. Mit einem Driver kann es der Titel zwar nicht ganz aufnehmen, dank abwechslungsreicher Spielmodi und lebendiger Stadtszenarien mischen die Goldräuber aber auch trotz einiger unnötiger Design-Patzer im gehobenen Gangster-Milieu mit. Das einfache Gameplay erlaubt einen unkomplizierten Einstieg und die weitläufigen Locations sorgen mit unkonventionellen Abkürzungen sowohl für spannende als auch taktische Verfolgungsjagden in kultigen Vehikeln. Lediglich der gehobene Schwierigkeitsgrad und die langen Ladezeiten zehren des öfteren an den Nerven. Ausgehungerte Driver-Ganoven und verkannte Stuntmänner sollten dennoch mit Charlie London und Turin unsicher machen.
Gaming Target (May 24, 2002)
As 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.
IGN (Jun 18, 2002)
If 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.
GameSpot (May 02, 2002)
Although 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.
GamersMark (Jun 06, 2002)
Having 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.
Gamezone (Germany) (Oct 05, 2001)
"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.
Game Revolution (Jun, 2002)
Overall, 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.
GamesFirst! (Jun 15, 2002)
This 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.
60 (Oct 19, 2001)
The 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.
GameZone (May 30, 2002)
The 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.
GamePro (US) (Apr 30, 2002)
Overall, 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.
The 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.