London gangs and crime scenes feature in this gangland thriller...
Anna Sky Hulton had a run round London...
two years after the first game, The Getaway: Black Monday gives
gamers a chance to speed around an even more realistic London.
place over 48 hours, players are able to take control of each
of the game's three main characters as they advance through each
of the 22 missions. You start off playing as Sergeant Mitchell
on his first day back working for the Met, when he is called out
to a dawn raid on a council estate. It is a day he will never
on, and on the other side of town there is Eddie O'Connor, a boxer,
who after a bank job went drastically wrong, is receiving a beating.
The final character is Sam, a thief who would rather be nicking
hi-tech laptops than getting involved with violent crime.
the game loads you are treated to what many would mistake as the
titles of a film. An excellent mixture of music and graphics introduces
the game with the 'cast and crew' and scenes of London as the
camera speeds along the streets.
graphics throughout the game are excellent, not just during the
cut scenes but also during the general gameplay. Actors voicing
the game acted out many of the cut scenes which were motion captured.
Combining this with "Talking Heads" which is used to
create real time facial animations, there are times you have to
look twice to check you are still playing a game.
streets of central London are mapped in incredible detail. Driving
around London the familiar landmarks of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar
Square and the Houses of Parliament are easily recognisable. The
detail is amazing, even the congestion markings are on the roads
and there is a total of 25 square miles that have been mapped
in this way.
time some of London's tube system is also mapped in detail giving
players the opportunity to fully explore the realistic looking
the graphics and audio are excellent you can't help but feel you
would like a little more freedom over what you can do. It would
be unfair to compare it to the huge hit of San Andreas but there
are some similarities that are bound to be drawn and even on a
lower level, comparing the general driving and combat San Andreas
Getaway: Black Monday was a long awaited sequel to a great game,
but it doesn't really bring anything new. Due to the large number
of missions you could definitely donate a lot of time to it, but
due to the linearity of the gameplay those who get frustrated
on one mission can't attempt any others.
Getaway 2: Black Monday is rated 18.