Almost 2 years after the release of the first getaway
the graphics has not been improved much if at all, although itís
not the worst you can find. You will find that all the characters
are well designed with detail faces but you may also notice that
animations has glitches where there is not movement from the mouth
or is not accurate. The detail in the buildings is pretty plain
and flat, which donít look good but as your mostly driving you
will not notice this and it will look fine. Ones inside of the
buildings, you can see that there developers have put more details
into everything as here you will obviously be on foot.
With most action games you will not see
real cars as it cost to license them. As Team Soho is part of
the company Sony which has a lot of money can afford to put in
real cars, this is way you will get not only to see but drive
cars from makers of Peugeot, Vauxhall, Lotus, Rover, TVR, Renault,
Mitsubishi and many more. Along with the nicely detail cars you
also have damage that will show up from bullet holes, smashed
windows, scraps and when it has taken to much damage the car smokes
and slows down. As before they are trying to make it look real,
with no stats what so ever on screen to show life, ammo or anything.
I start with the sound first, the gun shots and car sounds are
ok but not what you would get if itís a shooter or racing game.
The music seems alright with some of the missions you play have
got good tracks or tunes but you mostly find that thereís not
enough and can be quite boring with out. As with other games you
get that atmosphere and more entertainment if the music is done
perfect but not here.
On to the voices now, I donít know if itís
because itís set in London or that the developer is trying to
make it feel more like a game but there is just too much swearing
in the game. Although the dialogue is very well write it seems
that every sentence not only in the cut-scenes but while playing
the game, that the characters speak has to have a swear work in
it. Its that over the top that the game has been heavily criticized
for it swearing, I think with out this it would not have its 18+
rating and that would made it very low for almost any age to play
it. One more thing I mention here is that I found in one or two
situations where when I was playing as the main male characters
that it was the voice of the female characters over lapping. Although
it was very rare to hear it was a used game with scratchís that
could of cause the problem.
I keep this short by saying that the controls are the
same as in the first getaway. For those that have not played it,
itís basically the same layout as other games of its type. With
the handling of the cars and bikes are very sensitive, itís hard
to drive with them: you will be hitting a lot of vehicles, some
sudden skids and revising it pretty much imposable. With the handling
this bad, any one that expecting to enjoy this part will be disappointed
and I was glad most of the time to get back to the on-foot sections.
One more thing is that there are no tips, instructions or any
type of tutorial, so you will need to read the manual at least
The gameplay is just like the previous game, although
there is a new storyline and characters, the game does not offer
anything new apart from that you can now drive bikes but that
has no effect on the gameplay. The driving sections are either
chasing someone or getting from A-B, the only think I found slightly
interesting was that I was driving real cars like the Peugeot
206 that I want to buy or a Mitsubishi GTO Twinturbo (one of my
favorite cars). Apart from that being in the vehicles was boring
and sometimes annoying as when you collide with something is will
reaction in to ways. One being hit by a car only a bit will make
you spin out and out of control. But where as hitting a solid
lamppost or metal railing will make you slide out the way or suddenly
move with out taking damage even though you defiantly hit it.
Onto the shooting side, when your moving
around in buildings shooting people the auto lock on aim seems
to be always on the wrong person. So if you thinking manual aim
be better its not as with the developers real feel to the game
you have no aim curser to see were you are shooting. So unless
youíre a robot you end up using a few clips on one person were
only a few bullets will hit. Along with the bad camera angles
most of the time, it just makes it more difficult and least enjoying.
The worst bit of the gameplay is were you
control the girl called Sam, were all her missions are to do with
stealth. Donít get me wrong here, I love stealth games but itís
made so bad here youíll be praying to get of these parts. As Sam
donít fight or use guns, along with the camera angles and even
people spotting you when they shouldnít its almost imposable to
do these parts, even me a heavy gamer taken me many re Ėtries.
To finish this off the healing situation is still the same weird
odd way were you have to wait a second for your character to lean
on the wall for the blood and bullet damage to disappear, although
there is now a few medi-kits, yes thatís right a few in the hole
game on wall for you to use instead of the weird lean on wall
With the main game if should take at the most a week
to complete but I done see any reason to replay again but like
before there is a roaming mode where you can does drive around
doing what you like and try and find some of the secret cars.
Along with that you get a few more extra modes over the previous
game like race, chase, and black cab. These modes may add more
days or weeks of replay value but I couldnít cope with the controls
anymore so I managed to pay only about half of the races.
==BUY OR NOT TO BUY==
From what I can tell they have just put in new characters,
storyline, new vehicles plus bikes right on top of the original
game. If you had a chose from the 1st or 2nd game, I go for the
original even if it was a few more pounds to pay as this sequel
has not added anything new or good the game.