| Set among the tough streets of London's underworld, The Getaway features breakneck, ultra-realistic driving action in dozens of different cars, mixed with combat on foot and unprecedented levels of cinematic realism, as you battle your way to the truth in an attempt to bring down London's biggest crime lord. |
There are two sides to every story and The Getaway allows you to play as Mark Hammond, a gangster on the run, desperate to clear his name and wrongly accused of the murder of his wife. Then play through as Frank Carter, a ruthless vigilante copper, suspended from the Flying Squad but prepared to go to any lengths to get justice. Either way, you'll find yourself up against Charlie Jolson, a notorious crime boss and king of the London underworld for more than 30 years.
Each plot works separately, but is intertwined with the other and equally gripping. Over an hour's worth of movie-quality cut scenes push the narrative along, delivered in a cinematic style that will engross you and draw you further into a dark and disturbing underworld of unscrupulous criminals and serpentine plots.
You won't just be sitting watching a movie, though: the game combines adrenaline-fuelled driving with frighteningly realistic on-foot combat. If you need a break from the relentless pace of the main game, bonus games allow you to travel the city as an innocent tourist, or a slightly less innocent black cab or mini cab driver.
Every car you see in the game can be appropriated and driven, and each one handles authentically - it's just that many of them won't be used to being driven the way you're going to drive them. Just be warned that all the cars can also get wrecked.
Realistic, dark and gritty, it features possibly the largest environment ever seen in an action game: more than 40 square kilometres of London streets to find your way around, as well as 20 real-life interior locations in which the action takes place. A cast of 22 main characters, as well as a host of minor ones, ensure you're never far from a potentially unsettling encounter.
With its huge scope and over 60 minutes of compelling narrative set within photo-realistic locations, The Getaway will not only be the most realistic driving/action game yet on any next generation console, but also promises to be the game that breaks the boundaries of action entertainment.