The Getaway: Black Monday

Common Sense Media says

Stay away -- it's bloody and boring.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Blood pools form, and blood splatters on walls when characters are shot.

Sex

Female nudity (breasts) and sexually suggestive

Language

F-word, C-word, etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the game's three primary characters either are criminals or once were criminals. Although each has admirable qualities (Mitchell is a police officer, Eddie is loyal, and Sam is intelligent), stealing from and/or killing people is a central theme in all of their lives.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

You play THE GETAWAY: BLACK MONDAY as three characters: Sergeant Mitchell, a troubled cop with a dark past; Eddie, a small time thug who uses his fists as well as weapons; and Sam, a female hacker and gymnast who accomplishes missions by stealth. The game begins with Sergeant Mitchell pursuing the Latvian mob and trying to rescue a reporter

After eight or so missions you play as Eddie (with Sam leading you), involved in a failed bank heist and then up against the Russian mob and a London gang, and then you play as Sam in a game of infiltration, after which you once again play as Eddie with the option of leaving or helping Sam. There are a total of four endings based on whether or not you helped Sam and/or rescued the reporter as Mitchell. While the various endings of the game are innovative and support the movie-like feel, the storyline gets lost.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The dreary, rainy London backdrop is well-drawn, and the dialogue of the cut scenes is impressive, despite often incomprehensible British slang and excessive use of the F-word. But the linear gameplay grows boring, and the characters must be "steered" using a limited camera swivel that can make you nauseous. Enemies are easily dispatched with very little skill. And like a movie, the action feels far away.

The killing is not the kind of close-up goriness found in first-person shooters, but the game combines mature themes. There is nudity (bare breasts) and sexual suggestion; characters smoke cigarettes; and the cussing includes use of the F-word, C-word, and other genitalia references. Overall, though the novelty of multiple plots and the blurring of lines between video games and movies are compelling innovations, the mature material makes this a bad choice for young players -- and even older teens will be bored.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about moral choices. One of the characters is given approval by his superior to carry out missions that result in the deaths of criminals and innocents alike. Does the approval of superiors justify certain kinds of behavior? Do the ends ever justify the means?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:January 12, 2005
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for (PlayStation 2)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byhisp34 March 15, 2011
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

10+

Game's almost perfect, i just wish in free roaming mode you could g and rob stores, but still is a fun game
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old April 18, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

London is cool!!!!

Love both the getaways, this one especially. It does contain very strong language, strong sex reference's and bloody and gory violence, but still brilliant game. (I think Sam is steaming hot!)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bybrandondelandro2 December 26, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

black monday

the greates games i ever commer cross
What other families should know
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