Old School Cool: Why The Getaway Is A PS2 Gem

The Getaway was an open-world game inspired by Grand Theft Auto that explored a different kind of criminal underground.

Old School Cool is our new original video series releasing every Tuesday afternoon on the Den of Geek Facebook page. Each week, we break out the SNES, Sega Genesis, PS2 or another classic console as we take you on an nostalgia trip into the world of classic video games and accessories.

Old School Cool: The Getaway

The Getaway is not considered a classic today – perhaps due to its technical limitations or its overt riffing on a much more famous open-world crime series – but there’s no denying it had style. Shedding light on a completely different underworld than Grand Theft Auto‘s Liberty City or San Andreas. 

This Get Carter and Snatch-inspired title brought us the London underworld in all its cockney glory. You play two parallel stories – one as ex-bank robber Mark Hammond and the other as Detective Constable Frank Carter – that intersect and deliver an intense crime yarn that remains one of the better narratives in the genre. Unfortunately, the game suffered a bit upon release due to several bugs and the fact that it came out around the same time as Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which we all know was a mega hit on the PlayStation 2. 

If you love the Grand Theft Auto series and want something different, you could do far worse than giving The Getaway a spin. Get a little history lesson about the game in the video below!