Team Soho certainly don't do things by halves. The Getaway is one of the most hyped and highly anticipated titles in development for the PlayStation 2 and its continuous delays lead people to believe that it might never see the light of the day. Well see the light of day it has and those who witnessed it at E3 couldn't help but marvel at the ambitious goals Team Soho have set themselves.
If you watched The Getaway for just a few minutes then wandered away you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. In it's current state the visuals are not exactly earth-shattering but it is what's being done with them that impresses. The Getaway aims to blend the feel of British crime film classics like Get Carter, and more recently films like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. To do this the game has extremely high production values and some of the FMV in-game is superb. It's all extremely R-rated of course so this will no doubt throw a bit of fuel on the fires of controversy.
It's not hard to see that The Getaway has some serious cinematic ambitions. Check out this story summary from the official press release.
[indent]The Getaway revolves around three violent men, locked in a struggle for power, justice, and revenge. Mark Hammond, an ex-gangster on the run and desperate to avoid capture so that he can clear his name, stands wrongly accused of the murder of his wife. Frank Carter, a ruthless vigilante copper, currently suspended from the Flying Squad, is prepared to go to any lengths - lawful or otherwise - to get justice. Both men, desperate to clear their names, find themselves manipulated and controlled by the third: Charlie Jolson, a notorious crime boss and master of London's East End underground for over thirty years. Operating on either side of the law, they're both desperate for revenge and, for different reasons, both out to bring down London's king of crime.
The story winds its way through unexpected betrayals and backstabs and in places jumps back in time to show other perspective's on the events that have come to pass. We really can't emphasise enough how close to movie-quality the cut-scenes in The Getaway are.