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The Getaway: Black Monday
Developer(s) Team SOHO
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)
JP Sega
Engine Kinetica
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
Release date(s) EU 12 November, 2004
NA 11 January, 2005
JP 9 November, 2005
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ESRB: Mature
PEGI: 18+
Media DVD
Input methods DualShock 2

The Getaway: Black Monday is an action-adventure video game, developed in the United Kingdom by London-based Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) subsidiary, Team SOHO, and released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2. It is set in London and take its cues from British gangster movies such as Get Carter, The Long Good Friday and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is a follow-up to The Getaway.

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Gameplay

Unlike the Grand Theft Auto, True Crime and Driver series, the game features licensed vehicles such as Renault, Brabus, and Vauxhall. There are about 130 playable vehicles.

Differences between American version and European version

In the American version of the game, there are two extra vehicles. Those vehicles are a generic orange sports car and a New York City taxi. The taxi is a current generation Ford Crown Victoria.

Characters

The game is set in London and concerns the lives of three playable characters - a policeman, a boxer and a scam artist — with different abilities. For example, Sam can crawl on ceiling vents, but cannot engage in hand-to-hand combat.

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Sgt. Ben 'Mitch' Mitchell

Quiet yet dangerous, Mitch has been accused of being trigger-happy. As an operative in the Organised Crime Squad of the Metropolitan Police, his sudden mood swings and foreboding silences may unnerve his colleagues, but his commanding officer, Inspector Munroe, respects and trusts his methods of operation. Athletic, powerful and focused on the job in hand, his army training has prepared him for policing the city's streets. To Mitch, an order is an order, but sometimes his own judgment takes control.

Eddie O' Connor

Uncomplicated and down-to-earth, with Eddie, what you see is what you get. Born and Raised in Bethnal Green, Eddie has inherited the old East End values of family and loyalty. Having boxed at Danny West's Gym since he was eleven, Eddie is now a star amateur boxer and something of a local celebrity. Danny taught Eddie everything he knows, and Eddie would do anything for his mentor - no questions asked.

Sam Thompson

Slight, agile and as hard as nails, Sam is ready and willing to prove herself. A born scam artist, her obsession with computer hacking has drawn the attention of the local criminal fraternity, however, time inside a juvenile unit left her with little but gymnastics training. Now that she is out, she can access the buildings and security systems she hacks and having been approached by Danny and his Crew, she's about to prove that, at age nineteen, her intelligence and ambition are well beyond her years.

Danny West

A boxing trainer for 20 years, Dannys concerns in his life are his gym, his boys, gambling habit and making enough money to support all these things. He has got his hands in just about every pie-from debt collecting to nightclub security from racketeering to protection schemes. His Habit ha landed him in trouble and now that the Collins Crew are calling the debt. Danny is one throw of the dice away from gambling his last.

Jackie Philips

Beautiful and quick-witted crime journalist Jackie Philips has been investigating the rise of European organised crime in London for several years. Gathering information for a book, in which she will expose the identities of an elusive Eastern bloc mafia based in London, Jackie has put her life in danger for the cause of journalism. Her courage is about to be severely tested.

Viktor Skobel

A former Russian statesman, Viktor was driven out of Estonia in '92. Since then he has become an eminent figure in London's finance industry. He is a complex individual whose charming smile conceals a ruthless core. He has a passion for fine art, fine culture and fine women whom he treats like second-class citizens. A tattoo on his left hand hints at a less refined upbringing.

Zara Beauvais

Zara commands all the power that her beauty allows. Her looks are her commodity: she uses them to get what she desires. Providing she keeps her mouth shut, Zara makes the perfect accessory for Viktor: a fate she can handle as long as the price is right.

Jimmer Collins

Since the death of Nick Collins, his little brother Jimmer has assumed control of the much feared Collins Crew. But with little experience in managing such a business, Jimmer is struggling for support from his gang and is running his dead brothers firm into the ground. Backed into a corner and without his brother to guide him, Jimmers empire is about to crumble.

Jamahl

Jamahl and his Yardies were least affected by the gang war of 2002, in fact they thrived after Jolson's downfall. Jamahl's turf has grown but his operations have streamlined. Moving away from drugs, he's now focussed on guns, which he always preferred anyway. Finally Jamahl's a main player.

Plot

The game begin with a flashback sequence where Sergeant Ben Mitchell is chasing down an armed teenage robber. Mitch orders him to the floor and the teen stops running. He aims for Mitch and then attempts to escape, earning a shot in his back. One year later, Mitch is on his first day back on the team. The team heads towards a East London housing estate where they believe the Collin's Crew is storing drugs in a flat. The team breaks into the flat, but finds it empty (With only two Collins members), but PC Harvey and another SO19 officer find a door that leads to the flat next door, and find tons of drugs. They soon chase them down in the apartment complex and PC Harvey is injured in the leg. Mitch single-handedly hunts down the remaining suspects who take a woman hostage in the roof. Back at the station, Mitch is taunted about the teenager incident and Mitch almost loses his temper when Inspector Munroe informs them of a shooting at a boxing club in Shoreditch. After arriving at the scene, Mitch chases Jimmer Collins who manages to escape.

Munroe suspects a Latvian Gang is responsible and assigns Mitch and Stoppard to join a unit of SO19 who are preparing to raid a scrapyard in Lambeth to detain the suspect, Levi. Levi is immediately bailed out and leads Mitch to Jackie Philipps. She informs them of a deal going down at Holborn tube station on platform 4 and arrests the trader, but he escapes and is arrested afterwards. Jackie gives a phone call saying she knows the leader and the phone goes dead. When they arrive a man shoots Munroe and leaves him in a room that explodes and kills himself. Jackie left a note saying Skobel while the police know a gun trade is going down. Mitch beats the trader and extracts the info. It leads him to a warehouse. Meanwhile Eddie robs a bank and the others (except Sam and John, because he double-crossed them). They escape and find John dead but retrieve the icon. They return to the boxing club and see Mitch enter. Sam sneaks in and sees Danny and a young boy, presumably Errol's son, dead. Sam left a laptop at the bank and wants to return. If Eddie says yes, they shoot their ways in, if no, Eddie leaves her and she sneaks in. She retrieves the laptop. If Eddie escorts her she doesn't get caught but if he doesn't then she gets caught. Eddie tracks down Jimmer, who mentions Viktor killed Danny before he is killed by Yuri and Alexi. He follows Yuri to lead to Skobel. He is ambushed by Nadiya who has Jackie. Sergeant Mitch raids the warehouse (this is where his story ended off) and Eddie kills Yuri and escapes. He chases Viktor to his house where he kills Nadiya, and if the player chooses to, Zara. If Sam hasn't been captured, she sneaks into Alexi's car. Eddie chases him to his yacht and kills Alexi. Then Viktor appears, pointing a gun at Sam if she was captured. If she wasn't, then it is pointed at Eddie. If Sam isn't captured, then she damages a machine down below, presumably an engine. If she was captured Eddie grabs a harpoon gun and shoots the driver. The boat crashes. Sergeant Mitch arrives and tells Eddie to freeze. If Eddie saved Jackie Philipps then Mitch helps Eddie, if not Mitch is angry and gets hit by Eddie. There is a fight in which Sergeant Mitch dies. Eddie regrets it but he had no choice. If Sam wasn't captured, she waits at the dock. Viktor Throws Sam off a railing if she was captured and she dies. Eddie kills Viktor, breaking the icon. If Mitch is still alive, he takes Eddie's guns and takes the blame for the shoot out. The last scene shows the police outside. If both are alive, then Mitch is seen giving a blanket to Sam.

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