The Italian Job
|a game by||Pixelogic Limited|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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This Job, not to be confused with the first Italian Job game (PS1), is loosely based on the recent Italian Job movie remake. I know this because of the approximately five seconds of film footage they show at the start. Once that's out of the way, the game consists of a series of missions, most of which involve driving a Mini, finding a Mini, or driving a Mini in search of more Minis. If you are, say, in the Guinness book as the world's biggest fan of Mini Coopers, this could conceivably be quite enjoyable--like a dream, even. If you're anybody else (well, aside from G. Ford), it gets boring fast. You'll soon stop caring about the mission objectives, since they're almost all the same: The red dot on your radar is where you need to go. So get there. While the arcadey driving physics aren't too bad, there's nothing else about Job that's particularly fun. Not the meager Stunt or Circuit modes, and certainly not the stage where you have to chase another car for six and a half minutes. Go see the original '69 Italian Job movie instead, and let us never speak of Italian jobs again.
Gee guys, you're being awfully rough on The Italian Job. I know it's nothing revolutionary, but this racer offers simple, responsive controls, neat stunts, and story bits lifted from the movie's cool plot--enough to keep me entertained until the end. The Story, Circuit, and Stunt modes are all solid, sending you through an impressive-looking L.A. in some sleek cars (with no noticeable graphical hit in two-player matches). My biggest beef? You'll most likely polish off this game in a weekend. A great rental.
I think Ford's letting his crush on Marky Mark cloud his judgment, 'cause I wouldn't even rent this game if it were free. My big problem is that the radar in Italian Job is completely useless. Including a rough street layout map (like in Vice City or Midnight Club II) would have improved the gameplay dramatically. As it stands, the boring, repetitive, and annoying missions will only frustrate you. If you must drive a Mini, buy the much better (and much cheaper) Italian Job on PS1.