The Italian Job (2001 video game)

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The Italian Job
The Italian Job (2001) coverart.jpg
Developer(s) Pixelogic
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s) PlayStation
  • PAL 5 October 2001
Windows
  • PAL 12 April 2002
  • NA 19 August 2002
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

The Italian Job is a video game based on the original 1969 The Italian Job film. It was first released for PAL-based PlayStation markets in 2001, and in North America for PlayStation and Microsoft Windows in 2002. The game features a story mode based on the movie and a multiplayer mode where the player drives through several different circuits in London and Turin. The game features representations of London and Turin that the player can drive around freely within a sandbox mode, in a range of cars including the famous Mini. The North American PlayStation version was one of a number of budget titles released near the end of that console's lifespan that debuted at only $9.99 MSRP.

Game Modes[edit]

Italian Job Mode[edit]

Loosely following the plot of the film, the player guides Charlie Croker and his gang as they pull together all of the people and parts they need to pull off the "Italian Job".

Party Play Mode[edit]

1-8 players race through a series of checkpoints, competing for best time. Players take turns by passing the controller from person to person.

Challenge Mode[edit]

This mode is unlocked when all levels and race types in London are completed. It includes Brake Tests, Jump Tests and others with increasing difficulty as the player completes a race/mission.

Checkpoint Mode[edit]

A series of checkpoint-based racers in both London and Turin. Based on how well the player performs in a checkpoint race, consequent levels with increasing difficulty are unlocked.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS) 72.18%[1]
(PC) 59.53%[2]
Metacritic (PS) 73/100[3]
(PC) 59/100[4]
Review scores
Publication Score
Electronic Gaming Monthly 8.5/10[5]
Game Informer 7.5/10[6]
GamePro 3/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution B−[8]
GameSpot (PS) 7.3/10[9]
(PC) 7/10[10]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[11]
GameZone (PC) 7.4/10[12]
(PS) 6/10[13]
IGN (PS) 7.5/10[14]
(PC) 6/10[15]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 5/5 stars[16]
PC Gamer US 62%[17]

The game has received average to mixed reviews. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 72.18% and 73 out of 100 for the PlayStation version,[1][3] and 59.53% and 59 out of 100 for the PC version.[2][4]

Similar Titles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Italian Job for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b "The Italian Job for PC". GameRankings. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  3. ^ a b "The Italian Job Critic Reviews for PlayStation". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  4. ^ a b "The Italian Job Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  5. ^ EGM Staff (June 2002). "The Italian Job (PS)". Electronic Gaming Monthly (156): 120. 
  6. ^ "The Italian Job (PS)". Game Informer (111): 89. July 2002. 
  7. ^ Bro Buzz (2002-04-30). "The Italian Job Review for PlayStation on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2005-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  8. ^ Joe (June 2002). "The Italian Job - Playstation Review". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on 2002-08-11. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  9. ^ Provo, Frank (2002-05-02). "The Italian Job Review (PS)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  10. ^ Kasavin, Greg (2002-08-26). "The Italian Job Review (PC)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  11. ^ Brooks, Mark (2002-11-18). "The Italian Job (PC)". GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2005-12-27. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  12. ^ Zacarias, Eduardo (2002-09-08). "The Italian Job - PC - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  13. ^ Watkins, Rob (2002-05-29). "The Italian Job - PSX - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  14. ^ Nix, Marc (2002-06-18). "The Italian Job (PS)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  15. ^ Nix, Marc (2002-09-23). "The Italian Job (PC)". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  16. ^ "The Italian Job (PS1)". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine: 102. June 2002. 
  17. ^ Mahood, Andy (November 2002). "The Italian Job". PC Gamer: 134. Archived from the original on 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 

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