The original Italian Job is one of those films which surely everyone must have seen, and the American remake which Eidos' officially licensed game is based on sees you play as Charlie Croker, attempting to steal back gold bullion worth millions of dollars.


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Action takes place around Los Angeles and Hollywood, and it seems a good choice of location due to the complex road junctions, freeway ramps, fast hilly streets, multi-storey car parks, subway system and other urban features which suit this sort of game all too well.

Compared with the car control of the Mini's in Midtown Madness 3, the whole system seems somewhat clunky and unfriendly, with the pad configuration not helping matters. However car handling for the stunt sections actually seem to work better, allowing for some fairly precise control - but still far from perfect.


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There's a fairly wide range of gameplay available, which is probably just as well because the Story based gameplay doesn't really offer much more than a selection of fairly similar tasks which all seem too quick to complete, and offer little reason to try and attempt them again.

Where the Story based play isn't great, there's much better modes including Stunt Driving and Circuit Racing, and these provide the real enjoyment and challenge. In fact the stunt mode especially gives you something which you'll go back to time and time again to try and perfect that tight turn whilst on just two wheels.


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The Italian Job: LA Heist is a fairly enjoyable game, but feels as though it's over all too quickly, and lacking something which really should have been there. A slightly annoying car control system also hampers the gameplay slightly, especially when compared with Midtown Madness 3.

Overall score: 7 out of 10
Publisher: Eidos
Recommended Price: 39.99
Available: Now
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