The Great Escape - PC

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Also for: PS2, Xbox
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Pivotal Soft. Co.: Pivotal
Publishers: Sold Out (GB)
SCi (GB)
Released: 9 Nov 2005 (GB)
29 Aug 2003 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
No Accessories: No Accessories


Based on the 1963 classic, SCi’s The Great Escape follows the heroic efforts of Captain Virgil 'The Cooler King' Hilts in a virtual stealth adventure based on actual events from World War II. Your crusade begins deep in the grounds of the infamous “escape proof” POW camp Stalag Luft III in a game that requires the use of stealth, combat and motorbikes to progress through some truly formidable levels.

Like most other games with an element of stealth gameplay, The Great Escape pits players in a 3D world infested with enemy troops in which walls become a man’s best friend and greatest hope for survival. You’ll be charged with several crucial objectives whilst wandering the 3D gaming environments and you’ll make particular use of the game’s “keyhole camera” and “distractions” features. In order to progress through certain stages of the game, you’ll have to interact with other prisoners and convince them to create a distraction for troublesome guards. It’s a nice touch that many other games of this type seem to have missed.

The game world itself looks great, and combined with some dramatic camera angles and perspectives, it offers an authentic atmosphere and a genuinely tense experience. There are some nice lighting effects and the general mood of the game is dark and intimidating, very much like the real thing. It is a game that will inevitably be compared with Konami’s Metal Gear series, but it shouldn’t. It’s a game out on its own, and one that adds to the genre and doesn’t take from it.