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Prisoner of War (PS2)

Platform : PlayStation2
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3.9 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Encounter edge-of-your-seat tension
  • Find the holes in the guards' security and break out to freedom
  • Interact with friends, comrades and enemies
  • Artificial life technology governs the behaviour of every person in the camp
  • Rich, tense soundtrack with movie-style music
  • Multiple POW prison camps including the unbreachable Colditz Castle itself
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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00005V12B
  • Release Date: 19 July 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,799 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

On arrival at the prisoner of war camp, circa 1941, you will be introduced to life as a prisoner in Nazi Germany, as well as a variety of interesting characters from around the world. Soon you will be devising a cunning escape plan involving the theft of tools from the Nazis' own living quarters. There are three meticulously modeled, fully 3D, historically realistic prisoner of war camps, including the infamous Colditz Castle. These camps are rich, detail-packed environments, brought to life with outstanding lighting, weather and other graphical effects.

The immersive game world is made vivid by the artificial intelligence of its population. Sophisticated detection, flocking, socialization and other artificial life algorithms work together to create a living, breathing world of distinctively-characterized inmates and guards. Your character is able to talk to anyone he meets, pick up and drop objects, climb fences and walls, crouch, crawl, mantle along ledges, peek around corners, tap on walls to distract guards, throw stones, use a telescope, and perform a wide variety of special actions with particular objects. An intelligent context-sensitive action button system ensures maximum control intuitiveness at all times. It is possible to replay any completed level, and aim to beat recorded escape times in order to earn new abilities.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Prisoner of War attempts to recreate the heady antics of World War II's Allied escapees in a plotline which combines Nazi secret weapons, tunnels, disguises and daring breaks over the wire. Players must take the game's hero, US airman Captain Lewis Stone, through a number of camps including Stalag Luft and Colditz, completing a large number of mini-missions which culminate in full-scale escape attempts. The game is structured to mimic the daily life of prisoners: roll calls must be attended, dinners eaten, and failure to turn up results in camp-wide searches by Nazi guards and their attendant Alsatians.

Codemasters have done well to create a believable atmosphere for the game. Camp layouts are faithful to the real locations and the sense of claustrophobia is strong. In essence this is a Metal Gear Solid 2-a-like--there's little opportunity for shooting and stealth is the name of the game. Guards have razor-sharp senses, resulting in many trips to the cooler for a night's solitary detention after an abortive attempt to steal something vital from a locked storeroom. And therein lies the major problem with Prisoner of War: it can get very repetitive very quickly. Without a clear plan of what to do and how to do it capture happens often and can become very frustrating. This is a game that rewards the patient player; gung-ho tactics have no place for the average PoW.

Graphically, the game looks great; the effect is only spoiled by the stilted cut scenes, which never seem to flow properly and break up the plot in a rather annoying fashion. Sound is quite sparse and some of the voice acting, especially for the Allied characters, is weak and wooden. By contrast, the Germans all have 'Allo 'Allo-style comedy accents guaranteed to bring a smile even after being caught for the umpteeth time.

Players looking for quickfire action would be well advised to steer clear of Prisoner of War and head for the superb Medal of Honor: Frontline, but for those looking for something a bit more cerebral, Prisoner of War provides hours of stealthy, silent entertainment. --Chris Russell

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I had been reading about Prisoner of War for weeks before it was finally released with much anticipation, I was not disappointed. Let's get one thing straight though right from the start - if you expect a shoot-em-up and think that as the game progresses you will get some kind of machine-gun and blast your way to freedom, then you will be disappointed. The game involves hunting for objects (such as german uniforms,keys and crowbars) to help you escape. Creeping around outside barracks at night with guards nearby and searchlights scouring the camp. The graphics are excellent and the atmospheric music helps to build up the intensity. The German uniforms are even authentic right down to the collar patches on the Luftwaffe and SS officers. It does get repetetive though and I think it would have been better if there were several different ways to escape from the camp. Instead there is just one and you have to follow a set pattern of collecting items and information from your fellow prisoners before making a dash for it. This is well worth buying though if you liked The Great Escape movie and want a game with a challenge. One more thing though, it's very hard and gets frustrating when you keep on getting caught by the guards and sent to the cooler. Keep on trying though and be patient and you will reap the rewards.
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I've waited a week and given the game a good play-testing before passing comment on it. This is a hard game to crack, if your expecting an MGS2 like game then i'd suggest looking elsewhere. The overall idea of the game is good, the control method, whilst a tadge fiddly at times is adequate. The first couple of levels are fairly easy, getting you into the game, but the interaction with the other prisoners is limited to simply asking the same questions over and over again. The gameplay can become repetitive (you constantly have to travel over old ground to complete objectives) this may be due to the claustrophobic nature of a prison camp but it can prove a bit of a chore. Once your a couple of levels into the game the guards suddenly turn from extras in "Hogans Hero's" (i.e - dense) to crack SS Officers, making the game extremly frustrating. Maybe that adds to the longevity, but how i wish you could silence guards with a quick neck break (ala MSG). Overall this is a fairly good game, one that will last you a fair bit if you can put up with the niggles, but i feel too many people will get frustrated and throw the towel in. Maybe worth checking your local market stall and getting this as a pre-owned game more so than paying top dollar for it.
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By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2002
I read all the reviews on amazon and from what other gamers thought of this it didn't seem that good, i took a risk and bought it and i was not dissapointed. Okay some of the dialog is cheesy humour but that doesn't spoil the great great gameplay. Tension builds up as you get closer and closer trying to sneak past guards to steal vital information, to me this game was better than metal gear solid 2. You do have to use your head when playing P.O.W. you can't go round breaking guards necks, but you think on how to succeed in your objectives by just using boot polish etc. This is a perfect game for people who love stealth games, and it is also one of the best ps2's titles. A brilliant purchase
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Yes, I admit that there are more than a few niggles in this game (the dire voice acting and ropey cut scenes to mention 2 of the main culprits), but actually playing the game is, in itself, a rewarding experience, you really don't spend that much time interacting with the other POWs, and the rest of the game can be quite immersive.
You can spend a lot of time mouching around, hiding and crouching under huts etc. just studying guard patterns (just like MGS2), however in this case you have to make a move sooner rather than later as otherwise you are going to miss roll-call and get busted. Getting busted may not be the end of the world but if you want to get a good rating then you will be trying to avoid this at all costs. There are many comparisons with MGS in terms of the stealth and gameplay, but there are also many differences in the general style and overall feel - MGS required you to think about your approach and the same can be said here, at times things may get repetitive, but many parts are very satisfying and whilst some parts are genuinely difficult, the overall experience tends to suck you in to having just one more go. The game can be infuriating at times, but in general all good games that force you to think a bit are - there are always seemingly impossible situations in Tomb Raider, tricky stages here and there in Colin McCrae, some insane boss level in MGS, if games are too easy then the sense of enjoyment and achievement at having beaten it is lost and you quickly tire of the experience.
This game is much better than average and although it may be a bit slow for some, I'm sure that many gamers who give it a chance will enjoy it, the controls are pretty easy to get to grips with, everything seems fairly intuitive and the learning curve is well thought out.
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Wether you have played it one or one hundred times this game never gets boring. You play the part of captain Lewis Stone, an American pilot who is sent to fly over a German prison camp to spy when his plane is shot down and he is captured. you will have to complete multiple tasks before you can escape. You can talk to other prisoners to get tips on how to complete an objective, set up a distraction and buy items of a prisoner for some "currency." The graphics are great, the storyline was very well thought, the chararcters are funny and the game is really realistic, once you start playing you can't stop. You can throw stones at objects to distract guards or even steal a german uniform.
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