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on 3 March 2004
It is rare that a video game based on a film does justice to the film, and there is no exception with The Great Escape. I expected from this game sophisticated stealth, heart-pounding action and a captivating storyline. However, the reality is that this game is repetitive, tedious and no fun at all. The missions are simplistic with no interesting twists or objectives. The sort of objectives inlclude 'fetch me a soldier's identification papers', which can add a nice variation to some games (rather than just shooting the enemy), but when this is the same sort of thing you have to do again and again, becomes boring. Even when attempting to obtain such items, there are very few stealthy tactics available (such as the impeccable movements available in Splinter Cell or Metal Gear Solid) so what you basically have to do is run to a hut, open the door, pick up the item and run back.
Concerning the action factor, this game again fails to impress me with a poor arsenal of weaponry, idiotic AI and very little shooting at all. Granted stealth games are often very tense when having to sneak around people instead of shooting them, but i as i have already said, there is little regarding stealth anyway so you really just have to run past them.
Some say that this is an average game because it links in well with the film, however this doesn't make a good game for long. If you like the film so much, watch it, don't bore yourself with this disgraceful game. this game has nothing going for it. it included no revolutionary aspects of gameplay, nor did it live up to any respectable games in the market. My advice: only buy this game if you have played all other games available, because very few will be worse than this. i emplore you, don't waste your money as i did.