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The Great Escape (PlayStation 2)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Good story, with the gameplay letting down Simon Koetsier (422) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 2.5
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.0
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.5
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (2 votes) 3.4

The Press Says

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Auch wenn die Gesprengte-Ketten-Lizenz bei der authentischen Soundkulisse und den spielbaren Schlüsselszenen gut genutzt wurde, ist bei der virtuellen Umsetzung viel Potential auf der Strecke geblieben. Vor allem die fast leblos wirkenden Charaktere und die wenig ansehnliche Optik nagen an der spannenden Atmosphäre. Doch nicht nur die Präsentation, sondern auch Technik und Spielmechanik bleiben teils weit hinter den Möglichkeiten der PS2 zurück. Verwaschene Texturen, Ruckel-Scrolling und PAL-Balken zeugen ebenso von schlampiger Programmierung, wie die teils bockige Steuerung und die mitunter peinlichen KI-Routinen Eurer Gegner. Doch trotz begriffsstutziger Wachen und relativ geradliniger Ausbruchspläne, sind die abwechslungsreichen Fluchtversuche nicht ohne, denn fehlende Sichtmarkierungen sowie Speicher- und Zeitlimits können Euch ganz schön unter Druck setzen.
Game Over Online
Overall, The Great Escape will be most enjoyed by fans of the movie. Players who like a good stealth game should consider leaving this title on the shelves and looking elsewhere. There are definitely far better examples of games in this genre.
Game Chronicles
Even so, The Great Escape just felt incomplete and unpolished, or perhaps just rushed out the door. Considering we’ve been waiting this long there is no reason not to hang onto this game until it was flawless. Obviously, MGM and the McQueen family gave their approval, but whether you enjoy it will depend on your love of the genre and your tolerance for mediocrity.
Overall, The Great Escape is merely an OK game that could have been a lot better. Perhaps if the developers had focused more on the stealth part of the game and less on the other aspects, we'd have a game that's less varied but more fun to play. As it is, The Great Escape may be fun for die-hard fans of the film, but if you're just looking for a good action game, or even a good World War II action game, you could do better.
For all its flaws, The Great Escape is nevertheless a good game. The thrill of completing a mission, or even just achieving another objective is an exhilarating feeling. Watch the film first, as it's a brilliant movie experience. And do give the game a chance too – perseverance will provide a worthwhile gaming experience with many rewarding moments.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
As a great movie aficionado, I had a lot of high hopes for this game, and unfortunately like most great action movie actors, this game is destined to obscurity and to be forgotten, which at least in the game's case, is a good thing.
The Great Escape set itself up for a great stealth game, but falls short. It’s not a bad game, but there are better titles in the genre. Control was my biggest issue throughout the game. If the interface was fine tuned a bit and made a little easier to use, The Great Escape could have been a blast to play. Also aside from framerate issues The Great Escape is a fun way to revisit the old movie, just don’t expect it to live up to other games of the genre like Metal Gear Solid or Medal Of Honor.
On pouvait s'attendre à un meilleur résultat pour cette adaptation d'un classique du cinéma. Tous les éléments étaient là pour faire un bon jeu, mais de trop grosses lacunes dans à peu près tous les domaines le condamnent à prendre la poussière au fond du placard.
Super Play
The Great Escape är långt ifrån det enda filmlicensspelet som inte når upp till sin potential. Det är inte utan att man börjar undra om spelbolagen automatiskt får en förbannelse med på köpet. Å andra sidan finns det faktiskt spel som bevisar motsatsen. Min gissning blir därför att Pivotal Games har haft bråtom och valt att kompromissa med ambitionen istället för att skjuta upp releasen. Detta är så klart en dödssynd och eftersom det dessutom handlar om en film som hade alla förutsättningar att fungera som spel blir fallet extra hårt. Steve McQueen skulle säkert ha varit besviken.
The Great Escape feels unfinished and thrown together. Some more time and thought could have made this game great, but as is, it's just not enough. A shame too since the movie license has so much potential as a videogame. Fans of the movie may find something to like here, but that's about it.
40 (UK)
The Great Escape, as you've probably gathered by now, is a severely flawed game. Yet somewhere - hidden underneath a terrible combat system, weird AI and an untrustworthy camera - there lies the frail skeleton of a good stealth game. If only Pivotal had concentrated entirely on this trait, then The Great Escape's early promise might well have made it worthy of recommending.
I god ordning skulle man kunna säga "spelet kanske tilltalar filmens fans". Åtminstone jag börjar undra hur många fler trista filmlicensspel det krävs, innan människor förstår att sådan argumentation inte håller. En bra film ursäktar inte ett dåligt spel med dess namn.