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The Great Escape (Windows)

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www.xbox.com:
    Stalag Luft III, Germany, 1943. Shot out of the skies over Germany. Imprisoned deep behind enemy lines. Trapped in the toughest Prisoner of War camp man has ever built. You must command the most daring of the Allies' escape artists to break free and wreak havoc in the heart of the Nazi empire! Use your wits to elude your captors, through stealth and espionage episodes, as you equip your secret army with the tools needed for this clandestine odyssey. Once you've broken through to freedom, draw your guns, and blast your way through the gut of the Nazi war machine! Finally, you will take to the highways, in all-out chases through enemy lines, and on to freedom. Superstar Steve McQueen is digitally resurrected to star in this classic saga of WWII courage and heroism, based on the classic film and true story. Can you handle the great excitement, the great adventure, and the great suspense of this epic? You must triumph over the evil Third Reich as the mastermind of The Great Escape!

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (12851) on Oct 10, 2010.

uk.playstation.com:
    For you, the war is just beginning. Tom, Dick and Harry await you....

    Christmas Day celluloid classic The Great Escape will no doubt bring back memories for the more 'mature' gamer out there; and now, thanks to SCi, you can relive those post turkey-and-trimmings nostalgia-thons by taking on Jerry as the man himself: Steve McQueen! Recreating some of the film's infamous moments, including the legendary motorcycle chase, and providing a playable back-story for pivotal characters, The Great Escape is one of the most promising war movie tie-ins to grace the PS2 since, well, Escape To Victory got over-looked (What? It would be great!).

    Based on the eponymous Oscar-nominated 1963 film, The Great Escape has come a long way since its vintage ZX Spectrum incarnation (who could forget that one eh?), and comes fully licensed to depict characters, likenesses and other such legally exciting wotnot. Centring on the true story of a mass breakout of a POW camp during WWII, The Great Escape follows the exploits of a plucky group of prisoners who have pulled off more daring escapes than Harry Houdini.

    Holed-up in the Stalag Luft III POW camp, the Allied soldiers must use any means necessary to get the boys out, without alerting Hitler's goons to their plans. There are four playable characters, and each has their own set of challenges to complete before you can move onto the next. So, for example, you'll start out as MacDonald, the group's resident German-speaker, then progress to the resident 'Mr Fixit': Sedgwick. And fear not McQueen wannabes, your moment of glory will come soon enough, when you step into the legendary shoes of his character Virgil 'The Cooler King' Hilts for a series of Nazi-slapping escapades.

    The action's largely stealth-based, with missions seeing you creep about camp attempting to secure items or glean intel, all without alerting the guards to your night-time sojourns of course. If you do happen to get spotted by one of the guards, or 'ferrets' (Nazi escape prevention specialists) there's a couple of courses of action open to you. The first, slightly less risky option is to head for cover, skulk in the shadows and hope that no one spots you. The second choice involves taking out the 'ferret' that spied you, either by strangling them, or using any (preferably silent) weaponry you have at your disposal. There's also the rather nifty 'distraction' feature, whereby other cons will help you carry out missions by creating diversions for the guards.

    In addition to the stealthy element to the gameplay, there's plenty of all-out action on hand to keep the pace up, and a variety of vehicles to commandeer as you mount your daring escape, including trucks, and the customary motorbike, of course.

    Using a combination of slow stealthy acts, and high-adrenaline action sequences, The Great Escape melds a variety of gameplay to create an experience which accurately reflects the pace of the film. Fans of the 60s classic will be reassured that SCi and developers Pivotal have taken their acquisition of the licence seriously, creating a polished, engaging and entertaining bit of escapism.

    • Control a variety of characters with different skill-sets, including lock-picking expert Hilts, and German-speaking officer-impersonating MacDonald


    • Drive a selection of vehicles, such as a truck and a motorbike


    • Mix of gameplay styles which mirror the film's pace, from slow stealth sections to full-on combat

    Contributed by DreinIX (9422) on Apr 16, 2008.

Press Release:

    Gotham Games Ships The Great Escape for PlayStation®2, Xbox and PC



    Gotham Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO), announced today that The Great Escape, based on the classic 1963 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Film, has shipped to retail outlets nationwide for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox video game system from Microsoft and PC.

    One of the most celebrated tough-guys of American cinema, Steve McQueen makes a triumphant return as he is digitally recreated to reprise his unforgettable role as Captain Virgil "the Cooler King" Hilts in The Great Escape. Utilizing McQueen’s likeness, The Great Escape puts gamers in control of Hilts and his band of POWs as they break free from the notorious Stalag Luft III prison camp and battle the Nazis throughout WWII. Gamers will combat the evil Third Reich in fistfights, shootouts and high-speed chases through 18 unique levels of adrenaline-filled stealth and combat-based gameplay.

    Throughout The Great Escape, players will control multiple characters, each with their own individual strengths and abilities, through a variety of levels. McQueen’s character Hilts, "The Cooler King," has a knack for picking locks. MacDonald, known as "Intelligence," can speak German to impersonate Nazi soldiers, and Hendley, "The Scrounger," is a master pickpocket. The diverse and beautifully rendered levels include a German POW camp, a mountaintop castle-fortress, a moving train and an active Luftwaffe airfield. In addition to stealth and action elements, the game includes frantic vehicular combat with a number of different WWII era vehicles, trucks and jeeps, in addition to the legendary motorbike.

    The original film adaptation of The Great Escape is based on the true story of the massive Allied escape attempt from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in March of 1944. Arguably one of the greatest WWII adventure films ever, director John Sturgess assembled one of the great ensemble casts of the era, including Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson and James Coburn, among others.

    The Great Escape is rated T for Teen and is available for the MSRP of $39.99.

    Additional information about The Great Escape is available at: www.gothamgames.com/games/greatescape.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Jul 01, 2005.

www.take2.de - Windows:
    Erleben Sie die authentische Umsetzung des Kultkinofilms zum größten Gefangenenausbruch während des Zweiten Weltkriegs.

    Der 1963 erschienene Kinofilm "Gesprengte Ketten" (Originaltitel: "The Great Escape") hat Filmgeschichte geschrieben. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs unterhält die Wehrmacht diverse Kriegsgefangenenlager. Trotzdem kommt es immer wieder zu Ausbrüchen alliierter Gefangener. Im Jahr 1943 bauen die Deutschen das "ausbruchsichere" Lager "Stalag Luft III". In der Hoffnung, sie damit besser unter Kontrolle zu haben, internieren sie dort Kriegsgefangene, die bereits mehrfach ausgebrochen sind. Basierend auf einer wahren Begebenheit erzählt der Film die Geschichte des größten Gefangenenausbruchs während des Zweiten Weltkriegs.

    Das Spiel The Great Escape orientiert sich eng an der Filmvorlage. Neben den Originalschauplätzen aus dem Film enthält es die wichtigsten Schlüsselszenen und die original Filmmusik. Darüber hinaus hat sich SCi Games die Rechte an Steve McQueen gesichert, der die Hauptrolle im Film spielte, ihn als spielbaren Charakter im Spiel integriert und seine Sprachsamples aus dem Film verwendet.

    Zusätzlich bietet The Great Escape jedoch auch neue Elemente, die nicht im Film enthalten waren. So erlebt der Spieler die Vorgeschichte der wichtigsten Figuren und erfährt, wie es zu deren Internierung im Hochsicherheitslager gekommen ist. Dazu wurden diverse neue Schauplätze, wie beispielsweise eine Burg, ein Krankenhaus oder eine Szene in einem Kampfflugzeug in das Spiel eingebaut.

    In Sachen Gameplay bietet The Great Escape eine ungewöhnlich große Bandbreite an unterschiedlichen Genres. Das Spiel enthält Levels, in denen es aufs unauffällige Schleichen ankommt, aber auch actionreiche Kampfszenen und spannende Verfolgungsjagden. In diesem Zuge muss der Spieler sowohl verschiedene Charaktere als auch Fahrzeuge steuern.

    Entwickler
    SCi/Pivotal Games

    Alterseinstufung
    Freigegeben ab 16 Jahren gemäß § 14 JuSchG.

    Empfohlener Preis
    24.95 €

    Erhältlich von
    Gotham Games für PC.

    Auch erhältlich für:
  • PlayStation 2
  • Xbox

    Systemanforderungen:

    • Windows 98/2000/XP
    • 933 MHz Prozessor
    • 128 MB RAM
    • 1,6 GB freier Festplattenspeicher
    • 32 MB Grafikkarte
    • 8x CD-Laufwerk
    • Tastatur und Maus


    Pressestimmen:

    "Actioneinlagen oder überraschende Wendungen innerhalb der Missionen lassen das Geschehen nie langweilig werden"
    PC Games

    "Freunden des Genres sehr zu empfehlen!"
    PC Action

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on Jan 30, 2005.

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Xbox:
    "If sneaking around, thieving and hiding is your kind of thing then I stoutly recommend giving ‘The Great Escape’ a chance." - Gamebiz.com.au

    "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." - Gameplanet.nz

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 11, 2004.

Atari Australia website (for Xbox):
    DESCRIPTION:

    ‘The Great Escape’ is based on the 1963 Oscar nominated film staring Steve McQueen and revolves around actual events during WW2. The game is set in a number of unique locations, from POW camps to a mountain-top castle. Game levels include a busy hospital, a chase through a moving train and escape from an active Luftwaffe airfield. The core of the game centres on the largest mass breakout ever, from the ‘escape proof’ Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp. The game uses the powerful storyline and strong characters from the film to place the player in the heart of the action, as the POW’s resist the German war machine. It uses a combination of stealth, combat and frantic action involving multiple vehicles and an awesome motorbike based finale.

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Popular and well-known cult film license.
  • Stealth controls such as the ‘keyhole camera’ and ‘distractions’ to divert the guards’ attention.
  • A unique combination of different gameplay that mirrors the dynamic changes in the film - slow stealthy sections, and fast-paced adrenalin filled combat and chase sequences.
  • Multiple characters each with their own skill-set the player can apply; Hilts ‘the Cooler King’ (played by Steve McQueen) can pick locks, MacDonald ‘intelligence’ can speak German, Hendley ‘the scrounger’ can pick pockets, and so on.
  • A unique mix of vehicles the player can control (motorbikes, trucks etc..)
  • Specialist Enemy Units Types - ‘Ferrets’ are specialist anti-escape officers who search for suspicious behavior, ‘Goons’ are the guards charged with security in the camp…
  • ‘Distraction’ game feature - other prisoners will help you carry out your objectives by creating a wide variety of visually impressive in-game distractions.
  • Incapacitate guards and drag them into the shadows to avoid attention

    Contributed by Xoleras (66242) on May 06, 2004.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:
    Stalag Luft, Germany, 1942:
    Shot out of the skies. Imprisoned deep behind enemy lines. Command your team of prisoners to break free and strike at the Reich! Based on the MGM classic film, superstar Steve McQueen is digitally resurrected to star in this saga of courage and heroism. Triumph over the evil Nazi Empire as the mastermind of The Great Escape!

    Race to freedom as you commandeer APCs, trucks, motorcycles and more!

    Attack from the shadows using your wits to elude and ambush your foes!

    Fight for freedom with an arsenal of 10 authentic WWII weapons!

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69577) on Apr 10, 2004.