The Great Escape Reviews (Xbox)

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71 (Sep 28, 2003)
The Great Escape wird der großen Filmvorlage leider nur teilweise gerecht. Während die virtuellen Protagonisten im Vergleich zu ihren Schauspieler-Kollegen blass und ausdruckslos bleiben, kommen Spannung, Action und Nervenkitzel auf der Xbox nicht zu kurz. Vor allem der Original-Soundtrack und die vielen bekannten Szenen, die es nun selbst zu meistern gilt, verdichten die Atmosphäre. Schade nur, dass die deutsche Synchro recht durchwachsen und die Präsentation weitestgehend unspektakulär ausgefallen ist. Wirklich ärgerlich sind hingegen die hakelige Steuerung und die teilweise fast schon peinliche KI. Durch die begrenzten Speichermöglichkeiten, gelegentlichen Zeitlimits und schwer einzuschätzenden Sichtkreise der Wachen, sind die ansonsten eher simpel gestrickten Ausbruchsversuche zudem relativ knifflig.
Game Freaks 365 (Jul 29, 2003)
All in all, The Great Escape is a surprisingly fun game. I truly recommend it as a rent to everyone, but I do caution you if you are thinking about purchasing it. The only people that should consider buying this title are ones that are fans of the movie, Steve McQueen fans, and/or anyone who wants to escape from a Nazi POW camp.
Game Over Online (Sep 16, 2003)
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.
GameZone (Aug 04, 2003)
Fans of stealth action games will be greatly disappointed by The Great Escape, a game that does capture the intensity of the film but fails in everything else. From the very beginning, the controls will hinder gamers enough that it becomes frustratingly annoying. And while the fast-paced action sequences are welcome additions, there aren’t enough to hold a gamer’s interest. Rent this one if you’re a fan of the king of cool (and by that I mean Steve McQueen) or a loyal admirer of the movie.
GameSpot (Jul 28, 2003)
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.
50 (Sep 16, 2003)
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.
50 (Sep 16, 2003)
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.
GamePro (US) (Jul 21, 2003)
On the technical side, The Great Escape features smooth visuals and good sound design, though controlling your character can be a pain and it can be difficult to get the camera to aim where you need it to. The verdict: rent before buying.
IGN (Jul 25, 2003)
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.
The Next Level (Oct 22, 2003)
Graphically, the game’s characters are recognizable and environments are suitably rendered, if unspectacular. In the sound department, the voice acting is generally better than most games that are out there. Kudos to the developer for using pieces from the original film score (Elmer Bernstein), as well. Unfortunately, it’s not nearly enough to save this title from obscurity as it, at best, is a mediocre entry in what is quickly becoming the genre de jour.
GamerDad (Nov 04, 2003)
The Great Escape would probably not be a good game to play with your kids. Not because of violence, since even the action sequences are relatively blood free, but mostly because it consists of dull stealth levels punctuated by an occasional frustrating action level. Older kids might enjoy playing it, but probably not.
Game Revolution (Aug, 2003)
Which he was, at least according to his awesome movies. He’s the brains of Thomas Crowne, the face of Papillon, the driver of Bullitt. McQueen truly is The Cooler King in more ways than one, which only makes his half-assed showing in this half-assed game a full-fledged bummer. Skip this disaster and rent The Towering Inferno instead.
20 (Aug 29, 2003)
I don't know what kind of hand Gotham Games had in Serious Sam, but that game was loads of fun so I know they are capable of good material. The Great Escape just fell short in several key areas and fun happened to be one of them. It doesn't happen very often, but I have to recommend that you let The Great Escape do exactly that.. escape right off the shelf and into the bargain bin.