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The Great Escape

Platform(s): Arcade, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PSOne, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
Genre: Action

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'The Great Escape' Ships For PC/PS2/Xbox

by Thomas on July 23, 2003 @ 5:56 a.m. PDT

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.

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