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Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Genre: Action
Publisher: Oxygen / DreamCatcher
Developer: Kuju

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'Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines' (PS2/Xbox/PC) Gets UK Release Date

by Rainier on June 30, 2005 @ 7:26 a.m. PDT

Breaking ranks from the current glut of WWII action titles, Pilot Down: Behind Enemy Lines is played from a refreshing third-person perspective and uses an eye-catching comic-book style that draws players into a rich and atmospheric world that is fraught with the dangers of enemy territory. Other innovations include a successful blend of playing styles, from all-guns-blazing action, to role-playing elements such as earning experience points to bolster Bill's health and strength, as well as collecting and manipulating all manner of useful items to help in his quest for freedom.

Over 180,000 Allied Airmen were shot down during WWII, many of which never survived the crash. Those that did were either captured or killed.

Only 300 made it to the safety of neutral Switzerland.

Bill Foster's task is almost an impossible one, but against all the odds he must survive harsh wintry conditions, find food, shelter, keep warm and avoid the enemy. The gameplay delivers a combination of 3rd person action adventure with added combat and RPG elements, where skill and stealth are needed in order to survive.

Pilot Down is set in hugely detailed environments throughout the occupied territory encompassing forests, towns, villages, weapons plants, army bases and patrol posts. The game's graphics are skilfully detailed in a style that's hugely atmospheric.

Enemy characters all have their own unique style and behaviour depending on experience, rank, training, morale and even the weather conditions around them.

The game is made all the more realistic by the exceptional AI of the enemy soldiers. Through sophisticated programming techniques, enemy soldiers accurately respond to noises, changes in environments and carry out search and capture manoeuvres. Each enemy has its own concern levels and will act accordingly.

Says Jim Scott, Oxygen's Chief Executive: "A key title for the summer season, Pilot Down blends a mixture of stealth, action and adventure, creating an immersive gameplay experience. Coming from the same developers of the hugely successful "Prisoner of War", it's a title that we have enormous hopes for".

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