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  • Summary: The Nazis have constructed the highest-security prisoner of war camp in history. As the Allies' top escape artist you must command your squad of POWs to break through the walls and wreak havoc on the soft underbelly of the Reich. You will command four unique soldiers, each with their own skills, strengths, and stories through their capture, escape, and vengeance in the heart of the evil Nazi empire. Use advanced espionage skills in stealth missions, a wide variety of weapons in combat sorties, and a huge array of authentic vehicles in your fight for freedom. Superstar Steve McQueen is digitally resurrected for the fistfights, shootouts, and vehicular mayhem of this WWII classic. You are the new mastermind in this saga of indomitable spirit and daring heroism, can you pull off The Great Escape? [Gotham Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. The real problem is - aside from the lack of speed - the awful handling and controls. It doesn’t feel like a motorbike and actually controls like a normal player character, in that you accelerate by pushing forwards with the left stick, and control direction with the right.
  2. TGE effectively mixes a variety of gameplay, from manning a turret in a dogfight over Europe to sneaking through POW camps Solid Snake-style to Steve McQueen's daring cross-country bike escape. [Sept 2003, p.93]
  3. It looks and plays (especially in the first "go and get this" section) like a cheap "Hitman 2." [Sept 2003, p.109]
  4. The drab pacing isn’t helped by clunky controls and muddy graphics.
  5. 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.
  6. Rather than feeling like a mastermind escapologist, your actual role resembles that of an errand boy collecting the pieces of a pre-scripted plan. Yet while nothing here really shines, the overall package is solid enough to counter our gripes. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  7. his game makes a mockery out of both its source material and the stealth genre it pretends to be a part of.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10