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The Great Escape is a game developed by Pivotal Games for the PC in 2003 based on the 1963 movie of the same name. The film is about a group of Allied prisoners of war who attempt to escape a German POW camp in World War 2. The game is loosely based upon the film with some missions borrowed straight from the film and others completely invented. Since the film has an ensemble cast, the game has four different playable characters depending on the mission, including Steve McQueen's character from the film, Captain Virgil Hilts.
Those expecting a faithful adaptation of the film may be disappointed, since the game is very loosely based on the film. The missions centre around escaping from a POW camp, however while the film only chronicles one escape, the game has numerous escapes from different camps. Like the film however, it also follows the exploits of the characters after their escape. However, fans of the film may be pleased at the inclusion of the famous motorcycle chase from the film. The different storylines of each of the characters are interesting, but the plot is not really the main focus of the game. The graphics are reasonably good and the gameplay is also quite good with fluid motion and controls which are easy to get to grips with. The majority of the game requires you to be stealthy, since you spend a lot of time escaping from POW camps, however there are levels of pure action which vary it up a bit and make it more interesting. However, some of the stealth levels do drag a bit and require a lot of patience.
The Great Escape is certainly an entertaining game, and contains enough variety to keep you interested, but there is nothing in the game which makes it outstanding and some levels get a bit dull. However, it is certainly worth playing.