Reviews and Problems with World War II: Prisoner of War
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Prisoner of War (Xbox)
29 March 2005
Excerpt: If you\'re a fan of the movies such as The Great Escape, or even Chicken Run, you may find that you enjoy Prisoner of War. As the game begins, you take on the role of Captain Lewis Stone, a WWII pilot who is shot down while flying on a mission. You and your copilot are both quickly captured and taken to one of several POW camps. Your initial mission is to escape by using stealthy tactics and a variety of items that you find throughout the camp.
Excerpt: In Prisoner of War, you play as Captain Lewis Stone, an American pilot during World War 2. Flying over Germany on a mission, he gets shot down and finds himself in a prisoner camp. As the headstrong Captain, you must use stealth to find a way to get out the camp. But, things aren't so simple as just sneaking out - you need to speak to the other prisoners to get information, acquire items like a crowbar or bootblack, and come up with a plan to get out.
Pros: Stealth gameplay is solid, Voiceovers are pretty good
Cons: Graphic engine doesn't take advantage of the Xbox, Camera can cause trouble
Excerpt: POW does an excellent job of retelling history in an accurate, yet entertaining manner. Life in a prison camp is depicted as predictably rigid. Waking, eating, working, and lights-out all occur on an extremely strict schedule. This deals the player a unique challenge. Information must be gathered, and plans must be made in a time frame that will not cause suspicion. Showing up late for, or missing a fall-in will result in Nazi Germany’s equivalent of an APB.
Excerpt: "Prisoner of War" is an interesting, if not entirely successful attempt to replicate escape films like the recent "Hart's War". Players take on the role of Captain Lewis Stone, who is shot down with his co-pilot during a routine mission. When the captain lands, he's met by a patrol of German officers who throw him in a war camp.
Excerpt: Codemasters brings us a really innovative WWII-themed title. Prisoner of War puts you in the role of a downed American fighter pilot, and it ain't all Hogan's Heroes. You'll sneak around, infiltrate, steal and escape, but you won't fire a shot from a weapon. Plus, you'll learn derogatory terms for Germans you never knew existed. Click.
Pros: ups: Innovative gameplay; some nice visuals; strategic stealth; develops some nice tension.
Cons: downs: Cheesy cutscenes; some camera glitches; slow pace will turn off some gamers.
Excerpt: Long-time readers of this column will know how highly I value successful execution of innovation. It wasn't until the recent Super Mario Sunshine that I realized how long it'd been since I'd played a non-violent game. Few stages in our world's history are as violent as World War II, and though the Medal of Honor series of games deserves accolades, it's still a first-person shooting game.
Summary: En avant mousaillon, larguez les écoutilles et levez les amares. Ce soir, nous allons tenter de conquérir le monde!! La vie est un plat qui se mange froid, et les escalopes de dinde, c'est dégueulasse. Oui, je vais me faire des ennemis, mais quitte à me faire alliener dans un camp nazi, autant bien le faire.
Pros: Des missions innovantes, Une ambiance différente, Le gameplay, très tactique, Immersion dans le camps : vie de NPC, règles strictes, horaires à respecter, etc...
Cons: Difficulté parfois rebutante, Pas de sauvegardes, Moteur graphique qui ne force pas
Conclusion: Conclusion Prisoner of War est un jeu au concept novateur. Vous évader d'un camp allemand avec pour seules armes, tactique et ruse, bref la grande évasion réincarnée ? Hélas non, le jeu est trop confus, souffre d'un niveau graphique grossier et bâclé. Une I.A., qui aurait pu être peaufinée pour plus nous immerger dans ce monde de guerre. Les gardes n'ont aucun charisme tout comme le capitaine Lewis. Et croyez moi, dans un jeu le charisme c'est beaucoup !