Gotham Practices Tao of Steve

Gotham Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., has shipped The Great Escape, based on the classic 1963 MGM film starring Steve McQueen. The title, which features the virtual return of the late action star, is available for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

Just as John Wayne and Fred Astaire have been digitally resurrected for TV advertising, McQueen reprises the role of Captain Virgil “the Cooler King” Hilts in the game. Utilizing the actor’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 Nazis. Gamers will combat the evil Third Reich in fistfights, shootouts and high-speed chases through 18 levels of stealth and combat-based gameplay.

Throughout The Great Escape, players will control multiple characters, each with their own individual strengths and abilities. McQueen’s character has a knack for picking locks. MacDonald, also known as “Intelligence,” can speak German to impersonate Nazi soldiers, while Hendley, “The Scrounger,” is a master pickpocket. Environments include a German POW camp, a mountaintop castle-fortress, a moving train and an active Luftwaffe airfield. The game includes frantic vehicular combat with a number of different WWII era trucks and jeeps, in addition to the legendary motorbike from the movie’s signature sequence.

The movie and game are based on the true story of the massive Allied escape attempt from German POW camp Stalag Luft III in March of 1944. The film was also a big source of inspiration for Nick Park’s hit plasticine feature Chicken Run.

The Great Escape is rated T for Teen and is available for the suggested retail price of $39.99. More information on the game can be found at www.gothamgames.com/games/greatescape.