When you think: Roll calls, Nazi
camp and computer games, If you're as old as I am you'll be nodding your
head thinking back to the ZX Spectrums, Great Escape - which brought about
a good number of nights of fun dodging guards and crawling in pixelated
I'd watched the development of Codemasters
latest title closely with anticipation and wasted no time in loading Prisoner
of War up and turned out the lights. You'll learn quick that you're an
American. A loud-mouthed, brash, jumped up though amusing one at that.
The hero you control is introduced in a pretty nice intro before dropped
into a Nazi prisoner camp with all its scant ammenities.
To give Codemasters credit, the
graphics are pretty good and the immersive atmosphere and music add a real
feel of involvement in the game. My first initial gripe was the 3rd person
only option, but was pleased to find a first person option available, though
only after discovering a password. Why first person isnt available by default
completely befuddled me as it makes Prisoner of War so much more immersive
and thus enjoyable in my book.
As you would guess POW is all about
getting with routine while plucking up the courage to go a stray once in
a while and sniff out ways to get the hell out of there. Day time and night
time is very well implemented with search lights and smoke filled glares
of the torches all nicely rendered. Of course theres a good deal of talking
to be done for you to obtain help on getting out. Most of these will be
given for a price (ciggies, chocolate, beer etc..) or for a certain task.
Its all about thinking and avoiding guards and their vision.
Personally, I would've liked a little
more interaction like lying on your bunk every night or sitting down at
the meal table or even an attack mode, but as the game is about escaping
as quickly as possible from camps, rather than sitting back and serving
your time quietly I'm probably in the minority here. All in all, Prisoner
of War is a reasonably rewarding experience. The atmosphere is great, the
tension is real and there's a good amount of playing time in this disk.
You'll definately want to take a look at this one.