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Prince Of Persia

Released on 05 December 2008

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

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Transported to a land of myth and legend - The Prince of Persia finds himself caught up in an epic battle between the primal forces of good and evil, the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the God of Darkness. He witnesses the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life - an act which threatens to plunge the entire world into eternal darkness by releasing a deadly dark matter, known as the corruption, across the land.

Compelled to thwart the God of Darkness and his evil minions, the Prince joins forces with a mysterious protagonist gifted with magical powers called Elika. Together they embark on a heroic quest to heal the ravaged landscape of the corruption that has plagued it and restore peace.

The first episode in a brand-new epic trilogy, Prince of Persia will deliver masterful storytelling, sprawling environments and incredible set-piece moments in an experience rivaling the best blockbuster Hollywood movies.
  • Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations to traverse canyons and buildings and avoid the evil tremors borne out of the corruption. Armed with a gauntlet acquired from previous adventures, the Prince scale sheer cliff faces and tackle Ahriman's minions in combat!
  • Experience an ancient mythological world brought to life with an all-new art style labeled "Illustrative," inspired by the highly detailed hand painted illustrations it takes its source from. Prince of Persia's unique graphic style is a perfect balance between classic drawings and modern modeling, offering the look and feel of a watercolour painting in motion.
  • Combine the Prince's abilities and Elika's power to deadly effect. Her abilities will help in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving. She will enable the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attacks.
  • From sprawling Persian citadels, deserted kingdoms and perilous lava rifts, discover a vivid and mythological world of unprecedented scale, with an evolving non-linear structure. With multiple paths to choose from, players will influence the game's final outcome.

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 Waste of money

| | See all ChooseYourFate's reviews (49)

I was really looking forward to this game as i love the other prince of persias, i must admit i was a little worried i wasnt gonna like it as its all sketched and not like the others.
First time playing it i really liked it i thought it looked amazing and played great, but unfortunatley after playing the game for a few hours i began to feel like i was going around in circles.
Its very repetative, and although it remains stunning and plays great its just not worth the money.
Your mission is to heal the fertile grounds with your new lady friend and thats pretty much it the game is very easy to complete too and you can only battle one thing at a time.
Should have stuck to making it like the originals.

 Great Game

| | See all reviewking's reviews (52)

Out of the recent releases this is one of the best.
It reminds me of Aladdin on my old sega megadrive, or the feeling it gave me playing it as a kid. Full of atmosphere, wonderful music and fantastic graphics. I thought i'd hate the cell shading, but it's done so well it's truly beautiful, almost like playing in a Disney cartoon from the Lion King era.
The free running aspect it seriously exhilerating at times and beats the hell out of the overly complex mirrors edge.
The game is easy but that dosen't matter, it still takes a while to finish and it's fun doing it. Give it a while to get into though, I nearly took it back after the first couple of levels. The map seems useless but makes sense after a while. Don't worry about collecting all the lightning seeds in each area, doing so will get easier when you've done a bit of the game.
I wish I could have bought this for 17.99. It's a very good price for what you get

 The Prince for a new generation

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Ever since its debut on the archaic Apple II machine in 1989 (and its subsequent transfer to the popular console machines of the '90s), Prince of Persia has been one of the most fondly remembered games of its era. A reboot of the franchise in 2003 saw it become popular for yet another generation, moving the game onto the more modern consoles and proving its longevity in its new format.

Now in 2008 we see Prince of Persia undertake another reboot, this time for the "next-gen" consoles, PS3 and 360. An entirely new Prince in an entirely new setting, the game benefits from a new art direction, as well as new gameplay elements. The art direction is the first thing you'll notice, the menu screen alone presented in the form of a fluid oil painting. Once you actually start playing the game, you'll realise that all the marketing hype of a "painting in motion" has definitely been lived up to. The world you find yourself in is a glorious, richly textured beautiful one, but at the same time can be dark and menacing, depending on what stage of the game you are in.

As for gameplay, the guys at Ubisoft seem to have taken all the best bits from the Sands of Time trilogy whilst adding their own positive elements. The acrobatics and agility of the Prince return, this time in a completely open and non-linear world. All paths do eventually lead to the same goal, but it is down to you how you get there. Wall-running, cavern traversing and pillar climbing is both fun and a necessary requisite and thanks to your partner Elika's magical skills, you won't very often be left wandering without aim.

Elika herself is one of the most positive additions to the game, providing some witty banter between her and the Prince, as well as a vital partner in traversing the world and seeing off its enemies. The combat system itself is wonderful, moving away from the frequently used horde of enemies to fend off and towards a more gallant one-on-one style battle. It makes every fight seem like a challenge, with four different attacks (including Elika's magical ability) to string together in any form you want, leading to some magnificently satisfying and beautiful battles.

Much as been made of the fact that you cannot die, with Elika saving you from any potentially fatal falls and stepping in if enemies get the upper hand. However what at first maybe seems like the game holding your hand in times of need, just proves to be the same as in many other games where you die and spawn at the last checkpoint. The only difference in Prince of Persia is that you don't have to sit through a load screen and so it keeps the game moving at the intended pace.

Just as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time did in 2003, this current reboot has breathed fresh life into an already invigorated franchise. With an engaging storyline, a great script and most importantly beautiful visuals and fun gameplay, it may not challenge you in the most innovative gaming sense, but it is sure to keep you entertained for the 10 or so hours it provides.

 "I am the architect of my own destruction" - Prince from WW

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Being a VERY long fan of the PoP games since the very first ones i been looking forward to see what would be next in store for us (True hearted PoP fans) after the magnificent Sands of Time Trilogy. The new prince of Persia is a whole new story,world & Prince. After seeing a few screen shots and trailers from E3i was just caputured by how beautiful the grahpics were of the healed lands. Alot of people were hateing the new look the new Prince ,people where scared about new direction PoP was going people wanted SoT Prince back with a new story but no...Ubisoft wanted a new Prince new story new gameplay,which was a very good move it would of been boreing seeing the old Prince on the next-gen consoles with same old moves few ne magic powers and a new story and better graphics...that would of been boreing and would of killed the game. So once the game out,i began playing let me just say there is sooo much to explore in this game its great fun looking for the hard to reach light seeds. I really like the Prince his funny,cocky and a great laugh the relationship between him and the NEW Female character Elika (aka Dagger of Time as i like to call her) Basicly she saves you everytime you fall to your death...YOU CANT DIE!!! lol but its nots all bad the point of this was so that the game would flow through out no more crappy loading screens saying you died. It works really well i think for those who loved the rewinding time back in SoT will love the new angle no buttons need to be pressed she saves you automaticly. So yea the relationship between Prince and Elika is great through out thee whole game you can stop anytime and learn more about her by pressing L2 (PS3). The combat system is very cleverly created, for those who enjoy mindless button bashing will enjoy this to a extend but you will need to block time-to-time but fore those who are after more will have the wonder COMBOS. I pulled of quite alot of them in the game and let me tell you the satisfaction you get from pulling off a 10-14 hit-combo in one fight is epic! if your chain the correct moves togeather you can go in for one attack but hit up to 14 times and come out without a scratch while your enemy is left with a huge damaged delt! i was able to finish enemies in two turns with the help of the combos. There are no life upgrades,sword upgrades or any other weapon upgrades.....saying that the only new weapon you do have is the new GLOVE the Prince has which you can do long wall slides/runs AND gripfalls (slideing down walls) the glove is a very very good edition to the fighting and the platforming. My overall thoughts of Prince of Persia:
I really love the new PoP game Ubisoft have done a really awesome job of the game and have left plenty to improve on in the second PoP game. So if this Holiday your looking to sit in your cosy chair/bed and play a great game look no futher Prince of Persia delivers the story,magic,the wonderfull worlds and level designs,combat system. Grab Play.coms awesome offer £17.99!

Prince of Persia is back!

 This Prince may not become a king

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An aficionado of the third-person platform genre, I truly hoped that 'Prince of Persia' would abridge the distance between two titles of personal interest: 'Assassin's Creed', developed and published by the same company as Prince of Persia, Ubisoft, and the long-awaited 'God of War 3', which I have been craving for since completing the last installment of the series on Playstation 2. With the two aforementioned games as my measuring stick to all other platform games, I found it hard to enjoy this game as much as I had intended before looking into it. However, whereas the game has flaws, there are a few aspects to it that might just counterbalance the negative ones.

The story pivots on the seemingly fortuitous encounter between the protagonist, a quick-witted bulky adventurer who lost his donkey on his way back home from a troublesome tomb-riding ordeal and a sage yet mysterious young woman. As their paths intertwine, the damsel in distress discloses her regal lineage to her savior, explaining how her kingdom has fallen prey to the abrupt release of the malefic deity that her family has kept segregated for generations. Although an opportunist, the young protagonist eventually offers his help and embarks on an adventure that will take him and his newly found companion through a mythical world fraught of merciless fiends and demonic minions who will stop at nothing to champion the predominance of their evil divinity.

Whereas clichéd and repetitive, the story mode may still be considered innovative and fraught with several metaphors and life maxims, seeing how the player can learn more about the princess by asking her questions throughout the different stages of the game, and, as a result obtain a personalized encyclopedia of visited places and people, and discover how the protagonist and his guide gradually fall in love. As an innovation per se, I found particularly interesting the absence of the typical difficulty levels that are common to almost all video games. In my opinion, the philosophy behind this choice might be that the publisher wanted to provide its players with a game mostly centered on the interaction with the environment, expanding the usual pattern - jump, move, crouch, dive - to a wider range of acrobatics that will allow them to fly sky high through swanky Persian buildings, spiral into the air, run-wall over steep facades and much more.

In terms of gameplay, if the flawless interaction with the environment deserves kudos, the combat leaves a lot to be desired. Nicely hard and enhanced by magic elements, the number of combos, both the basic and the hidden ones, is ridiculously scant and inevitably reduces the game to a continual performance of similar manoeuvres; what is worse, the variety of enemies and main bosses is quite limited, as the player will rarely get into combat during the game and will feel as if he or she were playing the same opponent all over again.

On the whole, I will give this game three stars because the interaction with the environment surely warrants recognition. However, provided the shortness of the story mode and the easiness with which Playstation trophies can be achieved , Prince of Persia's longevity can get players going as far as a couple of days ( maybe three if players should decide to clear additional contents), and is surely not a game that will appeal to fans of online gaming. As my personal recommendation to fellow third-person platform aficionados, I do suggest to rent it out only to give it a go and see if their opinion upon it should differ.

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Rating12+ (PEGI)