Prince of Persia Review
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System: PC, PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Dec. 2, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

This Prince of Persia brings players back to an awe-inspiring series of environments only found in a franchise such as this one. The beautiful lands of Persia, magnificent buildings, and breathtaking ruins transport players to a nearly magical world that’s difficult to leave. Whether it’s submerged in darkness or healed by the power of light, everything looks amazing. The gorgeous cell-shaded graphics have been carefully designed and colored, almost as if it was a classic book or a nice painting.

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The characters seem like drawings come to life, only they sport vibrant colors and genuine facial expressions and postures that make their personalities come through. The Prince is in very good shape and seems very self-confident (sometimes too much), though he also has a sweet side. Elika, on the other hand, is a strong and beautiful woman, very agile, and determined to make things happen one way or the other.

The adventure is accompanied by a remarkable musical score that seems right out of a movie. It will surprise players with exciting up and downs that will often help change the mood and pace of the gameplay. Voice acting is equally distinguished, with engaging voices that make the characters come alive and reflect their personalities. If you can’t get enough of it, the left trigger makes the Prince engage into diverse conversations with Elika about the lands, the enemies, and other affairs, sometimes involving particular feelings. Sound effects are not as noticeable when compared to everything else, but they do a nice job of helping you feel like part of the adventure.

Other than the great adventure provided, there isn’t much else to do in this game. There are just a few things to unlock like original artwork and four interesting skins to dress up the Prince and Elika for the next round. One of them is Altair from Assassin’s Creed, and the rest…you’ll have to find out! If you enjoy obtaining achievements and trophies, you can’t complain. Especially when you start, you’ll be getting these left and right, making the accomplishments feel almost ironic.

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Prince of Persia is a wonderful and nearly magical game. It’s not very long but it’s long enough, as it will entail around 10-14 hours of continuous platforming and fighting, even if you don’t try to pick up the 1001 Seeds of Light. The flow and excitement of the gameplay as well as the dramatic visual style will get you hooked for hours to come. I doubt there will be many people who don’t like it, as it’s equally engaging for players and viewers sitting next to you. The only trouble may come when they want you to pass the controller! Do yourself a favor and give this game a try. The only way you wouldn’t like it is if you don’t like platforming, and if you’re reading this, that’s not the case, right?

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.8
Graphics
Awe-inspiring environments, splendid architecture, and imaginative character design. This artistic and unique visual style makes the Prince of Persia shine with its own light.
4.6
Control
Ultra-fluid gameplay and surprisingly easy controls provide an experience like no other.
4.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Movie-like musical score will surprise players with exciting up and downs, and voice acting is one of the best out there.
4.7
Play Value
The game is deep, exciting, very accessible, and unique. There’s a lot to explore and many ways to go, plus it offers the kind of platforming we were all waiting for.
4.8
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • A new hero emerges: Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Grip fall down the face of a building, perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations, and swing over canyons, buildings and anything that is reachable. This new rogue warrior must utilize all of his new skills, along with a whole new combat system, to battle Ahriman's corrupted lieutenants to heal the land from the dark Corruption and restore the light.
  • A new epic journey begins: Escape to experience the new fantasy world of ancient Persia. Masterful storytelling and sprawling environments will deliver to action-adventure fans an experience that rivals even the best Hollywood movies.
  • A new open world structure: A first for the Prince of Persia franchise - now you have the freedom to determine how the game evolves in this non-linear adventure. Players will decide how they unfold the storyline by choosing their path in the open-ended world.
  • Emergence of a deadly new ally: History's greatest ally is revealed in the form of Elika, a dynamic AI companion who joins the Prince in his fight to save the world. Gifted with magical powers, she interacts with the player in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving, enabling the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attacks.


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