Before we get to the review lets start with what extras are included with Prince of Persia Limited Edition.
--- Collectible Limited Edition packaging.
--- An exclusive look at the making of Prince of Persia.
--- A Prima digital mini-strategy guide full of developer's secrets.
--- A digital art book that chronicles the game from beginning to end.
--- The original soundtrack scored by composer Inon Zur.
Now you can decide if the addition money is worth spending on a mediocre game that otherwise sells for thirty dollars. On to the review!
When Prince of Persia made the transition over to the nextgen system, it was hard for long time fans of the series not to think of it as a continuation but rather a completely new adventure - it seemed the only aspect of the original series the developers kept was the name. So once gamers saw it for what it was it became a great game that many came to love.
The story. Ah, the story. The story isn't revolutionary...but it isn't entirely bad either. Everything revolves around the Prince and his new partner, Elika. Elika's father has set free the evil god Ahriman when the Tree of Life is destroyed and Ahriman begins to destroy the land. The Prince and Elika adventure around the kingdom healing the Fertile Grounds and trying to imprison Ahriman. Both have great personalities and you'll enjoy some of the conversations between the Prince and Elika. All this culminates into an ending that is far from cliche and leaves the game open for a sequel.
The gameplay is where the Prince of Persia franchise shines. The game is non-linear. This means the gamer is free to explore anywhere in the kingdom. There is still all of the wall running, pole swinging, gap jumping, column climbing mechanics, but it all feels smoother than previous games - the Prince is also faster and moves across obstacles more fluently. If you miss a jump or fall during some of the crazy climbing, Elika will help bring you back to the last flat surface you stood on - some complain about the fact that you can't technically die in this game.
The game has brought back the puzzles that made the series so fun...and while there aren't many in the game, and they aren't challenging, they do make you stop and think for a second. Fighting is now one-on-one - this leads to some great combos and cinematic views. There are four available attacks to string together combos, including using a gauntlet and Elika's magic. Fighting can get repetitive though, as there are only a handful of different enemies in the game, and the same strategy can be used to defeat them over-and-over. You will also need to reflect attacks by pressing a button displayed on the screen at a certain time. Elika will also save you from dying in battle - so no worries there either. Another new feature is magic plates. These glowing circles allow the Prince to get thrown around the environment in different ways after landing on them. There are four that get unlocked throughout the game and you will need them in order to get to the end of a level to fight the boss.
The graphics are cell-shaded amazement that makes the game one of the prettiest around. The sound is also great at capturing the atmosphere of the game. Overall, this is a good game that will keep you entertained for a few hours (you can beat the game in less than 20 hours) so it might just warrant a rental...but if you enjoy collecting everything, then there are quite a few items for the dedicated gamer to collect and trophies to earn.
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