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  • Summary: The Prince has to embark upon a path of both carnage and mystery to defy his preordained death. His journey leads to the infernal core of a cursed island stronghold harboring mankind's greatest fears. Only through grim resolve, bitter defiance and the mastery of deadly new combat arts canThe Prince has to embark upon a path of both carnage and mystery to defy his preordained death. His journey leads to the infernal core of a cursed island stronghold harboring mankind's greatest fears. Only through grim resolve, bitter defiance and the mastery of deadly new combat arts can the Prince rise to a new level of warriorship - and emerge from this ultimate trial with his life. In order to accomplish his mission, the Prince benefits from a brand new free-form fighting system that allows gamers to channel his anger as they wage battle without boundaries. Each game fan will find his or her own unique fighting style as they manipulate their environment and control the Ravages of Time. You can dig into an arsenal of weapons that, when used in combination, create advanced arm attacks that verge on fatal artistry! Prince of Persia: Warrior Within promises that game fans will fight harder, and play longer, emerging from the experience as deadly-capable skilled masters of their own unique combat art form. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Warrior Within is not a perfect game. In many ways, it stands as a badly written testament to exactly what is wrong with video games: sexism, teenage hormones, amateurish writing, clumsy franchise handling. But it's entertaining. It's incredibly entertaining.
  2. games(TM)
    90
    You get the impression that "The Sands of Time" was just a warm-up for the main event, a game that’s familiar at first but soon reveals a level of imagination beyond that of the original, and displays as little room for error as one of the Prince’s most daring acrobatic leaps. [Christmas 2004, p.100]
  3. 90
    A consequence of this darker approach is that that game loses part of what made The Sands of Time unique. Instead of a charming and almost silly character like we saw previously, the Prince here is more one-dimensional.
  4. While the game does address previous game issues and is a worthy successor to the previous title in its own way, it does make you wonder what the game could’ve been if it’d straddled the line between light and dark.
  5. Bizarrely it’s not any aspect of the game that lets the experience down but that over style – we simply don’t like the mature nature of the game compared to the delights of its predecessor. The end result comes across as desperately trying to be edgy and blatantly falls short of the mark.
  6. Too bad that all of the “enhancements” made to the prince's fascinating virtual world are actually liabilities. We are glad Ubisoft toyed with the bits that needed improvement, but we wonder why they “fixed” the things that were never broken.
  7. PC Gamer
    64
    The Prince's royale style-makers may have done their job, but the programmers needed to take another run at it. [March 2005, p.64]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 48
  2. Negative: 9 out of 48
  1. ChandraP.
    Feb 17, 2005
    10
    Cool!
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    10
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  3. panosbaros
    Jan 10, 2010
    10
    I have played lots of videogames and by far warrior within is one of my favourite games. Some people will say(about this game) : Where is the I have played lots of videogames and by far warrior within is one of my favourite games. Some people will say(about this game) : Where is the altruistic prince who wants to save the girl from the evil monsters the way he did in the other two games ? Well I say that this game tries to show to us the dark side of the prince.I mean, come on prince of persia is not perfect person.In that game prince tries to save himself from the sands of time and since the enviroment is dark and filled with dangerous monsters,the prince has to adapt to it,to become a monster himself,in order to survive so that the reason why.The gameplay is good,the graphics spectacular and the music is perfect(unless you are not a metal fan).So forget about the others who keep saying that this game sucks because the prince is a blood-thirsty monster .I recommend it because I finished it like 5 times and I still cant get enough of it . Expand
  4. ChandraP.
    Mar 16, 2007
    8
    Cool!
  5. BryanN.
    Mar 16, 2005
    6
    Okay...the battle forms are cool, And those chicks i must admit. However, i hate the theme of "Finding" ways to get from point A to point B. Okay...the battle forms are cool, And those chicks i must admit. However, i hate the theme of "Finding" ways to get from point A to point B. Hate it man. Even WITH a guide, i managed to only find 5 health upgrades, therefore unable to obtain the water sword and unlock a diffrent ending. and it has no replayability. and WHY do sequels have to be DARKER!!!. Lost the joyfull touch, palm trees and all that you know?(like the sands of time). Maybe im lousy, but i didn't manage to complete SOT due to high difficulty...(only 87% completed). Expand
  6. MydienonZ.
    Jul 25, 2006
    5
    I'll say upfront, I'm not a platform gamer. I got this game free with a new graphics card purchase. I haven't played Sands of I'll say upfront, I'm not a platform gamer. I got this game free with a new graphics card purchase. I haven't played Sands of Time. So, my opinion is from the virgin perspective. I cannot recommend this game to other platform virgins. The professional reviews are accurate--the moves look cool, and the dark atmosphere is there. [***SPOILERS***] But the game, on "easy", is so frustrating for new players! The "tutorial" tells you which buttons to press, sometimes--and other times leaves you to figure it out. When you make a mistake, you die. (That "recall" power described in the game doesn't come to you until after defeating the first 2 bosses). Making a mistake is easy, because the camera can't be "locked" into one position--it always tries to give you the best view of the action by circling and zooming in/out automatically. You can't predict it, either--sometimes it will circle left, then when you die and restart, the exact same situation comes up and it circles right. Naturally, the camera will try to reposition mid-jump and mid-combat--suddenly, the direction you were moving just changed, and you are now rolling off a cliff. My opinion? Not fun. The first boss you hit is also terrible. You can get through all of the enemies on the Hard setting the first time you play. Then you reach the boss, and get slaughtered because the tutorial gives you zero information. After reloading a few dozen times, you'll get good at killing the enemies (which always appear in the same places) but the boss remains impossible. Why? Because the first boss requires totally different tactics than you had to use before; tactics never covered by the tutorial. When you restart the game on Easy, you slaughter the enemies, reach the boss, and die. This continues until you either have some divine inspiration, or you go online and find a walkthrough. My opinion? Not fun. Using a walkthrough, the boss is easy to beat. What about the second boss? The tutorial tells you what to do, so the boss is easy. Except that you are near cliff-face ledges, and acrobatic combat with seemingly random camera movement makes suicide jumps all too frequent. This boss must be defeated more than once, which isn't a problem except that the tutorial, once again, is unhelpful. You must figure out how to reach the boss using your acrobatic skills...and any mistake means you die, restart, and fight again. My opinion? Not fun. If you turn to an online walkthrough, it is unhelpful, since it requires perfect button-pressed timing to achieve the specific acrobatic sequences required. If you get through this, and continue on, you will probably learn the game better and eventually succeed. But as a first-time platform experience, I strongly suggest avoiding this title. After 30 hours of playing, I have gotten through the first two bosses. And now I'm shelving the game, because it is Not Fun. I don't like needing a walkthrough just to play a game, and I don't like restarting and doing the exact same thing 50+ times (seriously) until my luck holds out through all the button presses at the exactly correct times. And I seriously despise games that kill you for no reason, which is what I call it when you're jumping left, and the camera does a 180 turn while you're in the air, and suddenly you're jumping off a cliff. Expert players learn to deal with this, by watching the camera and learning exactly when and how to change movement mid-jump to land correctly. I'm not an expert. I suck. For all beginners, I strongly suggest not making this your introduction to 3D platform games. You've been warned. For genre experts, and fans of the first game--go for it, and let me watch you play, because when an expert plays this game, it flows almost as smoothly as a Tony Jaa action movie (but with a cornier plot). Expand
  7. warriorwithinsucksass
    Aug 23, 2009
    0
    This game is the definition of ratshit. Its like the creators decided to take everything that was good about the first game, piss on it to This game is the definition of ratshit. Its like the creators decided to take everything that was good about the first game, piss on it to blow out its circuits, and make another superfluously gory game which has barely any puzzle solving and has a story that makes every single episode of scary movies plot look like the god father, if i could go below 0 i would. Also if i could chop off my foot to prevent this game from bieng created, well, i wouldn't do that, that's retarted, but its still a horrible game. Expand

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