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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. 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. 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: 22 out of 43
  2. Negative: 9 out of 43
  1. K.Dog
    Jan 5, 2005
    10
    This game is excellent. It captures the Prince's fall from grace and loss of innocence perfectly. The story is very good, and even This game is excellent. It captures the Prince's fall from grace and loss of innocence perfectly. The story is very good, and even though I haven't finished the game yet, I am constantly amazed by what I see. The freeform combat system is nothing short of revolutionary. If you don't mind the darker theme, this game is twice what the original was. PoP SoT was explore, slash, explore, slash etc etc. Comabt and exploration were almost completey separate. In Warrior Within the two are seamlessly put together to give you a more realistic and combined experience. I can't find anything majorly wrong with this game. I ran into a bug early on, but a load of a previous save fixed it. I love this game, and will be playing it again in a month or so. Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2012
    10
    This is probably one of the best PC-games I've ever played. Great story, presentation and gameplay. Loved it to pieces years ago and stillThis is probably one of the best PC-games I've ever played. Great story, presentation and gameplay. Loved it to pieces years ago and still play it today. Expand
  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. Framikaze
    May 31, 2006
    7
    The first episode of PoP saga was amusing also for the silly comments of the prince,for the small breaks given by the videos.This episode isThe first episode of PoP saga was amusing also for the silly comments of the prince,for the small breaks given by the videos.This episode is too dark and put too much pressure on players without any break for mind and fingers.
    Also grapic is less careful than in SoT.In conclusion this episode is shoddier than its predecessor.
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  5. HyperionX.
    Dec 7, 2004
    6
    Camera sucks and is really annoying, game has too steep learning curve for someone who hasn't played the previous game.
  6. MingyuW.
    Sep 1, 2005
    5
    I have to say the fighting is impressive, however, the game is so dark! and its so diffult to move about, the keys r not well coordinated and I have to say the fighting is impressive, however, the game is so dark! and its so diffult to move about, the keys r not well coordinated and i'm always unsure of pressing which direction button to jump. And especially when a wrong jump results in death, it can be rather irritating. for example, i got caught while fighting the crows early in the game and had to restart so many times. thankfully the rest of it weren't as bad. 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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