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Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

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  1. Jul 21, 2011
    5
    This is nothing compared to the first game in the series and to be honest I'm not entirely sure how even Sands of Time was an unbridled masterpiece in many regards. It recycled puzzles, the combat was more than a chicken sandwich, and the environments were often fairly linear. What shined in the first game was the setting and its characters whom even I found myself enjoying throughoutThis is nothing compared to the first game in the series and to be honest I'm not entirely sure how even Sands of Time was an unbridled masterpiece in many regards. It recycled puzzles, the combat was more than a chicken sandwich, and the environments were often fairly linear. What shined in the first game was the setting and its characters whom even I found myself enjoying throughout its tale of "oh crap we've altered the time-line of everything ever" mentality. Then the series got all serious. Like it had grown to big for its baby booties and decided in needed to be darker, feature screamo music, and fill the screen with more female flesh than a Hooter's on a Friday night. The story line suffered its own self-contained wrath and to this day it makes absolutely no sense to me. Sure it explains itself, but its unnecessary and it wasted my time doing so. The combat improved, but other things were worse. In general it has very "God of War" feel to it. Not straight ripping it off, but generally borrowing ideas to make it seem fresher. They pretty much ruined the main character and the experience for me. Of course the 3rd game would ultimately cause me to forget about both the sequels over time. With the help of some remakes and some down right cash ins for no good reason- its fairly obvious that the best was the original Sands of Time. Expand
  2. Jun 17, 2012
    7
    This game has some very strong points, but at the same time some very weak points. The platforming in this game is far beyond even some of the current action-adventure games, the graphics for the game are pretty up-to-date, but unfortunately the combat is the part that's lacking. You can get through the game on hard mode by basically skipping 90% of the fights, using a couple exploitableThis game has some very strong points, but at the same time some very weak points. The platforming in this game is far beyond even some of the current action-adventure games, the graphics for the game are pretty up-to-date, but unfortunately the combat is the part that's lacking. You can get through the game on hard mode by basically skipping 90% of the fights, using a couple exploitable combos, or just mashing buttons and hope for the best. Unfortunately when I played my character had a tendency of running up a wall and jumping at my enemies, then falling off a cliff. I think the real issue is blocking. In the first PoP blocking couldn't be done without finishing the animation of a jump or slash, they pretty much did the same thing in this game. Blocking should completely cancel the attack like in all the other combo games. Another problem was the environment. I enjoyed the environments in the first game. You get the nice Arabian Palace theme with nice friendly colors. But instead you are in a darker palace with this dark beast chasing you down half the time while playing Godsmack. I llike Godsmack but I don't think it's good for a player friendly game... Expand
  3. Jun 8, 2013
    7
    Despite being inferior to its predecessor when it comes to pacing and overall fun, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within offers many technical improvements and is a very good game.
  4. OMGWTF
    Aug 3, 2005
    6
    Well... i know this game was released a while ago but i decided to wait for the demo and finally came. I tried last weekend and didn't liked it, at first sight controls seem not to respond accuratelly, the guitar thing is awfull and he seems to have a big head, i'm not sure but seems to me the prequel looks better, anyway i'm going to try the demo again but... i doubt will Well... i know this game was released a while ago but i decided to wait for the demo and finally came. I tried last weekend and didn't liked it, at first sight controls seem not to respond accuratelly, the guitar thing is awfull and he seems to have a big head, i'm not sure but seems to me the prequel looks better, anyway i'm going to try the demo again but... i doubt will make me get the full version (i hope i'm wrong). Expand
  5. AndrewN.
    Jul 9, 2007
    7
    Because Sands Of Time didnt exactly fly off the shelves (shame), Ubisoft took the series in a new direction. While Warrior Within does improve on the previous game, it also loses much of the last games charm. While the basic nature of the platforming remains the same and while the graphics are amazing, you spend far too much time in combat. Giving that this was the weakest element of the Because Sands Of Time didnt exactly fly off the shelves (shame), Ubisoft took the series in a new direction. While Warrior Within does improve on the previous game, it also loses much of the last games charm. While the basic nature of the platforming remains the same and while the graphics are amazing, you spend far too much time in combat. Giving that this was the weakest element of the last game, its certainly questionable. While there are more combos, there isnt really much incentive to experiment because hack and slash will suffice. It retains the qualities of the previous game but it shoves everything that was likeable about the first game into the shadows. The soundtrack is awful, consisting of rubbish european rock music. Its still a very good game but it will disappoint anyone who played Sands Of Time. Expand
  6. DragonKnight
    Apr 27, 2006
    5
    Sands of Time, was a masterpiece. There's no other way to put it. If you haven't bought it yet, do yourself a favor and buy it. This sequel however, is well, not a masterpiece. It's just not all that great. Nearly every aspect of the game left me with either hatred or a feeling of, "meh". The hard guitar rock stuff, while I don't mind this genre of music, and I am a Sands of Time, was a masterpiece. There's no other way to put it. If you haven't bought it yet, do yourself a favor and buy it. This sequel however, is well, not a masterpiece. It's just not all that great. Nearly every aspect of the game left me with either hatred or a feeling of, "meh". The hard guitar rock stuff, while I don't mind this genre of music, and I am a bit of a fan. It just feels so out of place in this game, and in any games excluding sports it feels out of place. The graphics are amazing, the animations are fluid and everything looks spectacular. I don't like the over-the-top edginess and darkness they made with Warrior Within, such a drastic change from The Sands of Time. They ddin't do a good job with it either, it was quite annoying to me actually and the rock music is what completed the annoying dark tone. The story is boring at best and when the Prince falls in love, it's so silly and you have the feeling of, "You have to be kidding me. So silly.", overwhelmes you. The combat (where The Sands of Time fell a little short) is improved, it's a lot of fun for a good deal of the game but in the end it became monotonous and boring. I like that this game is quite difficult, I like challenging games, but this may frustrate some players. The puzzles required less brain usage than the previous installment, which is sad. Anyone who has played Sands of Time will be greatly disappointed in this game. If you haven't, well you may like this more than the other group since you're not comparing it to the near perfection of The Sands of Time, but that doesn't make it any more or less of a mediocre game. Rent it. Try it. See how you feel about it. Collapse
  7. ShalashaskaG.
    Dec 15, 2004
    7
    Hated the guitar sound from the beginning. the developer seemed to be watching too much lingerie shows evident in encounter with the woman wearing a filthy ugly clothes. it completely alienated me from the start of the game, on a ship with emphasis too much on combat, elements that draw me in on the first game completely fell apart with changes for the second one, similar to halo 2'sHated the guitar sound from the beginning. the developer seemed to be watching too much lingerie shows evident in encounter with the woman wearing a filthy ugly clothes. it completely alienated me from the start of the game, on a ship with emphasis too much on combat, elements that draw me in on the first game completely fell apart with changes for the second one, similar to halo 2's disappointment . dont change something that works...... Expand

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#38 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51
  1. 85
    Ubisoft took a gamble by taking the Prince to a dark place. I don't think it paid off as the sense of magic, seen even in the old 2D PC days, is barely present here. It wasn't the wrong decision to make for a darker story, but Ubisoft took it too far.
  2. The gameplay is visceral, fast, and fun, the graphics and sound are incredible, and the story is so well conceived and written that it'll keep you coming back for more.
  3. Exploring the labyrinthine citadel is rewarding, although backtracking and frequent deaths can be frustrating.