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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 81
  2. Negative: 7 out of 81

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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. Nov 22, 2011
    4
    For me, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is a big let down, even though the fighting and platforming haven't been changed, it just isn't the same as The Sands of Time (which is one of my favourite games of all time). The main reason I didn't like Warrior Within was because of the darker tone, I also felt that the story line was poor. The backtracking also caused problems for me, at times IFor me, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is a big let down, even though the fighting and platforming haven't been changed, it just isn't the same as The Sands of Time (which is one of my favourite games of all time). The main reason I didn't like Warrior Within was because of the darker tone, I also felt that the story line was poor. The backtracking also caused problems for me, at times I had no idea where I was or where I was supposed to go which was very frustrating. So overall, for me, it was an unworthy sequel of the Sands of Time, I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. I wouldn't recommend it, not even if you've played other Prince of Persia games and enjoyed them, this one is no where near as good as the other games in the series. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    What a great game! Very UNDERRATED, i dont know why some people hate it, its an AMAZING game, I recommend everyone to buy it especially if you like adventure/action games
  4. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    AMAZING game! Very UNDERRATED, i dont know why some people hate it, I honestly think its a great game, I recommend everyone to buy it especially if you like adventure/action games
  5. 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
  6. 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.
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.