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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 114
  2. Negative: 9 out of 114
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  1. SomeGuy
    Feb 5, 2008
    2
    This game is garbage. Let me start by saying I didn't mind the darker style, I think it could have worked. However, the game itself was so poorly made that the team responsible should be sacked. Combat is boring- all the enemies have the same strengths/weaknesses and can be killed by the same moves. Even Sands of Time had deeper combat thanks to it's varied enemies! The movement This game is garbage. Let me start by saying I didn't mind the darker style, I think it could have worked. However, the game itself was so poorly made that the team responsible should be sacked. Combat is boring- all the enemies have the same strengths/weaknesses and can be killed by the same moves. Even Sands of Time had deeper combat thanks to it's varied enemies! The movement puzzles are awful and the fixed cameras always hide the thing you need to see. The stages are poorly designed- going through he same environments over and over again is repetitive and boring. There is hardly any story development until after you become the Wraith, so you spend most of the game walking around with nothing interesting happening. Also, having an alternate ending is dumb- it's a story-driven trilogy, so it needs to set up the next game with it's ending! Who wants to find all the life upgrades when the game is so dull and boring that you want to spend as little time playing it as possible? Basically, if you loved Sands of Time you'll hate this, not because of the style but because of the gameplay. I gave it a 2 for the excellent cut-scenes and voice acting. Collapse
  2. AB
    Jan 11, 2005
    3
    Since this game's prequel was magnificent, I decided to buy this game. I bought it and took it back the same day. Sadly, I couldn't get all of my money back. This is one of the most miserable disappointments I've ever experienced. The first PoP was beautiful: The graphics and sound were amazing, the combat was wondrous. But then I play this game: rock music, senseless Since this game's prequel was magnificent, I decided to buy this game. I bought it and took it back the same day. Sadly, I couldn't get all of my money back. This is one of the most miserable disappointments I've ever experienced. The first PoP was beautiful: The graphics and sound were amazing, the combat was wondrous. But then I play this game: rock music, senseless violence, what the hell? Plus, the platforming is cheap and the character was ruined. I have no idea what Ubisoft must have been thinking to make something great into a mess like this. Apparently, they weren't thinking at all. Expand
  3. RalphH.
    Dec 28, 2004
    0
    This game sucks the camera angles you cant see the player 1/2 the time.
  4. Akira
    Mar 3, 2005
    4
    The camera angle is really poor.
  5. 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

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#17 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#30 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.