Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
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  1. Edge Magazine
    70
    Ubisoft has taken a flawed game of boundless promise, destroyed some (but not all) of its appeal, fixed some (but not enough) of its problems, and jeopardised the whole endeavour by making the same mistake twice and rushing it to market before it was steady on its feet. Prince of Persia is strong and supple enough to survive this with many of its immense virtues intact. But it deserved so much better. [Christmas 2004, p.80]
  2. "The Sands of Time" set such a high standard in virtually every area that anything less was always going to be disappointing, and discovering that many of the bits that were nigh on flawless are less taxing, less focused, or are just the same with a scar across the face, is deeply upsetting.
  3. The focus on combat makes the game boring, and the lack of good puzzles and platforming of the same caliber as in Sands of Time make Prince of Persia: Warrior Within a slow ride that many fans should honestly stay away from.
  4. 70
    You can't deny the fun the platforming and the combat brings. But that's really all it brings now. It's merely a game you 'play' rather than an adventure you 'experience'.
  5. 62
    There are hints of greatness here and there. But those hints only remind us of Warrior Within's predecessor, making this new Prince of Persia game's bad design decisions all the more obvious.
  6. Cheat Code Central
    60
    Inexplicably the aspects of "The Sands Of Time" that most players complained about, namely the endless battling of foes has returned in spades and it's not only repetitive beyond all reason, it's also a lot less forgiving this time around.
  7. 60
    A disappointment. It completely breaks with the first game in everything but gameplay, and even that is sabotaged by annoying, repetitive level design.

Awards & Rankings

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#12 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#23 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 35
  2. Negative: 6 out of 35
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    8
    This a great game but not as good as other entries in the series, the Prince isn't as an enjoyable character as he was in Sands of Time, inThis a great game but not as good as other entries in the series, the Prince isn't as an enjoyable character as he was in Sands of Time, in this he comes across as a guy to tries to hard to be a bad ass, the combat is cool and more brutal than it was in Sands of Time, and the plat forming is even better, and the story is pretty cool, it's still a great game with good controls, while I can recommend this don't expect it to be as good as Sands of Time. Full Review »
  2. PikaN
    Oct 13, 2008
    6
    This game kinda blows. its alright but the camera and controls are glitchy and it doesn't live up to what it should. NInja gaiden owns This game kinda blows. its alright but the camera and controls are glitchy and it doesn't live up to what it should. NInja gaiden owns the shit out of this and so do the other price of persia games probably. Full Review »
  3. MichaelE.
    Dec 12, 2005
    10
    Even better than sands of time.