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  • Summary: Hunted by Dahaka, an immortal incarnation of Fate seeking divine retribution, the Prince embarks on a new journey on a cursed island. Only with courage and the mastery of new combat arts can the Prince emerge victoriously. As the Prince, you can develop your own fighting style by manipulating the environment and the enemies. You can even use new projectile attacks and Sands of Time powers to rid the lands of deadly monsters. Expand
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  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 2 out of 55
  1. The prince has gone from an "Aladdin"-style teenager to a grim, angry young adult. He's even more beautifully drawn than before, and this year's installment adds a much better combat system.
  2. The levels are imaginative and at times surreal, infusing the game with a unique and compelling atmosphere. The cutscenes are excellent and if you've seen a scene before and want to skip it, the game uses an interesting mechanism to allow you to bypass it.
  3. 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]
  4. This game doesn't really do anything that you haven't seen before in many other action games available, but this is one of the few titles that manage to do all the key ingredients really well.
  5. It isn't that the game is bad, it is just that the mood, voices and music combine to create a game that you don't want to play.
  6. If nothing else, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within proves that good gameplay always trumps bad style choices.
  7. The tone of the game has gone from an Arabian Nights fantasy to something akin to a Marilyn Manson music video. In dark and grimy settings, the once gallant prince curses and jeers as he swings his sword at demons whose decapitations are lovingly shown in slow motion to a soundtrack of screeching guitars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    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, 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. Collapse

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