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  • Summary: Set in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology, the Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness: the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. The Prince arrives just in time to witness theSet in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology, the Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness: the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. The Prince arrives just in time to witness the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life - an act which threatens to plunge the entire world into eternal darkness. Manifested in the form of the Corruption, a dark substance that physically contaminates the land and the skies, the Prince must partner with Elika, a deadly companion, to heal the world from the evil Corruption. [Ubisoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Prince of Persia is a wonderful and nearly magical game. It’s not very long but it’s long enough, as it will entail around 10-14 hours of continuous platforming and fighting, even if you don’t try to pick up the 1001 Seeds of Light.
  2. The new visual style works and the technical side of the game is flawless but ultimately this re-imaging of Prince of Persia ends up being a bit short and easy. In the quest to rid the game of all potential sources of frustration, the low difficulty level is unfortunate collateral damage. Fun and accessible but fails to match the brilliance of Sands of Time.
  3. 90
    The new title combines strong platforming fundamentals, Assassin's Creed's open-world structure, and some of Okami's wonderful aesthetic flourishes. What it introduces to action games is something truly wonderful.
  4. While Prince of Persia is definitely flawed and can even become tedious at points, it creates a dreamlike world that keeps you interested. It is an interactive extension of what good fiction tries to be, and while it's not for everyone, it can often leave you with a desire to come back for more.
  5. PC PowerPlay
    80
    Having said this, Prince of Persia is one of those games that has obvious flaws but manages to pull together to become so much more than the sum of its parts. The charmingly cliched story, the visuals, audio, and their sparkling polish come together to make the Prince of Persia a modern epic. [January 2009, p.51]
  6. Were it not for obtrusive hints and copy/pasted design, Prince of Persia would have taken its rightful place in our Hall of Fame.
  7. PC Gamer UK
    49
    Dumbed down; drawn out; deeply annoying. [Jan 2009, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 70
  2. Negative: 20 out of 70
  1. Dec 2, 2012
    10
    For me it was never a problem with game's difficulty. I liked the game more then i expected because it put me in the sense of flow that iFor me it was never a problem with game's difficulty. I liked the game more then i expected because it put me in the sense of flow that i rarely experience in video games nowadays. But what makes it stand out for me so much is that when you make the biggest game decision you never question your choice or it's outcome and you accept all consequences while saying "It was all worth it" and spilling a little tear at the end. The biggest pleasure i got was AFTER i finished the game and realized what was it about and why things happened how they happened. Its a masterpiece. Simple, but it doesn't have to be difficult to be good. Its a perfect example of story-based video games that actually put a "story" and a "video game" not running along but depending on each other 100%. Expand
  2. Dec 26, 2012
    10
    Even if it was not a hard game (really easy indeed). It has got amazing and charismatics characters, and an incredible story. It's a shameEven if it was not a hard game (really easy indeed). It has got amazing and charismatics characters, and an incredible story. It's a shame that ubi never came with the sequel of this amazing game Expand
  3. Apr 30, 2011
    9
    Charming and beautiful game. Creative areas with breathtaking vistas. Repetitive game play which still feels fresh until the end. GoodCharming and beautiful game. Creative areas with breathtaking vistas. Repetitive game play which still feels fresh until the end. Good character animations. Excellent voice acting. Surprise heart wrenching ending. Expand
  4. qoobah
    Jan 15, 2009
    7
    The reimagining of the PoP series turns out to be extremely pretty, slightly repetitive and uneven in terms of storytelling. The meat and The reimagining of the PoP series turns out to be extremely pretty, slightly repetitive and uneven in terms of storytelling. The meat and bones of the game, the acrobatic platforming, seems to be pushed a bit over the top with the inclusion of ceiling-running and completly unnecessary power-plate system, but overall turns out to be quite ejoyable. Ubisofts attempt at making the gameplay more streamlined is to be applauded, but it doesn't mean it turned out for the better - the lack of punishment for failing with little reward for succeess makes the gameplay boring and uneventful for the more experienced players, while providing little incentive in the form of reward for newcomers. Ubisoft is to be thanked for giving other game devs this lesson - attempts at streamlining the gameplay are needed and good, but they shouldn't look quite just like in this new PoP. Ubisofts fault is in another thing - being stuch to their gameplay design techniques that induce an illusion of freedom and a lot of repetition. This is present since the Assasin's Creed, and while PoP isn't as bad as the abovementioned, it isn't good either. The narrative is terribly cliched and compared to the gem that was the Sands of Time, turns out bland. Hovewer there is a potential for a great fairy tale to be told in the esthetics of the gorgeous graphics - it needs more "magic" to it though. And certainly more diversified dialogues delivered by more fleshed out, complex characters, as americanised accent and their almost sitcom style were really the thing that bothered me the most about the way narrative was presented. Overall though, the ending of the game was very enjoyable, if not unexpected, and provides a good premise for inevitable sequel(s). To sum up: a beautifull, inspired world, slightly too easy and repetitive gameplay, and cliche-ridden narrative that manages to come to its own at the end of the game. It's no Sands of Time but still quite enjoyable entertainment, if you don't set your expectations too high. Expand
  5. May 2, 2014
    7
    con:
    1. Progressively boring combat system
    2. Main quest is a collecting game ↓ result in 3. little replay value pro: 1. Beautiful
    con:
    1. Progressively boring combat system
    2. Main quest is a collecting game
    ↓ result in
    3. little replay value

    pro:
    1. Beautiful game, I find myself constantly distracted by the fantastic scenery.
    2. Witty dialogues present vivid personality of characters
    3. You won't die, so easily accessible for anyone, you can even say it's a scenic casual game
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  6. Sean
    Apr 7, 2009
    4
    The game starts out pretty cool; you get to do some fun acrobatics and you have access to all the combat combos from the beginning, which are The game starts out pretty cool; you get to do some fun acrobatics and you have access to all the combat combos from the beginning, which are nice to watch the first few times you do them. But it quickly starts dragging. There are 20 main levels plus 4 boss levels. Every single one of them is super repetitive. Not to mention the fact that you have to go through each level twice in order to pick up all the light seeds after you cleanse the level. The fights are also boring and repetitive and completely lacking in challenge, given the fact that you cannot die. If you happen to mess up and get "killed," you are saved by your companion, the opponent regains some health, and the fight continues. So in summary, for about 30 minutes the game is fun. The visuals are nice, the controls are simple, the camera works decently (occasional screwiness, but on the whole, satisfying). But the repetitiveness, lack of excitement and challenge, the prevalence of annoying and contrived obstacles, and the poor quality of combat drags it all down very quickly. I'm not sure how it got so many high scores from the critics. Perhaps they played it for less than an hour. Expand
  7. SeanT.
    Dec 10, 2008
    0
    This game rocks.

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