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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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  1. Positive: 51 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  1. GamePro
    100
    All told, this is a great debut for the Prince of Persia series on the PS3 and Xbox 360. [Jan 2009, p.74]
  2. Prince of Persia has pulled away from its previous trappings to become its own true game.
  3. Ubisoft Montreal has come tantalisingly close to creating a real masterpiece.
  4. I imagine that most people who go into Prince of Persia with an open mind will find at least a few things to enjoy.
  5. 83
    Prince Of Persia creates a beautiful world, and offers a real sense of wonder, as well as fantastic exploration opportunities. Aside from combat and camera issues, this is fun and a return to form for the prince.
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    80
    It's still quite a good game--I just wonder why it feels like a step back from the previous trology. [Jan 2009, p.69]
  7. Harking back to Elika for a second, I have to admit she is a fantastic addition to the series, and as gimmicks go she is significantly better than The Sands of Time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 51
  2. Negative: 9 out of 51
  1. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    I've played the Sands Saga and I've also played this Prince of Persia. I enjoyed playing the titles on PS2 but I think a 3games Saga is almostI've played the Sands Saga and I've also played this Prince of Persia. I enjoyed playing the titles on PS2 but I think a 3games Saga is almost perfect. It was time to refresh things and Ubisoft did it in a Great way with this Brilliant title. It's not much of a challenge to play as the previous ones but it was think that way, it was created make us have fun and I had A LOT playing this title. Graphics is astonishing, Environments are breathtaking, Gamplay is Spectacular; both platforming and battles (but there is a lack of them in my opinion), Dialogs are well made and the Atmosphere is Beautiful.
    Ok, ending won't be good for the most but the game last about 10hours; who cares about less than one minute?
    You can love it/hate it, I love it: 10/10.
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  2. NeilD.
    Dec 5, 2008
    9
    Quite simply the most fun I've had playing a game in years. The fluidity of the platforming, rather than being dumbed-down, frees you up Quite simply the most fun I've had playing a game in years. The fluidity of the platforming, rather than being dumbed-down, frees you up to string together awesome looking moves - all with a great big smile on your face! The combat is incredibly deep and stylish. The lack of death gives the game a more realistic feel - I've often thought death in games just separates you from the imersion into the "hero". It's about time you are rewarded for trying that difficult jump or that more complicated combo, rather than being dumped out to a game over screen and an annoting loading time! I also love the conversation with Elika - sometimes cheesy, but often heartwarming and adds depth to the world Ubisoft Montreal have crafted. All in all, close to genius! Expand
  3. Dec 31, 2016
    9
    The game is fun but the story is nothing to write home about.The characters are inconsistent and the dialogue isn't as well written as inThe game is fun but the story is nothing to write home about.The characters are inconsistent and the dialogue isn't as well written as in Sands of time.But the gameplay is very good.The platforming flows amazingly and is very addicting.The combat sucks,though.it pretty much amounts to repeating the same combos till the enemy drops.The boss fights get recycled too much.Though,they can be very creative,which is why I didn't mind it that much.The levels are also as creative.There's a lot of variety in the level design so that platforming around the gorgeous cel-shaded scenery never gets old.One last thing I have to mention is that this is one of the few games that has the idea of how to make a proper 3D metroidvania game.I hope we see another game like this. Expand
  4. DavidB.
    Dec 3, 2008
    7
    I've beaten Sands Of Time 8 times. I got my completion time to under 5 hours. I love that game. I wanted to love this one. It's sad I've beaten Sands Of Time 8 times. I got my completion time to under 5 hours. I love that game. I wanted to love this one. It's sad to think that if just 1 or 2 buttons had been added that this game would be getting a 9 from me. Having 90% of the actions mapped to 1 button has hurt this game in so many ways. PoP has gone from an excercise in gaming grace to simply a theme park ride. The graphics are great, the music is beautiful, the characters fun. Too bad the core elements have been sacrificed. A more complicated control option could have saved this game. It may be better than Warrior Within, but not Two Thrones. At least I can use Sands of Time skins. Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2017
    7
    I am not very fond of Prince of Persia, but this game was decent enough. The graphics were innovative and colourful, and gameplay wasI am not very fond of Prince of Persia, but this game was decent enough. The graphics were innovative and colourful, and gameplay was entertaining overall. There were also some boring parts and collectibles, which I do not like at all, but I think that is something inherent to this kind of games. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2020
    5
    This game has a great visual style, good styled world, well-built locations, nice graphics, parkour system is simple but interesting to watch.This game has a great visual style, good styled world, well-built locations, nice graphics, parkour system is simple but interesting to watch. That's where the pros end.

    In general, the game gives the impression that it lacks something. The gameplay is monotonous. The essence of the game is that in one large location you need to activate 20 places to revive this world, the whole process of moving from one place to another is the same everywhere.

    There are 4 power that open as the game progresses and allow you to use a new way of moving, something like a strong jump or flight, but it doesn't change the gameplay too much.

    There are only 2 or 3 puzzles in all game, and this is only in the last location. The plot is nothing, it is presented in the form of 2-3 words between the characters, the cut-scenes are poor, there is no disclosure of the characters, who they are, where they come from, and they are not interesting at all.

    Very terrible combat system, apparently the developers wanted to bring something new, but it's didn't work, it all comes down to the fact that you just need to press a certain combination of buttons in time (only like 4 combinations), just the same as with parkour.

    The whole game you just need to press the right buttons in time, the player can only choose which way to go and which of the 3 combinations of buttons to press in battle.

    I don't think this attempt of reimagining the series worked.
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  7. Nov 7, 2019
    0
    This is **** Is the worst prince of persia game of the series. This is the Reason that there isn't another Prince of Persia

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