Reviews and Problems with Prince of Persia: The Fallen King
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Replay value 7
Prince of Persia The Fallen King
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Prince of Persia has had a rocky past. Some of the early games were decent, but recent releases have gotten darker. I was pretty excited to see Prince of Persia The Fallen King on clearance. This is a Nintendo DS video game that was granted the ‘E’ for Everyone rating. That was my first issue with this game - the rating the ESRB bestowed. Prince of Persia The Fallen King has the player hacking and slashing enemies, and there is no choice in the matter.
Excerpt: If you ever wondered how the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass touch controls would work on a side-scrolling platformer, this is your chance to find out. At its best, you navigate a series of death-defying jumps and wall climbs with a few simple taps. At its worst, you fall instantly to your death. The latter will happen several times a stage and feels oh so cheap.
Excerpt: The Prince of Perisa has so many looks these days you wonder if there isn't some Gok Wan button to go with the Elika button that served the 'next-gen' versions of Ubisoft Montreal's 'illustrative' re-imagination of the critically acclaimed acrobatic platformer so well. In that game he's wearing a stunning cel-shaded oil painting number. In The Fallen King, the DS version of the game, he's sporting a more cartooney, Saturday morning TV get-up.
Summary: Parents need to know that this "Everyone"-rated Prince of Persia game is tamer than its console or PC counterparts. Not only is our hero a pint-sized cartoon but combat is far from graphic. There is no blood or gore when fighting with swords or magic.
Excerpt: There have been many princes of Persia since the original game was released nearly 20 years ago, and although they've ranged from noble romantics to angst-ridden bad boys, they've all shared a gift of tremendous agility. In conjunction with its new console reboot of the Prince of Persia series, Ubisoft has brought the graceful monarch to the DS in a side-scrolling adventure that can be thrilling when the intuitive touch-screen controls work as they should.
Pros: Well-implemented touch-screen mechanics, Good level design, Swordfighting is simple but fun, Impressively smooth animation for the prince
Cons: Controls can be frustratingly imprecise, Bland storytelling, Dull, predictable boss fights, Frequent slowdown
Excerpt: While at the Ubisoft booth at E3 in LA this year, I had a chance to sit down with one of the developers of Prince of Persia: The Fallen King for the DS and give the game a spin. Overall I was impressed with the demo as the 2D platformer showed lots of promise. Having recently reviewed Prince of Persia for the Xbox 360 I was very curious to see how the Prince would make the transition from next-generation console to Nintendo’s handheld gaming machine.
Summary: Expanding the saga with an independent storyline, Prince of Persia: The Fallen King utilizes the unique stylus controls of the NDS to deliver the extraordinary acrobatic and combat action that fans have come to expect from the Prince of Persia franchise.