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Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within
Into Liquid Sky
9 April 2006
Excerpt: Once upon a time, the Prince of Persia series saw its majestic protagonist through fairy tale inspired adventures. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time broke new ground last year as the Prince left his 2D roots in a silky smooth transition to 3D. Despite the critical acclaim the title garnered, fanfare remained modest. The prince has returned in Ubisoft’s latest attempt to capture the public eye, and this time… he’s mad.
Pros: Superb gameplay & control, Solid visuals
Cons: Unlikable story and central cast of characters, Piss poor audio
Excerpt: The most satisfying moments in a gamer's life are when they play something that makes them forget its all about the money. Just a timeless, treasured expression, where, yes, you can firmly believe that the product was sneaked past the ad department, the cynical fat-cats, and the corporate yes-men like a vulnerable child. The game contains a sense of goodness and wonder that is so utterly alien to monthly targets or financial years.
Excerpt: The environments of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within are outstanding in not only graphical content, but also in design. Since the Prince travels between two different time periods in this second game in the newly revived series, the environments actually undergo heavy change, and it looks amazing. The only problem with this is that it leaves a craving to see more areas, but you end up revisiting the same ones over and over again.
Excerpt: It seems that things didn't turn out that well for the prince after the first game, as right off, he finds himself running from his inevitable death, which comes in the form of a creature called the Dahaka. It seems the Empress of Time is none too pleased by his manipulation of the sands of time, and has sent Dahaka to kill the prince. Despite being told he can't stop his demise, the prince heads off to try and change his destiny.
Excerpt: Warrior Within takes place a few years after the conclusion of The Sands of Time. After he returned home to Babylon the Prince soon realized that he was being followed. No matter what he tried he couldn’t shake off his shadow so he finally sought help from an old hermit. The old man revealed to him the full scope of his actions in the prequel: The Prince should have died back in the palace and only the Dagger of Time saved his life.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: If you thought platformers were dead and action games were all looking the same, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within will prove otherwise. It's a breathtaking release that delivers in every category, and definitely warrants a spot in your library. A great weapons system, more mature theme and tweaked gameplay, plus Live for the Xbox version, should vault this game into console stardom. You owe it to yourself as a gamer to snap this up - right now.
Conclusion: The graphics are simply stunning as they were in The Sands of Time, there was no need to improve these. The environments are darker and full of mysteries waiting for you to solve them all. Expect this game this winter, it will not disappoint you.