Review by l Dudeboy l

"I want my own Dagger of time now so I can spend more time playing this"

I'll start by saying, WOW. When I played this I was blown away from square one right down to the end, I couldn't stop playing, I had to be pulled away to go to school, I didn't eat much for days and lost half a pound by the time I finished......Ok, so maybe I exaggerated a bit but this game is highly addictive if action/adventure games are your thing.

Introduction
Prince of Persia lets you into the game giving you examples of each type of move or trick he can do so you can get into the game and (hopefully) master these techniques for the harder stuff later on. You learn most of his tricks and moves early on but as you go, you'll pick up a couple of other nice tricks to help continue with the game and make things a little easier for you.

Gameplay
Even after bashing your way through 50 hoards of sand monsters you'll still be ready and wanting to bash in a few more faces, nothing feels better than pulling off a stylish move, slashing an enemy and then finishing it off. The puzzles will cause you to use up a few brain cells trying to work them out but when you get the hang of how to think of ideas crazy enough to solve a puzzle you'll not only feel good for doing it but you'll be wowed by the amount off style the Prince can put into doing the stuff he does

Story
Luckily the game doesn't ruin itself by giving a hard to follow story where you spent more time trying to work out why you're doing what you're doing, it's as simple as 'you messed up, now sort it out' but you may think ''That 'aint much of a story'' but that's where the game grips you and keeps you playing, as you continue, you can see the development between you and you're new found partner Farah develops and laugh when prince talks trash when she's not around.

Graphics/Sound
You can see every bit of detail in every inch of every meter, this looks amazing, you can see mountains in the distance where the developers spent as much time making sure that they look as real as everything else in the game, when the sun sets, the sky fills with an orange glow that shines on the Prince and fills the whole screen as he hangs on the edge of a pole by his fingertips, this is xbox at it's best. When it comes to music, the game smoothly changes from being an eerie tune as you go through an old abandoned part of the palace to a rock mixed with Arabian music as you battle to keep the Prince alive. When he's hit you hear him cry with pain, speaking about the prince, his voice acting is done superbly, it sounds really authentic and if I had the choice, I wouldn't change a thing

Play time/Re playability
Some people might and have argued that this game is a bit too short, I wont argue there because I thought it was lengthy enough for me because I was enjoying it too much to care but that's not the point. It could have done with being a bit longer as it seemed to end just a bit too soon but on the other hand, when you see what the location of this game is you'll probably agree with how much the developers could have put in before they started to run out of ideas, It happened it Luigi's mansion and unfortunately did here so that's where it looses a few points

Final recommendation
Buy, definitely buy, if somehow you're still unsure then rent but don't expect to finish it, this is at least a one week job IF you have enough spare time to devote to it. You may consider selling it back after completing it after the 12th time but there are a few un lockable's to keep you going when you think that it had just about ended.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 04/05/04


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