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Random Gamer's Review: Prince of Persia

Grundy the Man writes, "Based off of the graphically stunning and tremendously detailed Assassin's Creed game engine, Prince of Persia makes a radical departure from the aesthetic of previous installments in the franchise. Where most developers would strive for more realism, the designers took an artistic U-turn, instead favoring cel-shaded imagery. The character models cartoon-like animation style is offset by dramatically detailed environments. Despite the fact that there is a definite clash in art direction, they meld together quite well, producing an appearance that is uniquely different from anything else this console generation.

Where the Mario franchise set the bar for platforming in two dimensions, Prince of Persia does the same for three dimensions. Using a series of timed button presses and interesting level design, the game engine makes the player feel like they are a god among men. Anywhere place that is visible on the screen can be reached in numerous different ways. Don't feel comfortable jumping from wall to wall across a chasm? Try using a double jump from stalactites in order to cross the gap. Under most circumstances, using the phrase "the sky is the limit" would be a way to describe a wide variety of options, but in this case its use is quite literal. If you can see something, you can explore it..."

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JimmyJames703490d ago

Based on this review, I do believe PoP just moved to the back of my game queue.

bgrundman3490d ago

As well it should. It was a pretty big letdown.

CrAppleton3490d ago

See.. I think they were a little generous with the score.. seeing how it sounds like such a let down

Neco5123490d ago

i dont think it was that bad, if you like platformers youll like this i think

CrAppleton3490d ago

IDK about that @Neco512.. I think this one should wait for the bargain bin

thor3490d ago

I thought it was amazing. I would recommend it.

The whole thing about you can't die is a ridiculous complaint. YOU CAN'T DIE IN ANY GAME!! In ANY other game, if you die, there is some kind of animation and you go back to the last checkpoint. How is PoP any different from this? The ONLY difference is, that the checkpoints are a bit closer together than other games. But there are still a few tricky platforming sections. Platformers are USUALLY easy, and sure, this game is no exception, but it's not really any easier than other platformers.

The combat is satisfying. It's annoying that you only "die" via a QTE and even then, the boss doesn't gain back all their health, but overall, it's really fun. It could do with being a little less QTE heavy, but still. I thought the bosses were fun to fight. And yeah, there aren't many "normal" enemies to encounter, and you usually kill them before they spawn, but then, the focus is not on combat, it's on the superb platforming.

As for longetivity, I don't usually play games more than once, and this game isn't an exception to that rule. BUT there are quite a few trophies, some easy, some quite difficult, that could suck up your time if you want to.

The story is excellent - very well-told and unique; and the graphics are pretty good too. So don't listen to this review ;)

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CrAppleton3490d ago

Maybe it's worth it now that it's only 30 bucks?

bgrundman3490d ago

That might be a more fair price, but I hardly think it was even worth that after this review.

Neco5123490d ago

this game is so worth 30 dollars, at the very least

bgrundman3490d ago

I think we may have to agree to disagree on this one.

Neco5123490d ago

would you say 20 then? i like it either way, and i payed 60 for it when it first came out

CrAppleton3490d ago

Now I would buy it for 20 bucks! I might even go pick it up for 30.. I was really looking forward to this game.. so I'm saddened to see it tank

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bgrundman3490d ago

Is it true that the 360 version was the lead SKU for this game?

Neco5123490d ago

hope so because the games are always better that way

bgrundman3490d ago

Well that isn't always the case, but frequently it turns out that way.

CrAppleton3490d ago

WHAT!??? You can't be serious.. What about games like Burnout Paradise?

Hobb3490d ago

THIS GAME SUCKS DON'T BUY IT!

Neco5123490d ago

dont listen to hobb this game is good, you should at least try it out

CrAppleton3490d ago

We'll see.. I'll probably give it a rent first

Solidsnakex233490d ago

deff a rental... I got the platinum trophy on it... but it was gruesome to get. Same old enemy and 5 bosses really don't make this game anything worth remembering.

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