Take your battle strategy to the next level
Windows XP / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98 / Windows 2000 / Windows ME
We saw the release of the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which the developers launched in the previous year with a delightful experience. The game, "Prince of Persia: Warrior With" has some of the most detailed and visually colorful levels. You have a variety of complex environmental puzzles, and you will watch some of the most impressive acrobatics from the Prince of Persia.
The biggest complaint players had was with the past game having a repetitive and short length combat system, but that has been addressed in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. While the new combat feels satisfying in the long campaign, the developers improved since the game from the previous year. The game has now brought in a more dark tone compared to the Sands of Time. Unfortunately, it falls flat compared to what it could have done. The storybook tone from the last game has been crowded out, and some technical issues for both the PS2 and the Xbox somewhat marred the playing experience.
Since the previous game, we have seen the story of this title pick up right where last year's left off. To catch you up to date, the prince released the Sands of Time, and he learns a time monster known as the menacing Dahaka has come to devour him and everything within its path. Whatever enters becomes like a black hole. For the prince to escape such a fate, he must take a trip to the past where he will have to take down the Empress of Time. This will prevent the future creation of these sands. Anyone who loved "Back to the Future" enough to suspend their disbelief should have no trouble with this game.
If you had to look at the similarities between "A Link to the Past" and the "Warrior Within," you'd see how like in Zelda, you're often exploring the same areas, but you see them from two separate time periods. Throughout the fortress, special rooms have been scattered to give you the power to migrate from one world into the next. The parts of the castle change from the past to the present. For example, you see a clockwork tower in the past with some fragile machinery and gigantic gears. In the past, it looked pristine, but once you bring it to the current time, everything looks broken down. Tree branches, for example, poke through the walls, and the machinery has been strewn about the floor. Your path for navigating the rooms will change based on the period you have entered. It's an interesting game with a fairly cool concept, and they pull it off well.
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is a 3D action game with an emphasis on jumping across platforms and puzzle solving. The game is the darkest entry in the Prince of Persia franchise. It is similar to frenetic action games like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. The player assumes the role of the prince from the other Prince of Persia games.
The basic game play consists of running along walls and attacking large groups of enemies with a few different weapons. The game takes an open world approach to exploration. The game has only a few areas, but they are elaborately designed and complex. The clock tower area may be the most interesting area in any Prince of Persia game.
The controls are seamless. The player can run along walls to avoid traps, swing across poles and jump from wall to wall with relative ease. The fighting segments require good hand eye coordination and practice. Defeating enemies gives the player sand that activates special powers within the game. The most important of these abilities allows the player to reverse time.
The game has several challenging boss fights. The main enemy is a villain unique to this game called the Dhaka. The player spends several parts of the game running away from him. The final fight against him is very challenging. It is one of the best boss fights in the Prince of Persia franchise. A few areas in this game have very challenging puzzle solving elements. The puzzles are designed in a very traditional manner. The player may need to turn switches in a certain direction or move through an area in a specific manner.
The visuals in this game are very good. The developers spent a lot of time adding ornate details to each area. The music is also great. The heavy rock tracks add to the exciting nature of the game play. There are no extra game play modes, but this game takes a fairly long time to fully complete. There are also two different endings based around how many extra goals the player completes in the game. Both endings also feature a different final boss fight.
Prince of Persia is an intense, challenging and fun entry in the Ubisoft franchise. Players who enjoy this game should also check out the other games in the series because they have the same core game mechanics. Fans of other Prince of Persia games like The Two Thrones may find this game too frustrating.