Prince of Persia
Prince of Persia is the latest in the Prince of Persia series for the "next gen" systems, made by Ubisoft. There are some things it succeeds at, and others it falls a little flat at.
First of all, let me say this: the graphics are absolutely beautiful. The character models, backgrounds, and textures are all expertly done. This is cel shading at its finest. However, it isn't perfect. The main character's chest looks really fake...like it is made of plates or scales. That's just a minor flaw, though. The designers paid a lot of attention to small details (claw marks, dust, intricate designs on the clothing, etc.).
The controls on this game are simple (you usually use the X button and the analog for most actions). This makes it easy to pick up and master (but be prepared to fall and jump in the wrong direction a lot when you first start out). In conjunction, the camera works with you most of the time, angling to show you where you're headed. If you've played Assassin's Creed, you'll be in good shape since the game controls much like that one, with good reason since they were both made by Ubisoft. A nice feature the designers put into the game is that whenever you're not sure where to go, you can simply hit the triangle button and Magic Princess (tm) will point out which way to go. Very helpful! Also helpful tool the game has is that the character tends to grab onto what he needs to, thus saving you from another 1000 "deaths."
However, once you get past the stunning graphics and tight controls, you'll notice there isn't a lot else. Sure, the game is fun to explore and it is a solid adventure game, but the game gets repetitive very quickly. Basically, every part of the quest you wall run, jump, fall, wall run, grab a pillar, fall again, wall run, grab a ring, climb, wall run, fall again, repeat. Repeat ad nauseum. i must confess i made it about halfway through this game. On a larger scale, the pattern is repeated -- you go to a corrupted land, fight, navigate your way, boss fight, go to the next corrupted land. It was a lot of fun for a few hours and then it just drug on and i found myself not caring if i got any further in the quest or even finish the game.
This game is perfect for casual gamers since it is fairly easy and you can't actually die (if you fall, Magic Princess (tm) saves you and puts you back to where you were before you fell or brings you back from the brink of death if you're about to drop in combat). This is good and bad. It's good because i don't want to backtrack and make inane jumps over and over; it's bad because it feels like i accomplish nothing since i'm basically invincible. This is the very same reason that the Greek gods cannot be considered heroic, whereas the Norse gods can. But i digress. There's not as much here for the hardcore gamer, other than collecting 1001 light seeds. Yeah. Fun. [Note: i cannot load that previous sentence with any more sarcasm than i did]. It's about as much fun as collecting all 150,000 flags from Assassin's Creed.
The repetitive nature of some of the areas where you fall and get brought back repeatedly to try again feels like you're trying to hammer a square peg into a round hole until it finally fits.
The combat system is decent, but nothing to write home about. It does its job, but that's about it, so i will spend no more time on it.
The character designs are superb (other than Nameless's chest) and the voice acting is good. However, Nameless's voice just doesn't seem to match him...maybe that's just my preconception talking; i pictured him as a dark hero with a gravelly voice. Nope. His voice is nothing like that. In fact, he's more of a joker and is a kind of a douchey Han Solo. Also, Nameless has a weird head tic when he talks. It's more than a little distracting.
On a side note, this game hands out trophies (or accomplishments) like a hooker hands out STDs. i blocked and got a trophy? Great. i made it to the second board and got a trophy? Gee, thanks, it really feels like i accomplished (notice the word "accomplish" in there) something. A game should never hand out trophies just for doing normal things and making it to standard parts of the story (unless it's on an invincible setting).
The game is absolutely gorgeous to look at, but it gets repetitive and overall it's decent but not mindblowing. Pick it up if you're a fan of the series, otherwise it's a great rental.
7 out of 10
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