Prince of Persia Trilogy

Prince of Persia Trilogy Review for PS3

On: PS3

The three game bundle includes remastered versions of Prince of Persia The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia Warrior Within and Prince of Persia The Two Thrones.

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9Out of 10
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Prince of Persia Trilogy screenshot
Prince of Persia Trilogy screenshot

Even after seven years, running along walls has lost none of its charm. Nor has leaping from rooftops, swinging from poles, or – best of all – rewinding time when it all goes pear-shaped. The mechanics that defined the Sands of Time trilogy have, rather fittingly, stood the test of time incredibly well. If you never experienced the joys of Ubisoft Montreal's classic action adventure series back in the day, now's the perfect time to do so.

For £29.99, or £24.99 if you shop around, you'll get all three games in the original trilogy: The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. I mention price because these are old games, and value plays an important part in passing judgement on the collection fairly. For less than a tenner a game, you'll get 720p HD visuals, updated textures, normal maps and anti-aliasing, which - for those that aren't versed in geek-speak – makes the games much easier on the eyes than the original PS2 versions. There were comments floating about the office that this trilogy doesn't look as good as the HD God of War collection, but I feel this is unfair; GoW was a better-looking game to begin with. Your money also gets you stereoscopic 3D support, which will come as good news indeed for those of you lucky enough to own 3D TVs. All things considered, this collection is a bit of a bargain.

The first game in the trilogy is still the best, creating an atmosphere that its sequels failed to replicate. Sands of Time strikes a perfect balance between platforming and combat, with enough plot and character progression in between to stitch it all together. After looting a Maharajah's castle the Prince happens upon an ancient dagger, while his father bags himself a rather nice hourglass. Realising the power these artefacts hold, an evil vizier tricks the prince into plunging the dagger into the hourglass, which releases the titular sands of time. A sandstorm whips up out of nowhere, engulfing the city and turning its denizens into hideous monsters. Being the righteous sort of chap that he is, the Prince embarks on a journey to put everything right.

The dagger causing all the trouble is far more than just a plot device, though. Remember falling into a pit of spikes in Tomb Raider? With Lara's harrowing screams combining with your own at the thought of having to replay the last ten minutes? That kind of thing rarely happens in Prince of Persia, thanks to an ingenious get-out-of-jail-free card. The Dagger of Time permits a mechanic that changed the platform genre in a fundamental way. Pressing L1 at any point will rewind time, lifting your limp body off a bed of spikes and launching it up into the air where it'll land safely back on its feet on the platform you leapt from 5 seconds earlier. You can't use this power willy-nilly, however, otherwise the game would cease to be challenging. You'll start the game with three gourds of sand, each allowing about seven seconds or so of rewind time; empty gourds can be replenished with pickups throughout each level, as you progress through the game you'll gather additional jars, increasing your capacity for life-saving rewinds. This time-bending mechanic is at the heart of the experience, and runs through each game in the series.

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Like a teenager trying to break free from the shackles of conformity, the Prince went all emo for the second instalment in the trilogy. Warrior Within was all about eye-liner, scars and distorted guitars. The opening scene is a blur of blood, boobs, and butt cheeks, distasteful additions to a series that was once calm and classy. I was much younger when I first played Warrior Within; seething with testosterone and welcoming of all the smut I could get. I certainly had no qualms about being exposed to a bit of cleavage, which meant I was completely blind to the problems critics had with the game. Six years later, though, I can totally see the shortcomings. It's brash and unnecessarily angry, forgetting everything that made Sands of Time so charming. In short, it lacks subtlety.

Ignoring the attitude and questionable art direction, Warrior Within is of a similar high standard to the first game. A heavier emphasis on combat detracts from the platforming slightly, but everything that made the first such a hit is still in place. Improvements to combat mean the Prince can now wield two weapons at the same time. His repertoire of moves has been greatly expanded too, with numerous gory finishers to compliment his thematic 'Warrior Within'. It's not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, just one that tried too hard to conform to what the developers thought was cool at the time.

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SexyJams@ guyderman

I remember that! It confused the hell out of me because I had no idea of the origins of Prince of Persia when I was about 7 :p
Haha, funny how I actually still found hidden stuff even without the internet. Mustn't have been too hidden I suppose :)
Posted 21:34 on 20 November 2010
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guyderman

On the PS2 release there was a hidden wall that could be broken just after you obtain the sword of strength which unlocked the original PoP game - they've removed it from this release - I've bashed the Sh!t out of that wall and it will not break! :(
Posted 09:15 on 20 November 2010
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Mr_Ninjutsu

It'd be cool if they completely remade the games with higher quality meshes instead of just resizing the textures. I love these games so when the money roles in i'll most definitely get it.
Posted 09:47 on 19 November 2010
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mikejosh1978

Left the bore me stupid CoD on the shelf & bought this & pre-ordered sly cooper too & i am so glad i did . With 3 games for 23.85 on shopto & sly for 20nicker ,6 games for the price of CoD is awesome.
Trophies & decent stories FTW.
Posted 09:34 on 19 November 2010
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guyderman

\0/ my copy arrived yesterday - can't wait to play these through again! \0/
Posted 16:33 on 18 November 2010
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SexyJams

Awesome review,
very much enjoyed reliving my beautiful memories of PoP through reading it, as sad as it sounds.
Looking forward to eventually getting it.
Posted 16:16 on 18 November 2010

Game Stats

Prince of Persia Trilogy
9
Out of 10
Prince of Persia Trilogy
  • Platforming still shines
  • Fantastic music throughout
  • An absolute bargain
  • The tone of Warrior Within still grates
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Release Date: 19/11/2010
Platform: PS3
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 1,857
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