Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2)
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: Video Game
Considering how highly lauded its predecessor is, the fact that Prince of Persia 2 seems to so be effortlessly surpassing it, after little more than six months of development time, is a minor miracle.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was critically acclaimed but commercially underperformed; this sequel has a chance to right that wrong early on with a noticeably darker and more violent adventure. The Prince is being hunted by an "immortal incarnation of Fate", who's peeved with him for mucking about with the space-time continuum in the last game and aims to make sure he won't be doing it again.
Although the Prince has a number of new acrobatic moves (including the rather Errol Flynn-esque ability to shimmy down tapestries) and time attacks (such as a new fast forward move that allows him to buzz through a cluster of enemies as nothing more than a blur of light) the most important new feature in the game is a completely new combat system.
Using the analogue controllers to full effect, it's now possible to incorporate your weapons, enemies and environment into a seemingly endless stream of combos as you leap behind and around bad guys, steal their weapons and turn a normal wall run into a lunging slash attack. If this game was only as good as the last one it'd still be amazing but the genuine improvements already seen should see the Prince take his rightful place as king of the action platformers. --David Jenkins
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Top Customer Reviews
Let me break things down a bit. Graphically, Warrior Within makes Sands of Time, already a beautiful-looking game, look basic. I kid you not. It's reached the point where the video sequences (accessible from the Start menu) equal those of Halo 2, with none of that game's flicker or pop-up. The in-game graphics look more like Sands of Time's video sequences did! 10/10.
The combat system has been given an overhaul to the point where there are moves to the nth degree that you can perform on enemies (interaction with environment was a particular plus - hurling enemies off the edge of extremely high cliffs, slow-motion spinning pole slices and performing an Angel Drop from vertical wall run are my favourites), and the repetition of combat which troubled Sands of Time is largely gone.
However, fights can be frustrating when surrounded by enemies, especially when they start doing unblockable combos and you have no sand left. Admittedly, there is nothing - NOTHING - as satisfying as vaulting over a cocky Sand Warrior who just did an unblockable attack, grabbing him from behind in a stranglehold, listening to the pleasant sound of his neck splintering as he struggles for air, releasing him, shoving both blades in his back, removing them, swinging them and watching his head float away in slo-mo as clouds of blood billow from his neck.
The combat is really the least troublesome area of the game. The thing that will really get you in an apocalyptic, hurling-the-joypad-through-the-screen fury is the platforming.Read more ›
I'd say the people who shelved this game after 10 minutes simply couldn't beat the first boss. True, it's a tough fight and it's you're very first fight - but beat here and the game opens up into an experience equal to the first game, and perhaps 4 times bigger as well. Ignore the people who poo poo this game and try it out.
-Music, battlecries and some of the female characters' fashion-sense is in... questionable taste.
-Forums around the Net report of frequent glitches. I didn't experience any, but to be safe, just save on a few different files and you'll have a ball.
Apart from that the game should be a safe bet for anyone with a healthy interest in digital wall-running, ledge-grasping, sword-wielding, time-manipulating demon slayage. Thumbs up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
took the longest time for me to complete and the one that had me at the edge of my seat the most too, not having to go through all the intro of the first and the travel between... Read morePublished 18 months ago by luigi
Really couldn't get into this. Sands of Time was a much better gamePublished 23 months ago by S. A. Cryer
Came in terrific condition for such an old game, plays fine and the game is really fun not much more to say on it really.Published on 7 July 2014 by PJCottington
Great game, very unique environment. Tons of action, puzzles. I have really enjoyed the first one, but this is even better. The best of the trilogy. Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2013 by retro_gamer_87
Literally only been playing this game on my PS3 (HD Trilogy Edition) for around half an hour and can honestly say that up til now I am not enjoying it at all, ok fair do's the... Read morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Weaves
its a brilliant game with lots of fighting, insane jumps and a massive map which you will get lost in (i did) . with awesome finishers including :
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Warrior Within marks an eveolution in the PoP series. Not entirely dissimilar from the original but with a heap load of extra moves. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2009 by Duncan McDonald
Prince of Persia WW is by far one of the best games ever created and on the PS2. San Andreas comes close but for me WW is better. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2007 by amunre