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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (PS2)

Platform : PlayStation2
4.3 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   PlayStation2
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over 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

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  • ASIN: B00023HUM6
  • Release Date: 3 Dec. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,082 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

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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After hearing good things about Sands of Time, I dutifully got Warrior Within for Christmas. What can I say? Whilst exceeding my greatest expectations, it SOMEHOW manages to simultaneously disappoint me.
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.
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You may have heard some bad reviews for this game. Forget everything you've read because this game is as good as the original. It's tough! The first game was great but easy. This game is a challenge. It plays as good as the first game, requiring skill, thought and bravery. The combat has been improved 100%. True, the rock soundtrack is a bit different, but it only 'rocks' when you have a fight, the rest of the time you're treated to atmospheric, ephemeral sounds - nice.
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.
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This game is unbelievable, it really demands respect, this isn't a game you complete in 2-3 days cos its HUGH. Just when I thought I beat the game by defeating the Empress of Time I find out the Dahaka is still after me. The Dahaka is an intesting thing, its like Nemesis from Resident evil except if you go ANYWHERE near it it sucks you in its stomach using its tentacles (not as gory as it sounds), meaning you don't just hack your way through everything, you gotta RUN too! After dying countless times you have to master the path you need to go to escape the Dahaka, having said that this is not an easy game but as in the last game you have the sands of time, you can reverse time, slow it, and use it for devestating special moves (you get all this as the game progresses). The graphics are lush and the lighting is brilliant, it does have a dark feel but not in the scary sense, more like making the Prince a badass however after he meets the Dahaka that badass image flushes itself. I love this game and I'm still playing it, I paid £32.99 and its worth every penny. One thing though I have to add is you do go back and forth certain areas but anyone whos played the first would be familiar with this, but whats interesting is you use portals to go into the past or the future so the areas looks really different, its rather quite clever. I say get this game but don't expect an easy ride at all!
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By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2004
Although not as consistent and instantly appealing as its predecessor (Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time), Warrior Within is definitely a worthy sequel. The game is darker and meaner, with superior combat-action and some of the funkiest platforming around. A few potential drawbacks to keep in mind:
-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!
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By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2004
The game is technically outstanding, but has an fundamentally different atmosphere compared to the original and in some ways feels like it was designed by committee. Someone obviously had the bright idea of getting the game to appeal to 14-year old males as much as legally possible (they probably got promoted for that gem), so cue the tedious and unatmospheric goth/metal soundtrack, increased emphasis on turgid fighting with new moves and combos added seemingly just for the sake of it, improbably proportioned and women characters and a general rise in aggressiveness, bad language and testosterone. If you like that sort of thing then great, the world's your oyster, but more mature games who enjoyed the original be warned.
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