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on 9 December 2003
This has to be one of the stylish games ever released. It's hard to describe the feel of this until you have seen it running for yourself. The graphics are super-detailed, realistic in style (yet with a slight cartoon quality to them), with beautiful locations and superb animation. There is also a certain 'softness' to the graphics as well, everything is detailed, yet with a gentle focus (and I'm still trying to figure out how this is done!). Even the title menu is atractive. The audio complements the Eastern theme nicely, with mystical music and good quality voice-overs. In fact, the game is played as if it were a story being retold by the main character, a novel idea.
It has to be said that this *is* just another 3D, platform/puzzle/combat type adventure game in the same vein as Tomb Raider and Soul Reaver, but UbiSoft have managed to incorporate so many new ideas that it actually feels fresh and new, quite an achievment. The idea of including time effects such as rewind (up to ten seconds) and look-forward is inspired, and is sure to be copied by other games in the near future.
At various stages in the game there are save points, however these can also be used to get a brief glimpse of the future path you will take. These come in very usefull at certain times, as they can give hints on the various puzzles you will encounter - and as usual, the style of these is superb. These flash-forwards are viewed in a sepia-stlye, almost black & white mist, with suitably strange sound effects.
The animation of the prince is exagerated, but so free-flowing it is almost believable. The energetic main character can perform the usual jumps and rolls, and can also use the walls to perform back-flips and long, arced runs to clear large gaps in the floors, as well as somersaults from flags poles etc. The attention to detail means that after walking through water, the Prince's abilities are reduced (but only for a couple of seconds) as his wet shoes cannot grip the walls as well as usual!
I don't think this is quite as large in overall length as the Tomb Raider games, but another bonus can be found at the start menu under 'extras'. This menu has 'Prince of Persia 1' listed here, and I think it is the entire original game which made it's debut a long time ago on home computers such as the Amiga 500. This isn't exactly cutting-edge anymore, but it's great to see it here included - I still have fond memories of this. Unfortunately it needs to be unlocked first (by finishing the new game I expect!) but it's a great idea and still a good game by itself.
In conclusion I still think that the Tomb Raider games have terrific music and a lot of class, but this new Prince of Persia has a style which is the new leader in this genre.
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