What is there to say about Prince of Persia, that any reasonable minded person had not yet surmised? The game is superb in all respects, and if you are looking for a game to get this Christmas, this is the obvious choice.
Prince of Persia’s story is at first thought nothing more then an average, hero meets Princess and must help her save the world by healing parts of the world called Fertile Grounds, but what truly excels this game beyond mediocrity and into greatness is the attitude of the Prince and Elika and how they react to each other. The Prince while seemingly lazy at times, is a forced to be reckoned with, and is never at a shortage of quick little quips that will either make you smile, or maybe make you cringe a little. Now your thinking, “wow, the dialogue is cringe worthy” but that is not the case at all. The Prince in some ways so innocent that he can crack a stupid joke and make himself sound cocky, yet when he does show an emotion towards Elika, such as worrying about her, in that moment you can tell it is sincere. All the cockiness helps let the Prince shine, when the moments really call for it, and makes you care for the Prince. Likewise, Elika is like the perfect girlfriend. She is always there to help, is never annoying and manages to make you smile once in a while as well, either as a result of a response to one of the Prince’s jokes, or a joke of her own.
If the story isn’t seemingly rich enough, don’t forget that you have a dialogue button which allows you to talk to Elika, and she will give you back story on either the area you are in, her own history, or the history of the enemies you face, and stand assured, the dialogue is plentiful and informative. You could hear hundreds and hundreds of bits of info that you wouldn’t have necessarily needed, but help out flesh the back story.
Prince of Persia’s gameplay has been modified from the previous adventure. Now all acrobatics have been assigned to a single button while the gauntlet, your sword, and Elika have there own buttons respectively. I have heard people say that the gameplay is easy, and I like to say that that is not necessarily true. It’s not frustrating. There is a difference. The gameplay I would argue is actually more involving then the last trilogy. In the previous ones, you would press R1 or RT and you would wall run, and a single button to jump. That jump button would also be your all around acrobatics button. This time around you will need to jump, double jump with Elika’s aid, and even time some gantlet-ring grabs. The thing is that this time around, the gameplay has been designed to really flow, and minimize the time where you are standing around doing nothing. When you get a acrobatic string going, it can be truly breath taking.
Another portion of the gameplay is the combat. The combat in this game consists of one on one battle, where the Prince faces of against either single generic enemies or the bosses of the stage guarding the fertile grounds. The game does not have a standard combo system, but rather a system where you can string any combination of buttons together as long as you time it right. Timing these correctly can be really satisfying allowing you to pull off upwards of 15 hits, all extremely cinematic, and all extremely deadly looking.
There is nothing I can say about the visuals that you shouldn’t already know. The game uses a technique called illustrative, which is a form of cell shading, but far more detailed. It looks absolutely stunning, with a unique visual style that will surely be copied over the coming years. There is just something amazing about healing a Fertile Ground and seeing a water color painting of a drab world suddenly turn vivid with powerful and glorious hues.
The game runs almost flawlessly, and the only technical problem that affects the game visually is some rare bouts of frame rate slowdown. This is highly uncommon however, and the game usually pulls off it’s huge vista’s with relative ease. It doesn't hurt that this game pulls off all these feats while running at 1080P with a constant frame rate that rarely ever drops below 30. If there is one game that is a visual feast this Christmas, it's definitely Prince of Persia.
The game features a great audio score, that really shines once you heal the land, with melancholy sounds that really compliment the visual beauty. Equally as good is the audio of the corrupted world. It exudes creepiness and really sets the tone for your upcoming battle against the evil forces of Ahriman! The voice acting is also well done, and it should be noted in particular that the voice actor for Elika has a really soothing and likable voice. The Prince's voice is also amazing and I really like that it isn't a stereotypical voice. Matches his cocky attitude perfectly.
This game is one of those games that will be remembered into the next generation. It has a beautiful and epic story that ends in an extremely climactic way, and will make you beg for the eventual sequel. It has solid musical score, and voice acting and of course the visuals are stunning. If there is one game you should pick up this Christmas it’s definitely Prince of Persia. It gets LiquidPrince’s Princely score of: