The Prince embarks upon a path of carnage and mystery to defy
his preordained death. His journey leads to the infernal core
of a cursed island stronghold harbouring mankind's greatest
fears. Dig into an arsenal of weapons that, when used in combination,
create advanced arm attacks that verge on fatal artistry...
never understood why everyone went crazy over Prince
of Persia: Sands of Time. Personally, I thought
it was a substandard gaming experience with very flashy graphics.
of Persia: Warrior Within
is more of the same - so I'm expecting to be in a minority
when I state that I felt cheated by this game. There
is no real sense of the gamer being able to explore the world
they are immersed in. Instead you get the feeling that you
are just going through the motions.
problems include the fact that - and this usually occurs at
critical moments - the camera angle suddenly changes and remains
fixed. This usually happens in order to draw your attention
to a part of the gaming area that you might have otherwise
missed, a part where something vital is hiding, but it also
seems to happen when you are in the midst of a fight, or trying
to balance. And, while we are on the subject of the camera
angles, it's sometimes impossible to pan the camera around
to see an area that you wish to jump to.
is also an element of trial and error involved. The perspective
in this game is not what it could have been. Even though you
can view the gaming area from three different camera angles
it's never easy to gauge whether the gaps you have to leap
are too wide or not. Having played this game for several days,
this problem is not one that you can judge better over time.
Ubisoft claim that you can define your own combat style with
the freeform fighting system - whatever that means. As with
all games, hit a combination of buttons and your character
will perform a certain move - not very radical really.
you like pretty games that spoon-feed you through your paces
- then this is a game you'll enjoy. However, for those of
us who like a game that is more engaging and allows us to
explore the environment Warrior Within comes up short.
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