Prince of Persia Trilogy HD (3D)
Ubisoft have finally put together the 3 Prince of Persia games in one low priced package. All 3 games have been consistently excellent in terms of gameplay, and each instalment has brought something new to the franchise.
The Sands of Time is generally considered to be the finest of the three, and although gameplay can at times become repetitive and tedious, still enables gamers to experience a fun, if somewhat forgiving, challenge. Graphically The Sands of Time is now beginning to look dated when compared to some of the new next generation games, however the attention to detail is excellent, and presents the Prince in a very storybook setting. The controls are excellent, being both responsive and instinctive - the Prince's agile moves can be linked together effortlessly, to produce some very impressive results. Unfortunately the game is relatively short and being generally linear, and it is very difficult to become lost in the vast palace.
Warrior Within is a much lengthier affair, and the simple button bashing combat system has now been replaced with a more drawn out 'Free-Form' combo mechanics. This allows much more variety - and even allows different types of combat depending on what weapons the Prince is wielding at the time. It is evident much more focus was placed on combat this time around, and in turn makes Warrior Within much bloody than its predecessor. Despite this, the game's strong point remains the excellent way you have to navigate the intelligent puzzels and well designed levels using the Prince's Spiderman-like moves.
The trilogy is completed with The Two Thrones, which includes an added twist of playing as both the Prince and his darker alter-ego. This change is much more than simply cosmetic, as the two characters must rely on vastly different styles to navigate the game. Graphically The Two Thrones is by far the better of the three, and even includes frantic chariot races, however these actually proves to be one of the game's downsides, as at times they can become very much trial and error. Fortunately The Two Thrones still includes heaps of traps to negotiate and puzzles to solve, and like Warrior Within, provides a lengthily challenge.