24 August 2012

Countdown to 100 - 94th: Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

After a stylish and exciting Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Ubisoft changed the pace and tone for the sequel because Sands of Time didn't sell enough in their books even though it scored stellar reviews. Sure, there are acrobatics in Warrior Within but as the title suggests, the emphasis is more on the fighting action. It does play well enough in that respect but much of the magic of Prince of Persia is gone nonetheless. Believe or not, PS2 version looks better than the recent-ish HD version released for PS3 and Xbox 360. It's because what they call HD is actually a joke; Ubisoft chose the cheapest way and ported the PC version with higher resolution, that's "HD" for you. It really looks crap with awkward polygon models and sparse textures. PS2 version has console specific enchancements making it - even if in lower resolution - more smooth, round and vivid. This one from an online auction for a fiver.

It doesn't hurt the game the villain is quite a babe...
...but it does hurt the prince!