To continue with the Prince of Persia series, here is my review on the next game. I, however, made a mistake. I played The Two Thrones, the 3rd installment of the series, before I could play Warrior Within, the 2nd installment of the series. This is what happen when you’ve been out of video games for a while. I actually thought there was only 2 PS2 games. Oh well, here we go.
On the way home to Babylon, the prince find that it has been ravish by war. He finds that the Vizer from Sands of Time is back and alive and is behind the war. He is now set to find and destroy him.
The story is pretty good, it follows The Sands of Time structure almost to a tee. This time the prince has some help at narrating this epic story. It is narrated by his dead wife, himself, and his emerging dark side.
The gameplay is very similar to Sands of Time. The acrobatic fighting system is back and just as good. The blocking though, is frustrating, as it doesn’t always work, and when it does work, some enemies can knock you out of defense and you wouldn’t know about it until it’s too late since you are barraged with a slew of enemies. Really the best defense is to just keep moving.
The movement and camera is also similar to Sands of Time, it is very fluid and you’ll hardly complain about it.
The graphic is better than Sands of Time, as it should, but it does one of the things that I absolutely hate, it mask some key obstacles to the points where you can’t see where you are suppose to go. This is very frustrating, especially when you are in the new sand monster form. You loose health every time you are in that form and you have no control of changing back. The only way to counteract that is to kill and collect sand particles, which is hard to do if you don’t know where you are going.
The game is good, it has a nice storyline and good gameplay. I did find some frustrating moments, like the fact that you can’t replenish your health unless you are at a save point and I feel like the save points are badly located. Some times there’ll be save points 3 minutes apart, and other times they’ll be an hour apart with multiple battle and obstacle traps in between. But it has also added a few elements that I thought were missing in the first game like bosses and the ability to sneak behind enemies.
Prince of Persia – The Two Thrones gets a 8.5 out of 10.