The Book Author- Stephenie Meyer
When was the last time you were spell bound by a video game, so intriguing that you were got lost in your child hood days? It often doesn’t happen, and yes it’s the Prince from Persia, back again to enlighten you on the dark mysteries of Persia, you could have been solving for past 20 years, if you know what I mean.
We are talking about the Prince of Persia title which first made its debut appearance in 1989, back then on gaming consoles and MS-DOS. The element of nostalgia has always occurred to me whenever I have tried my hand at any of the instalments of Prince of Persia. Ubisoft has now come out with the latest avatar of the same, released in December 2008.
The game is set in a land rooted in ancient Persian mythology. The Prince finds himself caught in an epic battle between the primal forces of light and darkness: the God of Light, Ormazd versus his brother Ahriman, the destructive God of Darkness. The Prince arrives just in time to witness the destruction of the legendary Tree of Life - an act which threatens to plunge the entire world into eternal darkness. Manifested in the form of the Corruption, a dark substance that physically contaminates the land and the skies, the Prince must partner with Elika, a deadly companion, to heal the world from the evil Corruption.
As with any other titles of this genre, the game relies solely on dramatic sword fights and magic portions. Though there’s a caveat, you are just immortal. Elika on every occasion will save you from dying and will get you to the last check point. This translates to a diminished feeling of reward but nevertheless leaves you worry free, to tackle your enemies effectively. Thus the game is easy, really easy.
The plat-forming is fluid, and impeccably chaining a number of moves together is simple but visually appealing, making for some silky-smooth motion that you'll get a kick out of. There is a lot of combat, and while it's hardly Prince of Persia's focus, it looks tremendously spectacular. You fight only a single enemy at a time, including the four main bosses, which you'll take on multiple times. Battles are on the simple side: you have four main attacks-swords, gauntlet, Elika's magic and acrobatic vault that you can string into various combos.
The game has some of the most amazing looking combat scenes in any video game ever. Prince of Persia is beautiful to look at, thanks to vibrant cel-shading and some sumptuous environments. Right from the intro menu to game load screen, everything has been aesthetically designed to make sure you feel like a Persian Prince. However there has been a somewhat controversial approach towards world design. The game makes use of what can be termed as Comic art. The scenes look just out of the comic books, now whether that’s good or bad, can be left to individual opinion.
Surprisingly, a graphically intensive game has been well optimised to run flawlessly even on entry level rigs. For a comparison, an ATI HD3850 was able to churn out playable frames rates even when the settings were maxed out with 4X Anti-aliasing. The game also scores equally well in ambient music, which sounds more Persian than the very American-sounding prince.
This is one game which you would like to play even if you are not an avid fan of this genre, if not for the fantastic visuals; at least for the immersive storyline.
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