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Prince of Persia Classic - PS3 Network review

Retro games don't come much better


  • Stunning
  • exotic 3D makeover
  • Same classic gameplay
  • No wimpy challenge


  • Timing in combat is unforgiving
  • Fiendishly difficult
  • Short
  • with no multiplayer

Prince of Persia Classic gives the original 2D adventure an extremely likeable modern twist. Gameloft has done a stunning job of giving the old backgrounds an exotic 3D makeover. Sometimes this kind of thing falls flat on its face, but with such an iconic game, it%26rsquo;s brilliant that the makeover has been so successful. The gameplay and level design are both identical to those of the Amiga classic, but everything else in the game packs a lot more detail.

The visual style ties in with Ubisoft%26rsquo;s Sands of Time trilogy, and this is most notable when it comes to the Prince, now also rendered in 3D. Nevertheless, Prince of Persia Classic is still a fiendishly difficult game. About 20 minutes in and we were wiping sweat from the pad, having stressed our way past spiked floors, undead warriors and a near-fatal brush with the Dark Prince.

Here%26rsquo;s where we hit the game%26rsquo;s biggest bugbear, the combat. There%26rsquo;s a timing-based parry system that allows you to deflect enemy attacks and then strike back. This starts out forgivingly, but soon becomes extremely fiddly, with enemies parrying all your attacks. It%26rsquo;s slightly irritating.

Prince of Persia Classic is fairly short and lacks any multiplayer modes, but it%26rsquo;s hugely refreshing to see the amount of effort that%26rsquo;s gone into updating it, and the game should be held up as a shining example of what can be achieved. If you are a fan of the original, you%26rsquo;re going to love this.

Dec 2, 2008

More Info

Description<p>This above average recreation of the PC classic arrives on the Playstation Network with prettier graphics and its painful difficulty intact.</p>
Franchise namePrince of Persia
UK franchise namePrince of Persia
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date:23 October 2008 (US), 23 October 2008 (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
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