Prince of Persia Trilogy Hands-On

Ubisoft polishes up the fan-favourite Sands of Time trilogy for the PlayStation 3, adding a 3D viewing mode in the process.

This week, we managed to get a first play with the soon-to-be-rereleased The Sands of Time trilogy. For those who missed it or are too young to remember, back in 2003, Sands of Time wowed us with its combination of visually stunning acrobatics and imaginative level design. The trilogy follows the exploits of the prince in his interactions with the sands of time, a mystical force he is tricked into releasing in the first game that controls the flow of time. The sequels Warrior Within and The Two Thrones followed suit in 2004 and 2005, creating the milestone trilogy so fondly remembered today.

The game is set to be rereleased on the PlayStation 3 this week, allowing you to play through the prince's journey again. This time, there will be the added bonus of HD graphics and an optional 3D mode for those lucky enough to own a 3D television. As with the God of War Collection, another recent HD remake, the original assets have been scaled up to HD resolutions, so while the texture detail isn't as rich as in the most recent Prince of Persia (The Forgotten Sands), the games look much sharper than they did back on the PlayStation 2.

Hardcore fans of the trilogy will be pleased to hear that the preview version we played presented a faithful port of the original games. The prince's glib remarks still manage to entertain, and the platforming that made the series is still as challenging and rewarding as ever. The game's HD upgrade has also worked well. While it's still obvious that you're playing an older game, the quality of the HD graphics lets you appreciate the fluidity of animation and quality of textures; details that could have been missed when playing the game at standard definition on an older console.

Despite their age, there are still some genuinely awe inspiring areas to discover within the games.

As you would expect, the game's graphics improve in chronological order, with Sands of Time looking the most dated. The only problem that arose during our time playing the demo occurred when using the 3D mode on the first Sands of Time game, which at points could suffer from a diminished frame rate. On Warrior Within and Two Thrones, this problem did not arise, and the 3D mode worked well. Unfortunately, the 3D mode is only available when the game is being run on a 3D television, so get your wallet ready for a hefty payout if you haven't already done so.

The gameplay has remained untouched from the original games, which unfortunately means that the original annoyances of each game have also returned. This includes the repetitive combat in Sands of Time and the tiresome bad attitude the prince adopts in Warrior Within. Despite this, the positive aspects of each game far outweigh the bad, with the addition of gaming trophies offering new challenges, including the nigh-on impossible Game Master trophy, which requires you to complete Sands of Time using only 20 sand rewinds.

The villains of Warrior Within are still dressed like backing dancers in a Gwar concert.

If first impressions are anything to go by, the upcoming HD rerelease will be a welcome upgrade to a much-loved trilogy. With the addition of high-definition visuals and the chance to earn trophies, the Classic HD Prince of Persia package offers a real incentive for gamers to revisit or discover the trilogy. It will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 3 on November 19 in the UK.

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powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

I will say, the best platform for this game was the Gamecube, which was also the original platform for this game. Everything else from there was a port. Then one Christmas Santa Claus went and got me Warrior's Within for the Playstation 2 instead of the Gamecube and oh well. I was pissed. Wanted to play all on the Gamecube.

powerfulone1987
powerfulone1987

I had no idea this existed until I walked by it in Wal-Mart today. Been a while since I visited the gaming section of a store so I thought what the heck and I see this. I didn't get it because I have a back catalogue of games to play a mild long, but there were only 3 left and I definitely want this for my collection and to play through again. Wow. Amazing. Got me thinking this game doesn't get brought up in conversation enough at all. I never hear references to it, no mentions. Nothing. And this game was big talk in its day. I'd like for them to revisit THIS Prince and the Princess and pick up their Story. I miss all of this. Also the fact that I encountered that infamous GLITCH in the 3rd game that causes the last Sand Portal to not work, thus making the game grind to a hault, and becoming impossible to continue and beat, so I had to go on Youtube and watch the last cut scenes before and after you beat the Final Boss. So definitely worth replaying for me to get the whole entire feeling of completeness. Always has bothered me. Brilliant.

da_chub
da_chub

by far one of the best series of this or last gen. Im getting this.

Church3000
Church3000

@notserbamma i don't mean that the actually gameplay sucked the reason i think it kinda sucks is because its a bit to sexual for my taste.

notserbamma
notserbamma

@Church3000 I think YOU just sucked... anyone who tries to diss a classic game sucked at it...cuz it was too confusing for you. I had someone try to tell me the other day that Shadow of the Colossus sucked cuz he couldn't figure out where to go...guys like you should stick to your simple shooters and don't even bother with real games

notserbamma
notserbamma

the joy of the beast that is BLURAY...

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Bah, no 360 port sucks. Primarily Microsoft's mistake though. By opting to have a limit on XBLA file sizes and all three games being too large for a DVD. I'm sure 360 owners will get screwed out of Splinter Cell Trilogy HD too. Sure is taking some getting used to playing this on a DualShock though. I'm used to the Duke 2.0

Church3000
Church3000

(sigh) i remember playing this on the xbox with my brother and cousin. it sucked. and so did the movie.

kos_maverik
kos_maverik

Lol at the villains' dressing comment :P!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Played all the pop games from 04 till now and even if the three orginal games have been visually remade to hd standards I just don't see myself wanting to go back to playing them again soo yea I'll pass...

NerosCurse
NerosCurse

any news on when its coming to the US?

SkySora95
SkySora95

i was hoping for an Metal Gear Solid remake....

Krusher26
Krusher26

Do these games still retain the ability to unlock the original Prince of Persia like the one on PS2 and the original XBOX?

Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

@MEDzZ3RO you are right. but he is probably very pissed with the bugged games. I was very pissed too, I really memorized PoP: WW until Kaileena fight because of trying different games each time and to try my luck i started from begginning so i could be clear with saves too...

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Kratos_Kills I love God Of War as much as the anyone else,probably more then I do the PoP franchise but he just came across that way to me.

Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

@MEDzZ3RO no need to judge the guy because he is GoW fan because he is telling the truth. I changed 3 PoP:WW games because of its glitches. I bought PoP: Trilogy which included all 3 games and could finish the game but still PoP: WW had too many glitches. As we all read GS preview now, games remain original ( except graphics ofcourse ) with glitches. Its Ubisoft game and they are popular with so many bugged games but in PoP WW and TT bug count was far more than acceptable imo.

edgewalker16
edgewalker16

I still have all of these on the PS2, so I'll stick with those rather than investing in an HDTV and PS3.

link139
link139

PcGamingRig I think the 3 previews games were ok... So, u can not say that third one was bored, come on!

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

first one was great, second one was ok, bored by the third.

Meteora1991
Meteora1991

@DEVILGAMERz I c ur point ur a big fan of POP. To be honest the only game I thought was worth playing among those 3 is the sands of time the other 2 were mediocre in my opinion. I also said that it’s a waste of money coz there r so many games that r better than this one out there. Anyway ur a fan and I respect that so go for it 8)

DEVILGAMERz
DEVILGAMERz

@Meteora1991 These games are classics not waste of money and time.i have only played PoP:WW and PoP:T2T but found that they were very good.And now we get 3 good games at the price of one + HD graphics+trophies +3D.I think that this is a very good package.

termadoyle
termadoyle

Cool. But I still want my Silent Hill / Xenosaga collection.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

hmmm eeh... yea. I finished this games and they were great in their time. I do not see any reason to go back to them how-ever. Kojima and Konami, please do this with MGS2 and 3 you will make this fella and many many others more happy. Same goes with Ico, Shadow of the Colossus.

Kan0nF0dder
Kan0nF0dder

Only played SoT so quite looking forward to this release.

INewIRave
INewIRave

I still have the games on ps2...more authentic

nardoiced
nardoiced

ill be getting mine just like I did to the great god of war saga,.... this 1 will be awesome; love those games!!!!

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

Even with updated graphics, it stills looks like its from PS2, i thought it would make the trilogy look like uncharted 2

jm3811
jm3811

garbage in 3D, nice concept.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I got this game on Wednesday. It's awesome. Only played Sands of Time so far but it's just as good as I remember. They did a really good job with the graphics. It looks great.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@Kratos_OMEGA I will buy it for two reasons: -I loved the originals -You sound like a God Of War fanboy,your name says it all.Perhaps if your name was different I may actually believe you. People say the latest Medal Of Honour and Fallout have choppy framerates but it's not half as bad as they suggest.

Kratos_OMEGA
Kratos_OMEGA

DO NOT BUY. WORST REMAKES EVER! Doesn't run at 60FPS and still has some horribel GLITCHES. NOTHING like Gow collection.

Talk2Luke
Talk2Luke

Absolutely cannot wait for these games to be released! When I've completed all my games I'm going to grab this and the God of War double-pack.

steve_fox_fm3
steve_fox_fm3

woooooooooooooooow hell yeah i'm big fan of POP & i'll get it & i'll platin it can u belive one blue ray have 3 platinum !!!!!!!!!!!!