An awesome close to the Prince of Persia Trilogy.
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This game starts off right where the second one left off (if you got all the life upgrades and in turn received the good ending...if not you better give that one another playthrough). A gorgeous opening cinematic shows the Prince and his buddy sailing back to his home land only to find it in ruins. Obviously he can't leave this go without doing something, so here is where we start our journey.
Now we dive right into some rooftop platforming; a solid way to start the game I must say. Soon after we are given our first weapon, the games first letdown (for me). Our weapon is...........a dagger! Yes, a teeny tiny dagger, yuck. It wouldn't even be so bad if this wasn't your weapon for about 90% of the game, but it is. At the very end, a bit before the last boss, you'll find a weapon upgrade to a very nice sword that I would have enjoyed having much sooner. But you just get a dagger all game, and then a chain-whip type thing when playing as Dark Prince.
PoP3 obviously decided that the dagger was the best choice because of its introduction of "speed kills." These are stealth kills you initiate by sneaking up on the enemy then hitting triangle at the right time. After initiated you go through a sequence of timed triangle presses to take out one or more foes in a stealthy fashion. I'll be honest about this, it's pretty cool. However, it sucks. Here's why: if you don't do it (in 99% of the situations) you'll be swarmed and surrounded with enemies that are almost impossible to battle your way out of. So, the stealth kills are basically forced upon you, which I don't appreciate one bit.
On a positive note, the platforming the game is so famous for is back and better than ever. With new additions to the environments there are new challenges presented for getting to where you need to be. There are now slanted spring boards on walls which will send you flying with a correctly timed button press. There are also areas in walls that the prince can stick his dagger in to hold on. These open up your exploration abilities by a lot and are totally cool.
If you've played the old games you also know that they like to put saw blades and spikes all over the place for you to avoid. Well, this game does not slack at all in that area, in fact, everything is about 10 times as big. It's nuts and it's awesome. So be ready for that.
The story in this game is fantastic. It continues the tale and brings back some real awesome things that should suprise you (and stoke you) a few times. Not to mention the ending is one of my favorite endings of all video games. It's just done so well.
Now lets talk about the Dark Prince. Probably the low point of this game. He has his chain whip thing which is cool, but wasn't used in quite the way I thought it should have been used. Combat wise it's basically mash one button and he spins it around in circles, enemies come and run into it and thats that. His stealth kills are pretty cool cause he goes from a strangle to decapitate, but I don't remember doing more than a handful of those. His platforming even has some cool elements where he can use the cahin to grab on to things and swing himself across walls and whanot.
Here's the real problem, your health constantly drains as Dark Prince....and it can and will kill you. Killing enemies and releasing their sands will revive your health, but when your in the middle of platforming across some walls and your life runs low there's not going to be an enemy on the wall for you. You basically need to precise and quick while playing as Dark Prince to get to your destination right before you die. Drinking some water will turn you back into the regular prince.
This game also added chariot races. Definitly sounded cool, but I was definitly skeptical before I bought the game. These parts of the game were definitly not perfect, but for some reason I never found myself getting frustrated at them. They took a lot of redo's being as there were no checkpoints during them, but they were at least a little cool.
All in all it was a solid game. The story was definitly worth the bit of frustration encountered during playtime. It definitly feels like it could have been polished up a bit more, but it's to late for that now. Anyone who is a fan of the Prince's other games can't afford to miss this one. You'll definitly want to have experienced Sands of Time and Warrior Within before playing this one though.