As a fan of the Prince of Persia™ franchise, I just couldn't miss this one. And it blew my mind.
This game was just what I needed. Like a ray of pure light it purged the ideas of blood, brutal violence, and gory deaths. This particular game was full of magic. And when I say magic, I mean it. The world is just beautiful. Filled with gorgeous landscapes such as: huge mountains, shining rivers, caves and caverns, flowery plains and other delightful sights. And that's just the "nature" part. There are also a large number of beautifully designed buildings. Some go deep underground, and others reach the throat of the world. Which is both beautiful, and impressive. Especially when there is a Day/Night cycle. And the nights are full of wonders.
The new protagonist is a nameless adventurer in search of fortune. Which, even though called a Prince, is not one. The adventurer is accompanied by an Ahura named Elika, whose race has forsaken the duty given to them by the god of light, Ormazd, and intend to set free the main antagonist, Ahriman. Ahriman is the god of darkness who was imprisoned by Ormazd. The game is a constant fight between the forces of Lights and Darkness. In order to entrap Ahriman and his 4 Corrupted followers once and for all.
Most of the gameplay is still intact. The player can use the Prince character's acrobatic prowess, sword, and gauntlet, as well as magic from Elika to perform combat and acrobatic feats variously throughout the game. Which not only looks stunning, but also causes more damage if you chain all the attacks together. The game features open world exploration that allows the player to travel to any spot in the game world at any given point, and lets the player witness the plot in any way they want. The traps are manifested in various forms of the antagonist Ahriman's Corruption. Black-colored blobs that coat the land and swallow the player if touched. The player can use acrobatic maneuvers to avoid these traps. And after they heal the land, the traps are purged completely.
The player can not conventionally "die" in Prince of Persia. Rather, when an enemy is about to strike the finishing blow, or The Prince presumably falls to his death, Elika saves him. But by doing this, the enemy has time to regain it's health. The combat is tricky at first, but when you get the hang of blocking and deflecting attacks, you won't go down anymore.
The voice acting is probably my favorite part of this game. As soon as the Prince started talking, I knew it was Nolan North. And the game would be full of jokes, witty comments, and funny remarks. And boy, I laughed my face off. Elika was serious about the imminent apocalypse, while the Prince was joking around most of the time, making this adventure less tensioned. Take a look at this:
Prince: I hope that hurt!
Elika: He can’t hear you.
Prince: He can’t?! And you're an ugly mother too!
[Elika gives him a look]
Elika: Tell me about your family.
Prince: I don't have a family.
Elika: Well, you come from somewhere.
Prince: Yes, and I'm going somewhere else.
Although I find Yuri Lowenthalțs voice more charismatic and touching, I cannon resist Nolan North's. His voice created so many amazing characters...
Alright, last one:
Prince: Want to play a game ? Come on, it'll be fun !
Elika: The World's about to end and you want to play a game ?!
Prince: Might as well die happy.
Elika: What sort of game is this ?
Prince: Well, I see something and you have to guess what it is.
Elika: How can I guess that ?
Prince: You just guess.
Elika: This is a stupid game.
Prince: Want another go ?
Elika: No... Path.
Elika: This is impossible !
Prince: The game would be easier if we played it by the rules.
Elika: There are rules ?
Prince: Yeah. I tell you the first letter.
Elika: Then why didn't you do that ?
Prince: You didn't give me a chance.
Elika: *sigh* Can we get to the Fertile Ground ?
Elika: Are you still playing that game ?
Prince: Hey! You got it! Okay, your turn.
Prince: Come on, your turn.
Elika: For what ? Uhm... C.
Elika: Yes. Can we go on ?
Elika: Sky again ?
Prince: Now you're getting it !
Elika: You picked 'sky' again ?
Prince: No, but you're getting the hang of the rules.
Elika: Ah, thanks, they're so complex I was worried they might evade me.
Elika: Scarf ?
Elika: Shrine ?
Prince: Aha! No.
Elika: I give up.
Prince: It's too soon to give up.
Elika: I give up !
Prince: Soulless Follower of Ahriman !
Elika: I am amazed no one threw you overboard on your sea trips.
Elika: Are you still playing ?
Prince: G !
Prince: Yes !
Elika: You wanna make this game harder ?
Prince: Wanna play the game again for forfeits ?
I was even laughing while I was re-checking the text again. Ubisoft, thank you for choosing Nolan North.
Now the music. Stuart Chatwood and Inon Zur, my favorite composers. They created this amazing, vibrant music for the game. Both epic and fantastic. When you are roaming around the plains, and other healed ground. A soft, relaxing, light music is playing. And when a fight starts, the drums and flutes are pulsing and come crashing down. Both of these create the perfect atmosphere.
As I said, this game is just stunning. Full of adventuring, jokes, fights, flights, magic, beauty, and romance too. I had so much fun playing it, and I still do. I recommend this game to everyone who enjoys an epic adventure.10/10