The critically acclaimed Prince of Persia® franchise returns for the first time on next-generation platforms with an all-new epic journey. Built by the same award-winning Ubisoft Montreal studio that created Assassin's Creed™, Prince of Persia has been in development for over three years to deliver a whole new action-adventure gaming...
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Release Date: Dec 10, 2008

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The critically acclaimed Prince of Persia® franchise returns for the first time on next-generation platforms with an all-new epic journey.
Built by the same award-winning Ubisoft Montreal studio that created Assassin's Creed™, Prince of Persia has been in development for over three years to deliver a whole new action-adventure gaming experience to consumers.
With a whole new Prince, storyline, open world environments, combat style, signature illustrative graphical style and the addition of Elika, a deadly new ally, Prince of Persia brings the franchise to new heights of deadly acrobatic artistry and is set to become the #1 action-adventure game of 2008 this holiday season.
  • A new hero emerges: Master the acrobatics, strategy and fighting tactics of the most agile warrior of all time. Grip fall down the face of a building, perform perfectly timed acrobatic combinations, and swing over canyons, buildings and anything that is reachable. This new rogue warrior must utilize all of his new skills, along with a whole new combat system, to battle Ahriman's corrupted lieutenants to heal the land from the dark Corruption and restore the light.
  • A new epic journey begins: Escape to experience the new fantasy world of ancient Persia. Masterful storytelling and sprawling environments will deliver to action-adventure fans an experience that rivals even the best Hollywood movies.
  • A new open world structure: A first for the Prince of Persia franchise — now you have the freedom to determine how the game evolves in this non-linear adventure. Players will decide how they unfold the storyline by choosing their path in the open-ended world.
  • Emergence of a deadly new ally: History's greatest ally is revealed in the form of Elika, a dynamic AI companion who joins the Prince in his fight to save the world. Gifted with magical powers, she interacts with the player in combat, acrobatics and puzzle-solving, enabling the Prince to reach new heights of deadly high-flying artistry through special duo acrobatic moves or devastating fighting combo attacks.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/Windows Vista® (only)
    • Processor: Dual core processor 2.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+ (Intel Core® 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ or better recommended)
    • Memory: 1 GB Windows XP/2 GB Windows Vista
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 10.0–compliant video card or DirectX 9.0–compliant card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher (see supported list)*
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0 libraries
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 or 10.0–compliant sound card (5.1 sound card recommended)
    • Input: Windows-compliant keyboard, mouse, optional controller (Xbox 360® Controller for Windows recommended)
    *Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:
    ATI® RADEON® X1600*/1650*-1950/HD 2000–4000 series
    NVIDIA GeForce® 6800*/7/8/9/GTX 260–280 series
    *PCI Express only supported
    Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. For the most up-to-date minimum requirement listings, please visit the FAQ for this game on our support website at: http://support.ubi.com.
    NVIDIA® nForce™ or other motherboards/soundcards containing the Dolby® Digital Interactive Content Encoder required for Dolby Digital audio.
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Sir Casm
13.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
First off, I must start by saying I am a huge fan of the Sands of Time trilogy. I feel compelled to mention this because this game seems to get a lot of flak from fans. It's also the reason I haven't given the game a try for 8 years - I did not want to be disappointed.

But I was wrong. Very wrong. Prince of Persia does not disappoint. In fact, it's amazing. Casualization? Sure, the combat is easy - the platforming often isn't. In fact I'd be frustrated in the later parts without the constant checkpoints. Don't mind the people saying that Elika (the princess) constantly revives you so you cannot die - that's basically a checkpoint system given a personality, which is good. The prince can die and lose progress - Elika only brings him back to the last area with solid footing.

Since I've mentioned Elika anyway, let's talk about her. She is one of the best video game companions/NPCs I've ever seen in a game. Her personality grows on you. She helps you out in fights and platforming. I really like how standard mechanics are given a personality through Elika. Like the checkpoint system. Or the double jumping - you need Elika's help to double jump. This is not to say the Prince is not a well written character - his pessimistic sarcasm (as opposed to Elika's optimistic wit), combined with the many, many small conversations he and Elika has during the game is something that adds to the game's charm manyfold.

Alongside the characters, what makes this game stand out is its art, audio and narrative direction. It's some of the best, and it has held its own over the years. The environment is simply, soulful. It's a narrative-driven game where the emphasis is on the narrative, with a beautiful ending (and not in the way you'll be expecting).

So yeah, is this a more "relaxed" experience than the previous games? Certainly. Should you play it? Certainly. It's a very different game from the previous trilogy, while maintaining the Prince of Persia feel - and it should be judged as such.
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gigaslyce
0.4 hrs
Posted: August 20
Product received for free
played for half an hour and leared the same ♥♥♥♥ over and overx is attack b is hand rt is block i got it after the first training dummy holy ♥♥♥♥. and the king's sword what a piece of ♥♥♥♥ it looks flat as a playing card and dont get me started on the overdone plot. girl is princess guy trying to get her is king, turns out he's dad. whole crap is an orginal plot hard? A to jump next wall A to jump i had to quit.
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TheIraqiMaestro
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 9
Still playing in 2016. This game, together with Bioshock Infinite , has extremely gorgeous artwork instead of graphics and thats why its able to hold itself until this day. From the combat , to the interaction with Elika , their small chats , all make this game a masterpiece. Prince of Persia is definitely THE ONLY series that Ubisoft does it right unfortunantely. I wish they would stop focusing on Assasins Creed and start making Prince of Persia. 9/10 for me. Cant believe a 2008 game runs so smoothly!
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noxteryn
24.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
Good game. Brings some of the mechanics from Warrior Within and improves upon them. The story is okay, but the ending is great. I also enjoyed the Ubisoft chemistry between the two main characters.
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Zarcot
9.9 hrs
Posted: July 24
One of the best games i have played. Awesome art work, great gameplay, the only thing is that I´m not sure what to think about the ending
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Jay §oyer
22.9 hrs
Posted: July 15
It's not bad but it's not great either. It tries to go heavy on story but fails to pull me in. The gameplay is very simple and easy. Impossible to die and the computer will greatly aid in landing your jumps. About half way through the game everything got old. Not sure why I finished it thru to the end but I did. The ending is terrible. The ending fight boss is equally bad. Nothing challenging about it or the entire game. Wanna spend 5 bucks for a game to pass the time...this would be worth it. Otherwise stay away. Better games out there.
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Nikolacvele55
3.5 hrs
Posted: July 11
Well you dont have to log in Uplay,i guess its good :D
10/10 never gonna launch Uplay again
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Slick Reed
4.2 hrs
Posted: July 5
awesome game, looks beautiful
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Amanda
8.9 hrs
Posted: July 3
Gravity? Pfff, f.ck that sh.t!
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Dog
11.8 hrs
Posted: June 21
You will not shake the feeling off that this game is only half finished. Yes, it starts off very good and you love but the closer to the end you get the more primitive and absurd the game gets.

+ this game has an artofficial increase of game's length. For example the game will you give completely non contextual plaforming which will be Ctr+C + Ctr+V platforms one after another. I know it's the point of platforming but this one didn't take any effort after the first sections. It's like...the first sections of the game are done and the rest is ...well.. done very poorely to say the least. I did not finish it because the game started to just waste one's time after 1/2 of it was done. Not even dialogues matched the situations that were happening.


I loved the characters though. They WERE very well written until I finished 1/2 of the game. After that I was thing countless times "why did you say that? That had no contextual input whatsover."

Exagerated example:

-How do we get up there?
-I don't know
-Maybe we should..
-Bananas!
-what?
-The temple ....I'm sorry..
-WHAT?!

I'm not even kidding. It's like HALF of the game was cut out and thrown in the dumpster because of some "awesome" manager.

5/10 - because only half the game is done. Or at least it feels like it.

I said nothing about the bad controlls because every PoP had bad controlls and well.. it's the way it is. If the game is good, the controlls won't bother you. Here - they did.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Still playing in 2016. This game, together with Bioshock Infinite , has extremely gorgeous artwork instead of graphics and thats why its able to hold itself until this day. From the combat , to the interaction with Elika , their small chats , all make this game a masterpiece. Prince of Persia is definitely THE ONLY series that Ubisoft does it right unfortunantely. I wish they would stop focusing on Assasins Creed and start making Prince of Persia. 9/10 for me. Cant believe a 2008 game runs so smoothly!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Good game. Brings some of the mechanics from Warrior Within and improves upon them. The story is okay, but the ending is great. I also enjoyed the Ubisoft chemistry between the two main characters.
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183 of 204 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2013
Prince of Persia is a beautiful game and it's a lot of fun to play. The controls are simple and make all the well animated jumping and running easy to pull off. The graphics are very beautiful, almost like playing in some kind of painting.

The game is rather easy, since you can never die. If you fall or miss your jump, your partner Elika will pull you back onto solid ground. If you start to lose in a battle, she will pull you to safety, knocking the enemy back. However, the enemy will regain some of it's lost health for doing so. To me, this is a really great option. Sometimes games are just meant to be fun, and not so much to provide a hardcore challange that will only end up frustrating.

Combat is fun and smooth, with great attack animations. You can attack with your sword, you can grab an enemy, and you can let Elika attack. You can combo all sorts of beautiful moves together to make for an awesome fight scene. None of the bad guys should really give you too much trouble, especially since right before you would "die", a button will pop up and if you press it in time you avoid the "final" blow, so that way Elika doesn't have to save you and the enemy's health stays where it's at.

The environments are great to look at. The world starts off all dark and dreary with corruption, but as you heal the lands, everything becomes bright and green and lush again.

Most of the time you'll have to go through an area twice, once to get to the fertile ground so you can heal it, and then you'll probably want to go through it again after it's been healed so you can collect all the Light Seeds lying around. You collect Light Seeds in order to "buy" special powers that Elika can use for platforming, which allows you to get to new areas.

The voice acting and script of the game are not top-notch, but are certainly passable. Personally, I found the soundtrack and plot incredibly pleasing.

Overall, Prince of Persia is quite fun; however, it is not for those who don't want to relax. Challenge-seekers will be severely disappointed, and those looking for excitement will also be let down. For those who seek a fun and relaxing experience in a richly textured world, on the other hand, Prince of Persia is the game to play.
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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
The 2008 reboot of Prince of Persia has already gone down in history as a weird specimen, an odd game that was disliked by the series' fans and that Ubisoft hastily tried to sweep under the carpet. As such, I approached the game with a mix of curiosity and caution.

What I found was a beautiful, mesmerizing experience.

The graphics and the music are striking, from the first moment. I understand that the game extensively cell-shaded appearance can be a love-it-or-hate-it experience which won't appeal to everybody, yet I found the game atmosphere beautiful and enticing. Every scenery is wonderfully drawn, and every moment it feels like you are watching a fairy tale unfold before your eyes. I found myself stopping every now and then to look around and visually explore the enviroment around me, taking the time to appreciate the details of the level rather than just calculating where I should aim my next jump.
The rendition of the Prince is also my favourite, so far. Having played through the original Prince of Persia, back in the MS-DOS days, and also through the whole "Sands of time" trilogy, I must say I like this version of the Prince the most. This has mainly to do with the Prince's attitude. There is no sense of urgency in this game, no running against the clock, no being pursued by a deadly monster, no ambition, or thirst for power driving the game's protagonist. He simply stumbled upon an ancient evil which is about to be unleashed; however, he still has all the time in the world to stop him. He embraces the adventure he suddenly found himself in and just goes with the flow, always smiling, always relaxed. When controlling the Prince, you can rush from one level to the next, pursuing enemies, or you can stop and go for a walk through the desert under the moon: nobody's coming at you. This is your story, have it your way.

Speaking about the actual gameplay, a great deal of criticism stems from its dumbed-down difficulty. In fact, there is no "game over" screen, as there is no way to die. Whenever you fall to your death, you witness a cutscene where Elika saves you instead. This is merely a convenience, though: each time you see the cutscene, you know you screwed up; only you don't have to worry about saving, reloading or continuing. To me, that's perfectly fine.
Coming from the "Sands of time" trilogy, the difficulty of navigating treacherous environments feels reduced as well. There are no spikes or deadly contraptions you have to avoid, most envirnomental hazards are about well-timed jumps and avoiding falls. The controls are easy to master, and there is some amount of auto-pilot helping you navigate the most treacherous parkours. All in all, navigating a level feels more relaxing than challenging, although you will sometime need several attempts to figure out how to traverse a difficult section.

The combat system is maybe this game biggest flaw. There are very few enemies scattered throughout the game, so virtually every fight will be a boss fight. You cannot die, but each time you are saved by Elika, your opponent has a chance to recover some life, protracting the battle longer. Fighting in this game is mostly about quick-time events and stringing together your attacks in a long combo, in order to maximize damage. Then it's parrying and ducking, until you can start a combo again. The whole control system seemed stiff here, and whenever I though I had an opening to start a combo I ended up being hit instead. All in all, I never developed a good feeling with the battle system, and boss battles degenerated in a chore rather than a fun experience.

Ultimately, this game might not be for players or long time series fan who are looking for a challenge, but I think its visual style and atmosphere earn this title a place in any gamer's collection. It looks and feels like a remarkable work of art; and each time you complete a level, you watch the scenery transform around you, feeling a genuine sense of reward for your efforts. I definitely recommend to try this one out.
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81 of 98 people (83%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30, 2015
How I miss you, prince of persia, and the old day of Ubisoft
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55 of 60 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
LOVED this game.
The graphics were beautiful
The banter between the characters was always entertaining.
The controls were easy
The fight sequences were awesome, loved that you also got to use the princess in your combo moves

All around great game
Definitely recommend
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
Having already beaten this game in 2008, I remember loving everything about it, the graphics, the voice acting, the gameplay... everything was perfect. So the idea was to instal and play a relaxing game while I wait for Arkham Knight to get released.

Well, the 2008 me was kinda wrong... the combat in this game is just awful and cringe inducing, I have no idea what they were thinking when they made it so that you're blocking 70% of the time, with maybe 15% of free fighting, and 15% quick time events/button mashing. Maybe they were trying to make it harder artificially when they realized the game was too short and fun and easy, I don't know... but I wish the game had 0 combat and more environmental puzzles to fill in the blanks. Luckily though, there are not a ton of fights in the game, so they don't completely destroy the mood.

The controls could be a bit tighter, but they aren't horrible, they work... I mean it's a Ubisoft parkour game, you can't expect anything more out of it really.

The story is next to non-existent and that's OK. You're looking for a donkey, but instead you find a princess, now help her save the world... c'mon man, do it! She may not be a donkey, but she's hawt.

The game came out in 2008, and it looks absolutely amazing even by today's standards, with maybe some stiff animations and facial expressions that wouldn't be present if it were released today.

All in all, if you love and miss Playstation 2 era platformers, this game just might tickle your nut$@k. - 7.5/10
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2015
An underrated blast.

It may be very different to the other Prince of Persia games, but thats what makes it stand out to me. Most people complain about how you can't actually die in this game, however most people don't seem to realise that Elika saving you whenever you 'die' is just a replacement for the sands of time in the original trillogy (The time reversing mechanic).

The writing is funny and it's great to look at too. My only complaint is that the combat can be too simple at times, the ability to fight more than one enemy at once would have spiced things up!

This game is great!
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
A rather underappreciated game that fails to innovate like previous installments in the series have, yet, it delivers a thrilling adventure, beatiful enviroments, great platforming and parkour experience. This, mixed with a lackluster fighting system it gets a solid recommendation.

While the game itself is not on par with the Sands of time trilogy in terms of fighting mechanics, it sure delivers a story that will stick, a beatiful, cel shaded world that encourgaes to explore through the platforming system that is as satisfying as always.

It feels like Ubisoft took a hasty look at The Two Thrones, threw all mechanics out the window and started fresh with everything but the core of the franchise. The instant revival system that recieved a tsunami of hate is there, yes, however this is not necessarily a bad thing. While the fact that you get pulled from every jump you miss shortens the game somehwhat, it gives the more casual gamers a try to get involved in this massive laborynth called gaming.

7/10 - Great bang for the buck

// Xaeleep 26/11-13
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
Great little gem, although a Prince of Persia game only in name.

+ Beautiful stylish graphics, voice acting and musical score (the best out of the PoP games).
+ Great characters and simple plot, easy to let yourself invest in what's going on and get emotional attachment
+ Mix of platforming and cool powers
+ Genuinely funny and charming
- Sometimes repetitive
- Awkward camera angles

The ending will leave you in the same state as Shadow of the Colossus
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