So, I got my Prince of Persia 2: Warrior Within
today. Among other things. Look at all the stuff EB sent me:
A game box containing (shock!) the game, a prerelease game box containing the art book, something called Warlords IV, three alienware ads, and two Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault demo discs.
Now, as for the game. Hmmm. The beginning of the game is very frustrating. You can't control the camera, while you are under constant attack by lots of enemies as you try and learn the new combat system. You have to fight the Time Bitch
like 5 times, dieing horribly until you finally learn how to fight. Then, right off the boat, you get to do some complex platform jumping without getting to use your sand to rewind time if you screw up. ARRRGH!
I guess this is a barrier to keep out uncommitted players. "You must be able to take this much
frustration to play." Once you get your sand back, it's fun again though. Cool acrobatics all over the place, which you can do with wild abandon since it's just a rewind away if you screw up. And AFTER YOU GET THE HANG OF IT, the new combat system really is better. I feel like I'm almost in control of the Prince during combat now. Not like before, when you just madly click buttons and the prince attacks whoever he feels like.
Incremental graphics improvement. It looks mighty fine at 1600x1200, in a completely different way than HL2 does. For some reason, the camera controls start out inverted. The game warns you that you should be using a console type controller, but the mouse and keyboard are working really well for me. I'm probably in the minority though, since I didn't think the controls in the first game were so bad.
I am liking it, oh yes.
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