Will the final part of the Prince of Persia trilogy be as entertaining as The Sands of Time and The Warrior Within?
The game continues the story from The Warrior Within , the Prince and the Empress of Time made their journey back to Persia, only to discover that things are about to get worse.
Prince of Persia : The Two Thrones (T2T) employs the same style of gaming like the previous releases, however T2T does sport quite a few new elements that made this release more than just the usual hacking, slashing, running and acrobatics.
T2T now allows you to quick kill a target by following the indicator on screen and time your mouse-clicks accordingly. What’s great about this is that you don’t even have to engage in swashbuckling, or at least reduce the number of bogies around.
T2T also allows you to play the Prince’s so-called alter ego the Dark Prince, seems to be a mixture of Spiderman and Ghost Rider if I may say so. The Dark Prince has his own set of weapon – a flashing chain whipping that whacks everything around, anyone for Ghost Rider? Note only that, he could jump across open spaces by using his chains of various protrusions – just like Spider-man!
As usual, despite being bestowed with awesome athletic and acrobatic abilities like jumping on walls, pillars and swinging beams, the prince is still unable to jump over small obstacles . I had a situation where my character dropped off a ledge and apparently I can’t get him to escape the situation as he was blocked by 2 ropes that were below knee level.
Loading games were fiendishly annoying as well, if you ever decide to load some game you saved much earlier, be prepared to do a lot of clicking to scroll down to reach the bottom of the list.
Camera angles, they’re also annoying as usual. A vertical wall-climb could end up in a horizontal walk running, resulting in death most of the time. A sudden change of camera angle could trigger a jump or a sudden change of direction. As you can see these are the usual problems faced in the previous releases.
Lastly, the game comes with the point collection system for you to unlock various goodies like artworks and videos.
Graphics & Sound
T2T sports similar graphics as The Warrior Within, no significant improvements here. I found that the game had rendering issues when it comes to water regardless of whether I was using ATi or nVidia based graphic card.
Other than that, it was the usual eye-candy all the way. New surroundings, beautifully rendered streets, gardens and castle interiors and even the effect from the Dark Prince’s weapon.
The soundtrack for the game is nice as usual; the tunes are more Arabic influenced instead of the rock influenced tunes from the other releases.
Another thing is that the game supports EAX HD. Unfortunately I don’t have an EAX HD based audio processor, so I just stick to my usual setup and it’s interesting to note that the game actually does virtualize the sound and giving it all sound effects a position based on the source on screen.
The game was challenging and enjoyable. As a seasoned gamer who’s familiar with how the prince interacts with the surrounding, I actually wonder how many tries would a newbie take for some parts of the game are rather tough.
PC Specifications Used
Processor : AMD Athlon64 2800+ @ 2.3ghz
RAM : 512MB DDR 400
Graphic Card : PowerColor X800GT
Monitor : 15″ Samsung 151S LCD