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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

XBLA: Prince of Persia Classic

# Posted by Joel Dixon at 18/07/2007 11:16:35

While I had bought my Xbox 360 to take to Edmonton with me, I have found myself with three weeks at home (thanks to Work Permit issues) and little to do when Belinda goes out. As mentioned before a cool feature of the Xbox is the Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) providing smaller games or old remakes for download at a reduced price.

When browsing through the titles on offer, looking for something small to tide me over, I stumbled on a childhood classic - Prince of Persia. A few dollars later (probably around 8 - I don't recall) I had downloaded an old masterpiece.

Prince of Persia Classic Title
Title Screen

The first thing that blew me away were the amazing graphics and smooth gameplay. The original version earned a place in gaming history due to the responsive controls and character animation unparalleled at the time. Much as Prince of Persia: Sands of Time did, Prince of Persia Classic retained the elements that made the original great whilst improving the visuals and music.

Prince of Persia Classic Gameplay
Sweet!

The updated version is a true remake of the original, with the same level design and basic controls. On top of that, some really handy extras were added. Moves like running up walls and standing backflips make the game a little easier to get through in a rush. The sword fighting also received a bit of an update - but still retaining the old controls.

When combined with 200 achievement points - it's a must have for your game library. And those familiar with the game may find a challenge they weren't expecting. One of the achievements is to finish the entire game within the hour, without dying once (the regular game is happy if you die - you can take as many lives as you want so long as you finish within the hour). Man, it's not easy! But unlike some games, it's not dodgy and unresponsive controls, it's generally lack of patience and concentration.

4 out of 5


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