Curmudgeon Gamer
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19 March 2006
Prince of Persia: Revelations *is* crap!
You guys were right, and I was wrong. That happens infrequently enough around here that I thought it was worth noting.

Anyway, Prince of Persia: Revelations for the PlayStation Portable is a truly terrible game. It is the kind of sequel that evokes the epithet "abomination" from disillusioned fans. Jordan Mechner isn't dead yet, but if he were I'm confident that Revelations would set him spinning in his grave.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was functional, enjoyable, beautiful art. Revelations, by comparison, is a vile ball of stinking garbage. In brief:
  • Movement and battle are no longer smooth and lithe but stuttering and clumsy. Think Fight for Life on the Atari Jaguar.
  • Music is no longer subtle but jarring. Nothing spoils a game like chainsaw rock that can't even spool off the disc without stalling and restarting at random intervals. I haven't yet seen a single piece of dialogue synchronized with the video.
  • The cute Prince and Princess of Sands has been replaced with an edgier Prince and an impossibly proportioned woman in the usual improbable attire. Her entrance to the game is a lingering shot of her buttocks which, due to low resolution textures, looks more like a lurid grey peach than an alluring evil temptress derriere.
Not one bit of the original's charm remains. It's buggy, glitchy, and painful to play. I want to enjoy the movement puzzles but around every corner is another frustration. I cannot fathom how GameSpot gave this game a 7.4. Any time a game gets a 4 out of 5 and a 4 out of 10 on GameRankings it should be a sign, I think.

I give up. I'm going to go spend some quality time with WipeOut Pure.

Commence the "I told you so" chorus.
--Matt Matthews at 21:38
Comment [ 1 ]

Comments on this post:

I won't say I told you so.

I, myself, was looking forward to both the warrior within and revelations. Both dissapointed me, although revelations moreso than warrior within.

A lot of the issues you had with revelations were actually problems with the original game it was ported from.

Basically revelations was a badly executed port of a game I didn't enjoy more than a year ago.

Also. a thing to remember about reviews for the PSP, they are adjusted against the rest of the psp's library. If revelations was released on the DS it would probably have gotten a significantly lower rating.

The two thrones is a fairly large amount better than the warrior within, and while there is the tomb raider syndrome at work, it's nowhere near as bad as that article you linked to suggested.

It's closer to the original than the warrior within, but maintains some of the improvements (better fighting system for instance) and the quick kill system gives the game a very metal gear solid feel, especially when you start playing with time manipulation to take out a series of guards without anyone noticing.

By Anonymous Adrian, at 20 March, 2006 06:10  

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