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1.0 out of 5 stars How Did This Make it Past Quality Assurance? Abysmal Sound Makes it Unplayable, March 26, 2012
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This review is from: Prince of Persia Trilogy HD - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
As one of the few gamers that never played the original Prince of Persia releases, I eagerly anticipated this HD Trilogy and purchased it yesterday after a significant price cut.

Even with the price cut, this collection is a blatant slap in the face to gamers. The sound quality in all three games is atrocious, to the point of making the games completely unplayable.

The sound fxs are WAY too loud: scampering bugs and cries drill into your skull with a series of repetitive onslaughts. The music is WAY too soft: unless the other tracks are turned completely down it is inaudible. Lastly, the volume of speech differs between in-game cinematics and cut-scenes. Therefore, it is either blaring or completely underwhelming.

I've encountered less than perfect sound mixes in the Tomb Raider Trilogy (HD collection) and Call of Duty: Black Ops; however, I was able to adjust the sound levels within those games and find an acceptable balance. The mixing in the Prince of Persia Trilogy is not the worst issue. The REAL PROBLEM is the quality of the audio.

EVERYTHING sounds like it is being broadcast through a tin can and then transmitted with reverb set to +11. Effects are also frequently absent or out of place: explosions and rock slides may have no audio whatsoever, while a water fountain at the end of a hallway booms with the verocity of Niagra Falls. Between the abhorrent tonal qualities and discontinuous sounds the audio is beyond mere mediocrity. Not only that, dolby digital doesn't work properly and the sound needs to be set to 2 channels.

I have many HD collections: Metal Gear Solid, God of War, God of War: Origins, Jak & Daxter, Tomb Raider Trilogy, and Ico & Shadow of the Colossus. When I purchase an HD collection, I EXPECT the same sort of HD treatment.

Graphically the HD 16:9 looks on par with other collections. The menu system is terrible though, and will not let you choose from other games without quitting to the PS3 home menu. They also forgot to add sound effects for choosing between the 3 games or options.

All in all, this is a LAZY, AWFUL port that should NOT have made it through Quality Assurance. As a big fan of the Assassin's Creed series, I expected more from Ubisoft. I've eagerly anticipated playing these games for a long time, but playing through them with this sound quality is absolute torture.

The Prince of Persia Trilogy is the worst port, or "upgrade" release I have ever purchased. If Ubisoft had any respect for its fans it would patch the issues or recall the original versions. If this was a film release of a classic, people would be in an uproar!

For newcomers, the sound is an immediate disconnect from the series. For longtime fans, this release is the equivalent of gaming blasphemy. So let me ask you, WHY have people allowed this to happen to a classic trilogy without more negative feedback?
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Initial post: Mar 30, 2012 2:56:38 PM PDT
As big of a fan of the other PoP games for the PS3 and Assassins Creed I am, I've always shied away from this collection due to comments I've read about the poor sound quality. With another recent price drop, I was once again tempted to finally pick this up, but reading your review reminded I'm better off to keep my distance. Maybe once I can get it for around $15 it might be worth the risk ... but by then the Ratchet & Clank HD collection will probably be out. :D

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 8:01:20 PM PST
A. Gilston says:
I've only played the Sands of Time on PS2, and I really had to turn my sound up to hear it, not to mention that it didn't have the greatest sound quality to being with. I don't really know the quality of this HD collection compared to the original.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2013 6:26:38 AM PDT
C. Pohle says:
It is awful compared to the original. Like he said, it's near unplayable.
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