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- Relive the epic adventure in high definition. Fully re-mastered in 720p HD with new textures, normal maps and anti-aliasing, these titles have never looked as vibrant and crisp.
- Play a combined total of over 30 hours of gameplay on one Blu-Ray disc.
- Experience the Prince's adventures in full 3D stereoscopic view (3D television required).
- All games will run in spotless frame rate of sixty frames per second, which allows for more fluid game control and an overall heightened Prince of Persia experience (30 FPS for stereoscopic 3D view).
- Supports online leaderboard and achievements / trophies system to help foster an online community aspect for the original games.
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Now re-mastered in High Definition are three classic Prince Of Persia titles, exclusively for the PS3. Digitally enhanced HD and 3D graphics heighten the experience of adventure and improve overall gameplay. Included are Prince of Persia: The Sands Of Time, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones all in HD.
Return to a compelling world filled with peril and adventure — more deeply, more richly and more fluidly than ever before — as three classic Prince of Persia games come to life in stunning high definition. Every sword-slashing battle and every perilous obstacle bursts out of your screen and pulls you into the action, with exploding new stereoscopic 3D graphics optimized for your 3D TV. Are you ready to assume the role of the famed prince and embark on an epic journey that will redefine your sense of time? Summon your courage as you confront deadly enemies and engage in incredible battles in your quest to save your kingdom once and for all from the forces that would tear it asunder.
Prepare for daring action, astonishing acrobatics and challenging missions as you dive into the excitement of the Prince of Persia Trilogy. Totally remastered for your PlayStation 3, the classic The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones titles return with smoother, more spotless gameplay than ever at 60 frames per second, and immerse you in the action with the vibrancy of a full 1080p resolution. Become the master of your own dark powers as you venture into cursed palace chambers, aided by a seductive princess along the way. Ensure your safety and that of your kingdom by evading Dahaka, facing mankind's greatest fears and engaging in intense combat with your enemies. Will you have the strength of body and mind it will take to restore peace to your homeland?
- Enhance your adventure in the third dimension with three classic Prince of Persia titles, now remastered in stunning high-definition: The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones
- Immerse yourself deeply in the time-bending challenge, with more than 30 hours of gameplay packed onto one Blu-ray Disc
- Action explodes out of your screen and into your living room, thanks to stereoscopic 3D support (3D TV required, not included)
- Play as the Prince in The Sands of Time and attempt to master your dark powers in order to save your cursed soul and restore peace to your kingdom
- Travel to the infernal core of mankind's deepest fears to overcome Dahaka, an immortal incarnation of Fate in Warrior Within
- Experience a whole new side to yourself as you play as the Dark Prince, wielding new weapons, unleashing unique combat styles and exuding a whole different attitude in The Two Thrones
- Engage in sword-slashing battles across an epic storyline
- Play more smoothly than ever before at a spotless 60 frames per second
- Take the battle online to climb leaderboards and claim trophies
Top customer reviews
Sands of Time
As I said earlier, it was the venerable Sands of Time that launched PoP back into the limelight. Before this game, PoP really hadn't had a whole lot of exposure beyond a dedicated group of hobbyists who greatly enjoyed Jordan Mechner's 1989 classic Prince of Persia. Once SoT released, however, it was a different story; PoP was incredibly popular, and for good reason. It's an incredible game, even today. What you get with SoT is a perfect transition of PoP's classic physics based platforming into a 3-D space, all framed in a magical, charming Arabian fairy-tale world with a fantastic story. The world of SoT is so lovely to explore, with its exquisite middle-eastern architecture and great Arabian soundtrack. All of the characters are charming, well developed, and brought to life by exceptional voice acting. The story of SoT is earnest, genuine, and enthralling, and that's true even today. I am amazed at how well SoT tells a believable love story in its short (5-7 hour) playtime than most games three times its length. Overall, SoT delivers a charming, enthralling experience.
This is all well and good, and it surely helps to make SoT the memorable masterpiece it is, but the most important factor for any 3-D platformer is how the game controls and feels to play and SoT absolutely NAILS it. There isn't a single game out there that has executed 3-D parkour platforming as well as the PoP series has in my opinion, and it all started here. Even better, the level design makes splendid use of your versatile move sets, which is great. This is just a great game to experience, period. The ONLY flaws in SoT are its rather short playlength, which I don't mind so much, and its tepid, boring combat, which I do mind a bit more. That's it though. All things considered, SoT is probably the best PoP game ever made. It amazes me how much Ubi hit it out of the park with SoT. Surely, all they'd have to do with a sequel is fix the combat, and maybe make it a little longer and it'd be a damn near PERFECT game. That's what they did, right...?
WRONG! I know I'm going to get a lot of flak for this, but I hate Warrior Within. It does absolutely everything in its power to alienate fans of SoT within the first hour of playtime. In a cynical attempt to appeal to a broader demographic and get more customers, Ubi tried to pander to the great emo movement of the mid 2000's and made the developers pull a Shadow The Hedgehog. The game has "edginess" forced down every orifice and it's truly cringe-worthy. Gone is the charming Yuri-Lowenthall voiced Prince, replaced by a gravel-voice Turd McFergason Prince. Gone is the light-hearted, sarcastic Prince we loved watching grow up from SoT, replaced by a scowling, brooding d-bag who is nearly impossible to like. Gone is the Arabian infused rock, in is nu-metal trash. All enemies are bondage-wearing, masochistic travesties that still make me squirm in discomfort. The opening sequence in which Prince is attacked by a thong-wearing dominatrix woman and he yells "YOU B****!" after she scratches him pretty much says all you need to know about the tone of the game. It's tone-deaf in every sense of the word, and the cynicism of Ubi trying to cash in on the emo craze of the mid-2000's by turning PoP into a Hot Topic wet dream is shameful. Even Jordan Mechner, the creator of PoP in the first place, left the development team in disgust at what they were doing to his baby (he was a prominent developer on SoT). There is no heart or whimsy to be found in WW, at all. I hate WW.
That been said, I actually kind of like WW, a lot (lol). How is that possible? I'll admit, the game does grow on you after a while. The PREMISE of the story is awesome, with the Prince trying to outrun and outsmart the manifestation of fate that has been hunting him since the end of WW is a fantastic idea. He ventures to the Island of Time to stop the Sands of Time from being created, thereby freeing himself of his current situation. The game liberally plays with the idea of dual timeline time travel, in a way reminiscent of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and I love that. It's a cool idea for a story, even if the way it's told in this game is annoying. Most importantly, the game still feels super good to play. SoT's platforming is better than ever, and they ratcheted up the difficulty by quite a bit, which can be a positive or negative I suppose. I liked it. Best of all, they fixed the combat, making it the best combat system for the series to date. The combat is incredibly deep and nuanced, fluid and responsive, and incredibly satisfying. All-in-all, I have a HUGE love-hate relationship with WW, and despite my gripes about their butchering of the tone, story, and mood of it, I still recommend others give it a chance. It definitely grows on you.
The Two Thrones
TTT is a simpler game to analyze. You can tell that Ubi took to heart the myriad of complaints people had about WW's tone, characters, and story, but they couldn't renege on everything WW introduced, as TTT is a direct sequel to that game. What we got in the end product was a compromise. The Prince returns to Babylon with Kaileena after the end of WW to find it under siege by a familiar foe. TTT's story is fairly compelling, with the stakes being higher than ever for the Prince. They brought back Yuri Lowenthall to voice the Prince, who immediately made him likable as a protagonist again, thank goodness. I appreciated how they toned back the edginess this time around. It strikes a nice balance between SoT's whimsy fairy-tale vibe and WW's more serious tone. The main theme of TTT is duality, and that shows up thematically AND mechanically in this game, and it's all pretty interesting.
After his adventures in WW, the Prince has a darker, alternate personality lurking within him, trying to take over. The story implications are obvious, but this shows up most notably in combat mechanically. As the normal Prince, you'll be focusing more on stealth kills, a new idea for this series that works super well. Being all stealthy is very satisfying in this game (and you can start to see seeds that would eventually germinate in the Assassin's Creed series). When the Dark Prince form shows up, it's back to WW basics as you go on a big ol' combat rampage, which is always fun. Overall, I enjoyed the variety these two styles bring to the table. The game still has the superb platforming mechanics of SoT. That, at least, never changed in this series. Since that's what I've always loved about the series from a gameplay perspective, I'm grateful. Level designs are well-thought out and the feeling of parkouring across Babylon feels great. Overall, TTT is a pretty great game and probably the second best of the original trilogy, all things considered.
Review of this as a HD collection
All things considered, the Sands of Time trilogy (Trilogy if you don't count the awesome interquel The Forgotten Sands anyway), is the definition of classic. It may have slipped up a bit thematically and tonally with WW, but really, it's pretty stellar overall. So what kind of treatment did it receive for this HD collection? In truth, not much of one. What you get with this collection is three games, all presented in 16:9 widescreen (or at least the in-engine stuff, not the cutscenes, understandably) and uprezzed to a HD resolution of 720p. You can definitely tell that many textures received a LITTLE touch up, but it's not a massive difference. The anti-aliasing looks pretty good too. The games look better than ever, there's no doubt about that, but it's not nearly a big enough difference to make you raise your eyebrows. It's an upres job, nothing more. When it comes to "remasters," this falls well into the bare minimum "HD Port" side of the spectrum. As much as I'd LOVE Halo Anniversary style remakes, this is more than adequate to satiate my hunger for classic PoP. They SAY the games run at 60 fps, but I call BS on that. It runs smoothly enough for the majority of the game, but I noticed major clipping and framerate drops several times while playing each game. That been said, it's never what I'd call awful and I found myself enjoying the games immensely. I think a major draw for a lot of fans, myself included, is that they added in full trophy sets for each game in the collection. Yes, that means three platinum trophies. For the most part, the trophies are well designed as well. I've already platinumed Sands of Time and am well on my way with WW and TTT. The ONLY complaint I have regarding the trophies is that the difficulty related ones for WW and TTT don't stack, meaning you literally have to play them three times, once on easy, once on medium, and again once more on hard to get all three trophies. That is absolute garbage! Boo! Otherwise, this collection will probably please all you trophy-hunters out there. Happy hunting!
All-in-all, this is a great collection of classics that have aged *reasonably* well. If you've ever enjoyed a PoP game, I don't see why anyone would want to pass on this collection. It delivers nostalgia in spades. It's hard to complain about that, really. So if you're a fan of PoP, Ubisoft, parkour-centric gameplay, or Arabian fairy-tales, then this gets an easy recommendation from me. The HD treatment may not be earth-shattering, but it certainly presents these games faithfully while making marginal visual and performance enhancements. Good stuff.
Then I fired up Warrior Within. It is dark and ugly, the main villain is a woman with her ass hanging out, the Prince throws out an expletive within the first 10 minutes of the game, there's awful metal guitar blaring over the game as if you lived with a 15 year-old angsty teenager who just bought a new stereo using his allowance money. I could bare the changes in the combat (and even welcomed them!) and the map system. But I could not make it more than an hour into the game. It was the most juvenile hour of a video game I've ever sat through. I was in high school when this game came out in 2004 or 2005, and it tried too hard to be edgy even back then. It's now nearly a decade later, and it's twice as bad to me. Needless to say, I was very skeptical to fire up the Two Thrones. I watched a Let's Play of the first 30 minutes and I had seen enough.
So in review, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a classic game that more than makes this worth the purchase if you can find it for under $20. But if you're older than 14 or 15 years of age, the two sequels included with it will be nauseating. They're lame, trite, and insufferable. There might be great gameplay hidden beneath the awful surface, but why bother sitting through that? I would recommend you get the Prince of Persia from 2008 instead, which is beautiful and fun, albeit short and far too easy. I found more enjoyment playing that for 5 hours than I would get playing the sequels on this disc for their purported 30+ hours of gameplay. Or after you finish POP: Sands of Time, just play Assassin's Creed 2 again. Both of these are better options.
I got this game for $15 and the first game on here was well worth and had so much fun with it, so I'd still give this release an 8/10. That game gets a 10/10 on its own, but the other two games might as well not be on here to me. They are better left forgotten in the sands of time.