9. Prince Of Persia: Warrior Within
2003 release Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a celebrated action
adventure. It’s very difficult to reboot a classic series, but this release
certainly did it in style.
Sands of Time is a tricky action title, boasting fantastic platforming sections that showcase the Prince’s remarkable athleticism. Control of the Sands of Time is woven into both the platforming (time can be rewound to undo a death) and the combat, and it all tied in together to make an excellent package.
The 2004 sequel, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, isn’t a bad game. Expanding the Prince’s combat capabilities and opening up the various stages he explores, it actually built on Sands of Time in some areas. Most disappointingly, though, it completely changed many of the best aspects of the previous title. Seeming to slap copious amounts of dark and unnecessarily edgy paint on everything, the softly-spoken Prince of the previous title was lost.
In getting so close to a truly stellar sequel to a fantastic title, before making missteps that could have been avoided entirely, it was all the more disappointing.