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"Prince of Persia"


In spirit, the PS3 version of "Prince of Persia" is like the very, very old version of the game you played on your Apple or PC computer like a hundred years ago, where you guide a prince through a variety of traps in a castle to rescue a princess.  In the PS3 version, you'll notice a few things, like the fact that the game is a lot sexier, bigger, and easier.  But, if you can pick this up on discount or as a rental, this is a great game.

"Prince of Persia" only has about 8-10 hours of gameplay, but what's here is fun--it's a fairly simply romp through four different "worlds" that allow you to defeat a boss character after you make your way through a variety of pitfalls, traps, monsters and double entendres with the help of a (naturally) sexy sorceress who has the power to help you during battle or save your life when you are about to die.  Even though you are carrying a sword, 90% of this game is figuring out where to jump, to run off of a wall, to catch a hoop that will swing you to a platform, where you will then fly through a tunnel to land on another platform.

It's THAT kind of game.

For me, this was a great change-up, since I spend most of my time killing people I don't know online; this one is a puzzle game, but it is an incredible-looking piece of software and the dialogue doesn't suck, which was a bit of a surprise.  Beating the bosses of each world is the goal, but you can spend hours looking for orbs that allow you to acquire additional powers; this extends the gameplay quite a bit, if you are willing to invest the time.

"Prince of Persia" will be a game that I will probably never play again, but for a one-time run, it was cool.  Now, I can go back to playing games like "Call of Duty 4."

Rating:  $40


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Bellview Rating System:

"Opening Weekend":  Buy this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why that's a good move.  A game experience that will almost guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end. 

"$40":  Usually after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly, or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new games.  Usually, that's about $40.  You'll feel good getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.

"eBay":  This game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from either or eBay.  You also might let a friend buy this game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make them feel better.  Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy Seconds."

"Rental":  Like my cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something worthwhile.  For games in this category, this is the maximum amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.  Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.

"Dogshit":  Games like this should have never been released.  If you play this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the experience.  Further, if you can get this game for free, don't do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience for you!

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