Review: Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown – Rediscovering Royalty in a New Timeless Tale

Resurrecting a Classic Franchise!

It’s been a long time since Ubisoft introduced its last installment in the Prince of Persia series. Obviously, one can wonder why they abandoned such a great title, despite the warmly welcomed and generally praised Prince of Persia 3-D games. Well, maybe it’s because of the present trends, which are not too fond of 10-hour story adventure games (The Assassin’s Creed is living proof). Nevertheless, going back to roots is somehow trending amongst developers. Some comebacks turn out to be masterpieces, and some are just acts of desperation. How did it go in case of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown? Well, let’s find out.

Is it a good game?

Generally speaking, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a challenging platform game combined with demanding fighting elements. Of course, as befits a modern title, there are many enhancements to minimize the frustration we get, when things keep on going not too great. If you die, you start at a checkpoint, and if a boss extinguishes you, you start at the beginning of the fight. Moreover, at the trickiest stages, you can go back to the beginning of a sequence. It reminds us of the solutions used in the previous Prince of Persia installments. Back in the day, it raised some concerns. And, for those who can’t even hit the broad side of a barn, the developers introduced portals. All it takes is to enter such a portal, and you get teleported to the end of a tricky sequence.

Difficulty

I need to stress that I’m not too fond of soulslikes, but I find Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown a pleasantly difficult game. Despite the fact that The Lost Crown is a far cry from a typical soulslike title, one can sense certain imports from this genre, e.g., the necessity of dodging hits at the right moment. However, if you get tired of complicated fight sequences, you can always switch to a “wimp-friendly” mode and smash hordes of enemies spontaneously pushing buttons on the console pad.

As befits a true metroidvania, there’s much to explore. With default settings, we’re not being told where to go or what to do; it’s up to the player to figure it out. Personally, I strongly recommend playing The Lost Crown in such a way. It’s far more exciting because you can come across many secret places and items.

I can honestly say that Prince of Persia is a true metroidvania gem. Stages are beautifully designed, not mention the diversity of particular bioms. Players have to face traps, jumping challenges, jigsaws to get rewarded with various prizes, including the materials need for further enhancements. There are also side quests to be found, which require additional exploration. The game itself isn’t unduly short. You can easily get about twenty-five hours of pure entertainment from it.

Gameplay

The amount and diversity of moves adds to the gameplay. Players can adapt to many styles, which our warrior, Sargon, is able to perform. Of course, many special moves are to be unlocked along the way. I’m not gonna describe them because the biggest joy is discovering on your own. However, I must say that there are stages where, in order to get through, players need to use multiple special moves in a certain sequence. It can be a tough nut to crack, but it’s worth the satisfaction you’ll get once it’s completed.

In addition to the fantastic dexterity system, the developers introduced an equally wonderful fighting mode. Attacks are to be combined into various combos. Players can uppercut enemies, trip them up, and much more. In addition, the boss fights deserve praise. On average, such battles include two or three stages triggered by reducing bosses’ life bars. The difficulty makes it hard to slay a boss on the first attempt. You have to get familiar with their moves, and unleash attacks at the very right moments. The satisfaction you get after a successful boss fight makes up for the whole effort you put in to get through. Despite the fact that I’m not a die-hard fan of this genre, I had a wonderful time mastering the gameplay.

Graphics

As for the graphics, as always, Ubisoft steps up to the mark. The characters are so nicely drawn and animated that you get an impression of modern Disney animation, not to mention the beautiful special effects. I played it on my PS5 system, and didn’t notice any glitches. The game runs smoothly and doesn’t slow down, when there are a lot of things going on the screen.

In Conclusion

All in all, The Last Crown is an outstanding installment in the Prince of Persia series, which brings back my childhood memories, when I used to play the very first part on my 286 personal computer. Of course, there are some minor faults to grumble about. For instance, the rich game story has been presented with static text boards. One could expect some animations, or some other, more engaging form of expression. Moreover, sometimes I got a bit irritated, when I made my way through a corridor full of deadly traps only to find some closed doors at the end. But, it’s just the way it is with this genre. Nevertheless, as I’ve said, these are only minor issues, which become irrelevant in the light of such brilliant gameplay.

To sum up, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a wonderfully designed and engaging game. I hope it will encourage other developers to resurrect their classic franchises.

Game available for: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Windows (https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/prince-of-persia-the-lost-crown)

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