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I played through 'til the giant boss fight & had a weird glitch. He just disappeared on me!

 

Yes he glitched out on me also . In my case though he got stuck against a corner and could not be attacked. These are known issues with the demo apparently and are not indicative of the final game (there are multiple threads confirming these problems on the PoP forums and it should go without saying considering this is a demo).

 

The new free form fighting system is a huge improvement over the first PoP's fighting engine (though I personally felt the original was pretty good in that regard). There are so many different ways to dispatch your enemies I don't think anyone will have any complaints about lack of variety. Dual wielding weapons is pretty damn awesome as well.

 

The graphics look splendid for the most part except for some really out of place and low quality textures. As an example you will notice some horribly pixelated textures when you move up close in first person mode during the second dungeon. They looks PSX quality and I'm not overstating that either. I'm inclined to write that off as being a demo issue though (more than likely an older, incomplete build) and not indicative of the final game.

 

EDIT: Here are two screenshots of the offending textures for those interested:

 

Problem Texture

Problem Texture #2

 

I only have two major complaints:

 

-The music is ridiculously out of place IMHO. The heavy guitar riffs and the opening theme just don't fit Prince of Persia. I know they wanted to go darker here but considering how wonderful the soundtrack for Sands of Time was, I was more than disappointed with what my ears heard. It may grow on me with the final game but for now.. :(

 

-This issue could be attributed to the levels selected for the demo and not so much an actual problem but I have to wonder: Where is the platforming?! There was a whole lot of fighting but not a whole lot of platform jumping, acrobatics, wall running etc. These are the things I came to love about the original and I hope they were not toned down in favor of an improved fighting system. I'll reserve judgement of course until I play the final retail version.

 

*UPDATE* I beat the second boss creature and was treated to a final trailer for the game that showed of a ton of platforming/wall running/new rope hanging skills etc. and was just pleased as all get out after watching it. It appears the levels selected for the demo were picked to let folks get a taste of the new and improved fighting engine. Understandable.

 

The demo didn't lessen or add to my anticipation for the game to be honest. I was and continue to be excited for The Warrior Within. I'm buying the game on the basis that The Sands of Time was one of the top ten games released last year IMHO. We'll see what the final retail version has in store for us (I'll also be getting the Xbox version.), I'm hoping it holds new music. ;)

 

Here are some other screenshots showcasing the games graphics which aside from the issues mentioned above are very good:

 

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within

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Ack! Those textures really are horrible! I agree, Romier; those must be placeholders for the real thing. If not... Well, let's just say, "Ubisoft, what the hell are you doing???"

 

The music is ridiculously out of place IMHO. The heavy guitar riffs and the opening theme just don't fit Prince of Persia.

 

Well, The Sands of Time did feature some electric guitar work. Granted, the music still had an Arabian feel to it, but they were there. The way you describe the music here makes me think of the music in Kingdom Under Fire. Would that be an accurate comparison here?

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Well, The Sands of Time did feature some electric guitar work.

 

Of course but it fit the story well and the Arabian feel worked together with the electric guitar instrumentation for the most part. The main menu music was also damned good as I remember just sitting there listening to it for a good 5 minutes before even starting a new game.

 

I would not say PoP 2's music is anywhere near as out of place as the tunes in Kingdom Under Fire. The in-game music for the most part supports the situation the Prince finds himself in, but as soon as a cinematic/in-game engine cut-scene starts or an "event" happens, the game breaks out with these heavy guitar riffs without even a hint of anything Arabian or otherwise. If you want a point of reference the main theme is by Godsmack (Song name is "Straight out of Line") and alot of the Warrior Withins' themes are at the same level. It just feels completely out of place to me.

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So, I just visited the official Prince of Persia: Warrior Within website, and I think I now know what you're talking about when it comes to the music, Romier. They have a sample of the soundtrack over the website. With that, I agree with you whole-heartedly. It does feel too metal and lacks that Arabian touch that made the music in The Sands of Time so distinctive.

 

Naturally, I'll reserve final judgement until I get a chance to play the final game. For now though, I'm displeased.

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I believe he's doing the music again, yes.

 

Personally, I don't care for the opening theme music much at all, but the rest of it I can live with...although I don't like it as much as I liked the music in the first game.

 

I'm also disappointed that they changed the voice actor for the prince, as I liked the voice & narration of the previous game quite a lot.

 

I still have faith that the game will be great...I don't think they'll screw up the whole game because of these few changes.

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