Prince of Persia HD Trilogy - £10.99 delivered
Prince of Persia's rewinding time mechanic is so useful it would benefit almost every game. Aside from being a joy to use, it reduced the most frustrating obstacle of the puzzle platformer: learning by dying. This means the player can free themselves of caution enough to grant the game a rarely equalled fluidity, and it enabled the puzzles to be a little more challenging.
The collection visually upgrades the beautifully designed Sands of Time, the misguidedly angst-ridden and combat-focused Warrior Within and The Two Thrones, the third game that found a happy middle ground between its predecessors.
Here's what Tom thought:
"It was no real surprise that Ubisoft struggled to recapture its former glories with the subsequent 2008 reboot and this year's already-forgotten Forgotten Sands. The spirit of the Sands lives on though – most notably in Assassin's Creed – and for those gamers who weren't around eight years ago to see where that began, this is an enjoyable history lesson that survives the test of time."
There's the occasional misstep in the presentation - the jarringly low resolution menus and cut scenes in particular - but for such an influential trilogy, this is a steal.
Deal of the week
The apocalypse is no reason to frown; New Vegas brought back the humour of the first two games and combined it with the first person engine of the third.
That engine is starting to show its age, but the joy of impotently hitting a giant mutated scorpion with a golf club while wearing a cowboy hat or plotting the demise of an all-seeing super mutant in a blonde wig cannot be denied. This is a smartly designed game that isn't afraid to encourage you to enjoy some very silly situations.
But this was no quick or lazy expansion, as Dan noted:
"Obsidian could have restricted its ambition to inheriting Bethesda's game engine and turning out more of the same, and most of Fallout 3's sizeable fanbase would have been quite happy. That it's gone to the trouble of developing both the series' narrative and it gameplay mechanics speaks highly of the studio's attention to detail."
There's hours of game to lose yourself in here.
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