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Prince of Persia, I'm happy to report, is still a delight. Oh, it's challenging as &*%$#@, especially for the keyboard-impaired who cannot keep up with the pace of the action, but it's still a hoot. In the first game, you are imprisoned by the evil Vizier Jaffar, who has taken over in the Sultan's absence and decided to marry the Princess, your betrothed, himself. In the sequel, having defeated Jaffar's plans once, you are once again put upon to overcome great odds to defeat the Vizier's nefarious schemes. What this means is that each game is filled with plenty of jumping, running, crawling, leaping, falling, and swordfighting to fill any great action movie.
If you're itching for Prince of Persia 3D, you may want to pick up this title in order to get a better feel for the roots of the upcoming sequel. The Prince of Persia series was pivotal in forming platform gaming as we know it today, and should be enjoyed by everyone.
Revisiting the past with The Prince of Persia Collection is a mixture of the good, the bad and the utterly boring. In this case, packaging two such similar games as one play experience shows how little changed between the two releases. Allowing a long rest between the games reduces that "been there, done that" feeling and prolongs the enjoyment. For those with the original games, the collection offers nothing new.
People who will appreciate this the most probably already own these classic games, even if it is on 3-1/2" or even 5-1/4" floppy disks. If you are one of these fans, then the opportunity to get these classics on a single CD is probably worth the $19.95 MSRP. In addition, you get a $5 coupon for Price of Persia 3D when it is released. And finally, a 12-or-so minute movie on the making of Prince of Persia 3D is also included. I recommend this collection for fans only; gamers raised on today's technology probably won't appreciate the dated graphics and sound. Bottom Line: Dated graphics and sound that doesn't even work properly on today's machines (Internal speaker? What's that?). Still lots of fun, but recommended for those interested in the nostalgia value only. Ideally, this collection should have been included as a bonus with Prince of Persia 3D for free.