Prince of Persia is not a truly unique game because many of its gameplay features could be seen in the earlier Sands of Time trilogy. However, it features an intricate and engaging plot, a charismatic protagonist with a good sense of humor, and excellent cel-shading based visuals. The pair acrobatics with Elika when fighting or performing jumps and other tricks is an innovation, however. The nonlinear way of passing the locations is a new feature, too. The only downside is that there is no dying in this game, which may discourage some hardcore gamers, but on the other hand, this makes it a nice and unobtrusive entertainment because you are not afraid of making mistakes.
Prince of Persia is not a demanding application when it comes to graphics cards from the performance and higher class. The game prefers graphics processors with a high frequency of the execution subunits. Nvidia’s solutions are such. The amount of shader processors and other GPU parameters have a lower effect on performance as is indicated by the results of the GeForce 9600 GT which is not far slower than the GeForce 9800 GT.
It is easy to give specific shopping recommendations basing on the test data. The GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 is the optimal choice for playing this game at resolutions up to 1920x1200 inclusive. This card allows using 4x FSAA, has low power consumption, comfortable noise characteristics and reasonable price. If you don’t care about the price factor, and you want to have maximum price whatever the cost, you may prefer the GeForce GTX 295 which allows playing at 2560x1600. If, on the contrary, your graphics card budget is limited, you may want to consider the GeForce 9800 GT, which ensures a good frame rate at 1680x1050. ATI’s solutions are not brilliant in this game, excepting the Radeon HD 4870 X2 and the bulky but absolutely fastest 3-way Radeon HD 4870 CrossFireX configuration.
As for the central processor, there is no point in choosing the Core i7-965 Extreme Edition. The considerably cheaper Core i7-920 provides the same conditions while the monetary difference should better be spent for a faster graphics card.
The new Prince of Persia is a top-class third-person action-adventure with a magic-inspired plot and superb stylized visuals which is going to please old-time fans of the series as well as any lover of this game genre. It won’t set your nerves on edge, but will make a nice pastime for a couple of evenings.