Ubisoft’s decision to bring its popular Prince of Persia franchise back to its 2D roots seems to have paid off. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, releasing on Jan 15, 2024 for the PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch platforms, is getting rave reviews so far.
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Critics are praising the game for its thrilling and kinetic platforming, perfect controls, and deep exploration, with some calling it the best Prince of Persia game ever released.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review Roundup
Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 86 on Opencritic and 87 on Metacritic.
Returning to a 2D perspective lets Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown perfect its controls and combat while capturing everything that was great about the heyday of the series.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a sea change for the long-running series, and almost as dramatic a shift as Sands of Time was when it took the classic platformer series into 3D. This new genre debut is so confident and impeccably crafted that this should simply be the identity of Prince of Persia for the foreseeable future.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a smart game that makes you feel even smarter. It’s a Metroidvania that’s learned from the best, but without sacrificing any element of its own personality – for better and for worse. Beneath the gaudy graphics and cheeseball story, there’s a hardcore platforming heart bruised by punishing combat.
If the whole of The Lost Crown played like its final few hours and had a more engaging story, I think it would have had a good shot of being regarded as a surprisingly fantastic metroidvania. For now, it remains a competent one.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown shows that this long-running franchise still has plenty of life left in it. The main narrative is sharp, with interesting twists and reveals about the universe at large. It’s only surpassed by the combat, which challenged me in all the right ways.
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is one of the finest metroidvanias I’ve ever played and a fantastic way to start 2024. Thrilling and kinetic platforming, thumping combat, and a vast game world that demands exploration, and makes it a joy to do. It’s time to kick nostalgia firmly in the unmentionables; this is the best Prince of Persia ever.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.