Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Game review by
Raffi Kevorkian, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Amazing, but violent -- mature players only.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The Prince works alone killing everything he runs into, but also tries to talk Empress into returning to the present with him.

Violence

Combat with swords and axes, decapitation, evisceration, excessive blood.

Sex

Female minions' dialogue denotes S&M; also a shot of the Empress's butt with only a thong covering it.

Language

Someone is called a word that rhymes with witch.

Consumerism

Part of the Prince of Persia series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game features a major amount of violence, including decapitations and eviscerations; sometimes minions are cut in half. Slow motion lets players savor the kill as blood gushes. The game also features negative female stereotypes, including cat-like characters who moan about how good the pain feels even as they are being decapitated. The star rating given this game is based on quality of gameplay and is not an endorsement of the violence within the game.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byHedgieguy11 January 30, 2011

Intense!

Not anymore violent than avatar.
Adult Written byMasterMaxx November 19, 2010

Pass

This game took a weird turn. The Prince's voice is different from Sands of Time, he swears twice, and the story is weird. In Two Thrones the creators retur... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 15, 2019

The Prince of Persia no one likes

This Prince of Persia is very dark and violent. The story is still impressive but the prince is super bland, the game is noisy and the soundtrack does not suit... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydipside28 July 29, 2013

a wonderful game,but misunderstood by some people.

It is a wonderfull game,i am dissapointed to see that some reviews say it has sex but it is not true,in this game there is not a single kiss.

What's it about?

In PRINCE OF PERSIA: WARRIOR WITHIN, players take on the role of the Prince, sailing to an island where a magnificent castle lies in ruins. Players must prevent the creation of "the sands of time," magical sand that enables time travel. They infiltrate the castle ruins, then right past wrongs by making their way through different parts of the castle in both the past and present. As players accomplish mundane tasks (i.e. shutting down water wheels or raising and lowering platforms) they run into obstacles and enemies.

Is it any good?

The tasks players must accomplish amount to little more than the pull of a lever or press of a button, and eventually, the time travel grows stale. The baddies are often quite dark and in some cases offensive. The formidable Dahaka is a large, black beast with glowing eyes, big horns and muscles, and tentacles. Cat-woman-like characters in leather hip boots moan and groan about how good the pain feels, even as players chop off their heads.

At first it's cool to go from a ruined castle to a brand new one, but after seeing the same rooms over and over the play becomes monotonous. On the plus side, the Prince's acrobatics are fun, and the environments are amazing and complex.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares with its less-violent predecessor. Why do you think the game developers decided to make a more mature title this time around? Is that fair to fans?

Game details

  • Platforms: Xbox
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: UbiSoft
  • Release date: December 1, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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