Prince of Persia: Warrior Within Hands-On Preview

Gameloft has just released a sweet new trailer for Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. They have also confirmed that the game will be released on June 3, which, if our calendars are correct, is less than a week away. Check out the action-packed (and bloody) trailer after the jump.

Two pieces of Prince of Persia news in a row? It’s almost as if there’s a major motion picture based on the series coming out today…

The iPhone version of Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is a port of the 2004 game released for the PS2, Xbox, Gamecube, and PC. It’s the darker, more violent sequel to The Sands of Time, the popular action platformer that breathed new life into the franchise.

If you played the game on a console, then you’ll know exactly what to expect from the iPhone version as, like the iPhone version of Rayman 2, it’s a direct port and every level is exactly the same. You’ll still run around, hacking up bad guys and navigating perilous terrain. The controls feel very tight, and we didn’t have much of a problem performing wall-runs, jumps, and rolling dodges after playing for a few minutes.

As usual, there’s a D-pad on the left and buttons on the right. The buttons change depending on what’s going on in the game, but you can jump, block, attack, dodge, wall-run, and pick up dropped enemy weapons. The many control options didn’t feel overwhelming, and we got used to the feel of the game very quickly. However, we only played the first level, so it’s possible that the trickier stunts later in the game become more difficult.

With all of the 3D platforming, we were glad to see that you can change the camera angle at will. You can drag your finger across the screen to rotate the camera around your character, or you can tap buttons in the upper right-hand corner to go into first-person view or pull back the camera to see your surroundings from a distance.

This is a dark game, and blood flies out of enemies as you hack them up. You can even slice enemies in half vertically, which we found particularly satisfying. The fighting felt precise; we had no problem handling the prince during the action.

The game also features the exact same cinemas, cut scenes, and voice acting as the original version on the console. We’re glad to hear that last part, because Gameloft hasn’t exactly had the greatest voice work in their past games.

With 24 chapters, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within should take about seven hours to complete. It will be released by the end of the month.