Release Date: 11/30/2003
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The Good: Nice graphics for it’s time, one of the most original stories to sweep consoles, smooth and tight control, excellent level and puzzle design, nice voice acting
The Bad: Combat system is too shallow, Can beat campaign in less then 10 hours, not terribly challenging, Due to it’s age all the flaws stick out like a sore thumb, Keyboard and mouse controls just don’t work with this type of game, only supports one type of gamepad (unless you use a game profiler)
First off let me just say this…play the console versions. The PC controls just don’t work as well as the analog sticks. The PC controls can really drag the experience down because PoP requires full 360 degree turning and that’s kind of hard with four keys. With that aside PoP 1 was 2003’s GotY for a good reason. With one of the best stories in gaming history and gameplay that set the standard for future action/adventure games PoP 1 will amaze you.
Of course with now-a-days games its not as impressive as it used to be and the flaws really stick out like a sore thumb, but it is still a great classic you annoy can really play. Being extremely short (you can beat it in less then 10 hours) its good for a quick weekend rental or something to pick up in the bargain bin. If you love this game then by all means play the second and third because they just get better and better.