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Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (XBox, pounds 39. 99)THE revival of the Prince of Persia licence worked a treat when Sands of Time took its bow last year. So much so that the game won numerous awards, praised for the supreme graphics and innovative game play mechanics that allowed players to rewind time and replay sections to their advantage.

Warrior Within features more of the same glorious environments to explore and an abundance of bad dies to dispose of, using a few new powers that have been added to the Prince's arsenal. Special moves such as the Cyclone of Fate and Ravages of Time only serve to enhance the game-playing experience and it's safe to say that this game could scoop just as many awards as it's big brother.

If you've played the original you'll love this for all the same reasons. If you're new to Prince of Persia, prepare to have you breath taken away.

RATING: 8/10 Royal approvalRacing Gears Advance (GBA, pounds 29. 99) TOP-down arcade racing doesn't seem to feature too much these days on consoles but when it does, it's a rip roaring laugh. Mashed proved just how good the genre could be and you only have to remember the fun to be had with Micro Machines to appreciate the potential in Racing Gears Advanced.

And overall it succeeds. Choosing from 12 drivers and licensed vehicles, from Hummers to Vipers and Elises, you set off around 25 twisting tracks covering a range of terrains and weather conditions. Each course is littered with jumps, hazards and hidden shortcuts, all of which are made easier with the incredible range of customisation including turbos, tyres, engine blocks and eight unlockable offensive and defensive weapon systems.

Whether you're racing against eight intelligent computer drivers or ripping it up in a four player linkup, this is a blast. RATING: 8/10 Burning rubberGames chart all formats full price: 1. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2. Need For Speed Underground 2 3. Half Life 2 4. Halo 2 5. WWE Smackdown vs Raw! 6. FIFA 2005 7. The Getaway: Black Monday 8. Pro Evolution Soccer 4 9. The Urbz: Sims in the City 10. Football Manager 2005 Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (c) ELSPA (UK) Ltd
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2004
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