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Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands Game Review

Prince of Persia Game Review

By Hanso     May 27, 2010

Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands Game Review
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Jake Gyllenhal’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie is just around the corner so developer Ubisoft has decided to drop a new Prince of Persia game on us. We got a chance to play through The Prince’s latest adventure and here are our thoughts.
Single Player Campaign
Before we get started a few things need to be mentioned. First, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands has absolutely nothing to do with the 2008 Prince of Persia game. Ubisoft has put that particular storyline on hold for the time being, which sucks because that game ended on a cliffhanger. Second, this is not a game adaptation of the Prince of Persia movie coming out this summer; game and movie have nothing in common except that the main character is the same. Finally, in terms of the Prince of Persia Sands timeline, The Forgotten Sands takes place right between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within. Oh and one more thing, this review is based on the Xbox 360 version. Got all that? Alright then, let’s roll.
Like previously mentioned, The Forgotten Sands takes place between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within. In this adventure The Prince has set out to visit his brother Malik’s kingdom but when he arrives all hell is breaking loose due to an invading army attacking the kingdom. With Malik on the end of a loosing battle he decides to raise King Solomon’s Army and use them to defeat the invading army. As you can guess this turns out to be a terrible idea. King Solomon’s Army is led by a genie named Ratash, who isn’t about to be controlled by anyone. Ratash decides he rather use the army to wreck havoc across the kingdom and grow stronger by turning everyone into sand. With an army of the dead now threatening to take over the kingdom The Prince has no choice but to help his brother and put an end to Ratash and King Solomon’s Army. 
Along his quest to put an end to Ratash, The Prince gets help from a genie and thanks to her you receive the ability to rewind time. If you remember the 2008 game you know that the turning back of time was replaced by having the Elika character magically save you every time you screwed up a jump. That took away some of the fun because if you failed at any point you would always get saved. Rewinding time in The Forgotten Sands doesn’t work like that, this time you only have a set number of times that you can rewind and if you use all of them up you die, forcing you to restart at your last checkpoint. In addition to the rewinding time ability, she’ll also grant you the ability to freeze water and to see things like they once were. The water freeze is used to turn water leaks into swing ready poles and waterfalls into walls you wall jump from. The ability to see things as they once were is used to remember the city as it once looked which will let you move around areas you other wise would be unable too. The cool thing about The Forgotten Sands is that once those two abilities are added the game turns more difficult because of all the jumps that will force you to be switching abilities on the fly.
Aside from these new abilities you’ll also notice The Forgotten Sands graphics and this is obviously due to the graphical improvement with the jump from last gen to next gen consoles, thus making The Forgotten Sands in terms of graphics, easily the best of the series. Unfortunately when compared to next gen games the graphics aren’t anything to write home about, they are all right but when compared to another Ubisoft title, Assassin’s Creed II, they aren’t as nice. The Forgotten Sands’s does feature some nice cutscenes, for example in the opening cut scene there is even a moment that looks exactly like a scene from the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie, but some of the in-game graphics occasionally look weird. The Prince himself looks very detailed but the surroundings and enemies don’t sustain a polished look throughout. 
Graphics however isn’t everything, no matter how beautiful or awful a game looks; you aren’t playing it unless the gameplay is tight. On that end have no fear for The Forgotten Sands delivers. It’s pretty standard for Prince of Persia games to have lots of challenging jumps, wall runs, climbs and swinging and The Forgotten Sands isn’t the exception as it once again brings all those elements to the table and more. By more we are referring to some good old sword fighting, which was severely lacking from 2008’s Prince of Persia. In that game you basically fought four guys throughout the entire game in slow calculated battles. This time around, the ass kicking is done at a much faster pace as you constantly have to face numerous enemies, we talking around twenty to forty enemies at a time, as you make your way through the game. 
For all the battles you will be involved in during The Forgotten Sands you would think there would be a block button but there isn’t one. Instead you’ll have to rely on The Prince’s acrobatic and parkour skills to dodge attacks. If that doesn’t work you can simply turn to the “offense is the best defense” approach, as you’ll have plenty of offense at your disposal thanks to The Forgotten Sands’s leveling up experience system. As you defeat enemies you earn experience points, these points are used to upgrade The Prince’s health bar and to add four elemental attacks to his arsenal. Each elemental attack (fire, stone, water, wind) can be upgraded to four levels. Like all leveling up systems, every time you upgrade to another level your attacks do more damages. Towards the end of the game you should be upgraded enough to slice and dice through hordes of enemies with relative ease as you make your way to the final battle.
The game does not have any online mode but it does have a Challenge mode you can play after beating the single player campaign. The challenge mode consists of you defeating eight waves of enemies with each wave increasing in difficulty. Sadly this mode is fairly easy and only takes around eight minutes to clear the whole thing. Even though there is no online mode there is hope that The Forgotten Sands may receive some extra gameplay scenarios through downloadable content like Ubisoft did for 2008’s Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed II but as of today nothing has been confirmed.
It’s nice to have The Prince back and looking better than ever. The jump sequences are challenging, the graphics serviceable and the gameplay is great, overall good times. However, the lack of an online mode makes The Forgotten Sands have zero replay value aside from maybe some achievement/trophy hunting on a second run of the game. With the single player campaign being only around six to eight hours long, and little replay value it makes dropping $60 on it kind of hard. Unless you got extra coin lying around you may want to rent the game and save yourself some cash. Whatever you decide just know that Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands delivers good times and is a very nice game well worth your precious gaming time especially if you are a fan of the series.


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hanso 5/27/2010 3:35:50 PM

I forgot to add that you can only play the game on Normal or Easy.  Also, there is an option to play as the character from Assassin's Creed 2 but I'm not sure how it works to unlock him.

Hobbs 5/27/2010 4:17:53 PM

Hanso, need to review red dead redemption!  That's the only one I have time for and not that much time anymore...both my kids are walking now so it's harder to find the time.  Ugh...

hanso 5/27/2010 4:33:36 PM

 Dude, Red Dead Redemption is too damn long for me to review on time.  I thought about just doing something up to where I'm at in the game but then I realized I haven't done much cause I'm usually riding around on the horse hunting things and helping strangers.  If I'm not doing that I'm playing poker in the saloon.  Basically the sidequests in this game haven't let me advanced the plot very much.

HavokVer1 5/27/2010 5:07:36 PM

I think the game is pretty good...Pretty much the same Prince of Persia stuff we've been getting the past couple of years with the exception of all the elemental powers that the prince has in this game.  Although I don't like the way the Prince looks in this game...he has an ape-ish look to him.

Cool thing is that the Wii version, although it has the same name, is an entirely different game with its own play styles which actually looks unique.

Red Dead Redemption looks sweet but alas, time is an issue for me as well...I'm still like on the 4th chapter in Final Fantasy 13 and I got that back in March :-/

violator14 5/28/2010 8:41:54 AM


violator14 5/28/2010 8:42:42 AM

btw- is red dead redemption worth getting?? Ive been really pondering buying that.

hanso 5/28/2010 11:33:45 AM

Hell yea!  Artest came up big last night.  To think just a few seconds before I was cursing at the bastard for launching that three with 22 seconds on the shot clock still left.  Then I was cursing at the entire team for not rebounding on Phoenix's last possession and letting them tie the game.  One more to the Finals.

Red Dead Redemption I would suggest you buy it if you like Grand Theft Auto, it's basically the same game but in the Wild Wild West.  Excellent game so far from what I've played.

violator14 5/28/2010 1:20:31 PM

haha yup.. u could hear or atleast feel the entire Staples center in slow motion collectively say .. "NNNNOOOOO!!!" when he launched those bonehead shots. But thank goodness he redeemed himself cuz ALOT of people would have had a bitter ass day today if they lost cuz of that.

Do u ever listen to Jim Rome, Hartman (the biggest douche) or PMS on the radio?

ya i love the GTA series. Every game should be made like that where u can roam around free and interact w/ everything. I'll prolly pick it up this week. thx. btw is it true u dont really comment much anymore cuz ur a writer now? if so.. that sux. i think we all miss ur sly remarks which always cracks me up man. =(   haha... anyways.. good to hear from u again.

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