Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Review for Xbox 360

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People, apart from a small bunch including myself, generally didn't think much of 2008's Prince of Persia, so it's no surprise that Ubisoft went back to the formula that had proved successful in the past. The Forgotten Sands is very much in the same vein as the much loved Sands of Time and PS2/Xbox swansong Two Thrones. Even with fancy new HD visuals, though, can it live up to the memory of one of the great games of our time? Well, not really, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun once it gets going.

Characters and story play rather muted second and third fiddles to the old-school platforming and combat. The Prince arrives at a great palace to find it under attack. His brother, unable to fend off the massive wave of enemies, unleashes an undead army from beneath the palace grounds. It might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but these creatures cause havoc, turn allies to sand statues and almost completely total the palace. A medallion, split in half between the Prince and his brother, must be joined once again to rid the world of the menace, but things aren't as easy as they sound. The medallion gives the Prince's brother great power, corrupting him and sending the siblings on a collision course.

All this means that you have to fight through hundreds of monsters and traverse the now crumbling palace grounds. The platforming is by far the game's high point, with the classic swinging from pole to pole, wall running and beam balancing all present and correct, but it's the addition of two new abilities that elevate it above previous games in the series. Fairly early on in the game you gain the ability to freeze water for a short amount of time, turning a liquid into a solid object. This results in the creation of hard walls to run up and along, pillars to grab hold of and poles to swing from. Initially it seems like a nice gimmick, but nothing more. It's only after you've grasped the basics that things really take off.

Numerous mechanics make for some truly devilish and ingenious puzzle-like platforming. At times you'll have to release the freeze while in mid-air, then refreeze fractions of a second later in order to grab hold of another solidified stream that only appeared a fraction of a second earlier. Towards the end of the game there are sequences which require such precise timing and hand-eye coordination that after a few failures you'll wonder if progress is even possible.

Add to this an ability to bring back pieces of the palace that have crumbled and you've got a game that requires constant concentration and dexterous fingers. A mid-air dash, used to propel yourself into nearby enemies, is another element to consider, enabling you to whiz about the environment with speed and style. There's absolutely no doubt that this is by far the best platforming the series has ever seen.

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sowmiya

The Prince of Persia is nice Movie,I watched the movie in Theatre...It's very nice,The Background Music,The Screnply all are nice,I watched the Trailer Before watching the Movie,In here http://www.mtjunkie.org/the-nines-2007-01-21/ i watched the Trailer .....
Posted 12:41 on 09 July 2010
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guyderman

I've just come across a nasty bug on PoP - I think I'm quite close to the end, (well was quite close to the end), and a platform that I needed to make appear didn't appear - as I fell to my death the autosave symbol came up and it started me quite a bit further back in a section with a door either end - only this time both doors are locked and there is no way of opening them!
I've had to delete my save and use the back up save - consequently I've just lost nearly 2 hours of play - Boo!
Posted 12:06 on 30 May 2010
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Ed2287

Finished it a couple of days ago, only rented it, warning it is a short game.

I really did enjoy playing it though, much better than its 2008 incarnation, the platforming which is really what it's all about for POP I really felt was fantastic and was very fun! The later harder wall scaling puzzles, freezing and un-freezing water at the right moments with in some cases pretty strict timing. Absolutely fantastic!
Posted 17:25 on 29 May 2010
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guyderman

Been playing this for the last couple of nights and I have to say that I'm actually really impressed with it. The platforming is incredible and the game plays really well. The combat is a bit on the basic side, but it is 20 million times better than the combat was in PoP 2008. Thumbs up from me!
Posted 13:14 on 29 May 2010
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Ed2287

Sounds like a rental at best for me. Had POP 2008 on 360, got really bored collection those orb things and running around in circles fighting the same bosses over n over. Sounds like this one will be more interesting... maybe ill make it to the end when I get round to renting it?
Posted 01:33 on 20 May 2010
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draytone

Quote:
Towards the end of the game there are sequences which require such precise timing and hand-eye coordination that after a few failures you'll wonder if progress is even possible.


That sounds like my idea of hell...I like games which are a challenge but they have to be reasonable.
Posted 13:33 on 19 May 2010
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eotscott

i am undecided if i want to get this or not, maybe in a spell where i have nothing left to play!
Posted 10:53 on 19 May 2010
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guyderman@ tsep23

If you like the SoT trilogy on last gen then there is no reason that you shouldn't like this game as it's back to that style of gameplay.
Posted 08:23 on 19 May 2010
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tsep23

This is one series that has totally been messed up by nexgen developers. It's a shame too. I loved PoP 1, 2, and 3 for PS2.
Posted 20:57 on 18 May 2010
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guyderman

This was always going to be a 7 out of 10 game - seems to be agreed by most of the reviews I've read.
Posted 19:40 on 18 May 2010
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SexyJams

It seems to have done pretty well.
The score doesn't really give a true reflection on the game, the review is quite praising of the game itself.
I may pick it up one day
Posted 18:35 on 18 May 2010
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guyderman

The PoP games have never been about the combat and have always been about the platforming and exploration so I was never expecting too much from the combat department. Lets face it it was the combat that totally destroyed the 2008 release of the game! I'm looking forward to stepping back to some old style PoP exploration with a sense of danger and threat - as again not being able to die in the last offering was pointless!
Posted 17:27 on 18 May 2010
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Thel-Win-Man

im with you tom, im another one of the small minority who cared for it, i love it, even if the combat is repetitive
Posted 17:16 on 18 May 2010

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
7
Out of 10
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Smart visuals
  • When the platforming is good it's really good
  • Quite short
  • Combat is dull
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Release Date: 21/05/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , DS , PSP
Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 12+
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