Metacritic Rating: 75 (out of 100)
Gamespot Rating: 7.5 (out of 10)
IGN Rating: 8.0 (out of 10)
Price: PC version can be found for $5 or less!! Console version(s) for less than $30. Original retail price was $60.
PC Link(s): Amazon listings here, or consider the publisher’s “Deluxe Edition” offer which includes Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time game.
The Prince of Persia game series is a classic. I can remember playing the “original” Prince of Persia game on a mono-tone monitor, Apple IIe in grade school. Yeah, I’m that old. The same appeal of leaping over traps, avoiding spikes and various enemies while navigating through a maze of obstacles continues today with this addition to the series entitled Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a 3rd-person action adventure game that continues the storyline of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.
The plot of the game, developed for as a multi-platform title for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, begins as the Prince rides through the desert on his horse, on a quest to see his brother, Malik, and learn about leadership from him.
Arriving at his brother’s kingdom, the Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its’ destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince will embark on an epic adventure in which he will learn to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with a great cost.
However, sometimes combat can become a bit too “formulatic” and easy. Camera restrictions sometimes make certain sections difficult to navigate and on the PC version the infamous Ubisoft copy protection scheme can be frustrating as it requires constant internet access.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, along with the rest of the Prince of Persia series, has a lot in common with other games series such as Tomb Raider and Assasin’s Creed. If you like those kinds of games and the action adventure they offer, then this game is right up your alley and can be found at a cheapskate gamer price.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Players: Single Player
ERSB: T, for “Teen”
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