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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox)

by Ubisoft
 Ages 7 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • The Prince returns to action-adventure gaming
  • Gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos
  • Bend time for unlimited gameplay variation
  • Uncover the mysteries of ancient Persia
  • Epic legends and deadly creatures
  • From the team behind Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
  • Voted Best Action/Adventure Game at the Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2003
  • For 1 player

Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00009LW70
  • Release Date: 20 Feb 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,802 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox).

Amazon.co.uk Review

The original 2-D Prince of Persia has always been acknowledged as the inspiration for the original Tomb Raider and it's easy to see why--it has the same mixture of running, jumping and platform climbing mixed in with tricky Indiana Jones-style puzzles and sword fights (though, okay, Lara prefers an AK47 to a scimitar). These days, however, there's one big difference between the Prince and La Croft: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is miles better than Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness.

The game features some quite extraordinary graphics and animation as the prince leaps and jumps with amazing grace and makes a number of moves inspired by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The controls are a dream too, especially during combat, and even the camera system--usually the Achilles heel of any 3-D adventure--is great, zipping to a fixed position if it looks like any of the scenery is going to get in the way.

The Sands of Time has a bunch of new ideas to add to the usual mix, most notably the chance to control time itself. Each of the demonic monsters you fight will spill a quantity of magical sand when they die and you can use this to power the dagger of time and rewind, slow down or fast-forward time. This allows you to instantly recover from unexpected deaths and allows you to concentrate on having fun and playing the game. Excellent stuff. --David Jenkins

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell Lara - Your days are numbered 23 Feb 2004
By B. Wise
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I remember being blown away by the original Tomb Raider on the PC. I don't think my computer got switched off until I had finished the game and even then just so I could get some sleep and then start all over again.
Well, the same thing happened when I fired up Prince of Persia on the XBOX. This game is all that Tomb Raider was and so much more. Incredibly fluid motion, great controls, top graphics (the levels are stunning) and the perfect blend of puzzle solving, sword fighting and, of course, acrobatics.
This game is well worthy of a five star rating with the only criticism being that you might finish it too soon and sit around pining for sequel. Move over Lara - your top-heavy acrobatics days are numbered.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 28 Dec 2004
I just finished The Sands of Time this afternoon. It is a brilliant game, not too repetitive and full of new challenges. The thing I liked particularly about it, was that I felt that I was making good progress throughout. The design of the game is fantastic, a Tomb Raider style, mixing skills and puzzles, but the detailing is much more imaginative and creative, there were no gaps in walls etc. I would recommend this game, it's a great 3D platformer, and I can't fault it! (P.S. I'm a 30 something female)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant! 1 Mar 2004
What a refreshing change to play something as polished as this. It's amazing looking, plays brilliantly and is challenging without being frustrating. I class myself as an average skill gamer rather than a gaming freak with the reflexes of a bluebottle and this is perfection. Not since Halo have I played a game so faultless and fun. The graphic effects are incredible and the animation is slick and full of character. I come from a games development background and take my hat off to the people who laboured over this quality item.
Play it now!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, compelling gameplay 6 Jan 2004
By Richard
Having played the US version, I can confidently recommend you buy this game the very minute it is released. Everything has been done to perfection: the graphics, sound, lighting and controls are all exemplary.
It could be classed as a "platform" game, but what you are really presented with is the chance to play as the most acrobatic game character ever conceived. I won't go into too much of the plot as I don't want to spoil it, so all I will say is you are guaranteed to have fun from the off.
The XBox version also includes the original Prince Of Persia game from all those years ago, so when you've finished the new one you can indulge in some gaming nostalgia.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars POP: The Verdict 23 April 2005
I've been waiting to get this game for a LONG time. I wasn't really sure whether it was worth me buying and I didn't really like the idea of renting it out at Blockbuster for nearly a fiver. As it is, I managed to buy a second hand version (no manual or origional box) for a fiver, so I think you can agree, already it was worth the money.
Graphic-wise, Prince of Persia looks fantastic, his attacks are smooth, with wide, varied areas that are nicely interacted with (that includes water, drapes, furniture, walls; pretty much anything and everything can be used or hit). The in-game movies looked very slick (though my second hand vers did stutter at points) with some very cool rain effects.
Vocal and music wise I was very impressed. There is no constant 'battle theme' and seems to change randomly but always matches the mood of the location. Generally there is no BGM (back-ground music) apart from a few 'special' loactions. The Vocal talents were very good. The Prince sets the game out as if he were telling a story, and you constantly hear him making remarks in and out of the story, whether they be annoyed maons about his female companion (which are pretty funny) to 'Shall I continue' and 'Very well' when you enter in and out of the pause status, to my favourite comments like 'No, no, that didn't happen, may I try again?' for the Game Over screen.
Sound effects were also very good and changed with whatever you hit, moved, jumped or ran on.
Okay now for the biggie; the gameplay.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of a Prince 14 Mar 2004
When you start the game you're going to notice that the prince is telling a story of what happened in his past. You start off by taking over the maharajah's estate with your father's army. This is a basic tutorial on how to play the basic controls of the game if you couldn't bother to read the manual (I didn't cuz my manual was in dutch, french and german....). You soon learn that your main character is one of the most athletic people on the world who is able to run on walls, swing on poles, jump off walls and more to get to a near impossible to reach ledge, floor or platform.
As soon as you've learnt the basic controls you're going to have to take the dagger of time. As soon as you get it you see a brief cutscene of you unleashing the devastating sands of time and changing everybody apart from you, the vizier who was one of the people persuading you to unleash the sands, farah a mysterious girl who helps you and very few others into "sand demons".
As you expect your mission is to free everybody of the curse which the sands created. Now you use the dagger to rewind, slow down and even fast forward time to help you cure everybody of the curse. You also use the dagger of time to destroy the sand demons. The dagger will come in extremely useful to prevent yourself from death by rewinding time just before being splattered to smithereens when falling down a cliff or by getting your life back in a fight.
The gameplay of this game is excellent for the platform part of the game beating every other platformer including ratchet and clank, tomb raider and zelda whilst the fighting part of the game still offers you quite a wide variety of moves to do and ways to kill the enemies. The thing that will strike you the most about this game is how easy it is to control your character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince of Fun!
Great game especially if you like all the other Prince of Persia games, although there is a level which is very hard but I found the answer online.
Published 27 days ago by man
5.0 out of 5 stars POP
Amazing game from an amazing series. For its time the game was revolutionary. Love it, would definitely recommend to everybody.
Published 22 months ago by Iliya Angelov
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
This is such a great game, came in good quality and was very quick at arriving. Overall I'd say this product is a must have for anyone who likes POP games.
Published on 28 Oct 2012 by Kieran Adams
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply over rated
This game is way too limited. You just end up doing the same old things, do a few acrobatic tricks, kil some random sand monster (of wich there are only about four kinds)and do it... Read more
Published on 25 July 2005 by J. G. Gorecki
4.0 out of 5 stars A Princely Game
Those who played the original Prince of Persia will probably remember it for the giant leaps, traps and button-pressing puzzles. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2004 by Paul Lovell
4.0 out of 5 stars Prince of Platformers
This is a quality game. A one run through and your done but it'll be one heck of a ride. With interesting twists and love scenes Prince of Persia is a brilliant game also... Read more
Published on 23 July 2004 by "ed_the_baptist"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but highly over-rated
This has to be one of the world's most over-rated games. And I'm not saying that just to be nasty.
All the magazines are ranting on about Sands of Time being 'one of the best... Read more
Published on 30 May 2004 by Vendetta
3.0 out of 5 stars What a f...... waste....
Doesn't sound good, does it!?! Don't get me wrong. In many ways this game is great. It's got some of finest grahpics I've ever seen on the xbox, and the gameplay is superb. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2004 by Lars-Christian
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best XBox titles
I can't emphasise enough how good this game is. The control system is fantastic, the platformer elements are excellent, there's a really effective combat system. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2004
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