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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great, but flawed game, 6 Mar 2004
Prince of Persia has been rightly lauded as a fantastic game. And it is, but it also has some severe flaws that lessened the experience for me, namely that it's too easy and too short. Wonderful though the prince is to control, the game is very forgiving of your mistakes, such that you don't need to make pixel perfect jumps or moves. Whilst this would normally be a good thing, combined with the dagger of time which allows you to rewind the game to before you made that fatal error, it allows you to fly through the game at an extremely rapid pace.
On top of that the game insists on leading you by the hand through each level. Encounter a new area, and the camera will pan around showing you the route you need to take through it. Save the game, and you'll be rewarded with a vision of how approaching puzzles should be solved. These factors severely reduce the challenge that the game presents, and also the enjoyment for me, since it removes the exploration element from the game.
I completed Prince Of Persia in less than a week, and whilst I loved playing it, I was a little sad that there wasn't more of it.

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead [DVD]
Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gary Oldman

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story told in the spaces between Hamlet, 2 April 2003
Let's get one thing out of the way first: You'll appreciate this film more if you're familiar with Hamlet. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two minor characters in the Shakespeare play and the film is largely a retelling of Hamlet from R&C's perspective (though that fails to do the film any sort of justice). Part of the joy of Tom Stoppards telling is watching the characters realise just how poorly they have been sketched and their attempts to discover the truth about their existance - and ultimately their final fate - is a wonder to behold.
The two leads, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth make a great pairing, with Oldman expressing a rarely seen gift for comedy - his performance here is almost reminscinent of Stan Laurel. Both cope admirably with Stoppard's dialogue, which incorporates some dizzying verbal sparring. The tennis match alone is nearly worth the price of entry.
This is a film that succeeds largely on the strength of its premise and on it's finely honed sense of wit. It's definitely a film that makes intellectual rather than emotional appeals, but I find no reason to fault it because of that. It's a unique journey that I rate most highly.

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