Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox)
- 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
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- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
- Media: Video Game
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox).
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 JenkinsSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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.Read more ›
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the very epitome if a 'platform' game; be it by running across the walls, jumping between poles or just making a plain old leap of faith. There is one major new feature though, the ability to control time.
Using the handy dagger you find early in the game, you can rewind mistakes you make mid-game. Even if you slightly mistimed that jump and end up a lifeless lump on the floor, you can go back that vital few seconds to before you were in trouble. While it may seem like a gimmick this does in fact add another dimension to the game, removing frustrations like having to repeat a large section of the level that most games of this genre suffer from.
Other small touches make this game truly enjoyable, from the interesting way you gain extra health to the Prince's at times amusing inner monologue. Even the camera, the Achilles heel of most 3D platformers, isn't much of a problem.
The combat in the game is on the surface quite simple, but tricks you can use with your time-controlling dagger and the way you must stab enemies in a certain way to dispatch them adds a certain level of skill, as well as making it a nice variation to the normal hacking and slashing.
The main problem with the game, and what stops it from being five stars, is the fact that it is really quite short. You could well complete it in a few hours with little difficulty. However since the game is so enjoyable to play, you may later find that you want to go through the whole thing again.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delighted, the game arrived earlier than I expected plus the condition of the disc and box were better than described.Published 12 months ago by stuart pettersen
A quality game , forgot how good it was , excellent price , perfect condition , good seller - cheers !Published 15 months ago by Matt
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 21 months ago by man
Amazing game from an amazing series. For its time the game was revolutionary. Love it, would definitely recommend to everybody.Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by Iliya Angelov
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
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 morePublished on 25 July 2005 by J. G. Gorecki
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 morePublished on 23 July 2004
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
When you start the game you're going to notice that the prince is telling a story of what happened in his past. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2004