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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Xbox)

Platform : Xbox
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 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
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  • Platform:   Xbox
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 7 and Over
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B00009LW70
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm ; 159 g
  • Release Date: 20 Feb. 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,602 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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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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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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By ratstails VINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2004
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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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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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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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Those who played the original Prince of Persia will probably remember it for the giant leaps, traps and button-pressing puzzles. This new version, despite being some 15 years older, still has these core gameplay mechanics at heart.
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.
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