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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Xbox 360)
Platform: Xbox 360|Edition: Standard|Change
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on 3 April 2013
Time for a bad pun! Ready? "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands" should have stayed forgotten!
After leaving the magnificent PoP of 2008, a game with personality, an interesting story and some of the best art and graphics of this generation, without an ending, Ubisoft offers a dull, repetitive, cheaply made PoP with no shred of charm or creativity.
The story follows the "original" prince from "The Sands of Time" a great game that started the franchise in consoles and of which this is a direct sequel. The unnamed prince travels to a city ruled by his brother, Malik, which is under attack from some... well... unnamed army. The villains take the city and as his rule is threatened, Malik unleashes "King Solomon's Army" to defeat the invaders. Solomon's Army was supposed to be what Malik was guarding in the first place to stop it from falling in the wrong hands as it was supposed to be an unstoppable force. Of course the army ends up being a bunch of sand soldiers lead by an evil Djinn with some grudge against humans and its up to the prince to stop it from spreading outside the city and take over the world. As pedestrian and unoriginal as the plot is I supposed its enough of an excuse for some platforming and combat. The problem is the whole thing is lethargic and with a total of three speaking characters in the game and none of them, including the prince, likable its hardly surprising its difficult to find the motivation as the player or any sort of urgency in the gameplay.
Gameplay consists of boring combat and average platforming. The combat is so easy and bland that you cant be faulted for forgetting the prince actually has an upgrade tree with skills and magic because quite frankly a blind man wouldn't have much trouble getting past these boring sequences which drag and drag with a huge number of cannon fodder for you to dispatch with no sense of excitement or fun.
The platforming is at least moderately successful but the environments and graphics are so uninspired its hard to feel engaged. When climbing on the same brown wall or seeing the same ruins again and again its impossible to feel anything other than utter boredom after a few hours in such insipid background. A nice feature in the platforming is the prince's ability to solidify water which provides some interesting moments but is soon spoiled by jumps which require split second button presses that bring some annoying trial and error and increase the repetition in what is already a highly repetitive game. The final climbing sequence in the game is the pinnacle of unfair, annoying and luck based gameplay. The ending itself is devoid of any sense of accomplishment or excitement. Its abrupt, unsatisfying and after the end credits we get a cheap slide-show with the prince's voice over giving a bit of closure to the story which at least prevents it from being even more pathetic.
As for length, expect no more than five or six hours. Yeah, Ubisoft really put the effort in this one!
I suppose I might seem a bit too harsh but from such a big "name" more was expected and its hardly a surprise that after such a poor effort and the corresponding poor sales, Ubisoft has put PoP on "pause" indefinitely. Might as well. Better than to drag it on the mud with such cheap titles as "The Forgotten Sands".
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on 27 February 2015
Too easy; the prince has lost his challenge and with it, the fun. Battles are button bashing and though visually impressive with many enemies on screen at once, offer no challenge at all. Puzzles can barely be called that as you won't have to stop and think once - the answer is always immediately obvious.

Lastly, the platforming. Though there's a couple of good sections, again, everything is made so easy that the game not once approaches the level of difficulty you might have encountered by the time you were 1/3 of the way through one of the original Sands of Time trilogy POP games.

Visually it's very nice, but again there's some missed opportunities here - opening levels with lots of drama and scenery give way to some fairly dull interior locations that don't blow the mind like the old games used to (at the time - the graphics have dated now).

The plot is thin (though certainly not terrible), the music is quite good.

Play it only if like me, you have a stupid addictive voice in your head saying 'I must complete all of these games' because you're already invested in the character.

There's definitely fun to be had, it's just that it's all reduced so massively by the lack of challenge.
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on 9 December 2017
Not a great fan of these games but my daughter really liked it.Not bad but not super also..
something in the middle.For what I paid ofcourse it was value for money
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on 10 June 2012
Jolly good romp in which you run and jump and then do it at many different angles again and again. Then you hit stuff with your sword. Then run n jump a bit more. You get the idea. Pretty simple stuff but good fun as a break from more cerebral games. It's a popcorn game. Quite easy but also easy on the eye. Nice graphics and animation, it plays well and you won't get brain ache from playing it. If you need a game vacation before you embark on your next 100+ hour rpg then this could be right up your impossibly high and dangerous street.
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on 6 September 2014
Thought I would give this a go and started and stopped it several times before giving hip the ghost. I think I just got rather impatient it is okay but not as interesting as I had hoped.
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on 25 August 2016
okay game with good graphics and nice game play would recommend
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on 12 February 2018
One of my favourite games! Love it!
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on 20 December 2014
Even though the pic shows the UK/Pal game The Allgooddeals guys will ship the NTSC version. If anyone is still scart gaming the quality might be poor. Just something to keep in mind. They do ship their goods out very quickly though.
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on 21 October 2015
Not bad, good graphics and game content ok.
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on 18 January 2013
Huge fan of the POP games ever since the first 2D one. This game is not on the level of SOT, WW or T, but it is still a very good game. Would recommend.
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