Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

The Forgotten Sands brings the Prince back with a new bag of tricks and powers. The game is set in the time between The Sands of Time and The Warrior Within

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands The Prince will go up against hundreds of foes. Good thing he can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee
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By  Jason Saundalkar Published  November 25, 2010

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Number of players: 1
Online play: N
Price: $76

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the latest Prince of Persia (POP) title produced by Ubisoft and actually fits in the time between POP: The Sands of Time and POP: The Warrior Within. Though released alongside Disney's film adaption: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the game is not an adaption of the movie.

The game kicks off with the Prince riding to his brother Malik's kingdom so that he can learn about leadership from him. Unfortunately, when the Prince arrives he finds Malik's kingdom under heavy attack and upon meeting with Malik in the city's treasure vaults, the Prince learns that his brother intends to unleash Solomon's Army using a magical seal. Doing so Malik and the Prince learn that the army is uncontrollable, and seemingly unstoppable. The Prince then is ultimately tasked with stopping Solomon's Army with the help of a Djinn named Razia.

Ubisoft claims its latest game "features many of the fan-favourite elements from the original series as well as new gameplay innovations". Playing the game this reviewer found both statements true as there are a number of elements that link this game to its predecessors. As before the Prince has awesome acrobatic skills and, very early in the game, gains the ability to rewind time. Playing the game using the Xbox 360 controller we found the default controls worked very well and became natural within 30 minutes of gameplay. One slight annoyance is that you don't have a lot of control over the camera and this can, on occasion, make solving environmental puzzles difficult, and
quite annoying.

Beyond his ability to perform death-defying moves and control time, the Prince now has elemental powers that allow him to wield the power of fire, ice and water. During different combat situations these powers can be used in various interesting ways though the Prince can also use them to solve puzzles in certain areas of the game. The Prince can also purchase and enhance his abilities further by defeating foes as the game progresses. You'll need all the help you can get too because The Forgotten Sands can throw as many as 50 enemies at the Prince all at once. And, unlike past games, the Prince can't block and counter attacks this time.

On the normal difficulty level the game presents a solid challenge and while you will undoubtedly fall in battle or take a misstep when tackling the platform puzzles, the game never gets annoying simply because you can skip the cutscene that appears before. This may sound like a rather insignificant feature but it really helps reduce frustration when you get stuck in a particular area over and over again. The game also allows you to reduce difficulty without having to restart the game; another useful feature. That said while the game allows you to reduce difficulty it doesn't allow you to go back and increase it again, once you've overcome whatever was stopping you from moving forward.

For: The new elemental powers add a new twist to gameplay, it's brilliant.
Against: Poor camera angles get in the way sometimes.
Verdict: The Forgotten Sands is a fun and challenging platform game that's worthy of carrying the Prince of Persia name.

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