In 1989, a game was released called Prince of Persia (abbreviated as PoP). It introduced an interesting story and awesome gameplay consisting of acrobatics and fight sequences. This 2D action-platform game was only the beginning. It spawned a popular franchise and gained a huge fan base. Over the years, games have been released on multiple platforms such as the PC, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PS2 and even mobile phones. The game evolved from 2D to 3D towards the end of the 90’s, capitalising on the advances in technology. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is the latest outing for the franchise.
The story returns to the series created by The Sands of Time and takes place during the seven year gap between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within. The titular character, only known as “The Prince”; returns after his adventure in Azad to visit his brother’s kingdom. Upon his arrival, he discovers that the Royal Palace is under siege (talk about a welcome home party). After a little searching, The Prince finds his older brother, Malik. The two set off in the same direction but on different paths making every effort to defend the palace from the invading forces. In a desperate attempt to save the palace, the two brothers decide to make use of the ancient power of the sand. The Prince then sets off on an adventure that will teach him about leadership and responsibility. Unfortunately the story is quite forgettable but the manner in the way it is told adds a nice touch to the game. The Prince narrates as events take place during the game, which is pretty well done and helps show some of his personality.
The gameplay features fan favourite elements from the original series but also adds some new innovations. As expected, the ability to rewind time is available from the beginning of the game since this takes place after The Sands of Time. However, unlike the 2008’s Prince of Persia; you are able to die. You have a limited amount of chances to rewind time with the sands but it can be replenished by finding blue energy all around the environment. As you progress, more powers can be learned. One power that you unlock is the ability to freeze water and use it to advance through an area. Depending on how the water is situated in the environment, it could be frozen to form a column, a bar to swing on or a wall that could be run across. The new powers spice up the gameplay and force you to think carefully about your next move. The combat portions of the game are very similar to The Sands of Time. So fans will feel right at home. The Prince is able to fight multiple enemies at once. Up to 50 enemies can be on screen, so crowd control is vital to your survival. Also, the ability to block is absent from The Forgotten Sands and there are no Quick Time Events either. Combat is quite easy though, so the absence of these features will not make your gaming experience less enjoyable.
The in game graphics have been very well done. The environments are beautiful and the Prince is looking good. However, the camera did become a bit problematic. It was especially frustrating when there was a fight and the camera swung around behind a column and obstructed the view of the action. The voice acting is excellent. Yuri Lowenthal, who voiced the Prince in The Sands of Time and The Two Thrones, is back in The Forgotten Sands. So expect the charming Prince and not the brash Prince from the 2008’s Prince of Persia. The music is also well done, giving an epic feeling during those huge battles.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a good game. It’s not as good as The Sands of Time, but it is better than the Prince of Persia from 2008. It has great platforming and good combat. The story could’ve been better and the camera needed work but it is still enjoyable. Fans of the series will love this latest adventure with The Prince.
Predominantly reviewed on Xbox 360.