The Prince of Persia series has been hit or miss over the past 6 years, outside of Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, I’ve hated the series.
The last Prince of Persia game almost kept me from renting this one, but I’m glad I did, because Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a great rental. Not sure about the longevity of this title or replay value to make it a keeper since it only has two levels of difficulty, but this game is a decent rental.
The graphics are very well done, the story line is rather interesting and if the movie is anything like the story in the game, I would watch it, against my better judgment. The story seems to be based off the old The Two Thrones game, which is a good thing, and the plot unfolds nicely throughout the game. The character tweaks they made to the Prince add a bit more personality to him, which isn’t necessarily a good thing all the time. Some of the random comedic lines come off a bit corny after a while.
The sounds are well done and the new Dante’s Inferno styled upgrade system based off earning experience points from slaughtering an undead army is also well done. You can really modify and add specific skill sets to the Prince making him into the fighter that suits your skills best.
I will say the controls on the game are a bit iffy, especially when doing the more complex climbing / jumping moves, and could be the downfall of this game for most users. The camera angle just seems to be restrictive when hanging from stuff, which is often; luckily there is rewind time ability the Prince gains early in the game. If you have enough special power you can rewind time if you fall to your death or get killed, which really saves a lot of frustration.
The fighting system is a bit sluggish, but once you earn enough experience points to modify the Prince the sluggishness fades as you become more powerful but this also takes a bit too long for most users to keep with it.
Overall I have to give Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands a 3.75 / 5 and would recommend renting for any action/adventure fan and only buying if you are a die-hard fan of the series and want to own the entire collection.
4.75 – Graphics
4.5 – Sounds
3.75 – Controls
2 – Replay Value
3.75 – Video Game Magic*
* Video Game Magic is the video game’s ability to transport you the player into the game experience – usually the effects this has on the human condition are, severe loss of time management, extreme video game jonesing, and an extended altered state of reality.