Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Review
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System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PSP, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Ubisoft Casablanca 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Ubisoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 18, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Much like the Sands of Time trilogy, the Prince still has the ability to use sand to a few different ends in order to help out in his journey. The two major powers you'll make use of are the ability to slow down and rewind time. Some specific areas will actually be impassible due to the speed of hazards unless you use your timed slow motion ability. The ability to rewind time is also incredibly useful throughout your adventure, helping to make up for the often finicky controls. Well, that is if it worked properly.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands screenshot

Just as frustrating as the stylus controls is your ability to turn back time and essentially undo your mistakes; it will frequently fail you. A few of the problems with the rewind feature come from level design. One of these major problems is having pits so deep that your ability to rewind time isn't long enough to put you safely back up on the ledge, leaving you to rewind just far enough to see yourself fall again and again without the ability to stop it. Another issue arose from some awkwardness with the way the Prince interacts with his environment. I can't relay the amount of times I've been standing on a tiny ledge just to have the Prince flail uncontrollably off of it to one side down a pit to his death and, given the incredibly limited time allotted for rewinding, there was no way to correct for it. There's nothing like starting a frustrating level over again because you just can't rewind far enough.

Besides the gameplay that seems to only have two settings, boring or frustrating, the visuals of this game are also subpar even for a DS title. The Prince and his many enemies look like character models taken directly from Final Fantasy VII, complete with jaggies and indistinguishable features. Despite the clearly scaled down visuals, you'll still notice things disappearing from the environment from time to time. In one particular level you're tasked with maneuvering a series of mirrors in order to reflect light at some crystals. Even in the flyover the game gives you prior to the challenge, these crystals will pop in and out of existence, making it harder to make a mental inventory of where you'll need to go to solve the challenge.

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is truly a missed opportunity. Whether giving you direct, D-pad-and-buttons control over the Prince or just scrapping the 3D visuals in favor of a more classic 2D Prince of Persia experience would have made the game inherently better is debatable. However, what isn't debatable is that this game is made largely unenjoyable thanks to its questionable stylus controls and often useless rewind feature. Those looking to take the Prince for another spin should definitely look elsewhere.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.2
Graphics
Every character in this game looks like they were pulled from the early days of the PS1, not to mention the objects in the environments flickering out of existence at times.
2.3
Control
Whether you're just holding your stylus and watching the Prince do what he needs to make his way through easy levels or getting enraged when he's ignoring your time-sensitive commands, this Prince isn't fun to handle.
3.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With no voice work and only limited music and sound effects, the sound here isn't great but it gets the job done well enough.
2.3

Play Value
This is a very short title with little to no replay value. I also spent much of my time playing either bored to tears because of the easy early levels or infuriated to the point of wanting to hurl my DS like a discus because of the unresponsive controls and broken rewind feature.

2.3
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Latest installment in the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time storyline.
  • Encounter enemies determined to take you down.
  • Confront the danger that lurks around you in a land of mystery and intrigue.
  • Unleash powerful offensive battle measures against opposing forces.
  • Face off against well-matched enemies in battles of deadly significance.


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