Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Review

Score: 4.5/5
Length: 10-11 hours
Version Reviewed: PS3 HD Remastered

If you were to ask someone what is one of their favorite game series on the PS2 or Xbox, it would not be unexpected for someone to list the Prince of Persia Series. From fluid platforming to an engaging story, the game series offers an entertaining ride to most all types of gamers. Unfortunately replaying these games on a modern TV can be disappointing due to the low resolutions of older games having blurry, washed out appearance. Fortunately an HD Remastered version has been released for the PS3 that contains all 3 of the original Prince of Persia Games. In addition to being HD, all 3 games feature trophy support and stereoscopic 3D.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is the first game in the collection. The story starts with the prince exploring a fortress for a lost artifact of great power known as the Dagger of Time. After acquiring the dagger, he is tricked by an evil man into inserting the dagger into an hourglass full of the Sands of Time unleashing the sands upon the world. Most every person in the world is then consumed by the sands and transformed into creatures that can only be slain by the dagger of time. The rest of the game revolves around the Prince’s determination to reverse his actions to save his father and kingdom from the sands and to get his revenge on the man who tricked him.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
The game play is a great mix of platforming, puzzle solving, and combat that takes place in a beautiful Persian style fortress. The platforming in the game is very reminiscent of Assassin’s Creed due to the games being made by the same people. The prince has a great blend of platforming tricks at his disposal that makes the platforming feel natural and seamlessly integrated into the game. There are only a few puzzles in the game but they take place on a large scale such as the famous light reflection puzzle that reflects a beam of light around a huge room.

The combat in this game is all melee using the prince’s acrobatics to perform various combat moves that are visually impressive and fun. All the enemies in this game are made of sand and the only way to completely kill them is to drain the sand into our dagger. Draining this sand fills up your sand meter which is used to perform special sand based attacks in combat that can freeze your foe, instantly kill someone, and other fun tricks. As long as you have sand in your meter, you are able to rewind time at any point in order to correct any errors you have made just like in the game braid.

What makes the combat sometimes frustratingly difficult is the fact the game usually throws waves of enemies at you while you are trying the suck the sand out of an enemy. If you kill an enemy with your sword and don’t suck the sand out of him he will simply get back up with full hit points. All monsters in this game are capable of teleporting across the room right up to you making it difficult to find enough time to suck the sand out of an enemy before it respawns. Even with the sometimes frustratingly difficult combat you always have the ability to rewind time or use your sand attacks to help with the difficulty.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Combat

One Sentence Review: Overall this game is a brilliant mix of a great mix of platforming, puzzle solving, and combat that is sure to provide enjoyment to all types of gamers.

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