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Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PlayStation 2)

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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
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Overall MobyScore (44 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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UOL Jogos
"Prince of Persia" é um dos mais criativos e bem produzidos jogos de 2003. Se você é fã de jogos de ação e está desapontando com o descuido que muitas empresas tem em relação às tramas de suas aventuras, não deve perder essa oportunidade de ouvir as histórias que esse príncipe tem a contar.
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Gaming Nexus
There’s no doubt about it, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the best, if not the best, games to come out this year. Everyone out there who has some extra Christmas cash left over should not hesitate to pick up a copy of this title. Never has combat and puzzle-solving come together so beautifully. One of 2003’s best and one of the best games available on every console.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Other than that, Prince of Persia is nigh flawless. There is no such thing as a perfect game, but Ubi Soft did their best to come close with this one. The cinematic and immersive experience contained within is enough to make any gamer looking for quality amidst the heaping piles of games squeal. Just don't forget the special feature: the ability to unlock Prince of Persia 1.
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1UP
Prince of Persia isn't beyond improvement. Some battles throw too many enemies at you and a few of the puzzles are more grueling than fun, but with the game's seamlessly integrated concept, execution, and atmosphere, they're hardly worth complaining about.
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G4 TV: X-Play
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is reason enough to make you feel proud that you're a gamer. It's like the fine wine of videogames, and anyone who sees it in motion will be mesmerized. And if they play it? They'll be straight-up intoxicated.
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Game Shark
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is my favourite game of the year. It is such a joy to play. The controls combined with the super Dagger of Time rewind features makes it a game that rarely frustrates – it's just a real pleasure to go swinging, leaping and climbing around those beautifully created levels. The relationship between the Prince and the Maharaja's daughter Farah, is a wonderfully engaging tale that kept me glued to the controller until I'd finished the game.
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Yahoo! Games
While giving the player such an array of get-out-of-jail-free cards may make the game seem a tad on the easy side, it's not. You're limited by the amount of sand in your dagger, which tends to get used up promptly during swordfights. That's the true genius of Prince of Persia: The game is perfectly balanced, melding those potentially frustrating moments with just the right dose of all-out fun. Combine that with beautifully rendered visuals -- including pristine lighting effects, sunny hazes, and slick character animation on par with a big-budget Disney flick -- and it's easy to see why Sands of Time is pegged as one of the year's finest.
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GamePro (US)
Don?t mistake The Sands of Time for a rush job on an updated classic. Everything?s been redone, inside and out, and the result is a brand-new and winning experience. The gameplay has just the right balance of challenging puzzles and finger-numbing battles to deliver an exceptional adventure whether you?re royalty or not.
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Daily Game
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the "must have" games of the year. Every thing about this game is fantastic, from the beautiful graphics to the well-planned level designs to the smoothness of the controls. Some games focus on graphics and effects, while others concentrate more on the story and gameplay. This is one of those rare offerings that proves a game can have it all.
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GamersHell.com
I said it before and I will say it again: Prince of Persia is the one single game I enjoyed the most this year. The graphics, the music (regular readers know that I’m not all that into music, yet THIS soundtrack is a definite buy if released), the level design, the fighting, the jumping, the story – I can’t think of a single thing that leaves behind anything else but a good impression. If this isn’t (the) console Game of the Year material, I don’t know what is.
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GameZone
When the original Prince of Persia hit the PC scene over a decade ago, it revolutionized the 2D action-platforming genre with deep gameplay and groundbreaking graphics. Now, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is looking for a repeat in the 3D arena, and for the most part succeeds. Developed by the same team responsible for Splinter Cell, Sands of Time features some excellent gameplay elements, fantastic graphics and innovative features that go beyond gimmicks to being revolutionary in their own right. It can safely be said that Prince of Persia is one of the best games of the year.
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GamingTrend
If you have a PS2 it is your duty to own this game. The amount of fun, stunning beauty, fantastic music and wonderful ambient noise all add up to one of, if not the, most stellar titles for the PS2 this year. This will make a perfect Christmas present for friends and loved ones. My hat is off to Ubisoft, who have done themselves proud a 1,000 times over. Thank you for this one, ladies and gentlemen.
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Lawrence
In the end, this game is perhaps my personal favorite of the year. This is a game you just can't put down. Constantly, I found myself just thinking "go to the next save point and then go to bed." But you can't do that. Ultimately, this is an addictive game that is beautiful to look at and extremely fun to play.
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IGN
"Wow!" We must have uttered this single word to ourselves on 100 different occasions during the time we spent playing through Ubi Soft's masterful new action-adventure, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. This breathtaking 3D sequel to creator Jordan Mechner's classic titles is very faithful to its predecessors and simultaneously new and innovative in remarkably creative ways. It bears some resemblance to other outstanding adventure games such as Ico and yes, even Zelda, but mostly it's a spectacular extension -- in, fact, the evolution of -- the Prince of Persia franchise. It's also one of the very best titles of the year.
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Video Games Daily
Amazing controls, realistic, vibrant and super impressive graphics, ambient sound as well as some thrilling music, combined with innovative ideas and innovative puzzle, time-orientated gameplay. You can unlock both POP 1 and 2! This game is a gem by any measure. UbiSoft has done well with this one and we hope that a sequel is just as rich if one gets made.
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Playstation Illustrated
By all accounts, I should not like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Although I love platformers to death, I despise overly complicated jumping puzzles and bottomless pits. Hell, I don't think I've even met anyone who likes those things. Yet, these are the core gameplay elements that make up PoP and I could really care less. Odd how things work out, huh? Highly recommended.
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TotalPlayStation
I should be disappointed in Prince of Persia's length, really, because I never used to think games that gave you less than at least 10-15 hours of fun warranted that $50 price tag. Instead, when I look back on my experience with the game, I get all warm and fuzzy – the same warm fuzzies I get when thinking back on the first time I played a Prince of Persia game. For me, that feeling is worth every penny.
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Game Over Online
Those problems aside, however, Sands of Time is excellently produced, with intuitive, responsive controls, a deep, engaging storyline and immersive sound. Not only does Prince of Persia: Sands of Time live up to the legacy of the Prince of Persia series, it pushes it in new directions, easily establishing a stake for Game of the Year honors. Simply put, if you own a console or a PC, do yourself a favor and pick this game up. You won’t be disappointed at all.
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Game Critics
I haven't played a game as good as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in a very long time. If the plot were better realized and there had been a memorable, threatening villain, I would describe it as perfect, the way I describe ICO. Even with its minor flaws, this is the best action game around, and gets my vote for the best game of the year.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Prince Of Persia a tout pour lui, d'une beauté renversante et accrocheur. Le plus impressionnant, c'est qu'en réalité, le gameplay est basique, pas du tout révolutionnaire et pourtant tellement riche. C'est l'essence même du jeu qui a simplement été magnifiée. Qu'ajouter de plus ?
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Futuregamez.net
Prince of Persia The Sands of Time has met every single hope that I had for it, and then exceeded those expectations by a long way. This is one of those classic games that will be remembered for years and has certainly become one of UbiSoft's flagship series'. If you don't go and get this game you're a bloody fool. This is possibly the most fun I've had all year.
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Worth Playing
Overall, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an exceptional work of art from beginning to end, which should take most gamers a paltry 10 hours. There is also plenty of unlockable goodies and extra features for those who have the gumption. A single level from the original Prince of Persia rendered in all the three-dimensional beauty of the rest of the game, a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette, and the entirety of the original Prince of Persia in emulated form, recreated perfectly - are all included for your gaming pleasure. Everything about The Sands of Time comes together exquisitely: control, art direction, graphics, sound - this game is really a testament to what can be done with an aged franchise when infused with a little bit of originality and a lot of ingenuity.
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Game Freaks 365
2003 was a great year for Ubisoft. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was just one example of their successes. How does our nameless royal hero stack up against the other giants Ubisoft created? Let's just say that this game won't be left in the sands. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is a next part of the Prince of Persia series, the nearly famous series that started in the 16-bit era. The series eventually saw Prince of Persia 3D, which really stunk. However, this game finally gives “honor and glory" back to the series. In the original Prince of Persia game, you had to avoid traps and fight evil soldiers, all while saving the beautiful princess. In Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, the main objective is to avoid traps and to fight evil sand creatures, while saving the beautiful princess Farah. PoP is a nearly perfect 3D translation of the 2D classic.
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PGNx Media
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is an excellent game. It’s a noteworthy contender for Game of the Year, to say the least. The visuals are excellent, sound is fantastic, gameplay is solid. Overall, it’s a must have this holiday season.
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Jolt (UK)
In the simplest terms, Sands of Time is just a great game. It's only a shame that once it's over it's over. It's certainly a highly recommendable purchase.
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Gamer Within
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a great game. There are very few faults with the game. Ubisoft have made an excellent game here, all adventure fans will love this game. The Sands of Time could possibly be the best adventure game of 2003.
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Game Chronicles
Sands of Time is aptly named since this title is going to go down in history as one of gaming’s crowning achievements. Much like the original game is still held in high regard, expect to be hearing this title mentioned 15 years from now, as Prince of Persia is the new reigning king and the new benchmark whereby all other games will be measured.
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Fragland.net
Let’s see: what’s so great about Prince of Persia: The Sands of time? Well, you’ve got the excellent gameplay which makes me really excited just talking about it. Don’t forget the remarkable environment, which allows you to do the most groundbreaking moves. The graphics are unbelievable, especially by PS2 standards. Combined with the music, Ubi Soft created a perfect fairytale. Like I said, the atmosphere is just unbelievable. You don’t see that every day, I can assure you that. Are there no disadvantages then? Of course there are. The perfect game is still to be made you know. The game is far too short. In about eight or ten hours, you will have seen all the castles and dungeons. Then again, these ten hours will give you one heck of an experience. I suggest to run to a nearby store and just buy that game. It’s worth the money.
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GamersMark
A great game, Prince of Persia lives up to its name well. And it’s not everyday you get the chance to turn back time.
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Gaming Target
Few games live up to hype that can be best classified as instantaneous, but Prince of Persia: Sands of Time manages to do so, for the most part. While I really don’t think it’s game of the year quality (that would go to a certain High Summoner’s latest adventure), it is a brilliant game that is well worth $50 bucks and round out that PlayStation 2 library. While the fighting aspect leaves something to be desired, everything else is excellent and playable, and that’s really all you can ask for in a video game. It’s fun, and it’s infinitely playable. In that regard, The Sands of Time is a successful release, and props to Ubisoft for bringing this franchise into the 21st century in style.
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Edge
Some marathon brawls throw 25 or 30 enemies at you in an increasingly exhausting endurance challenge. Although the re-spawning stops once the fight is won, it’s a rare lapse of judgement, and makes for some nasty difficult spikes that are at odds with the flow of the rest of the game. But the rest of the game cannot be commended highly enough. The second best platform game of all time? In Prince of Persia, that’s just for starters.
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Super Play
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time öppnar för nytt tänkande. Med prinsens rörelser och dolkens tidskrafter till hands öppnar sig rummet på ett helt nytt sätt, med en känsla av en ny typ av spel som resultat. Vem kunde tro att prinsens skapare Jordan Mechner efter femton år av tystnad åter skulle träda in i rampljuset och tillsammans med Ubi Soft än en gång rubba våra cirklar vad gäller spel? Kanske är The Sands of Time inte lika revolutionerande som det första spelet var när det kom. Men essensen är bevarad och med en snygg kombination av gammalt och nytt måste jag påstå att Ubi Soft har skapat inget mindre än en ny klassiker.
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Game Arena
Lastability could be a small issue with some people, considering the game can be finished within about 12 hours on the default difficulty. There are a number of higher difficulty levels though, and this really is a game that would be worth playing a couple of times, just to enjoy the sheer stylish coolness of it all. As well as this, once you complete the game, you will unlock the original Prince of Persia on the PS2 version.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Ubi Soft have done a great job of reviving Prince of Persia, and giving it the 3D representation that it truly deserves. Everyone needs to play this game.
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Silicon-Fusion.com
You still reading this? Rush out and purchase this game now! Not only does Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time feature the original game as an unlockable, it truly is one of the most amazing games this side of Christmas. It is so good that I have already listed it as one of my games of the year but for those with Xbox and Gamecube consoles, you will be dreadfully disappointed to hear that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is exclusive to PlayStation 2 and only available next year on other console platforms.
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Gameplanet
Although the developers left out many ideas (ironically due to a lack of time), the game remains as complete as we had hoped. It makes perfect sense that interest has been voiced in turning Sands of Time into a movie. Its strength of location, characterisation, story and action work harmoniously to deliver one of the best adventure game experiences in years. With thoughts of further versions, the Prince of Persia series is back to re-establish itself as one of the premier names in gaming.
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Boomtown
This is of course all academic if you only have a PS2, thouh the actual game itself suffers from a minor slowdown on very rarely. Ultimately, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a superb addition to any platform game fan’s collection and even with only around seven hours of gameplay for a single run through, the experience you will have rivals and beats almost every other game of the genre.
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Mygamer.com
Prince of Persia has come a long way and is a force to reckon with. We have seen and felt the horrid powers Prince of Persia 3d was like, and we have been rejoiced with a new breed of entertainment....
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Just RPG
All in all, The Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the best of its type. With a good story, great graphics, and the fact that it’s an all-around fun game, The Sands of Time is something that is highly recommended and definitely should not be missed by any gamer.
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AceGamez
The graphics are lovely and the controls are superb, fitting the style of gameplay perfectly. Ubi Soft promised to bring the franchise back to glory and redefine the genre and they have done just that and more. If you were to combine elements of Tomb Raider with a watered down Ico and add in a revolutionary game engine you'd get this (although I'm not suggesting that's what the developers did!) Sands of Time is an amazing title that is easily one of the best third person action games I have ever had the pleasure to play; the story is gripping, the ending is brilliant and, most importantly, the gameplay is top notch. The only thing stopping it from scoring a solid 10 is the sometimes too linear gameplay and fleetingly fast nature of the experience. Nevertheless, this should be very high on your purchase list or your next rental. Either way, get it soon!
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GameCell UK
Vaguely reminiscent of the wonderful Ico, PoP serves up a visually stunning platform adventure with moments of utter gaming delight, but the too-frequent, lengthy and taxing sword fights detract rather than add to the game. Sometimes you'll find the Prince surrounded by four massive, vicious enemies who take it in turns to pound on him, and the dagger can't always save you - should you get the Prince killed (and you will) he says "No-no-no, that isn't what happened" as you reload (another nice touch). But there's always a genuine feeling of progression; more cheery sun-drenched outdoor sections usually follow dark dungeon levels, and the mixture in atmosphere is perfect - but despite a sepia "vision" preview of the level ahead, you'll sometimes feel stumped, baffled and clueless, and the swordfights with the innumerable enemies will tax your patience to the limit - but cleverly never quite go beyond. A fabulous-looking game that plays as good as it looks.
90
Gamestyle
Forget the (forgettable) Angel of Darkness. Lara needs to be laid to rest in her last tomb; The Prince of Persia is everything that Eidos' once illustrious heroine had sought to become (and more besides). It is one of the finest 3D games ever produced; nay crafted. At last, this is the 'third place'... this truly is the third dimension. History has just been rewritten.
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Gamekult
On a beau pester contre les caméras cocaïnomanes, les combats brouillons et le frame rate un peu juste, rien ne doit vous empêcher d'embrasser cette aventure majestueuse, véritable démonstration de savoir-faire signée Ubi Soft Montréal. Entre un level design qui relève du génie, un principe de retour en arrière utilisé judicieusement et une jouabilité d'une rare souplesse, Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time est une ode à la simplicité et à l'intelligence, une expérience marquante qui fera date dans le jeu vidéo. On aurait aimé que l'aventure soit plus longue, avec un peu moins d'indices facilitant la progression, mais même en l'état, Prince of Persia : The Sands of Time est l'un des jeux de l'année, et même de cette génération.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
In terms of third-person games, Prince of Persia is like first class air travel. You pay quite a lot for the privilege of eight hours' comfort at high altitudes, you have a merry old time sampling all the little luxuries and extravagances kept out of your reach in the rough and ready confines of economy, and although by the end of the journey you're still fairly content to depart the plane, remonstrating with yourself that it was a very expensive way to fly, given the choice it's a touch of class you'd certainly never be without. In other words, if the inconsistencies of titles like Spider-Man: The Movie, Legacy Of Kain and Tomb Raider left you with the gaming equivalent of deep vein thrombosis, Prince of Persia is like a gentle massage set to the peeling tones of a 72-virgin orchestra. It's spectacular and soothing to play.
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GameSpot
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time can be recommended wholeheartedly. It looks fantastic and features responsive controls, some original play mechanics, a good story, and plenty of thrilling adventure. No previous experience with the Prince of Persia series is required to enjoy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In fact, virtually nothing will bar you from being impressed by this extremely well-put-together action adventure game from the studio that brought you Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six 3.
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4Players.de
Angesichts der Bewegungsvielfalt, der grafischen Opulenz und nicht zuletzt auch auf Grund der gut erzählten Story die nicht mit Herzschmerz geizt sowie der idealen Mischung aus Kampf und gut auf die Steuerung abgestimmten Rätsel, hätte sich der persische Prinz eigentlich Platin verdient gehabt. Doch kleinere Probleme sorgen vor allem im späteren Spielverlauf für leichte Missstimmung und manchmal sogar für viel Frust. Denn die Gefährtin Farah stellt sich bei Kämpfen teilweise so dämlich an, dass man ihr das Pad entgegen schmeißen möchte und sich dabei ertappt, den Bildschirm anzuschreien. Doch obwohl dies nur kleine, aber entscheidende Punkte sind, ist die Gesamtleistung des PoP-Teams mehr als beeindruckend: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time ist ein wunderschön erzähltes und actionlastiges Märchen aus Tausendundeiner Nacht, das den Geist des Originals wunderbar einfängt und in eine moderne Technik kleidet.
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Gamesmania
Eigentlich wollte ich Prince of Persia nur kurz reinlegen, um zu schauen, wie das fertige Produkt so geworden ist. Danach kam ich tagelang nicht mehr davon los, bis mir dann eingefallen ist, dass ich vielleicht auch noch einen Test dazu schreiben sollte. Zwischendurch habe ich auch noch dafür Zeit gefunden, wie ihr sicherlich gemerkt habt, aber so langsam kribbelt es schon wieder in den Fingern, denn ganz durch bin ich leider noch nicht. Mein Rat an alle: Kaufen! Und wer keine PS2 besitzt und Action-Adventures nicht gerne am PC spielt, der muss sich gedulden. Denn leider ist noch kein Veröffentlichungstermin für GameCube und Xbox bekannt gegeben worden.
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Gamer 2.0
Overall, this game is not something to forget or skip out on. If you enjoy beautiful, fluid, entertaining adventures, then this is your chance to take part in one. In a world of rapidly growing 3D gaming, not a lot of careful detail and originality is taken into consideration with the gaming industry's strict deadlines. This is a carefully made work of art and should serve as an example to other titles for its near flawless gameplay. Prince of Persia will be remembered for years to come.
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DarkZero
All in all, this is a masterful game that will no doubt come as an initially aggravating experience for fans of all-out action games, but will quickly win a place in the heart for its wonderful game play.
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PSX Extreme
All in all, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a classic example of when the sum is greater than its parts. The enchanting, soft and glossy graphics will draw you in; the spot-on controls and level design come together with what's one of the best-integrated and most sophisticated storylines I've ever seen in a game, and will keep you there, stuck like a genie in a bottle. If you're willing to look past the slightly linear and repetitive gameplay, you have one of this year's most fulfilling action-adventure titles to look forward to.
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Game Critics
In spite of these high-level issues I'm not particularly fond of, Ubisoft's release remains an exemplary achievement in many ways, and is without a doubt one of the finest games of its kind. The level of production has rarely been matched, and it contains a sense of style and spirit that cannot be denied—delicious frosting atop the cake of astounding aesthetics and virtuoso control mechanics. In short, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes Jordan Mechner's framework and amplifies it to the Nth degree for what can only be described as a joy to play.
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Game Revolution
Hi there! My nam e is Prince, and I am funky! Kidding. Just a little joke of mine. I’m not that Prince. I'm actually a gaming legend, having been around since my first game back in 1989. Those were the days, man. I was on top of the world. A virtual prince among men, you might say.
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HonestGamers
At such moments, your enemies may well overwhelm you once and for all, forcing you either to head back to the last save point or to find yourself caught in a tedious loop of small rewinds that never really get you anywhere. As much as I liked the game, the occasionally-tedious combat impacted my enjoyment more negatively than I care to admit. In fact, scratch that last comment. I-- oh, crap! I'm out of sand.
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GameSpy
The Sands of Time is a great-looking PS2 game, with good character models and beautiful environments. However, the one flaw in this gem is its framerate, which can bog down in moderately busy melees. It's hardly a game breaker, but the sometimes inconsistent framerate of the PS2 version makes me give the nod to the Xbox version, which does a better job of floating in the neighborhood of 30 frames per second. The Xbox game also wins in the bonuses category; the PS2 game includes an unlockable version of the first Prince of Persia, but the Xbox version features PoP2, a making-of featurette and Xbox Live awareness. In any case, if you only have a PS2, then the PS2 version will do fine. But if you have both, then Xbox is the way to go.
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The Video Game Critic
The controls are exceptionally forgiving, especially with the "time rewind" feature that lets you repeat ill fated leaps. Ubisoft clearly employs competent programmers, but their efforts are largely wasted with this. On a final note, I've noticed that certain magazine editors have been critical of the gaming public for the tepid sales of this game and it successor. I think that just validates this review.