Top 25 Must-Play Video Games: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time (#14)

9 August 2011
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Next at number 14 we have Ubisoft Montreal’s platform, action-adventure game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, a romantic tale with plenty of punch!

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    Ubisoft Montreal’s 2003, platform, action-adventure, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC (Windows), and PlayStation 3 platform – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

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    Most people think time is like a river…

    Drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, the prince is led to unleash a deadly evil upon the Sultan’s vast kingdom. Aided by a seductive princess and the absolute power of the sands of time, he embarks on a harrowing quest to reclaim the palace’s cursed chambers.

    Players can wield the almighty sands of time: rewind the past, freeze the present, behold the future and slow down time itself but use this power wisely!

    A wonderful blend of platforming, puzzles, pulse-racing action and a romantic, witty story puts Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in our countdown!

    The ability to manipulate and rewind time is perhaps the best feature of this game.

    Considering that Prince of Persia: The Sands of time is a platform game above all else, this ability can aid the player in many ways! For example, you can freeze enemies during combat as well as rewind time to correct your mistakes. The dagger also enables you to take a glimpse into the future and gain hints on the trials ahead. One of the most innovative gameplay mechanics of the video game world, this feature is certainly not wasted!

    The prince himself is a very agile character with impressive Parkour skills; this really adds to all aspects of the gameplay, platforming, combat and even puzzles. Because of the Prince’s speed and agility the gameplay flows nicely with no lulls of inactivity to speak of. Fighting can be done in style by utilizing your surroundings against and vaulting over your enemies! There are also plenty of trials in which you must dodge spikes, saws and swinging blades in the Sultan’s palace. Time everything just right and you can make it through unscathed! Timing however isn’t always easy.

    The gameplay of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is an action-packed flurry of combat, platforming and puzzle-solving and it flows perfectly!

    What also makes The Sands of Time, is the feeling that you have been swept up in an epic tale about distant lands. The palace, gardens, weapons and character designs are all sumptuously colored and detailed with textures that leap out of the screen. Combine this exotic ambience with a comedic banter between the two leads and you have a marvelous story to accompany the cleverly constructed gameplay.

    A game that is as equally challenging as it is enjoyable, this title should be played by anyone who wants fun and a challenge. And if you want to be swept away by a great story then this game is for you too, because you can certainly lose yourself in the world of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time!


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    Happy time-bending!

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    • Amazing game! Here, let me finish that fantastical quote:

      “Most people think time is like a river, that flows swift and sure in one direction but I have seen the face of time and can tell you they are wrong. Time is like an ocean in a storm, you may wonder who I am and why I say this, sit down and I will tell you a tale like none that you have ever heard. Know, first, that I am the son of Shahraman, a mighty King of Persia. On our way to Azad with a small company of men we passed through India… Where the promise of Honor and Glory tempted my father to a grievance hell, do you think I felt regret as I gazed upon the destruction we had brought or at least humility of the speed of which a world can be transformed from a good world into a hell, if you think that you are mistaken, from that moment I thought of one thing only, the honor and glory I would bring my father, by fighting like a warrior my first battle.”

    • Anonymous

      Woah! That is a VERY long quote haha!
      I love the ‘time is like a river’ part, it’s so beautiful. You have to feel sorry for the prince though, he has to repeat it several times throughout the series! ^o^

    • phantom44

      I agree, this was a great game, but warrior within and 2 thrones were better… they introduce a few more advanced platforming moves, and a LOT of combat changes… Instead of simply fighting a swarm of guys 4 at a time, over and over, you encounter enemies in groups of 1-4 or so, with a few big brawls… and they added a LOT of new combat moves, esp with the ability to use a 2nd weapon, or graple with your enemies bare-handed.  and dont even get me started on the ninja-style “stealth kills” from 2 thrones 🙂

    • Anonymous

      I absolutely adored the Two Thrones second to Sands of Time of course xD
      I was never really impressed by Warrior Within but the narrative (and the prince’s “new” voice) bugged me haha!
      I agree about the gameplay though, it definitely improved with each title. Did you like the chariot racing in TT? I thought it was one of the better mechanics 🙂
      Thanks for checking out this list!

    • Manveer B

      A great adventure game

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