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Prince Of Persia: Sands Of Time Review - Xbox

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Prince of Persia is a well known series, and is loved by many. It was 15 years ago when the original title was released, and it took the world by storm: A game where you have to jump over spikes, and cut your enemies with your sword. Such a simple idea, yet it changed the gaming industry, and platform genre forever. Now the series is back with the subtitle 'Sands of Time'. Does it have what the original game created? Can it live up to the expectations left by its 15 year old brother?

Gameplay

UbiSoft decided to give the Prince new life in Prince of Persia Sands of Time, this time, there is no princess to save and no Sultans to protect. This time there is a darker more sinister evil that is hidden. In a land where you rule by fear and blood, an evil awakens that is beyond anything known to man, and the Prince has to stop it. At the same time, he is also drawn to the magic powers of the Sands of Time which, if mastered, can harness time itself. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place within an exotic, mysterious world representing Persian architecture, animals and attire. After his father invades the palace of the Maharajah, the Prince, tricked by a treacherous vizier, uses a magic dagger to release the dangerous Sands of Time from an ornate hourglass. With the aid of a beautiful, mysterious, and potentially untrustworthy ally, the Prince has to recapture the Sands of Time and restore peace to the land.

If you've played Ninja Gaiden, you'll probably pick up Sands of Time pretty quickly. Running up walls, swinging from bars, and jumping off walls are all natural abilities the Prince has that you must perfect to get through the levels. Luckily, the spikes are only set off if you walk quickly over them this time, unlike in the originals where they just spiked up if you get close to them. You'll be swinging around everywhere, as UbiSoft have assured a fantastic gameplay system which is not only entertaining to play, but also entertaining to watch.

Armed with a sword and the Dagger of the Sands, you have an entire fighting mechanism that involves unleashing combos, jumps, evasive flips and superb dagger freezing effects that will leave your enemies frozen and helpless. You can also block and use the walls to help. Once you have killed the creatures you must capture the sand from it (its life). If you don't, the creature will come back to life. When you capture the sand, this will increase your time bar, and you can use that to reverse time: bringing you back to life or helping you make a different choice if you don't like the one you made. But be careful, once you have used all the sand and you fall to your death, you must restart from ... (continued next page)