A great game that follows the styles of combat, obstacles and most things from the original trilogy of Prince Of Persia (The Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones).
Been a fan of this series for a huge long time, I used to think the game didn't have that kind of charm and fun in adventure and platforming like the original trilogy, after the spin-off game Prince Of Persia was released back in 2008. (which in my opinion was a good game that has nice story with good characters, though it was a strange spin-off) but I'm really glad I was so wrong
Obstacles and platforming:
- One of the two special charms of the whole series, hard to dispute this game can pull off without these beautifully made mechanism of traps, and the design of the way to guide the player through them.
- Some of the obstacles are back from the Original Trilogy (the Spikes, the straight-up high walls, the swinging axes, the running saw wheel..) and some even from the 2008 spin-off game (sliding slope..)
- Newer, bigger and much harder obstacles in the game (one of which is the multiple layers of water wall, which in my opinion is the hardest of all obstacles I have ever seen in the whole series, and also the swinging huge thorn tree log)
- The platforming has been upgraded to a higher new level, this means whoever still got the mind back when playing the original trilogy, now can rest assured that their style of platforming will be upgraded to a higher new level. Since it requires 1 or 2 more steps to pass the ostacles.
- The Saving Checkpoints were arranged nicely , typical of the whole series itself
- No longer a young prince, this guy now can make a lot of nicer attacks, combos and smoother acrobatic movements. However, The Forgotten Sands does not have the old mechanism of using 2 swords + combos (which were in the original Trilogy) , or stealth kill (The Two Thrones)
- One thing has returned from The Sands of Time: You got a fight with a huge platoon of enemies by yourself! But that doesn't mean you can't take them all out.
- In fact, the enemies in this game are pretty not that hard to face, which doesn't seem to be much of a concentration in this game, since the design, scenery, platforming element and story of the game are the main focus.
- The new system of using 4 natural elements in this game are pretty nice to help you with all the combat, though after a while, you'll recognize that they are only useful in facing some types of enemies.
- A whole new system of upgrading (which was only from the spin-off game, not the original trilogy) will help you get so much better. And I agree with this decision of Ubisoft Montreal. No more running around trying to find the upgrades and water sink to recover the health (Warrior Within), you can get Health, Energy and XP from the enemies and vases (which is an old point of the original trilogy)
Design and graphic:
- The design of the obstacles, the platforming in The Forgotten Sands are smooth
- The color when using the elements are really nice, especially when you freeze the time flow of the water, each drop of the water wall is so clear to see and beautifully made.
- However,... once again, it seems the enemies are not really the main focus of the game, so they are quite not that well designed, but it doesn't matter, what matters is what they can do to you though.
I believe most people who used to play the original trilogy should check this game out and get immersed in the World of the Prince of Persia once more. Even if you haven't played the Trilogy, this game still won't make you feel disappoint at all. In fact, it may even bring you back to play the original trilogy itself!
Rating: 9/10 by me. -0.5 because the Djin temple quite lacked the design and change in the 2 pictures (you'll see, they should have recorded the moments of the game) , -0.5 because the challenge mode lacks too much effort invested by Ubisoft.
P.S: Ezio is also spotted in the game, though in different shape. But who knows, maybe someday AC and POP can be brought together.
- Of course, since it was released back in 2010, try to buy the game when it's on sale.