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Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands

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Game Reviewed: Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands
Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Reviewer: Shaun Graves
Platform: Xbox 360 (Also on PS3 and PC)
Category: Action
ESRB Rating: T
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Game Description:

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands takes place between 2003's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and 2005's Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. The opening finds our hero riding on a horse through the desert on a quest to see his brother, Malik, so that the prince may learn leadership from him. The Prince arrives at Malik's kingdom to find it under attack. The Prince then infiltrates the kingdom and learns that an army is attacking to obtain a treasure, Solomon's Army, which is buried deep within. Thus our story begins.

Prince of Persia is foremost a platforming game played from a third-person perspective. The Prince will scale and run along walls, shimmy up columns, and swing from poles using death defying acrobatics.

Over the course of the game, the Prince will meet up with a Djinn named Razia. Razia bestows magical powers upon the Prince such as the ability to rewind time, freeze water, and fly. These powers are incorporated into the platforming segments and require quick reflexes in order to navigate through the palace, they are also quite fun to use.

The game also features a decent amount of combat in which the Prince can attack enemies with his sword or with magical attacks that are gained by earning experience and leveling up. The combat shows off the Prince's acrobatic skills as he will flip over enemies and attack them from the air.

The game features some pretty impressive environments, though at times they can get a little drab, but this is to be expected from a game that takes place in the desert. The soundtrack, though not very memorable, does fit the game's atmosphere and the voice acting is exceptional and sometimes funny.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

This game does earn a “T” rating due to violence. However, the game does not feature any blood or gore at all. Most of the creatures the Prince fights are made of sand, but there are some human enemies in the beginning. Bodies disappear (human and sand creature) almost as soon as they hit the floor.

Language

This game does not feature any foul language.

Sexual Content

There is a character, Razia, who wears a semi-revealing outfit.

Spiritual Content: (WARNING: Spoiler Ahead)

The Prince's brother, Malik, becomes possessed by a demon that controls the Army of Solomon. The Army of Solomon is based on the Biblical Solomon, but this army is composed of evil creatures and it is lead by the demon, Ratash.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Being a huge fan of this series, I found Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands to be an extremely fun game. It features some of the best platforming seen in the series, but I found the combat to be a bit repetitive at times. This game is rated T for violence and parents should keep that in mind along with the other content mentioned in this review when deciding if this is a good game for their family or not.



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