Date: 07-11-2016 08:11
Reviewer: Cybuster

Type: PSP
Genre: 2D Platformer
Developer: Ubisoft

Just a little review I had on hand. It's also a PSP game much people neglect, so I'm here to show it some love.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands isn't a sloppy port like the last two for the PSP, nor is it anything like its counterpart of the Home Consoles; it's a whole new adventure for the Prince - built exclusively for the PSP. This version is a 2D (or 2.5D to be more precise) side-scroller platformer, action adventure kind of game; and these can be a bit scarce for the PSP, so this is definitely a welcome. There are many things I like about this game and I feel it doesn't get the respect it deserves. The levels are very well thought out in the game and fun to go through. It has all your usual Prince gameplay; from the classic wall run, jumping, climbing, the pole swinging; and of course, all those deadly traps to avoid. You can't get across that lava pit or reach that ledge? No worries, there is plenty of sand around for you to use; just ask Helem, one of the Time Sisters, to freeze the sand for you to create a moveable sand box, or speed up time to soar through the sand to reach your needed destination. You can find new swords throughout the game, obtain new sand powers and battle skills by spending the gems you get based on how well you did with a stage. And you can also replay a stages at a certain point in game. The gameplay was refreshing and the levels were well-designed, as I said.

The story has Prince rescuing Helem's sisters from the evil fire spirit Ahihud, who just happens to be the Prince's enemy, as well. It got the job done and it was nicely written for the most part. Having the original voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, reprise his role as the Prince was a nice bonus, and the game itself offers some nice voice acting. Pretty good graphics with cool moving art in the cutscenes. Another thing I like is the music, which set the mood for the game excellently. So you think this game has no wrong, huh? Nope. Trial and error runs rampant through this game. The camera can get a bit annoying in spots. Some control issues that can really kill you at parts, but, you'll get better and used to them, eventually. Lastly, the battles were pretty lackluster, but are we really expecting an amazing battling system from a Prince of Persia game?

Okay, maybe I didn't make this game sound too great. But you will die more times than you can count (but the checkpoints were pretty fair), the battles will be dull as were the bosses, but I feel the rest made up for it marvelously. This game features creative levels, engaging platforming, and some thoughtful sand time usage; nice graphics, pleasurable music, and above average voice acting. I enjoyed this game very much and I see no reason not to at least give it a try, especially if these games are your thing.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands isn't a fully 3D, third-person all out action game; nor is it a beat 'em up with flashy killing moves and tacked on stealth. It's a side-scroller platformer Prince of Persia game -- and that's what classic Prince of Persia games are all about.

Thanks for reading.
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