Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Prince of Persia – Sands of Time
The Way Games Are Meant To Be

stunning, gorgeous, arresting, beauteous, beautiful, exquisite, captivating, glamorous, ravishing…
Did I forgetany other synonym? Oops – Prince of Persia – Sands of Time.

This has to be one of THE best games I have played to date. period.

The game is developed by Ubisoft – the same guys that gave us the original Prince, Prince 2, Splinter Cell, Far Cry, etc.

The game is not related to the first two prince games in any way… so you can play the game and follow the story without worrying.

Graphics
Any game worth its weight (and price) nowadays has to look hot. No questions asked. And Prince does not disappoint. The first thing that hits you once you fire up the game is the stunning-ly rendered images at the menu. Brilliant!

The game uses a lot of particle lighting and pixel shaders which allow the game developers to create ambient lighting.

The lighting used in this game is beautiful … though not interactive like Splinter Cell … but beautiful. Everything looks very rich and vibrant and transports you to ancient India (yes, the game is based in India) with everything you imagined.

You can see the dust fall of his (Prince’s) feet everytime he runs over a dusty surface. Or when, he is hanging from a dusty ledge.

The water, which forms a major part of the game environment, is very, very well done too.
I cannot say enough about the graphics system … very, very, very well done!

Also, in places in the game, when you play outside the castle, the scenery looks amazing and you can?t help but fall in love with the environment.

One more thing that I noticed was that all the levels in the maps were different from one another.
Unlike in halo, where there was a lot of repeating levels, here, everything was different and unique.

(PS: The game officially requires a GeForce 3 minimum to run … though there are hacks available, I wouldn’t advise it. I have a GeForce FX5200 and was able to run the game on HIGH settings)

StoryLine
The game revolves around prince releasing sands from a sandglass which unleashes hell and in the end, he has to well … I’m not saying, play the game for yourself.
You play as the prince and are assisted by Farah – an Indian Princess.
I won?t reveal much of the story, but it is good enough to make a movie on … trust me!

GamePlay
This is one part where this game just simply ROCKS!!! And when I say it rocks, I mean it ROCKS!!!

There are basically three things that you do in the game – fight monsters, perform acrobatics and solve puzzles.

In the monster fighting mode, the only weapons you have are a sword and a dagger.
The dagger has sand tanks which when filled, let you do stuff like rewind back in time, stop time, slo mo and a lot of other things.
The combat mode is a bit difficult because during any combat, you fight 4 to 6 monsters at a time, and when you knock down a monster, it does not die until you stab him with the dagger and recover his life essence (sand).

In the acrobatics part, you do all the stuff that you did in the original prince … hang off ledges, climb poles, walk on ledges, swing from beams and more …
The coolest part is running on walls (a la Matrix style) and doing the split jump.
Also, I’d like to include, avoiding the various traps, like the revolving swords and the iron spikes from prince 1.

Though not many, there are a few puzzles thrown in which will require you to use your grey cells to get out off. Puzzles are of moderate difficulty and you should be able to clear in within sometime without having to refer to walkthroughs.

I want to make a special mention about the Rewind feature of the game.
When your sand tanks are full, this lets you rewind back in time for about 10 seconds … even if you were dead.
This leaves a lot of room for experimentation and basically looks very cool.
Also, this makes up for the lesser number of checkpoints within the game.

Music
This is another plus point of the game.
The background scores throughout the game are very apt and nicely done.

Though the sound effects often get repeated, you hardly notice it.
The music is a fusion of Arabic and Indian classical. About 50 50 percent of both at different times and is really nice to listen to … even if you are not playing the game.

Other Stuff
The game is not very long.
It should take a good gamer about 8 – 10 hours and a mediocre gamer like me 15 – 20 hours to finish the game.

This game has only one ending and no multiplayer mode … which comes in the way of replayability, but it lets you save various scenarios in the game and you can always go and play the ones you like best.
Also, once you have seen the graphics and the gameplay, I bet you will play again just for the graphics and the experience.

This game got a 5/5 rating on GamerTV which is very, very rare … so you can imagine the quality of the game.
UBISOFT has got everything right with this game and you cannot complain about anything…

Happy gaming. Go get pleasured!

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