♫ If I could turn back time ♫ ... oh wait... I can... awesome!
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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game reviews are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. Let's try out those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Developer(s) Ubisoft Montreal
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
Genre(s) Action-Adventure, Puzzle, Platformer, Hack and Slash
The original Prince of Persia was a DOS-era classic that introduced us to the wonderful world of parkour. At the time, its rotoscoping animation was groundbreaking and truly this game does stand up as a classic in retro games. Years after the original game however, Ubisoft would develop Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and not only did they modernize and improve the original, but they added in some pretty mind blowing mechanics.
So the Sands of Time is a 3D platformer much like Mario 64, only instead of stomping goombas you spend most of your time parkouring around castles, performing near impossible jumps, and engaging in pretty fun flow-based combat against palace guards. Though I had a few issues with the camera angles and aspects of the control scheme feeling a bit dated, the game generally holds up quite well. On top of the base gameplay however, is perhaps The Sands of Times' coolest feature: the ability to manipulate time.
The central plot point of the game is that the prince ends up in possession of a dagger that controls time itself. Using this dagger, you can literally rewind the game, and reverse say, an unfortunate death, or a poorly executed combat move, or a missed jump. So yeah... you kind of play through this game feeling a bit like a god, and that's very cool!
I'm praising the game a lot here but it's not a perfect game. Though I think it's held up quite well, it is not always entirely obvious where you need to go in a given level, and sometimes the camera angles make it unnecessarily difficult to realize where you need to go. Also the combat is pretty good overall, but it's not the absolute best out there. This may be an issue of me just needing more practice with it, but sometimes it felt like the combat was lingering on a little too long and I just wanted to get it over with so I could proceed with the far more entertaining jumps and time manipulation. But hey, no game is perfect.
Overall, the Sands of Time brings Prince of Persia into the modern 3D era. All the running and parkouring from the original are not only still here but have been enhanced. More importantly, the fighting mechanics are significantly enhanced AND you have the ability to reverse time itself. No big deal... Though I personally have a soft spot for the original Prince of Persia and don't think this game replaces it by any stretch, it is a worthy upgrade and a fun game worth trying out!
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