Cubed3 Nintendo gaming, Wii and DS

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube) Review

Review for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Not many 2D games make a hugely successful transition to 3D in one jump; Sonic is a living testimony to this statement. Who can honestly put their hand up and say a 3D Sonic title has been as good as any of the two-dimensional iterations. So now we approach Prince of Persia half with trepidation, half with excitement; thankfully we come away completely delighted.

Not all has been well and rosy for Prince of Persia since it moved from the world of 2D, indeed when it was released on the PC under the guise of Prince of Persia 3D many people looked away disgusted, and rightfully so. Thankfully after years of tireless work and some major rethinking the hugely talented people over at Ubi Soft Prince of Persia is back with a vengeance and quite frankly it rocks to buggery and back.

Your thumb is in total control over a young Prince, desperate to prove himself worthy of his father's kingdom and wealth. Sadly, you're a bit of a clumsy fool and possibly whilst trying to unleash the crunchy goodness of Kellogs Cornflakes, unleash the Sands of Time. This rather evil doo-hickey turns everyone all over the place into stinking, steaming zombies. And thus the fun ensues.

Screenshot for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

All you have to do is reverse the effect the Sands of Time have had on everyone by taking them back to their resting place. In a shining mist of 'honour-thy-father' glory you go about swashbuckling, buccaneering and generally doing good by ridding the world of evil to take your father's place at the throne. Picture painted enough yet?

The main glory of this game is the moves it lets you pull off. The young Prince is incredibly athletic and thanks to a great system implemented perfectly into the game you can pull them all of with ease and expert precision. You can run along walls, jump over chasms and gorges and swing over seemingly bottomless pits. Once you have mastered each and every one of the moves you can start to combine them into a flowing sequence of acrobatic majesty.

The levels certainly offer ample space to be acrobatic; they are quite simply huge offering masses of potential. They are also very intelligent surroundings, attacking you from every angle and permanently keeping you on your toes forcing you to play the game well all the time. The zombies you have wonderfully bought back to life are after you all the time and they are refusing to relent until they are nibbling upon the delicacy of your flesh. For the wimps amongst us you cannot run away either, they come after you again and again until you kill them. It takes a fair bit of doing at first and there is certainly a bit of a knack to it. There are more than enough creatures to get used to as well, which will be sure to keep you thinking from start to finish.

Screenshot for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Thanks to the games excellent camera every move you make looks excellent. It swings, dips and moves as fluently as you do bringing a very cinematic feeling to things. The levels, as we have already mentioned, are just a bit on the large side of things and to be perfectly honest we were a bit confused at first, but as you take in the scale of the thing you can really start to respect the true majesty of this title. The levels are acutely detailed and the textures are top class providing a very complete experience. The animation is also superb allowing you to enjoy the games brilliantly worked out battle system.

As the name might suggest The Sands of Time allow you to do something with time, in fact you can play about with it quite a bit. By defeating enemies you increase your powers, which allow you to meddle with the contours of time. The ways in which you can control time are to say the least 'borrowed' from other places, yes folks you can slow things down and make the world around you more defined. The effect that goes with this is rather nifty it all goes kind of blurry (imagine being drunk in a room with a smoke machine if you can picture that one). Failing that you can use a massive blast of your powers to stop everything stone cold dead and dispose of everything whilst it cannot move, perhaps not the most honourable way to fight but who are we to care? Perhaps the best use of The Sands of Time is to hit the rewind button. This is perfect for when you die, you can rewind the game to just before where you made the mistake and do it the right way, a bit like coming back from the dead but VCR inspired and with help from a certain XBOX related feline...

Screenshot for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameCube - on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Without this feature Prince of Persia would be insanely unfair. Being able to hit rewind just as you fall to your death having inadvertently hoofed yourself off a cliff and perch yourself at the top with enough time to turn around is a lifesaver, literally. Also of note are save points, whenever you spot one of these run very fast towards it and do not stop until you get there. Basically it is a large beam of yellow light coming down from the heavens. It is also a portal that can show you what you are soon to encounter in the course of the game, giving you a helping hand in your quest.

Just as BG&E (also from Ubi Soft) gave you a 'side-kick' for your quest, there is also someone to help you along in Prince of Persia. Named Farah she is a survivor of your unintended mass 'turn everyone into zombies spree' and needless to say is a bit annoyed about the whole situation. Bizarrely, she opts to help you out on your adventure and is certainly of use in some situations. She also helps to bring more of a plot to the title. It all moves along thanks to conversations dotted about the games profession that slowly feed you information and very in-depth background to just what has been going on.

Screenshot for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameCube- on Nintendo Wii U, 3DS games review

Gameplay

Excellent fighting system, fluid controls, well thought out levels and generally very challenging and entertaining gaming.

Graphics

Superb animation and perfectly realised landscapes. Hugely atmospheric and some of the best on the GameCube.

Sound

Lovely sound effects and music helps to contribute to the games ever changing mood. Good voice acting too.

Value

Once you have played it once you can go through it again and then you have the chance to unlock the old Prince of Persia title. Huge game and you will want to play it all.

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

About this score
Rated 9 out of 10

One of the best 3D adventures of the modern era and a superb reflection of just how far Ubi Soft have come of late. It looks great, it sounds great, it plays superbly and it goes on forever and a day. Hugely enjoyable and a title every serious gamer should think about owning, and then buy.

Read and post comments

 Buy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube) Buy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (GameCube)

Buy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on AmazonBuy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on Shop To Buy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on GameBuy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on TescoBuy Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time on The Hut

Share this Review Share this Review

25.02.2004

2

2875

Games you may also like...

Developer

Ubisoft

Publisher

Ubisoft

Genre

Adventure

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (3 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date Out now   Australian release date Out now   

Who wants this game?

No members want this game yet - be the first to add to your wishlist!
I want this game View All

Reader comments - add yours today Comments on this Review

There are no replies to this review yet. Why not be the first?

Comment on this review

You can comment as a guest or join the Cubed3 community below: Sign Up for Free Account Login

Preview PostPreview Post Your Name:
Validate your comment
  Enter the letters in the image to validate your comment.
Submit Post

Subscribe to this topic Subscribe to this topic

If you are a registered member and logged in, you can also subscribe to topics by email.

Follow this topic Follow this topic

Keep up with new comments with the RSS feed for this topic, or subscribe via email above.
Turqoise Radio - Cubed3's Glass to the Wall
Sign up today for blogs, games collections, reader reviews and much more
Latest news and updatesSite Feed
Vote on our latest community pollNintendo Poll
Vote: Which eShop Games will you Download this Week?
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl Demo
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams
Golden Sun
I am in the Movie
Mario Golf: World Tour Demo
My Exotic Farm
My Farm
Nintendo Pocket Football Club
Putty Squad
Tiny Games - Knights & Dragons
Member of the weekMember of the Week
This week's top member is Azuardo, awarded the most stars for great posts.
Online Play and ChatOnline Nintendo Play & Chat
General Chatroom: Click here to chat Wii U Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo Wii U users 3DS Nintendo Network Codes - Find other Nintendo 3DS users
Listen to our Nintendo Jukebox - Classic Mario, Zelda, Metroid songs and more Nintendo news and reviews on the move