Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

What makes this good?
I've been told for a long time that this is not only the best of the Prince of Persia franchise, but even one of the greatest games of all time. I finally bought along with the others during that last sale. I'm about 50% through now, and, God, what an utter disappointment. Platforming is simplistic. It's just as fluid as the other games, and still fun, but not comparable to the more complex puzzles of the later games at all. Nothing stand out about the story. The Prince is a likable enough guy, but there doesn't seem to really be anything actually happening. I wouldn't call it bad, simply dull.

Combat is really what's ruining it for me. Combat is a chore at best, and needlessly frustrating at worse. It's incredibly repetitive. Wall jump+dagger, wall jump+dagger, jump over enemy+dagger, again and again and again, while enemies respawn again and again and again, and Fera gets herself killed, I get hit while trying to finish one with the dagger, and it just goes on and on and on. It's not necessarily difficult, it's just so freaking long. You fight the same enemies using the exact same two moves for the entire game, in needlessly long battles sometimes lasting more than twenty minutes. Then I get ten minutes of platforming, followed by another fifteen minutes of fighting the exact same enemies I just finished defeating.

Am I missing something? It can be pretty fun once the platforming gets going, but it's interupted so often and so long by this stupid combat, it barely seems like I'm doing any platforming at all.

Is this just a case of the game being dated? Or is there something about this that makes it worth slogging through to the end? I'm very close to simply giving up on it and moving on to Warrior Within.
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I agree with you, the combat is a pain in the♥♥♥♥♥
I just bought the PoP trilogy because i played Warrior Within and The Two thrones when they came out but never played the first one.
Its not a bad game, I think people like it because of nostalgia.

It gets better with WW, they put combos and more enemies, so its less repetitive.
Mr. Popo Apr 6, 2014 @ 7:09pm 
It is dated, even compared to the other games in the trilogy. I really like the game, but it is because of nostalgia mostly. I think you should finish it, the story is worth seeing to the end, though the combat is very repetative and basic.
Kamenos Apr 12, 2014 @ 6:16pm 
honestly? the later games makes this kind of good. Just to see the beginning of the story. The gameplay is not bad, but the fact that the steam version is a buggy mess makes this game insufferable mostly. The amount of glitches and bugs is ridiculous, combined with the often horrible camera angles makes this an experience that you must force yourself through. It can be fun though sometimes, and the dialogs are pretty funny. Thank god it is not very long..
Yes Perk Billy :) Apr 19, 2014 @ 4:15pm 
I LOVE the combat in Sands of Time. It's way tougher than the sequels and you can do so much cinematic, crazy and creative things. Of course you can just jump + dagger to instakill every enemy but you will be doing it the wrong way, and missing a lot of what the combat system has to offer. I try to use every move avaiable in combat and it is pretty awesome considering it's a game from 2003.

I love when after an enemy is on the ground and the Prince is far away atacking another enemy, you can push Directional + Dagger to that fallen enemy and he does a long flip jump sequence all the way to stab that enemy on the ground. WW has this too but doesn't look as smooth.

Warrior Within expanded it to a more flexible, combo based / violent aproach, which i love as well...but it made things too easy. Specially the counters which didn't required exact timing.

Last edited by Yes Perk Billy :); Apr 19, 2014 @ 4:22pm
BerSerKer Apr 21, 2014 @ 6:30am 
The combat is annoying but it makes sense as the only way to truely kill the enemies is with the dagger of time, other than that i love this game, played it back on the PS2 and loved it, got it for PC and finished very quickly. The one thing that truely annoys me is SPOILER ALERT: when you enter the dream world and you have to navigate your way through the "doors". Pain in the♥♥♥♥♥
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SwordOMighty Apr 26, 2014 @ 10:44am 
One of the best platformers I ever played, and much better then the rest of the prince franchise, well except for forgotten sands, which holds its own, though lacks a deep combat system :(.
What I liked about it?, that kinda aladdin ish artstyle, the actual story. Oh and the entire theme, and vibrant world, the music, the voice acting, superb, and diffently what UBI Soft is known for. The other games feel like they where influenced by God of War, which is most likely since god of war 1 came out after Sands of Time, and idk..........i never really ended up liking any of the other games. The 2010 reboot was nice though, totally a differnt game but nice. I think of the orginal trilogy the only one I think is pretty good, other then sands, is two thrones, is it two thrones? I think so well what ever the third and final one is.
sirpetethegreat Apr 30, 2014 @ 5:48pm 
The biggest issue is its age. When this came out for PS2 and Xbox, it was groundbreaking in gameplay, story, and the whole lot. Since then a lot of games have taken notice and heavily improved on the major gameplay components. The Assassin's Creed games are a perfect example.
Mr. Universe Jun 19, 2014 @ 11:06am 
Still in our hearts! Good story, and nice gameplay for time when it released!
BerSerKer Jun 19, 2014 @ 10:42pm 
To make the game a little more interesting, most of the game can be completed without fighting, the main sequences you can't skip are the one where you kill your father and the elevator scene. You just need to be fast.
maikaal Jul 31, 2014 @ 6:22am 
I played this for the first time in 2012 and it's become my top 20 game since thanks to the visual style, atmosphere and platforming. I consider this game one of the best looking ever, it's just another example how art style > technical quality. Yes the combat is annoying, but everything else - perfection. I don't like the sequels with their dark theme and even more combat.
NineInchNall Jul 31, 2014 @ 7:56pm 
Wow. I'm only at the 25% mark and already I'm hating the game's face. I guess I've grown out of the target audience demographic for this sort of game.
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