Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands was actually forgotten by me till now, mostly because of the Ubisoft DRM it carried on release but now it’s been removed (apart from a one time activation) I thought I’d give it a go.
I got it in the Steam summer sale for a pittance so I can’t complain if it’s an unplayable mess but luckily my experiences so far have been mishap free.
At first I thought I was playing The Sands of Time again, the classic start to the 3D PoP series and, even the Prince comments on how similar his feelings are towards the beginning. It starts with a great little tutorial that shows you everything you need to know much like Sands of Time. The feeling of Dejavu soon goes away though and you become immersed in the plight of the cocky Prince.
The series has somewhat evolved since Sands of Time in certain ways. Graphically of course but more importantly sometimes the controls would get in the way of enjoyment and it could become a frustrating experience. Now the movement is largely improved thanks to the Assassins Creed series. It feels like a hybrid of what Ubisoft originally started with Prince of Persia and moved onto with Assassins Creed. The end result is a fluid motion of platforming fun where using a mouse and keyboard does not feel out of place and works perfectly.
Character wise Ubisoft haven’t changed much about the Prince, he’s the same lovable sarcastic rogue with a cheeky attitude no matter what is happening. I read that the main criticism was the combat, apparently being too simplistic but being a platformer I don’t think it needs anything more than what is on show here. It IS simple but, it’s effective and it doesn’t annoy me and much like in Sands of Time the combat does what it needs to do and isn’t frustrating.
I like The Forgotten Sands and will definitely continue to play it to the conclusion, and If you ever see it in a sale then I highly recommend you to give it a try.