Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones ReviewJason Leyanna
The story begins just after the conclusion of Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within.
The Prince of Persia is back from the Island of Time, where he prevents the creation of the Sands of Time and rescues Kaileena. He eventually changes his fate and escapes death. He and Kaileena sail to his homeland Babylon, only to discover it ravaged by war and invaded by a powerful enemy. Cast to the streets, hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that the Sands have tainted him. They had given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him...
Graphics / Sound
The introduction sequence is very high quality and sets the mood for the game. There are good fire and lighting effects throughout.
Another nice touch is that birds fly away when you are near them.
The blood can be turned off if you'd like to tone it down. The enemies remain on the ground once killed, they don't disappear.
The sound effects and echoes are good. Sometimes there is background music, which is fitting for the game, and other times it is more quiet.
When you start off, you get to test out your moves and get used to the controls. You learn a few new moves as you go along, and the game tells you how to perform them.
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones primarily consists of a combination of environmental puzzles and acrobatics with some fight sequences.
You are almost always in the third-person view, though you can temporarily check out the first-person view. At other times you can get an alternate view of the scenery through a landscape camera.
The unique feature that stands out is Speed Kill, in which the screen will distort, and then you press a combination of the buttons at just the right moment to kill an enemy. If you mistime any of the button presses, the enemy will notice and you will have to fight hand to hand.
Speed Kill is very useful and effective, but can only be used when you catch enemies by surprise.
Arial maneuvers include jumping from beams and other objects. Ledges, ladders, columns, poles, beams, close walls, chains, curtains, and plant dagger bases are spread throughout the levels. You can interact with switches and levers to get where you need to go. Rewards can be found in breakable objects. Pots and furniture can be destroyed, though beware that enemies will be alerted when you do so. The Prince will die if he ends up falling from too high.
"Why is it that every time disaster strikes I find myself without a proper blade? Still it's better than nothing," said the Prince. You start off with a dagger, but you can also pick up the weapons from the fallen enemies. The weapons only have a limited durability, and you will have to keep picking up more or use your default dagger. Other weapons include swords, axes, maces, daggers, and the daggertail for the Dark Prince.
You can use the R button to block. This is very useful for instances where you deflect arrows from the archers. You can also block other moves from enemies.
There are chariot race sequences where you drive a chariot so that you can reach far places and chase enemies.
There is a life bar that shows the current health of the Prince or Dark Prince. There is also a meter that shows how much sand has been collected and how much time can be rewound. The Prince can rewind time to an extent, and each time it uses up one sand slot. You can also slow down time. The Dark Prince gradually and consistently loses health and must kill sand creatures to replenish health. The Dark Prince can go places the Prince can't go, such as swinging on poles with his Daggertail. Time is a factor when you are the Dark Prince.
You have to pull R next to a fountain to drink. This replenishes health and saves that game at that point. In addition, if you die before a save point, you are generally brought back close to where you were at the most recent checkpoint. There is not much retracing of your path.
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is the third and final game of the series. If you are a fan of the series, be sure to pick this one up. Even if you aren't a fan or haven't played the series, give it a try if you enjoy environmental puzzles combined with some occasional action.
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