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  • Summary: The Prince of Persia returns to his kingdom to find it decimated by war and turned against him in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. You can play as the time-bending prince or his evil alter-ego as he tries to return to the throne that is rightfully his. Now there are two distinct characters, each with their own abilities and backgrounds, as you explore the urban setting of Babylon. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones adds new Sands of Time abilities and an all-new setting for the third chapter in the Prince of Persia story. Expand
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. All of the game's elements mesh, from the music to the storyline, from the puzzles to the control system. I can't find anything nasty to say about this game. Ubisoft have certainly done their homework.
  2. The nice thing about sequels to successful games is that all the rough edges are buffed out, and The Two Thrones honors its graceful hero with impeccable controls and design.
  3. About as good as we could've wished for. It maintains the Prince of Persia feel of daring-do, while improving or adding variety in some areas, and discarding mistakes like excessive combat and marketing-spun attitude.
  4. The Two Thrones provides a satisfying conclusion to the Sands of Time trilogy, with a lot of the same puzzle solving and gorgeous environments you remembered from the previous two games.
  5. The designers have created exceptionally rewarding three dimensional puzzles.
  6. 80
    Compelling visuals, competent acting, totally appropriate music, and amazing animation married to great controls make The Two Thrones a strong action game. It might not be the king of the genre, but this Prince deserves respect.
  7. So I fought, each time sitting through an unskippable 30-second scene of the fight's start and then getting killed within a minute. I did this about 70 times. My body trembling from tension and exhaustion, I kept playing not because it was any fun but simply because it was my job, and when after three hours I finally won I experienced not victorious joy but simply relief that it was over. I felt all the considerable pleasure the game had given me had been taken back.

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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  1. May 16, 2013
    Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is the best game in the Prince of Persia: Sands of Time series. One thing that stood out is that the dark prince has his own combat system a part from the regular prince. The speed kill was a very good addition to the game and the blur showed you when you should execute a speed kill. Collapse
  2. RyanM.
    Mar 5, 2006
    There is absolutely no glitches of any sort, frame rate problems, and/or collision detection. this game has the highest level of presentation I have witnessed of all last year. to be blunt, the presentation is perfect. this includes the absolutely outstanding sound design, where they dropped the heavy metal music from Warrior Within, and added perfectly fitting and blissful orchestarted music. Where WW was too long, sands of time too short, this game is perfect in length, not excelling anything over 15 hours. this game never falls into the pit of being repetitve, nor is the battle system confusing and unnecessary like the last title in the trilogy. All in all, The Two Thrones is a perfect game; for what it is. the developers set out to revive the highly bashed warrior within, and bring life into a franchise that needed a tad of it. the Prince of Persia series is nearly flawless, and I rarely ever say this towards a game. Any criticism towards this game, comes from people and their sour attitude from the lackuster Warrior Within. You may even be considered to play through The Two Thrones again. Verdict: a flawless adventure romp. My first 10 out of 10 on metacritc as well., and I am proud to offer it up. Expand
  3. Samer
    Oct 26, 2005
    the game is souds fantastic the story is great and its great that there is a darkprince!
  4. VivekK.
    Oct 3, 2006
    Extremely super story and excellent music and graphics. The dark prince is really awesome. I wish they make a pop movie.
  5. ZiftK.
    May 9, 2006
    Simply fantastic.
  6. Kikokú
    Dec 21, 2005
    Excellent graphics, gameplay, storyline and music, when I first played it I was really amazed with the quality of this game. Why not a 10? Because the excitement is too short. I can't believe i finished this game in 2 days starting in the normal mode. There are some parts that can become a bit repetitive, it could be not important if they were just a complement but it matters when you discover that it's an important part of the whole little game. I'd give 10 if it has been double sized. maybe it is better get it just for rent. Expand
  7. KavikaC.
    Oct 25, 2006
    First off, some of the previous comments about this game being glitch free are highly overrated. I've had a soft-lock in the first 20 minutues of play (the game ran, but wouldn't listen to my controls until I reset), I've found multiple camera glitches, several physics glitches, w/ monsters popping out above me during combat, retarded AI (where they'll just stand and look at you if you hang off an edge next to them during combat), and multiple sound cutout/screwy music glitches. Besides these, the voice acting is 50% exceptionally good, 50% deadpan awful, though a lot of the fault exists with the script writers. Half the levels are drop dead awesome works of artistic brilliance, the other half are so monotonous, you'd A) think they're from a playstation 1 game, graphically/environmentally B) play them on "auto-pilot", the first time through, without consulting the camera controls, since the jumping puzzles in said levels are _that_ predictable. The enemy design is generally uninspired, and the battle system is TOO hard with the "light" prince, and too easy with the dark prince. The auto-kill is a pretty neat feature in concept, but the flaky control left me frustrated. You'll get quite annoyed when playing as the dark prince, since he loses health constantly, even when you're trying to sit there and figure out a jumping puzzle. Worst of all in this game is the SEVERE inconsistancy of save points. Sometimes there's 5 when you only needed 1 or 2, and other times, you go HALF THE LEVEL without seeing a save point; get through a jumping puzzle after the third time dying, then get through a fast-kill sequence after the third time dying, through a dark prince segment, through a "hunter hound" (?) battle sequence, only to find our there's YET ANOTHER jumping puzzle before you find a save point. They got so lazy at times, they stopped even requiring the level designers to put in a fountain to save, as they claim they'll do in the beginning of the game, and instead just inserted a save dialog where they'd normally have a death reload type checkpoint. Overall, this game COULD be a timeless classic, along w/, say, Metroid Prime, or Radiant SIlvergun (yes, that much potential!) if Ubisoft took another year to iron out all the bugs, throw out half the monotonous levels, polish the battle system to make it a bit less "sheer death/sheer boredom", get rid of the dark prince health loss, and hire on a writer again to bang on the script. As it is, the game is a cliche of every problem that has plauged 3D platform games since day 1, and is not one I would even recommend playing. Expand

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