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  • Summary: The Prince of Persia, a seasoned warrior, returns from the Island of Time to Babylon with his love, Kaileena. Instead of the peace that he longs for, he finds his homeland ravaged by war and the kingdom turned against him. The Prince is rapidly captured and Kaileena has no choice but to sacrifice herself and unleash the Sands of Time in order to save him. Now cast out on the streets and hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that past battles have given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him. Play and master two distinct characters: Wield the powers and weapons of two master warriors with different combat styles, attitudes, and histories. Choose your way to fight: Master the expanded Free-Form Fighting system to destroy enemies in your own style; strangle enemies from afar with the deadly Daggertail; or surprise them with full-speed one-shot kills using a brand new stealth art. The choice is yours. Battle freely through Babylon: Dominate enemies on the perilous rooftops, dodge through chaotic streets, and ambush pursuers in dark, underground passageways. Immerse yourself in a dramatic story: Experience unparalleled depth in storytelling as you fight your way through a twisting tale filled with adrenaline, tension and discovery. Manipulate time to surprise enemies: Execute powerful attacks against entire armies by slowing down or rewinding time, or surprise them by using some all-new Sands of Time powers. Experience a masterful blend of gameplay: True to the Prince of Persia; franchise, the game provides a variety of action combat, agility and story-driven puzzles - all masterfully blended together into a rich gaming experience. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. An eminently satisfying game in its own right, and a more than worthy sequel--already it's going head-to-head with "God of War" in game-of-the-year debates around the office. Regardless, to my mind it's the best Prince of Persia yet. If you play just this one, you'll think it's excellent. But if you've played the last two, you'll think it's a masterpiece.
  2. Featuring the same combat system from Warrior Within, and best of all, a completely new and inventive narrative, Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones is a sequel worth playing.
  3. While the game exists on four different platforms, the only noticeable differences between each version are the usual cosmetic ones, with the PS2 version looking slightly worse than the others.
  4. Two Thrones caps off the greatest gaming trilogy quite possibly ever released in grand fashion, and it will surely keep us busy until Ubisoft decides whether to carry the PoP label over to the next-generation.
  5. New traps and techniques make for some spectacular exhibitions of skill, and with game being significantly larger than anything previous, there’s enough here to challenge even the most dedicated Prince Of Persia fan. [Christmas 2005, p.94]
  6. This is the sequel we should have had in the first place, and the simple fun of leaping from wall to wall is enough to overcome any lack of challenge or novelty.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. Ahmad
    Dec 12, 2005
    This game is the most beautiful game in the world I love it and the game of god of war but this is the new games I realy like it.
  2. SamuraiSlash
    Dec 7, 2005
    As someone who played and greatly enjoyed the first two incarnations, I must say this newest enstallment is absolutely AWESOME!!! LOVE the stealth kills and daggartail but also the fluidity of the game as a whole. The controls are wicked tight and the story is fantastic. The atmosphere is so engrossing that hours seem like minutes when I'm playing as if the sands of time were literally cascading through my fingers. GREAT fighting engine and that feeling of inertia when you're teetering atop rooftops and ledges is deliciously wild. I must say The Warrior Within (previous POP) was much darker and the puzzles more difficult but this game is definitely FUN, FUN, FUN!!! All hail UbiSoft and the Prince of Persia,,, oh, yeah... and Farrah. She's HOT! Expand
  3. JoeyB.
    Dec 14, 2005
    best game since ww. i would give up my car and my bed for a fourth installment, but sadly, the series has ended, and now there's barely a reason to live. naw, j/k, but the game is that good. 10/10, without a doubt. Expand
  4. HochuW.
    Dec 6, 2005
    the only disappointment i had after beating it was that the game was over with. i really, really wish i could see the prince go on, but it wasn't meant to be. the story was like a good book - you just want to keep reading on, but all great things come to an end. even the prince of persia series... Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    The Two Thrones may not be the best in the Prince of Persia series, but it is an amazing game, graphically its environments are beautiful and richly detailed, character models are good, and the cut scenes are fantastic, voice acting is great and the soundtrack is one of the best in a video game, the controls are just as great as ever, the new features like stealth kills are a blast, and the chariot segments are hard but a good change in pace, the story is better than the one from Warrior Within, my main complaint is that the prince while a more enjoyable character than he was in Warrior Within is still not as enjoyable as he was in Sands of Time, all in all if you enjoyed previous entries in the series you'll love this one. Expand
  6. JenniferB.
    Dec 17, 2005
    Very enjoyable game. It is a shame that the story has ended. I enjoy the speed kill, thought that was a nice addition. Neat chariot chases a couple of more wouldn't have been too bad but I guess that would be hard to write into the story if the Prince kept going for joy rides. I am glad that the story telling was brought back as like the Sands of Time. I enjoyed the back and forth of the Warroir Within, to see the full cause and effect. The Two Thrones gave us loyal fans a good ending to a wonderful story. Maybe Ubisoft can continue this genre with another hero. I hope so. I enjoy playing games but the good ones are hard to find. Expand
  7. AramisG.
    Jan 12, 2006
    It seems like people who enjoy POP haven't played just about any of the other, far superior, action games that have come out in the last three years. I beat all three games in this series and I have no idea why people love them so much (maybe I should have trusted my initial reaction to SOT sloppy combat). In SOT it was forgivable, but two games and two years later the developers still have no idea how to make combat fun or quick. The only reason I liked speed kills is because the combat in this game is so sluggish and repetitive (play Ninja Gaiden or God of War and POP's combat feels even more PS1). Obviously the developers of this game realized this hence they came up with the idea for speed kills. I also ran into bugs in several puzzles that required me to re-boot to proceed. To make things worse the environments are repetitive (how many roof tops did this game need) and the innovative chariot & Dark Prince parts are marred by poor save spots. The only real reason to slog through this game is to finish the story (ok at best, really). If you enjoy repeating levels over and over until you have each jump or turn memorized (more cerebellum than cerebral) and think that you enemies shouldn't have more than two moves (block, wait several seconds, attack) then this might be the game for you. I won't be going back to Persia. Expand

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