Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
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  1. An interesting mix of many gameplay facilities.
  2. This is easily the better sequel, a firm improvement on "Warrior Within." So why the long face? For the simple and saddest reason of all: ennui. [Christmas 2005, p.100]
  3. 70
    Fans will be satisfied with the good, even mix of challenging combat and the platforming which made the original game so successful. Yet those select few who enjoyed the darker tone of Warrior Within will find the Prince’s darker side and black humour a welcome addition to the game.
  4. We're glad to see Ubisoft spare their Prince from becoming a pauper by ditching the dreary aesthetic, but the minor improvements along with too many familiar gripes keep this game from being king.
  5. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#36 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2005
#30 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2005
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. AramisG.
    Jan 12, 2006
    5
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 9, 2010
    9
    The best game in the Sands of Time trilogy. It brings several new features to the gameplay while improving on the older mechanics. Best ofThe best game in the Sands of Time trilogy. It brings several new features to the gameplay while improving on the older mechanics. Best of all, the Prince himself is no longer a moody antihero, and has changed back into the charming and eccentric swashbuckler he was in the first game. The story is pretty great too, having the feel of an action movie. Overall definitely worth a purchase. Full Review »
  3. Ahmad
    Dec 12, 2005
    10
    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.