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  • Summary: In Prince of Persia Rival Swords, the Prince makes his way home to Babylon, bearing with him Kaileena, the enigmatic Empress of Time, and unspeakable scars from the Island of Time. But instead of the peace he longs for, he finds his kingdom ravaged by war and Kaileena the target of a brutalIn Prince of Persia Rival Swords, the Prince makes his way home to Babylon, bearing with him Kaileena, the enigmatic Empress of Time, and unspeakable scars from the Island of Time. But instead of the peace he longs for, he finds his kingdom ravaged by war and Kaileena the target of a brutal plot. When she is kidnapped, the Prince tracks her to the palace – only to see her murdered by a powerful enemy. Her death unleashes the Sands of Time, which strike the Prince and threaten to destroy everything he holds dear. Cast out on the streets, hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that the Sands have tainted him, too. They have given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him. Versus play in timed races as either the Prince or Dark Prince. Interrupt and impede your opponent's progress by activating switches in your own level that will trigger traps and obstacles in their level. 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 kill: Master the expanded Free-Form Fighting system to destroy enemies in your own style, strangle them from afar with the deadly Daggertail, or surprise them with crafty Speed Kills – the choice is yours. Battle freely through Babylon: Dominate enemies on perilous rooftops, dodge through chaotic streets and ambush pursuers in dark underground passageways. Brand-new chariot combat levels: Seize the reins of a chariot and battle through brand-new levels that are immediately available in the Main Menu for a quick adrenaline rush. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Rival Swords, then, is a great translation of "Two Thrones," and no doubt through some time-altering voodoo, Ubisoft has padded out the PSP package with some worthwhile additions, making this the most content-laden version of them all.
  2. If it weren't for the host of visual and audio glitches that scream "rush job," this would rank as one of the best PS2-to-PSP ports ever. [July 2007, p.83]
  3. Although it's marred by a host of glitches, Prince of Persia: Rival Swords is still a mostly stellar port of the console original...Add in a ton of extras and new content, and Rival Swords is worth playing even if you've finished "The Two Thrones."
  4. 70
    The key syllable is port. Prince of Persia: Rival Swords sits alongside games like "Star Wars Battlefront 2" and "Tony Hawk's Project 8" as ambitious versions of great console games that still come up short.
  5. At times sublime, but sadly it's the frantic and frustrating Dark Prince sections that linger longest in the memory. [Jan 2007, p.78]
  6. The graphics look very good on the PSP, particularly with the enormous level layouts and smooth animations of the Prince and his dark side. However, the game has bugs, the most notable being flickering and poor looking textures. The audio has its problems as well.
  7. 60
    Prince of Persia Rival Swords has gameplay that has been well translated for the PSP but is awfully dragged down by technical problems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 17, 2012
    10
    Well,I just beat this wonderful game today and I think that it is and overall 10/10 for Ubisoft(as usual).

    This game has : pros: - Beautiful
    Well,I just beat this wonderful game today and I think that it is and overall 10/10 for Ubisoft(as usual).

    This game has :

    pros: - Beautiful graphics, - Nice Storyline - Nice Alter Ego Transition



    cons: - The sounds of voices come about 10 seconds after the character's faces move, which gets annoying. -There are very few places to save your game that i found, so you can play for a long time, but then have to stop and lose all your data. -Annoying time limit on Alter ego (sand monster)!

    Overall Must have!

    10/10
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  2. JamesW.
    Mar 18, 2007
    10
    I love the prince of persia games, it is a must have for any one.
  3. GUnit
    Apr 6, 2007
    10
    This game is beautiful and exceptionally fun. Clocking around 12-15 hours and a big improvement from POP Revelation. A 10 because it is This game is beautiful and exceptionally fun. Clocking around 12-15 hours and a big improvement from POP Revelation. A 10 because it is essentially the same game as on Xbox with bonus content. Expand
  4. MikeB.
    Feb 12, 2007
    8
    Yippie 1st comment Its like that other PoP game on the PSP but better and worth it, althrough the name is dumb because this is like PoP:TTT
  5. JohnC.
    Apr 17, 2007
    8
    Probably the most Entertaining game That i've played for my PSP and a must have game for PSP game collectors.
  6. AndrewN.
    Oct 13, 2007
    7
    The gameplay flows well enough and its a welcome improvement over Revelations but its still abundantly clear that it doesnt feel entirely The gameplay flows well enough and its a welcome improvement over Revelations but its still abundantly clear that it doesnt feel entirely comfortable on the PSP. Expand
  7. GamingOwner
    Jul 26, 2007
    5
    I don't think this game is good at all. For one thing, the sounds of voices come about 10 seconds after the character's faces move, I don't think this game is good at all. For one thing, the sounds of voices come about 10 seconds after the character's faces move, which gets annoying. Then, there are very few places to save your game that i found, so you can play for a long time, but then have to stop and lose all your data. And it's extremely repetetive, even with all the moves that you can do. The graphics are good, but I've seen better. This game could have been much better. Expand