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  • Summary: The Prince of Persia 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 to 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. 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 enemies from afar with the deadly Daggertail or use a new stealth art to inflict surprise. 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 into a rich gaming experience. [Ubisoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. If you haven't played the "Two Thrones" and enjoy platforming mixed with fighting and puzzles, don't miss this game; it's a true masterpiece.
  2. Nothing here warrants shelling out for the game if you played it on another console, but if you missed out (and you want to play it on the Wii instead of picking up a cut-priced last-gen copy of Two Thrones) it'll keep you busy for the 12 or 15 hours the campaign will take you.
  3. While some of Prince's acrobatic movements are decent with the Wiimote, the combat — especially the Speed Kill — suffers badly, and overall, the game performed better with a tradition control scheme.
  4. The Wii controls do add a significant amount to the experience, but not enough to justify a 200% increase for the going rate for the game.
  5. With save points laid at logical points throughout, there’s little chance you’ll be frustrated with some of the more difficult puzzles or encounters in Rival Swords, making it a great entry point for newcomers to the series – even if the story will likely seem convoluted.
  6. A bit of a lazy port but it's still a fine game. [July 2007, p.75]
  7. Those who want to experience Prince of Persia: Rival Swords with motion sensors and 480p support (although widescreen is not supported) will pay a premium price for it, but they may find that the novelty is not worth the extra cash.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sam
    Apr 9, 2007
    It's the same great game from late 2005, but it has certainly aged. The graphics, while solid, don't look feature that "new look", and though the controls are fun, it really doesn't add enough to justify a purchase unless your parents are the "No M games until your older" type. Buy the game if that's the reason, because you really missed out on a spectacular adventure. Expand
  2. Estaban
    Apr 8, 2007
    First off let me say that I have never played Prince of Persia on any other console, so I can't give any comparisons to that extent. I was looking for a game to fill the void after finishing Zelda and thought this game might do the trick. The controls were really easy to pick up and there is plenty of in game advice on how to manuever through new sections. I wasn't thrilled with the graphics, but they aren't horrible. All in all I have enjoyed this game so far and would recommend it. Expand
  3. Nov 26, 2010
    Let's get this straight, POP Rival swords IS, the same game as Prince of Persia Two Thrones, the main difference is the implimentation of wii motion controls. The determining factor comes with whether or not you own Two thrones. Now, if you don't then dive right in as the game has worlds to offer you especially if you never played two thrones. Otherwise this port has nothing to offer. If you do feel like taking the dive however it is worthwhile and while some of the motion controls are gimicky, some of them are very gratifying such as swinging dark prince's chains to grapple across large gaps or latching your sword into a wall to catch yourself. Overall your enjoyment is directly related to your attachment to the series Expand
  4. GaryJ.
    Apr 17, 2007
    Definitely time for Ubi to stop beating the dead horse.