Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
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  1. With an interesting story and unique villains and ancient lore, you will be hopelessly captivated from start to finish each and every time you play this game.
  2. 90
    The Forgotten Sands is more than just a return to form for a long-running franchise: it's also one of the most gratifying platforming epics to come along in ages.
  3. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    With solid platforming and tricky puzzles it's a long-awaited return to form for the Prince. [Aug 2010, p.92]
  4. Games Master UK
    Slick, challenging gameplay with brilliant pace, marred only by the average combat. [July 2010, p.88]
  5. If this were a novel or comic, it would be utterly without merit or point, filling in a gap that didn't exist before its creation and serving only to kill time. As a game, it's another run through comfortable and familiar ground, and serves to remind people why the Prince of Persia series is so universally beloved.
  6. While it misses the mark of nailing the same sense of magic and wonder of the original trilogy, fans who had missed this style and approach in 2008's Prince of Persia offering should welcome this new-yet-familiar adventure with open arms.
  7. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands successfully manages to represent the great platforming gameplay and level design of the first Ubisoft game: unfortunately it will end in less than eight hours, and this is its main shortcoming.
  8. The best part about Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is that it's a lot of fun.
  9. Long time fans might snicker at another version of the Prince, after having to adjust to the new 'Prince of Persia' in 2008. However, 'The Forgotten Sands' isn't that bad, it is actually really good, and even better yet, it's not a movie-tie in placeholder, it's a real game!
  10. 83
    It's a fantastic installment for newcomers to the Prince of Persia series, but those who've been Persia fans since Sands of Time may find The Forgotten Sands mildly forgettable.
  11. A far better Prince of Persia title than we've seen in years. I'm not sure that I would place it on a level with Sands of Time, but it's easily the second best 3D Prince of Persia title to date.
  12. Forgotten Sands may not be one of the most stunning games released this year, but just like the previous Prince of Persia games, Forgotten Sands knocks it out of the park with some of the most satisfying platforming you’ll see this year.
  13. A game that doesn't aim to bring anything new to the table, and for the most part provides a decent experience.
  14. The latest PoP reminds us of the old Sand of Time-gameplay when you fight with its mix of fighting, jumping and climbing. The first half of the The Forgotten Sand feels fresh and exciting, but then the fun runs through a rapid decline and ends much too early.
  15. 80
    The story and visuals are unimpressive, but the combat and platforming are good enough that anyone who's been longing for another PoP game since 2005's Two Thrones is in for a treat.
  16. The Forgotten Sands is a conceptual step back for the franchise, but for once that's not a terrible thing. The Sands of Time trilogy was hugely entertaining, and this return to that formula puts a great face on the franchise to new series converts while pleasing old fans with a return to form.
  17. Lighter, more focused and ultimately more linear than its predecessors, Forgotten Sands never quite feels like a "real" Prince of Persia game, but its popcorn plot and slickly designed, trap-filled environments make it wildly enjoyable anyway.
  18. 80
    True, the button-happy combat might be a step backward in many respects but the sheer quality and purity of the excellent, inventive platform action should be more than enough to keep fans happy.
  19. The Forgotten Sands more than captures the old, classic Sands of Time magic, so hats off to Ubisoft for a job well done.
  20. In no way is it a genuine Prince of Persia for this generation (we prefer to forget the 2008 title), but it does offer something that's a little more challenging on the mind and reflexes than the typical third-person action/adventure.
  21. It may not represent a revolution for the franchise, but it is certainly a welcome return to form, and comes with a number of updates and improvements to create a smooth and enjoyable experience. This is not a "movie game."
  22. The platforming is absolutely satisfying, but the simplified combat scheme and occasional glitches will leave you wanting for more. Challenge mode and unlockable Ezio skin (via UPlay) extend replay value ever-so-slightly.
  23. To conclude, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a great addition to the series that fans of the predecessors will enjoy.
  24. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Easily the finest platformer on the console (up there with Mirror's Edge) and a touch of genius in its own right. [Issue#59, p.90]
  25. We have the original Prince driving the story and it is always good to hear his voice. However, the combat has seen better days, and graphics are kind of hit and miss at times. Still, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is enjoyable and fans of this series will enjoy it.
  26. Serviceable enough, but a grand return to form it isn't. Frankly, it feels a little warmed over.
  27. This is a compelling entry of the series, and it will please those fans of the originals of last generation, but it lacks some freshness as an action and platforms title.
  28. The new Prince of Persia provides a satisfying epilogue to the Sands of Time trilogy, with the same kind of combats, puzzle solving and platforming. Too many familiar mechanics and a sure lack of flow keep this game from being the best Prince of Persia yet.
  29. Forgotten Sands feels like a big expansion pack, and while the acrobatics are far and away the best in the series, the combat has a lot of unrealized potential and the story isn't that satisfying.
  30. 75
    With a fairly engaging storyline and compelling gameplay, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a worthy addition to the series. It is nonetheless dragged down by short-lived narrative with few extras and the nagging feeling that the franchise is taking a backwards step rather than a stride forward with this instalment.
  31. The prince's high-flying adventure is marred by camera issues and weak combat, but the excellent platforming is still loads of fun.
  32. Story-wise, you'll be hooked enough that you'll want to finish Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, but it's the always engaging gameplay that's king here.
  33. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands for the Xbox 360 is a good looking game and fans of the franchise who enjoy the Prince's high flying acrobatic moves will undoubtably enjoy this entry into the series. Unfortunately, the combat in the game is less than stellar, the camera seems to have a mind of its own at times, and there is a "been there and done that" feel to the game.
  34. Xbox Achievements
    Whilst it is refreshing to see the challenge put back into the Prince of Persia franchise and the return of the excellent – and testing – platforming is a breath of fresh air, the rest of the game seems to have not been given the same love and attention. The combat is nothing short of woeful – and glitchy – and the story is so flat and uneventful that is makes Bayonetta’s plot seem like a wonderful hand-crafted masterpiece spawned from the mind of a sane person.
  35. 75
    All in all I don't hate The Forgotten Sands, I just feel like this game was put out to capitalize on the release of the movie. I know that Ubisoft said the game was in the making before they launched the 2008 PoP, but I don't buy it.
  36. While these puzzles feel fussed-over, with difficulty that ramps up steadily and organically, the combat comes off like a clunky, lifeless afterthought.
  37. Even with all its short-comings and 'rushed' feel, The Forgotten Sands is still a fine Prince of Persia title and one that will satisfy long-time fans. Like so many other games, a few more months of R&D would have addressed all of its issues and transformed a good game into a fantastic one.
  38. Official Xbox Magazine
    For all the unique thrills and spectacle the series still delivers, Forgotten Sands never quite reaches the dizzying heights you want it to. [July 2010, p.78]
  39. 75
    The Forgotten Sands won't win any awards this year, but for fans of the series it's a notable addition.
  40. This game is not a step forward for Ubisoft or the Prince of Persia series and anyone expecting new and groundbreaking experiences need not bother.
  41. 75
    Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is not on the same level as the other games within the series. The game looks sloppy but fortunately the acrobatic gameplay feels as good as always.
  42. Aside from a few solid challenges where you're bound to spend some extra time, there's nothing to guarantee longevity or indeed any reply value.
  43. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands marks Ubisoft’s intended return to an old gameplay formula, mixing platform elements with hack-n-slash fights and a wise sprinkle of puzzles. The idea is good and suggestive too, but some minor shortcomings and – most of all – a very limited longevity have jeopardized the final outcome.
  44. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a fun platform and action game, but nothing more than that. It's a decent HD-reincarnation of The Sands of Time.
  45. A step back to the old Prince of Persia trilogy, The Forgotten Sands offers disturbingly few new features for a game in a series that experienced a slight revolution not long ago. Even so, there is something captivating about this latest addition to the franchise. If you are a fan of the older trilogy, it may well be worth the money.
  46. Those of you expecting a return to the Prince's former glory may be disappointed, though this is definitely a step in the right direction.
  47. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands feels like a slight step backwards from the ambitious tale told a year and a half ago. While it does return to what made the series so strong to begin with, problems with the game's combat and replay value keep it from being the stuff of legend.
  48. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands is a good game, but it lacks an identity. Ubisoft followed the easiest way to forget the commercial delusion of the last Prince of Persia, going back to the previous trilogy. The result is a huge deja-vu, with some interesting addiction.
  49. On one side you've got some brilliantly designed platforming, with Ubisoft able to breathe new life into what could have been quite stale gameplay. Sadly, the combat, of which there is a lot, fails to do anything interesting. It's too basic and as a result dull and repetitive.
  50. As a game in the here and now, The Forgotten Sands can feel dated, its hero outshone by glossy new kids on the block like Nathan Drake.
  51. Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands has some original play mechanics, a good puzzles, and the best of Sands of Time game: phenomenal platformer levels... but has a combat system too simple and some vague control.
  52. Forgotten Sands inherits from the first Ps2 Game of the series a clumsy combat system and a well structured level design. It appears a little bit old, and lacks originality and sense of wonder. Still, it is enjoyable for adventure game lovers.
  53. True to its heritage, the combat is the weak point. Upping the enemy numbers to double figures for most battles looks impressive, but the fighting system is still surprisingly ungainly for such an acrobatic warrior.
  54. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is in many ways a very unassuming title; it slinked onto the scene with relatively little fanfare and has had few expectations placed on it by gaming fans, many of whom will likely dismiss it as 'just another Prince of Persia' or (at worst) a shoddy movie tie-in.
  55. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands has a lot of great puzzle-elements, but when it comes down to the combat, the game fails.
  56. As amazing as the free-running portions are (that is, really amazing), the lackluster combat, the bland story, and the embarrassing length just out-weighs them all.
  57. The excellent platforming still remains, but this Prince seems to have lost a little of himself in coming back to his roots.
  58. After Prince of Persia got a fresh start in 2008, The Forgotten Sands feels like a giant step backwards for the series.
  59. games(TM)
    The laboured cut-scenes could be replaced by a title card that simply says 'Whatever'. [July 2010, p.116]
  60. 60
    It's an echo of the past, a reminder of the good and the bad. If you have fond memories of The Sands of Time or The Two Thrones, hold onto them. Go back and play those games. Relish the original's elegance and the third game's improved pacing and combat -- The Forgotten Sands will only remind you that they are better games.
  61. It's just disrupted by some tedious combat and shaky presentation that do little to alleviate the familiarity of a Sands of Time "side story".
  62. Edge Magazine
    Continues the series' longstanding struggle with combat mechanics. [July 2010, p.98]
  63. What we get here feels like a place-holder, a nostalgic diversion that exists so there's product on the shelves to coincide with the movie, rather than something driven by a flash of inspiration as to where the series could go next.
  64. The Forgotten Sands is the very definition of a pretty good Prince of Persia game that doesn't feel like it entirely lives up to the series' vaunted pedigree.
  65. Recommended for platform game fans, but it's a shame that Ubi has not improved a bit a dated formula from 2003.
  66. The attention spent on level design at least returns to being above average, even though the detail within the environments isn't up to par.
  67. Despite good level design and gameplay […], the prince of Persia’s new adventures are just a little rehash.
  68. Backwards-looking and unnecessary tie-in/remake which leaves the Prince needing yet another reboot.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Feb 27, 2012
    AMAZING! game.. One of the Best games in the Prince of persia series.. Very underrated! I dont get how people hate it, if you actuallyAMAZING! game.. One of the Best games in the Prince of persia series.. Very underrated! I dont get how people hate it, if you actually finished the game you will know its one of the best adventure games this gen! I recommend it to everyone who like hack'n'Slash/adventure games Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    If you are not sure whether or not to buy this game, let me just say that if you loved the original Sands of Time trilogy, you'll love thisIf you are not sure whether or not to buy this game, let me just say that if you loved the original Sands of Time trilogy, you'll love this game too. In the early sections of the game it may seem like it offers nothing new to the series but stick with it. Once you start getting the elemental powers the game really picks up, and you'll have an absolute blast. My only real complaints are that the combat is a little bit too hack-and-slashy, and the main story mode is fairly short. Still, it's great to see the old Prince back instead of the idiot from the 2008 PoP, and it's really nice to see that his acrobatics are still as awesome as ever. Full Review »
  3. Jun 27, 2012
    This is one of my favorite video games. A perfect Prince of Persia adventure for anyone who likes video games. The game has perfect combat andThis is one of my favorite video games. A perfect Prince of Persia adventure for anyone who likes video games. The game has perfect combat and a plot that will keep you interested until the end. The game is mostly dependent of you solving puzzles, with challenges being hard, but not too hard. Don't judge it for having puzzles, this is a very exciting, fast paced game with lots of combat. You will love it. Full Review »