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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To conclude, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a great addition to the series that fans of the predecessors will enjoy.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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."
  17. Games Master UK
    Slick, challenging gameplay with brilliant pace, marred only by the average combat. [July 2010, p.88]
  18. The prince's high-flying adventure is marred by camera issues and weak combat, but the excellent platforming is still loads of fun.
  19. 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.
  20. Serviceable enough, but a grand return to form it isn't. Frankly, it feels a little warmed over.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 75
    The Forgotten Sands won't win any awards this year, but for fans of the series it's a notable addition.
  28. A game that doesn't aim to bring anything new to the table, and for the most part provides a decent experience.
  29. 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.
  30. The Forgotten Sands more than captures the old, classic Sands of Time magic, so hats off to Ubisoft for a job well done.
  31. 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]
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. While these puzzles feel fussed-over, with difficulty that ramps up steadily and organically, the combat comes off like a clunky, lifeless afterthought.
  35. 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.
  36. 78
    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.
  37. 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]
  38. 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.
  39. 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]
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 115
  2. Negative: 9 out of 115
  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 »