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Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

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  • Summary: Embark on a journey of scorched sands and ancient legends. A young prince, drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, unleashes a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Guide the Prince on his quest to reverse the curse by using the Sands of Time, a power which allows you to erase theEmbark on a journey of scorched sands and ancient legends. A young prince, drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, unleashes a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Guide the Prince on his quest to reverse the curse by using the Sands of Time, a power which allows you to erase the past, see into the future and slow down the present. Perform gravity-defying acrobatics and swashbuckling attacks in a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms. Restore peace to the land and fulfill your destiny. Expand
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Brimming with heart-stopping moments where you've got to take big gambles....A perfect union of storytelling, gameplay, and technological wonder. [Mar 2004, p.96]
  2. 100
    This is the kind of game that literally makes you forget you're playing a game, leaving you barely aware of your body and just totally consumed by the action onscreen.
  3. 96
    An outstanding game -- a dazzling, masterful achievement...Thanks to wholly intuitive control, stunning atmosphere and satisfyingly clever environmental puzzles, the title easily ranks as one of my favorite adventure offerings of all time.
  4. Pure magic. Soft lighting effects and elaborate, detailed architecture give the entire experience the quality of an opium-induced vision where time moves at the speed of your imagination. PoP's immersive atmosphere takes you to another level altogether. [Dec 2003, p.186]
  5. Ubisoft just can't seem to miss. They are on the verge of having a hitting streak reminiscent of Joe DiMaggio's 56 game run in the 1940's, and in doing so are on the verge of becoming one of the most successful publisher/developers around.
  6. Recommended wholeheartedly. It looks fantastic and features responsive controls, some original play mechanics, a good story, and plenty of thrilling adventure. In the simplest terms: Do not miss out on this game.
  7. There are so many things that are combined to make this game as good as it is such as the storyline, voice acting, animation and the final ending scene is the cherry on top.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 50
  2. Negative: 7 out of 50
  1. NeilV.
    Feb 23, 2004
    10
    This is one of the finest games that I've ever played (and I've been gaming for the last 22 years of my 25 year life). Everything This is one of the finest games that I've ever played (and I've been gaming for the last 22 years of my 25 year life). Everything is brilliant, the graphics, the sounds, the fight scenes (when you get truly skilled, you'll marvel at the feats that you can pull in this game). The puzzles require that you use your mind a little more than most games, but they're not overly difficult, just hard enough to give this game depth that many lack these days. Expand
  2. ChesXA.
    May 20, 2005
    10
    This is one of hell good game i really love this game specially the graphics of the game, but there are some part of the game that you reallyThis is one of hell good game i really love this game specially the graphics of the game, but there are some part of the game that you really need to waste time to think specially on some puzles in game but it's great really you'll enjoy... two thumbs up!!!!!! Expand
  3. GormL.
    Jul 16, 2009
    10
    One of the best stories Ive seen in any videogame. And it achieves that without making you swallow loads of cut-scenes. The combat is a bit One of the best stories Ive seen in any videogame. And it achieves that without making you swallow loads of cut-scenes. The combat is a bit repetitive yes, but everything else is pure gold. Expand
  4. Paty
    Dec 25, 2003
    9
    I definitely think this game is great. but i think the hype around it creates more hurt than do good. from all the editors at variousI definitely think this game is great. but i think the hype around it creates more hurt than do good. from all the editors at various magazines telling how magnificent it is, one expects a "one of a kind" experience...i think that might be over kill. yeah. the game is fun, but the fighting element gets boring after a while...enemies keep coming back after you kill them...its annoying. some blood could have been nice, instead of yellow flashes of light...very "mummy returns"...hmmm. the best part of the original game was that it was a simple death trap escape game. now we have to deal with a chick, who shoots arrows at you by mistake...we have to protect her...yap,yap,yap. camera movements and animations save this game more than other games...control is amazing, graphics are good. i give a 9 because it is one of xbox's best. i am still playing it. loving it. but...it is not as amazing as the media hyped it up to be. game of the year?...no. rainbowsix 3 should be. or maybe fifa 2004. buy it. rental is for geeks. Expand
  5. ShelbyN.
    Feb 20, 2004
    8
    Yo, it's cool.
  6. FredH.
    Nov 15, 2005
    6
    Over rated game. Boring and not much for music or sound unless you crank up the volume but then when they talk, it blasts. The moves and Over rated game. Boring and not much for music or sound unless you crank up the volume but then when they talk, it blasts. The moves and puzzles were unique though, and the graphics were pretty good. Expand
  7. MarkH.
    May 4, 2004
    0
    90% of gamers will only see the first 15% of this game- for there is a respawning never ending battle level that simply cannot be won 90% of gamers will only see the first 15% of this game- for there is a respawning never ending battle level that simply cannot be won (I'm not kidding). I am a relatively advanced gamer, and I have to say that this battle system is amongst the worst I have ever tried to play. It results in an unplayable game that will stop you 15% of the way through it. What a rip off! No kidding- no cheats, nothing you can do but try and try again- ultimately failing. I even brought in other advanced games who all looked at me like I was crazy for suggesting they try to beat this battle it is so ill conceived. Simply the worst game out there masking under the veil of nice graphics - too bad since they are gorgous (from what I saw of them). When are these game developers going to realize that 90% of gamers out there won't deal with quality this poor. I cannot beleive anyone has ever gotten past this level it's that hard and rediculously stacked in the favor of the game. Don't waste your time unless you want to play 15% of a game only to hit a massive brick wall. Shame on Ubisoft for allowing this garbage out on store shelves! Expand

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