• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Dec 1, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
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  1. 80
    Although some areas of the game were frustrating (beware the last boss), The Two Thrones features a classic interactive ending sequence and epilogue that nicely wraps up the whole trilogy and does the seemingly impossible -- that is, it makes you forgive and forget the lost years represented by The Warrior Within, and lets you to judge the trilogy on the whole.
  2. Two Thrones caps off the greatest gaming trilogy quite possibly ever released in grand fashion, and it will surely keep us busy until Ubisoft decides whether to carry the PoP label over to the next-generation.
  3. All of the game's elements mesh, from the music to the storyline, from the puzzles to the control system. I can't find anything nasty to say about this game. Ubisoft have certainly done their homework.
  4. It's a cracking, clever, and crafty title, packed with surprises and brimming with invention, and a game that makes sure that, once you've completed it, you'll want to go right back to The Sands of Time and play it all over again, if only to spot all those clues that were there all along right from the start. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  5. The great talents at Ubisoft have done it again with this one folks and I don't think this is the last we will hear of the Prince of Persia.
  6. Ubisoft goes back to what works best for the franchise, and mixes some furious combat with exploration and some good old puzzle solving.
  7. While many were worried about this iteration changing the spirit of the title so much like with Warrior Within, it instead manages to take the best bits of both and create a wonderful hybrid.
  8. This sequel makes it fun to be the Prince again.
  9. It takes a measured approach to combat, pitches the atmosphere at the same eery, mysterious level that we loved about the first game, and wraps it all up with one of the more flexible control systems imaginable (quick point though, Ubi: why can't I invert the look up/down?) that make it possible to enjoy the kind of trap laden environments that would make Lara's eyes bleed at the prospect.
  10. The adventure in its entirety is masterful accomplishment and gives us everything we could ask for from this franchise. It makes me almost giddy thinking about the Prince on the next generation hardware.
  11. 75
    The game play can be tedious to the point of frustration at times, but it is novel and interesting. The game fails to create a convincing, "hook-the-player" atmosphere and only those seasoned puzzle solvers out there will come back for more time and time again.
  12. I was expecting so much more from this title, but the most Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones can manage to deliver is a few new acrobatic and combat moves and a Dark Prince that looks cool but that's about it.
  13. Game Informer
    The delicious platforming is paired with great writing, nice art direction, and a story that you don't want me to spoil for you. [Jan 2006, p.134]
  14. About as good as we could've wished for. It maintains the Prince of Persia feel of daring-do, while improving or adding variety in some areas, and discarding mistakes like excessive combat and marketing-spun attitude.
  15. Two Thrones is a heaping adventure that will keep you stirred throughout, even during the rougher Dark Prince segments. My problem is, it just ends a bit too quickly. What a finish, though.
  16. The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones shares the dual personality of its title character in that it is at once immensely enjoyable and incredibly frustrating.
  17. With the series' clever design and sense of humor fully restored, The Two Thrones is a stellar return to form for Prince of Persia.
  18. games(TM)
    New traps and techniques make for some spectacular exhibitions of skill, and with game being significantly larger than anything previous, there's enough here to challenge even the most dedicated Prince Of Persia fan. [Christmas 2005, p.94]
  19. The Two Thrones provides a satisfying conclusion to the Sands of Time trilogy, with a lot of the same puzzle solving and gorgeous environments you remembered from the previous two games.
  20. 80
    As a gameplay dynamic, the dark prince is great, and works on multiple levels.
  21. Two Thrones takes the best of what Sands of Time and Warrior Within had to offer – great environmental puzzles and exploration and a deep combat system – and finds a way to balance all the elements to create one fine game.
  22. For those that haven't it will require some work to get in to the gameplay, but it is worth the work.
  23. 88
    Two Thrones is great. The story is cool, the heroes are likable, the weak are pitiable, the villains are bastards, the major plot points are exciting, the art is grand, the sound is wonderful...and then the gameplay comes.
  24. If you enjoyed either of the first two games, then know that while Two Thrones isn't revolutionary, it does combine the best elements of both and is still a fitting and worthwhile conclusion to a superior trilogy.
  25. 90
    The best addition to The Two Thrones is Babylon itself. Gone are the lifeless vistas of ancient palaces and forgotten islands. Babylon is a living/breathing city filled with a fearful populace oppressed by an enemy army.
  26. Thrones also gets points for cribbing Sam Fisher's stealth skills and using a whip-like weapon that will send "God of War" fans scurrying to gaming chat rooms to voice their displeasure with the similarities. Thankfully, the controversy is worth it for this energetic adventure.
  27. It's simplistic fighting mechanics and complex puzzles and level design have revived the adventure genre and given gamers a trilogy of epic proportions.
  28. Official Xbox Magazine
    Polished, clever, and full of fun, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones wraps up the Prince's saga with the style and grace it deserves. [Jan 2006, p.82]
  29. 85
    Puts pretty much everything into place with a great conclusion to the story and some of the best platforming action of the generation.
  30. Play Magazine
    The game neither holds players' hands or pushes them away with a series of jumps only an automaton with computerized coordination could make. [Jan 2006, p.39]
  31. 95
    This is easily best Prince of Persia game yet. The new moves, including those delicious stealth kills, work perfectly.
  32. A fine blend of platforming and combat. Silken-smooth control set makes you want to play until the fingers are raw.
  33. The nice thing about sequels to successful games is that all the rough edges are buffed out, and The Two Thrones honors its graceful hero with impeccable controls and design.
  34. One of the best new features is the Speed Kill, a stealth attack that requires timed button presses for successful take-downs - a brilliant addition to the already exhilarating game play.
  35. The graphics are superb, especially on the Xbox, and if you can cope with the frustration of replaying tricky scenes again and again, this could be the game for you.
  36. The new abilities, and the introduction of the Speed Kill system, has meant that the title still feels fresh and exciting.
  37. The action is exciting and varied, the puzzles are challenging yet rarely frustrating and the environments are simply gorgeous.
  38. Story wise, The Two Thrones wraps up the Prince's tale with killer progression and the ending everyone has been waiting for. The game play is the best of best yet again and truly redefines the action-adventure genre of today, paving a path for greatness to come.
  39. The Dark Prince probably could have been implemented better, as he can often be more of an annoyance rather than a joy to play with, which is fortunately countered by the downright coolness of the daggertail weapon.
  40. TTT wraps up the series in a sincere and compelling way that is genuinely rare in the gaming world.
  41. 85
    While some people will invariably compare this title to its predecessors, it also stands on it own as an extremely crisp, accessible, and impressive platformer that is well worth taking for a spin.

Awards & Rankings

#55 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. FredK.
    Feb 10, 2006
    I loved this game and all the other Prince of Persia!
  2. Frostbolt
    Jan 8, 2006
    Having been a fan of the POP franchise for the longest of times, playing the old games and unlocking everything there was with The Sands of Having been a fan of the POP franchise for the longest of times, playing the old games and unlocking everything there was with The Sands of Time, and Warrior Within, this game just satisfied me on all fronts and put a nice warm feeling in my stomach as I watched the end movie play. Wonderfully done, adding in enough of the two previous games to make The Two Thrones triumph. The 3rd installement brings the magnificant unique touch of POP, and as always, delivers hard on the most important aspect of a game in my eyes, gameplay. From whipping your daggertail round and round as the dark prince, to using speed-kills to defeat enemies as the noble prince, it just doesn't get old. Also did I mention the manic and wildy entertaining chariot races? Or the suberb job on the frantic boss fights? There is just too much to go over. Beautifully made enivorments are made even better in The Two Thrones. The story also fits the game and it feels as though it has purpose, not just some lame tale made to make a trilogy, thus making some measily money. Ubisoft really paid attention to what needed to be done and took time and care with the game, and it all shows as a final product. I have gone only over a small portion of this timeless epic. Be sure of it. If you enjoyed the last two, or have always enjoyed POP, it would hands down be a slap in the face, a crime better yet, to not play this game. Impressive Ubisoft, very impressive. Full Review »
  3. TonyB.
    Jan 2, 2006
    this game was simply amazing i was blown away by it. this is the best prince of persia game in the series wow this game is fun. love the this game was simply amazing i was blown away by it. this is the best prince of persia game in the series wow this game is fun. love the fighting system especially the dark prince. and the quick kills is an excellent new feature to the series wish they had it in the other two. Full Review »