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  • Summary: Amidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield theAmidst the sands of ancient Persia, a young Prince unleashes a deadly evil. Embark on a harrowing quest to restore peace and the fabric of Time. Embody a legendary hero with gravity-defying acrobatics, ferocious fighting combos, and the ability to bend time to fulfill his bidding. Wield the power of the Sands of Time - a mythical force allowing the Prince to erase the past, behold the future, and freeze the present. You'll uncover the mysteries of a world never before explored in action-adventure gaming. Ancient Persia, mythical and deadly, holds a staggering array of landscapes and kingdoms to explore and conquer. [Ubi Soft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 44
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  1. One of my favorite games, ever...It's got story, it's got action, it's got amazing graphics and some of the best animation you'll see anywhere. [Dec 2003, p.166]
  2. Featuring some of the most elaborate and astonishing art work and animation the videogame industry has ever seen, POP definitively raises the bar on visual presentation. I have never seen more detailed and engaging art on the PlayStation 2.
  3. If you have a PS2 it is your duty to own this game. The amount of fun, stunning beauty, fantastic music and wonderful ambient noise all add up to one of, if not the, most stellar titles for the PS2 this year.
  4. TotalGames.net
    92
    Playing Sands of Time can't help but bring back memories of when games cut the crap and gave you simple games that stood out despite lo-fi graphics and painfully synthetic sound. At its heart is everything that made Prince of Persia '89 such a hot property.
  5. Everything, from the flawless animation and stunning visuals, to the addictive yet intuitive gameplay screams for this game to be labeled an instant classic.
  6. It is one of the finest 3D games ever produced; nay crafted. At last, this is the 'third place'... this truly is the third dimension. History has just been rewritten.
  7. games(TM)
    80
    Sands of Time is very much a 21st century product - sumptuous visuals, intuitive control and many unique ideas. Buy it, play it, love it. [Dec 2003, p.92]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 78
  2. Negative: 2 out of 78
  1. Jul 6, 2018
    10
    One of the best games that i played.I just love everything about this game. 12/10. If they do a new POP i hope is this good
  2. KarlK.
    Mar 22, 2004
    10
    Best game i ever played! Although it's quite short, it's still a whole lot of fun. After playing POP, i had developed this habbit Best game i ever played! Although it's quite short, it's still a whole lot of fun. After playing POP, i had developed this habbit of comparing it to new games i am currently playing. No new game has given me the same thrill & excitement that POP offers until now. Also, it has really amazing graphics(down to the details). For those who are planning to buy this game, go ahead, it's really worth your time and money! Expand
  3. May 25, 2015
    10
    This game broke the mould in so many ways. The graphics, the game play, the rewind. The character acting was great with a strong story andThis game broke the mould in so many ways. The graphics, the game play, the rewind. The character acting was great with a strong story and the music was memorable as I find myself singing some of the tunes and having some of the tracks show up on my playlists to this day.

    The game is not too long but it is a deep storyline that you could play through at least twice.

    It's obvious the developers borrowed from ICO, but I don't mind. I don't mind a strong, evident influence as long as the final new work is a step in the right direction.

    Game of the year!
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  4. DeeFinn
    Mar 18, 2004
    9
    1 point off for being too short, but probably the most playable game I've ever played. Fantastic.
  5. May 23, 2021
    9
    One of the best on the PS2, no doubt! Gorgeous graphics, accurate gameplay, great soundtrack! Low difficulty, but nothing to get in the way!One of the best on the PS2, no doubt! Gorgeous graphics, accurate gameplay, great soundtrack! Low difficulty, but nothing to get in the way! The only thing he sins is the fighting mechanics, which looks like Aquaman from GameCube and XBox, is not as good as a GOW, or Bayonetta for example, but the fights are still epic! Without a doubt this is one of the best in history. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2016
    9
    Revolutionary gameplay and amazing graphics for 2003, which impact can still be felt today. The huge budget set an example for modern AAARevolutionary gameplay and amazing graphics for 2003, which impact can still be felt today. The huge budget set an example for modern AAA games. There are some minor problems I won't mention here since other reviewers covered them. You just simply HAVE to play this game. The ending is actually quite satisfying too. You will be surprised. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Feb 12, 2006
    1
    Only good thing is great graphics. Long save point intervals, dozens of redos, button mashing, lack of stealth, unintuitive controls, fact Only good thing is great graphics. Long save point intervals, dozens of redos, button mashing, lack of stealth, unintuitive controls, fact that time reversal (cool concept if it were implemented correctly) restores you most of the time to when you have 1 health unit left, and confusing and tedious boss battles. Confusing is OK because it would mean challenging puzzles. When you add tedious to the mix, then there's nothing fun about it. (I'm referring to the Sand King battle specificially). Main character's voice acting is annoying to say the least. After paying 19.95 for this, I literally threw this game in the garbage. Believe me, I've never done that with a game before. Don't waste your money on crap like this. Expand

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#9 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
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#15 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003