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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    100
    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. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    93
    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: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 8 out of 55
  1. DUDE
    May 13, 2004
    10
    Prince of Persia is one of the best Adventure games of 2003. It simply is amazing. It takes full advantage of the Xbox hardware. It even has Prince of Persia is one of the best Adventure games of 2003. It simply is amazing. It takes full advantage of the Xbox hardware. It even has 2 unlockable classic Prince of Persia games. Expand
  2. SeanD.
    Nov 7, 2007
    10
    Wow... A lot of people seem to get angry far too easily... This game is one of my favorites and I have played a lot of games throughout my Wow... A lot of people seem to get angry far too easily... This game is one of my favorites and I have played a lot of games throughout my life. What makes this game so good is not the graphics, but the gameplay and storyline. It draws you in and you want to continue doing awesome moves and in the character of a Persian Prince who controls time to avenge his father and destroy the work that Vizier has created. This game is really good, although at times it may be hard, just look for water close by in order to restore your health. Please give it a try if you are reading this... you won't be dissapointed I promise. 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. Poptee
    Jan 17, 2004
    9
    This is a fun game, and not so easy for the "powergamer(s) no more" like me. The only thing I didn't like was the sounds for the sword This is a fun game, and not so easy for the "powergamer(s) no more" like me. The only thing I didn't like was the sounds for the sword clashes: for me they were unrealistic and became very annoying. Everything else is top quality. Expand
  5. H.Murray
    Mar 13, 2005
    8
    I really enjoyed this game. It was as if I was controlling an Animation Movie of some sort. Smooth silk graphics, sweet controls and niiiice I really enjoyed this game. It was as if I was controlling an Animation Movie of some sort. Smooth silk graphics, sweet controls and niiiice sound. I enjoyed the story of the game as well. Quality storytelling in games is something rare these days. One small tiny gripe . More variation of taking down the bad guys would have been nice. Other than that, get ready for a killer game. Expand
  6. TheBeast
    Dec 19, 2003
    7
    This game is definitely the game of the year... for the rental market. Stunning visuals, captivating story, ease of play, fun, but far to This game is definitely the game of the year... for the rental market. Stunning visuals, captivating story, ease of play, fun, but far to short and easy to beat to merit purchasing outright. Once you sit down to play the time flies by, for about oh say 6 hours... then the games over. Defintely worth the rental, and an excellent game overall. 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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#3 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003