Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PS2) Review

Graphics - 9/10
The graphics are truly stunning. Big huge temples, sprawling landscapes, and trap filled tombs are your locales. The stage layouts are stunning also, with amazing set pieces and levels to conquer. Once you see a level you will be in awe. Once you figure out what you have to do to get to the end of the stage, you will be gobsmacked.

Sound - 8/10
The sound is somewhat the biggest flaw of this game. The voice acting has a strong English accent to it, which makes no sense. There is even a guard with a cockney accent in there that you need to help out. The sound also appears to be of very low quality, and at times very muffled and not too clear. I think if more time had been spent in this area, then it would have been a perfect game.

Gameplay - 10/10
Gameplay is to say the least amazing. Your hero has an amazing amount of moves at his disposal from running along walls, to death defying jumps, he can perform them with amazing detail. The best move at his disposal though is the Dagger of Time. This amazing piece of kit is basically a weapon that's also a time machine. How so I hear you say? Well, imagine if you will, that you have to make it accross a huge casm to the other side. Make one fatal mistake and you're dead. Well, say you make that mistake, rather than "Game Over" you use the Dagger of time, to rewind time to the point before you made that mistake, then do it another way, but this time get it right. The dagger can also slow down time, giving you more time to think. It's this one single element that makes Sands of Time a truly amazing gaming experience.

Replayability - 8/10
Sands of Time is in no way a long game, but the fun that you have during that time will make you want to play it again and again. Plus there is a special unlockable in the game that will make you play even more.

Overall - 9/10
I've been dissapointed with the amount of trash being produced in the gaming scene as of late, and thankfully this is a nice breath of fresh gaming goodness. I didn't expect much from this game to be honest, and that's the magic of it. You can start out with one conception of the game, and come out of it with another. A truly remarkable game, and worthy of a purchase.

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