Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

Posted by SadExchange
12/24/2005
Released on: 12/1/2005
Developed by: Ubisoft
Published by: Ubisoft

Fans of the series must pick this game up newcomers to the series should pick up the series its that good.

Score

9.05

The Sands of Time trilogy has finally come to its conclusion. Being the third Prince of Persia game by Ubisoft in three years, it brought itself to store shelves on December 6th of 2005. Fans of the series were able to enjoy the ending of this wonderful ride with the same great action and combat from the previous two games, but it just seemed that this game was the best overall because of its split between puzzle solving and combat being equally split down the middle. The developers took the best aspects of the previous games and really exposed them to the player in this title creating the final finale in the great story that has progressed through the trilogy. From their moves, the developers have stated that they're not finish with the Prince of Persia and I can't think of a better way to end a trilogy than to make it the best game yet.

Those of you who start up The Two Thrones for the first time and see the intro movie may be a little bit confused because of how the game starts. The actual intro of this game comes right after the special ending of the second game, Warrior Within. So, if you only saw one of the endings in Warrior Within and you're confused from the beginning, chances are you didn't have the special ending. But there's no need to worry because the story meshes itself out by the end and you don't feel so left in the dark. The story that you progress through in the Two Thrones goes on as if the first game, Sands of Time, never happened. With the prince having mercy on Kaileena and not killing her, the sands of time from the first game were never created, meaning that your actions from the first game never happened and you never met Farah who happens to make an appearance in The Two Thrones. The whole storyline is put well together and does move the game along quite nicely and by the end, you'll feel conclusion to the trilogy, mainly because of there only being one ending.

The graphics in The Two Thrones have been improved since Warrior Within slightly and look fairly decent, considering that it's going off the same graphic engine since the first game in the trilogy. The prince's appearance has changed since Warrior Within which is many fans of the series wanted and the environments look great as well. With every game in the series, all of the different environments and level design was superb. Many fans were disappointed with the smaller level design in Warrior Within and with the lack of puzzles, but The Two Thrones brings back both of those aspects with steam. Although, if you're a fan of the trilogy since it started with Sands of Time, the puzzles in The Two Thrones won't be that difficult to you. There are still hidden power-ups like the previous installments, but unlike Warrior Within, there re special swords that you're able to find in The Two Thrones. The amount of combat moves in this latest released has slightly increased since last year and fans of the newly created combat fighting style from Warrior Within will be extremely happy with the amount of moves in this new game. Differently than before, you're able to sneak up on enemies and do "Speed Kills," which involves pressing the mouse button at the right time to complete these easy kills. Speed Kills will also be used on the bosses of this game which were also given great care with graphics and life. From an immense giant to a flying sand-like god, you'll be thrust into different situations where you need to make quick, but smart decisions to proceed through the game.

The sound, much like the two previous installments is done quite well. With voice acting being fairly decent in the game. Those who pre-ordered the game were treated with a soundtrack of all the music involved and it is somewhat different than Warrior Within which based its main theme song off of a Godsmack tune. That's not to say that the music is has a totally soft edge to it. I would just say that it suits the game nicely. With having the "Persian" flare to most of the songs on the soundtrack, while playing through the different levels in The Two Thrones, you'll easily notice how the music and sound of the game add that much more atmosphere to the overall title.

One new aspect for the series is the role of the Dark Prince. At different times throughout the game, you'll be changed into what is known as the Dark Prince which happens to be a master of killing enemies. Unlike the prince who must take several jabs at his enemies to kill them, the Dark Prince uses what is known as his Daggertail to completely massacre his foes, but that because he needs to. The Dark Prince is derived from the Sands of Time and lives off the sands of the enemies around him while his healthy slowly deteriorates. At first, this slow loss of health may put some added pressure on you, but after you begin to learn the fighting style of the Dark Prince, you'll have no worries traversing through the many buildings of Babylon. Along the same lines as the Prince, the Dark Prince is able to do speed kills as when with repeatedly taping a button to finish off his enemies. The Prince himself follows more of the original style of himself when he was first in Sands of Time, while the Dark Prince comes from the character derived from Warrior Within who was definitely filled with more blood lust. While many fans were disappointed with the darker tone of the prince in Warrior Within, fans of the series will not feel the same way about the Dark Prince this time around.

Like the previous two games, there isn't a multiplayer component to this game, but there doesn't need to be either. Although there are not multiple endings to persuade you to go through the game multiple times, The Two Thrones should just entice you because of its rich level design and the perfect combat style of fighting that's been given to the prince over the past three games. Ubisoft, although not making anything innovative or groundbreaking, give the player a great experience not only from the beginning of The Two Thrones to the end, but from the beginning of the Sands of Time trilogy to the end.

Overall, any fan of the two previous game should play this game and anyone just looking into the Prince of Persia Trilogy should just pick up the whole trilogy because it'll become more and more fun as you progress through the whole storyline of the trilogy. With having the game last around twelve hours through the first play through, you can tell Ubisoft spent a little bit of time making a great game.
Gameplay10.00
Graphics9.00
Sound9.00
Story/Plot9.00
Replay Value8.00
Stability9.00
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