The Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands proves largely enjoyable
The Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands (Ubisoft; PC, PS3, Xbox 360; rated teen)
This latest chapter in the story of the Prince is a return to the platforming style of gameplay that came with Ubisoft’s original reboot, The Sands of Time. You’ll run, jump, and swing your way through some dynamic desert environments, all in the attempt to prevent an undead army from turning the world to sand.
Granted special powers by a djinn named Razia, the Prince once again has the power to rewind time. He can also use elemental forces—wind, fire, water, earth—to attack and defend, and collecting experience by defeating enemies allows you to upgrade those powers. Also making a return are the traps: spinning poles and swinging logs with spikes and razor-sharp discs that run up and down walls.
The fighting part of the game is a bit run-of-the-mill, but aside from that tediousness, Forgotten Sands is a welcome and largely enjoyable experience.