No no no, that's not how it happened!
A longtime fan of the Prince of Persia games, I was delighted when this title was released. I bought it for myself as a Christmas present in 2003 and haven't regreted it.
The story is simple. You play the role of the son of a mighty Persian king. After a victory over a rival ruler, you acquire a mysterious dagger and an hourglass filled with sand. At the prompting of a captured advisor, the prince uses the dagger on the hourglass, unleashing the sands within with devastating consequences. The dagger is none other than the fabled Dagger of Time, and the sands are the sands of time which transform nearly all within the confines of the palace into mindless sand creatures. THe prince sets out, first alone and later with the reluctant aid of the haughty princess Farah, daughter of the maharaja who originally owned the dagger. As the dig deeper it becomes apparent that the unleashing of the sands was a part of a sinister plot.
The story itself is excellent but I like the creative way it's presented. It comes across as te prince sitting in a tavern somewhere long after the actual events are over, recounting the tale of his adventures to any who are willing to listen. As it's presented as a recounting, it has an interesting way of dealing with your many deaths throughout the game. Each time you die, the prince will make a remark along the lines of "no no no, that's not how it happened."
The audio is also pretty good. A few of the voice clips are a bit muffled, such as the prince's "Do you wish me to leave before finishing my story?" when you quit the game. But the music is extremely well done and tends to fade in and out at the right moments to give you the feeling something big is about to happen. It's even possible to playy an updated version of the first level of the Original Prince of Persia game. As if that wasn't enough you can also unlock the full game of the original Prince of Persia, though that comes later in the game.
All in all this is a great game well worth having. It's definitely no piece of cake. You have to master all the Prince's various accrobatic abilities as well as learn whe and how to use the various abilities granted by the Dagger of Time, the most useful by far being the rewind ability which can enable you to erase a death if you're quick enough. If you haven't given this game a tr yet I wholeheartedly recommend that you do.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls, Idaho on 10/16/2013