The Sands of Time

There are two things that piss me off about Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. One is the camera-angles that decide to act up at the worst of times and make me want to bash my keyboard and froth at the mouth. The second is the strange jumping move – you are stuck between two vertical walls, and you will have to make your way up to a ledge by multiple-jumping from one wall to the other. This move understandably gives me the heebie-jeebies everytime, and it’s very hard not to sob aloud when you fall to your death ONE FRIGGING JUMP AWAY from the top for the four hundred and thirty fifth time.

Or maybe I am just a bad gamer.

But it’s a great game, really. Like serioussam put it, when I was moaning away to him about my experiences with the camera-angles, the game glows, both in terms of eye-candy, storyline and gameplay. It makes my post-Half-Life-2 pains a thing of the past. ( I have this major hangup after playing a good game – it takes me about a month before I can even condescend to look at some other game – even if I do, I end up uninstalling the thing in disgust because of comparisons to the last game I played. This happened with Painkiller recently.) Ah, well, I am done with 33% of the game, and with a little bit of luck ( and loads of button-tapping) I should be done withit in a couple of days. After which, I shall torture my camera-addled third-person adventure gaming self by playing Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within.

Also, in related news, Princess Farah has replaced Alyx Vance in the “hottest game babe to bowl me over” category.


10 thoughts on “The Sands of Time

  1. i liked alyx vance because she seemed like a real woman, proportion-wise, rather than the over-inflated 15 year old fantasies that populate 99% of other games featuring a female.

  2. I keep meaning to get Sands of Time but I just haven’t yet. I don’t play video games enough anymore for me to buy games more than once every six months or so. But that game — and The Warriors — are the next two I have to get.

    • It’s really a well-made game, I must say, one of the reasons I am regretting the fact that I don’t own a joystick. Even if I did, I am not used to playing with anything other than a mouse and a keyboard.

  3. I used to think Prince of Persia – The Shadow and the Flame was the best game ever. That was back in the jurassic when ARR was just a sound you made when clearing your throat, of course.

    • Heh, yeah. I have to say I agree with you. For a kid who used a floppy-booted computer to try out Wordstar and play a bit of paratroopers, watching someone play the original Prince on a nearby computer was a headrush. I never really had the guts to ask the guy if I could try playing it. Seemed too complicated!

      • Anonymous says:

        I must say, though its been ages since I played my last ‘adventure’ game (Max Payne 2) it was games like wolf3D and prince of persia that actually got me interested as a kid… now its only football manager that i find interesting (i’ve always fancied myself a club manager)… i guess thats the child thats still left in me :)

        The Observer

  4. Heh. I’ve got to play this game. Paratroopers and the original Prince of Persia were the first games which I ever played. The only thing is, I hate the third person view. Its one of the reasons why Jedi Knight is among the very few hack’n’slash games that I have ever enjoyed. It was built on the Quake 3 engine, which meant that you could toggle the first person view with a light saber in your hands.

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