Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands can be described as a great game that every PS3 owner should have, I mean, if you thought Prince of Persia 3: The Two Thrones was a good workout then you haven’t seen anything yet until you play Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands. The sarcophagi that you find in the various locales in the game are strategically placed in places where you have to use your skills to get to.
There are tons of sand enemies in the game but they’re no stronger than your average leader of the pack from PoP3. Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands is a great game that will truly test the limits of a gamer’s ability to be able to act on a moment’s notice. I can’t say enough good things about the game and I always look forward to playing it.
The bosses in the game are not too tough and neither are the mini-bosses and I can assure you that they can be used to clean house when the time comes that you’re surrounded, you might even get a good laugh on top of it.
In this post, I’m going to discuss why Prince of Persia the Forgotten Sands is so great, why the Sarcophagi are not worth stressing over, freezing water, the sword upgrade and the elemental powers. So without further ado, let’s get right into……
In Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands, there are 21 Sarcophagi. In the beginning, you know, when I first started out playing this game, I made the biggest deal out of finding all of the Sarcophagi. However, over time as I was playing even on my recent playthrough, I just started feeling more and more apathetic about trying to find them all. I was more focused on working on the game and enjoying it.
However, make no mistake that I inspect my environment every time I enter a new room because the blue aura that the Sarcophagi emit can catch you off guard if you’re not attentive. Case in point, you go into a room that has a sarcophagus and you know it’s in there but you miss it because of the lack of clues pointing you toward it.
The blue aura that you see is the clue, you’ll have to work your way up to it as you well know. But, don’t make a big deal about missing any of the Sarcophagi, it’s no love lost because you’ll more than make that up by killing the enemies.
Oh and here’s a hint. Anytime you’re in a room with a big enemy, usually one of a bull-ish build, surrounded by enemies. Place yourself in front of the enemies so the bull runs them down and kills them, you’ll still get the points; just make sure that you move before the bull runs you down too. This is an easy way to thin herds of sand enemies quickly. This can be done multiple times until all of the enemies are dead or you’re satisfied with the enemy leftovers.
Freezing Water, in Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands, the concept takes on a whole new meaning. Personally, I think it was one of the most revolutionary concepts to happen in a video game since Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon and Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse. Incidentally, you’ll be given the power to freeze water which is awesome because it increases your chances of finding more sarcophagi because you’ll be able to reach places in the game you couldn’t before.
However, while it is easy to do, it can be dangerous when you’re in a rush like if you’re trying to clear a gap or even just trying to get across to another platform. My advice, be careful when you’re using this ability especially when you’re trying to get away from Ratash outside the Royal Chambers.
The kick ass Sword upgrade toward the endgame
Okay, now I have every good thing to say about this aspect of the game, and I’m a lover of the sword as well. Razia fuses with the Djinn Sword which is the only weapon that can destroy the ultimate big-bad, Ratash. Prince of Persia games don’t disappoint when it comes to sword upgrades, and Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands is no different. Personally, the new sword, despite getting it toward the endgame, is so powerful that destroying enemies in one to three hits become very possible.
This is something that, I feel, is a reward for all of the hardwork you’ve put in getting to that point in the game and if we’re being completely honest, your normal sword wouldn’t have been able to make Ratash run off a second time. Incidentally, I hate that the game had to end after getting the sword because it was one of the most powerful and most interesting blades I’ve ever held in any Prince of Persia game.
Honestly, there’s no greater prize to be held than a sword upgrade especially one that you’ve worked toward. Big enemies die in two to three hits and regular sand enemies die in one. A true prize indeed.
Elemental Powers, and my favorite
Not too long after getting into the thick of the game, you’ll be commanded to spend your XP (Experience Points) on upgrades such as life, elemental, time, etc. You’ll get a chance to command 4 elemental powers such as Earth, Water, Wind and Fire. The elemental powers in Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands is totally awesome and I assure that you’re going to need every single one. Also, it is to your benefit to sink points into these powers because you’ll be sorry if you don’t.
Earth – you’re surrounded by a Rock armor of sort which will keep you safe for a few seconds to a minute, enemy attacks will bounce off you. Naturally, sinking points into it will make the effect last longer
Ice – You fire an ice wave in front you that will damage enemies. Doing this will destroy all enemies in a straight line of you. Sinking points into this will allow the ice wave to deal lethal damage to enemies to where its an instant kill.
Fire – A trail of fire will surface behind you and if an enemy steps on it then they’re automatically dealt damage and/or destroyed. Strengthening this heightens the fire wave and its lethality.
Wind – You’ll be able to use this power to knock your enemies back a ways, strengthening this will create a massive tornado that’ll damage everything onscreen. This is my favorite power with Ice bringing up the rear.
Also, don’t forget that if you hold down the strike button (Square) until your weapon flashes, you’ll be able to unleash a power strike which can also be upgraded on the upgrade screen (press Select).
Prince of Persia Forgotten Sands is a great game that should be in every PS3 lover’s game collection. You’ll get your workout but the elemental powers will ensure that you don’t get too much of one. The sword upgrade toward the endgame is awesome along with the power to freeze water. The Sarcophagi are great to collect and get at as long as you pay attention to their blue aura which will point you to their location.
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