Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands First Impression

We follow the prince on one of his many adventures after Sands of Time in Ubisoft's upcoming adventure game.

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The prince has certainly kept himself busy during the seven year gap between the Sands of Time and Warrior Within. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on the Wii recounts the story of just one of his many crazy adventures that is different from the events that are being told in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC version. This game is also not related to the movie that is coming out in May. We met with lead game designer Yanick Piche who walked us through several levels of The Forgotten Sands, as well as showed us some of the prince's new moves, sand powers, and the introduction of cooperative play.

Ubisoft isn't willing to reveal much about the story because the game begins by throwing you in the midst of a crumbling city, and as you progress through the areas, you'll eventually learn how the prince got there. All we know for now is that he has lost his dagger, and with that, he has lost the ability to rewind time. But the prince has stumbled across a magical artifact, which now grants him special sand powers. A genie will accompany you on your adventure, but unlike Elika who will save you from certain death, the genie hovers around you like Tinkerbell and is most useful when you have a friend playing with you. At any time, a second player can jump in to take over the role of the genie to help you find the right path or highlight important things onscreen you may have missed while performing extensive acrobatic maneuvers.

As you progress through the game, you'll learn three types of sand powers that can be used in combat and to navigate through intricate levels. Instead of looking for the right path to find your way to the next room, this version of The Forgotten Sands is about creating your own path. At first, you'll be limited in terms of what path to take as the game brings you up to speed, but as time goes on, you'll eventually have the freedom to solve the platforming puzzles however you like. The first power you'll receive is the ability to create an anchor (or a ring) that you can put on the surface of any wall to help you scale it or provides a place to latch on and just hang out. In combat, this power will freeze enemies, and you can use it to slow traps, as well as other hazardous moving obstacles. To help you get to higher ground, the second power you'll receive is the ability to form a sand pillar. When enemies run into this pillar, it functions like a trap by bursting and tossing them in the air. The final sand power allows you to create a protective sphere that can suspend you in midair. You can use this to position yourself for another jump in a new direction or save yourself from a potentially disastrous fall. If an enemy runs into you when you're in this shield, it'll freeze him or her temporarily and give you the opportunity to counterattack.

You can only use one sand power at any given time, and there's a quick recharge time in between each use. An example of how to use the powers together was demonstrated when we were faced with a large chasm that had a horizontal pole on one end, making it impossible to reach with just a wall run. We watched as the prince called forth a spiraling sand pillar, wiggled his way to the top, and then created a ring on the wall. After jumping onto the ring, he bounded away from the wall and created a sphere that allowed him to hover in midair. This allowed the prince to turn toward the pole and then pounce safely in the direction of it. Collectibles strewn across the area will give you a hint as to the most ideal way to get across, and energy orbs that fill up a three-orb meter let you restart from the last platform in case you fall; otherwise, you'll be bumped back to the last fountain save point. Because you have the freedom to create your own way, there are plenty of secret areas to find if you decide to wander off the beaten path. So, it's worth it to explore areas that would otherwise be impossible to access without your powers.

Being able to call forth a magic bubble comes in quite handy when you're aiming for hard to reach areas.

When a game is built specifically for the Wii, it generally means that motion control is involved in some form or another. This is definitely the case with The Forgotten Sands. Most of the time, you're using the remote to point and activate plates with your sand power. But in combat, swinging the remote correlates to slashing while using the nunchuk correlates to punching monsters in the face. Foes in groups of up to six will come in waves, with an enemy leader highlighted by a beam of light so that if you take him or her out first, which forces the others to flee. You gain experience as you clear enemies, so it's up to you to determine how much time you want to spend in combat. As you fill up your experience meter, you'll also gain new combat skills like an area tornado attack or a charge attack.

To make the game more accessible, a hint system is in place where you can hit up on the D pad to receive a clue as to where you need to go. When making difficult jumps, a blue line will appear at times to let you know whether that route is even possible to attempt. The developer explained that Ubisoft wanted this to be a social experience and an accessible one. You can coordinate with a friend by passing off your sand abilities to the genie while your friend then helps you freeze traps as you focus on fighting enemies or tricky platforming sections.

Use your sand powers to slow down traps.

Similar to the other next generation Prince of Persia games coming out, this one has a distinct Sands of Time feel and look to it. You'll hear Yuri Lowenthal's familiar voice as he banters with his genie companion while you effortlessly make your way through once splendid-looking castles that are now decorated with overgrown vines or run along the decaying walls in deserted city streets. We look forward to bringing you more of the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands as we approach its May 18 release date.

Discussion

112 comments
CapedCod
CapedCod

I'll have to pick this up; I've never played a PoP game before.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

Interesting I wonder how its gonna look on the wii

Leg3nd4ry
Leg3nd4ry

I know this game is not supposed to have anything to do with the movie but i really hope they didn't rush this just to release it at the same time. I really love prince of persia and would hate for this one to suck. Also i'd like these controls to not be as fail as Rival Swords.

EdvardVG
EdvardVG

i can´t wait for it to come out, i´ve loved every title, except the new one for ps3 and xbox360.

Shad_Zero
Shad_Zero

With wii controllers can be a good combination.Wait to see.

mthe1337one
mthe1337one

the control scheme better be solid. either that or let us have the option of using CC or GC controller.

alpartelides
alpartelides

@kratospete, how did you get that awsome animation thing? plz answer

alpartelides
alpartelides

Is this game rated teen or mature? I hope this game is good! is this the best prince of persia?

hotbodyboy_2006
hotbodyboy_2006

ESRB Teen?? Teen?? That means no blood. Man!! the quality seriously has to be like SOT because SOT is the only action adventure game that got high ratings without gore. All other games DMC, POP WW, GOW get high ratings for gore. POP T2T and POP 2008 got low scores because of lack of gore. Sad but True.

blancobo
blancobo

I read somewhere that this game was coming for the PS3 and the 360... none the less, the US dude repeatedly stated the game was built from the ground up for the Wii for the Wii... I missed some part of the article or something... Kind of confusing!

screamo2oreo
screamo2oreo

another pointless addition like prince of persia for the xbox 360 and ps3.....hooray with much sarcasm

SVX10ch
SVX10ch

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kratospete
kratospete

its great to know the old prince is back!

helborhamy
helborhamy

@murgurth True that, but still most movie-based games are bad

Murgurth
Murgurth

well helborhamy the wolverine game for the ps3 and 360 was based on a movie and it was pretty good

helborhamy
helborhamy

I am really glad this is going to be like the previous prince of persia games and will not be related to the movie, because so far, I have never seen a good game based on a movie, if you know one please tell me.

Gotteencs
Gotteencs

finaly a new PoP GAME!!! I can't wait to play it!!!!

nate1222
nate1222

I love PoP T2T (Gamecube). I liked the change in art style for the 360/PS3 7th gen POP game. But I was very put off by the lack of time manipulation in it. It almost felt like it had gone from "Prince of Persia" to just being a regular platformer with a Middle-Eastern motif.

wexorian
wexorian

Hmm i did not got it this guy was speaking wii exclusive version game or wii version mechanic exclusives? if wii game version is another story Ubi is not telling us 360.ps3 and pc version game details.

Snicker-Man
Snicker-Man

i cant wait till this game came out im so glad that i got a wii

iluvcards
iluvcards

WTF?!?!since when did ubisoft bacome f@gs?!?!?!?!?! the trilogy of prine of persia (sands of time to the two thrones) were great!why ruining it?!! this beutiful trilogy were my favorite games of all time and now it is all wreked by the 4th game and NOW their making another one?!hope this game will compencate for the last one....WTF?!

calvinsora
calvinsora

As long as it isn't like the newest PoP, I'll be happy.

ZeeAlien
ZeeAlien

Your ruining what was once my favorite game series by adding another game that will not be able to measure up to the greatness of the others and i really hope that you dont go overboard and add things to the game that wouldnt make sense if we replayed the second and third games.

madd-gamer
madd-gamer

i'm certain this is thr for PC also....

reachTr8per
reachTr8per

@LTK_Style Look at the upper right corner is says also on pc ps3 360 psp ds,this guy is saying that different version will be on wii,the true version of the game.

Teebown24
Teebown24

THIS game is only available for the WII. there is another game coming out for the 360, PS3 and PC under the same name. the article quite literally says that in the second sentance of the article. Observation skills= fail.

LTK_Style
LTK_Style

ONLY for WII?? I simply cannot believe that! All PoP's till now were for PC too. And giving the fact that GS says there's gon be for PC as well, I assume this guy's got it wrong. =D

Vlad27cena
Vlad27cena

just on WII?.... :| ...a little confused cause when i search for "Prince of Persia: it says it will be on PC , X360 and PS3 too.... would suck to be just on wii....

artyom570568
artyom570568

POP for wii only? are you fking kidding me? what about all the prince of Persia fans that don't have this console?

danielmbg
danielmbg

I think this game will be for all consoles, not just for the wii, although the guy in the video says it's exlusive, but I think the mechanics is exclusive, not the game. I really want to play a new Prince of Persia (sands of time) on the 360. The other for the 360 were so boring, the sands of time series was the best.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

@shogun656 It takes a really pathetic person to troll, I guess that describes you in a nutshell. Anyway, if this suppose to be a return to the SoT trilogy, why would they remove the defining mechanic of the series.

shogun656
shogun656

@Smasher4ya u are so right. who cares about wii

shogun656
shogun656

this game is good and all but there is one problem, it is on a sucky system (wii)

Elian2530
Elian2530

I hope that's just artwork they're showing.. because the graphics do not impress me at all. Sure, gameplay is most important, especially in POP but this is 2010. I'm still looking forward to this POP but I hope they do more than just the same old POP style.

cornellcobain
cornellcobain

haha it sounds like the guy said "the Fu**ing Sands"

Sophia
Sophia

@ionescu_dan2009 - there are multiple versions with the same title. Wii and DS are completely separate from the 360/PS3/PC versions. This preview/interview is for the Wii only, but the 360, PS3 and PC version is a different game, story and mechanics. Also for anyone who keeps asking, this is not a movie tie-in. Considering there is a movie coming out, it makes sense to release it around the same time to get it on people's radar but the games are not based on the movie but the movie is based on the previous trilogy. The only relation the two have is that the stories are set in the Sands of Time universe, which is why the prince is wearing the same clothes.

gavachotrece
gavachotrece

Glad Ubisoft didn't choose to abandon the Wii in development of this new title. I loved POP 2008, so hopefullt this will get me back into the series again.

Stryder_18
Stryder_18

I really hope this isn't like a movie cash in game. Because to me it seems a little odd that we never heard about the game before and its going to be released on May 18th and the movie comes out the 28th. Smells a little fishy to me but as long as its a good game I wont care either way.

BlackToXiN
BlackToXiN

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ionescu_dan2009
ionescu_dan2009

wait a second did he just said that it will only be on wii? WHYYY ALL THIS HATE ??!?! I dont get it. They think taht if a find a game that i like very much only for console i will buy the damn console for it ? I'll never ever do a stupid thing like that. So why make it only for the console when it was originaly from pc ? Pls reply i really want to know :|

redder1111
redder1111

Ubi Did a miracle! this graphics on wii ( Weakest console EVER) ? oO !!!

isaac2006
isaac2006

I HAVE PLAY ALL THE PRINCE OF PERSIA . I THINK IS A BAD IDEA TO BRING THIS GREAT GAME TO THE Wii . I HAVE A Wii SYSTEM & DONT LIKE IT.

SgtNemo
SgtNemo

The Movie has nothing to de with the this new PoP game!

tweakgame
tweakgame

looks like a prince of Persia a mock tail - a mix of Prince of Persia warrior within and Prince of Persia 2 thrones.... but the sad is this new POPFS is a solo play i mean the character prince only playable