Prince of Persia
The Two Thrones

Format: PS2

3 307210 197535
Age Restrictions: 16+
09 December 2005

The Prince of Persia makes his way home to Babylon, bearing with him Kaileena, the enigmatic Empress of Time, and unspeakable scars from the Island of Time. But instead of the peace he longs for, he finds his kingdom ravaged by war and Kaileena the target of a brutal plot. Cast to the streets, hunted as a fugitive, the Prince soon discovers that the Sands have tainted him, too. They have given rise to a deadly Dark Prince, whose spirit gradually possesses him...

The Two Thrones is the third in the Prince of Persia series of games. And, if you enjoyed the previous instalments (The Sands of Time and Warrior Within, you will be truly blown away by this release.

For the first time you can alternate between two personalities, both of which wield different weapons and abilities as well as having very different combat styles. This allows you to strangle enemies from afar with the deadly chain; or surprise them with full speed kill moves. Sadly though, you don't get the option of when to change character - this happens at set parts of the game automatically.

While I know this is not going to be to everyone's taste I think there is a certain charm to it. The graphics are incredibly impressive and the gameplay is addictive - if a little difficult in places.

I have to admit to being a little frustrated with certain areas of the gameplay. The chariot sections of the game are incredibly difficult - one wrong move and your vehicle, and you, are destroyed. Also the boss segment where you have to kill two opponents is unrelenting in it's punishment to the unskilled gamer but, like the huge boss in the arena, once you know what you have to do it's not too much of a chore.

At the end of the day though, there is no disputing the fact that this is a pretty game that hides quite a few sins. But for kick ass action, you'll find it hard to beat The Two Thrones.

Nick Smithson

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