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5 Best Prince of Persia Games of All Time, Ranked

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The Prince of Persia games are one of the earliest action-adventure series. Since 1989, the franchise has shaped and redefined the genre for the whole industry. Sure the games have had their highs and lows but when a title has been around for over three decades it's sure to have a few mishaps. Not all the games attained commercial success right away but after a while, they grew on the audience and gathered a rather loyal fanbase. Hence, in this case, the good outweighs the bad; thus, we have selected and ranked some of the best Prince of Persia games of all time. Keep reading to find out which Prince of Persia games are the most successful. 


5. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands - Launch Trailer

The Forgotten Sands is one of the most recent Prince of Persia games, and therefore, provides better visuals, graphics as well as more modern mechanics. Aside from a few bothersome bugs here and there, a lot of aspects in this game are pretty impressive. From the amazing elemental interactions, like freezing water and time, to the exciting powers like the whirlwind, flame trail and ice blasts. 

Although the title took a confusing turn in terms of featured stories, Ubisoft tried to salvage it by taking the series back to the classic Playstation 2 trilogy. However, they offered various storylines in the release of The Forgotten Sands, which plainly did not work out well. Aside from that, the gameplay was nothing short of brilliant; as the game had a challenging antagonist which gave it a thrill of its own. One of the most anticipated parts of the game involved his parts. Let's not forget the prince's unforgettable sidekick, Razia, who also dabbled up to be a significant addition to the game. For anyone looking to experience a Prince of Persia adventure, The Forgotten Sands is one you do not want to miss.


4. Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones

PRINCE OF PERSIA THE TWO THRONES Gameplay Walkthrough FULL GAME 100% (4K 60FPS) No Commentary

Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones is one of the best Prince of Persia games that left a significant mark in the industry. It is the most story-driven title which also came with one of the biggest hack and slash mechanisms ever. As the final entry to the Sands of Time trilogy, the game did not disappoint. Here, players get to learn about some consequential damages the Prince faces due to actions from previous events. 

The story revolves around the Prince's alter ego and the Dark Prince, where the Prince transforms into his alter ego at random. The weapon controlled by the Dark Prince requires constant health recharge as it easily depletes. Aside from amazing combat techniques, the game also features some pretty cool humor. The featured enemies and bosses are unique and make the game more thrilling. It involves an insane Vizier who stabs himself to transform into an immortal demonic creature whom players struggle to take down. It features some pretty hard parts but that's what makes it worth playing.


3. Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame

Prince of Persia® The Shadow and the Flame -- Launch trailer (short version)

Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame is Ubisoft's attempt to expand the combat mechanics of the series and as expected, they nailed it. Here the Prince is bent on returning to Persia to face Jaffar the evil wizard. The Prince's home is under catastrophic circumstances as the Princess is placed under a death spell as Jaffar takes the form of the Prince. Although short, the game is intense and the fights showcase an improvement from the game's 1989 prequel. It features some of the best characters and maps.

The game also focuses more on combat than in the previous series where enemies only appear one at a time. Here, players occasionally have to face up to four enemies at one go. Once the game timer starts counting, players cannot regain lost minutes unless they revert to a saved part of the game before the count down. Players get to explore larger areas in Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, making the experience more captivating.


2. Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within PlayStation 2 Trailer -

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within is one of the most critically acclaimed titles of the series. Aside from featuring one of the best hack and slash battle mechanics, it also provides one of the most memorable Playstation 2 experiences. In this case, players have access to an extra weapon to better exploit the hack and slash elements of the game. 

There are plenty of aspects to appreciate when it comes to Warrior Within. Starting from the exciting battles, an impressive terrain, binding storyline, amusing puzzles to the great battle experience that sums up the game's whole delight. The villains are also thrilling, engaging with some of them drastically changes the events of the story. The ending also features outstanding twists that one would only want to experience by themselves. Any Prince of Persia fan that has not played this game is missing out on one of the most iconic titles to ever come out of the series.


1. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time GameCube Trailer -

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the action-adventure that sought to set new standards in the genre. It combines the classic and modern gameplay into one of the best masterpieces to ever grace the Playstation 2 era. Similar to Warrior Within, The Sands of Time incorporates an original love story with incredible gameplay. 

In terms of art and design, this game takes the cue ahead of all the Prince of Persia titles. Since the storyline is so intense players can still play the game years later and enjoy its content; the game does not rely much on graphics as its sequels. Combat involves the Prince taking down the ferocious creatures created by the Sand of Time; a mysterious evil unleashed on the Kingdom as a result of the treachery of the Vizier. The Sands of Time has been a highly acclaimed title and its upcoming remake is greatly anticipated. Hopefully it measures up to its original substance.  


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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.

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