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The Prince of Persia franchise, once revered for its ground-breaking gameplay and captivating narratives, faced a prolonged hiatus of thirteen years following the release of The Forgotten Sands in 2010.

Despite its status as a beloved series, subsequent attempts at revitalising the franchise faltered, with cancelled reboots and a stalled remake of the original Sands of Time. Fans clamoured for a new instalment, their hopes buoyed only by rumours and leaks of what could have been.

In a surprising turn of events, Ubisoft broke the silence by unveiling Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, igniting a real sense of anticipation among enthusiasts. The announcement heralded the return of one of gaming’s most cherished franchises, promising a revival that would rekindle the magic of the Prince of Persia titles in their heyday. Here’s our review of The Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown on Xbox Series X.

The Price of Persia: The Lost Crown Review | TheEffect.NetStory

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown embarks on a journey that both defies convention and pays homage to its storied legacy. Departing from the accustomed narrative framework, players assume the role of Sargon, a valiant warrior enlisted in the ranks of the Immortals.

The titular prince, a symbol of nobility and resilience, falls prey to malevolent forces, his fate entwined with the cursed Mount Qaf. For the main narrative, you’re mission is laid out early on; venture into the heart of darkness, unravel the mysteries that shroud the mountain, and rescue the prince from impending doom.

The Price of Persia: The Lost Crown Review | TheEffect.NetThe narrative, while traversing familiar thematic terrain, unfolds with a sense of inevitability that belies its predictability. Yet, the characters, led by Sargon and his diverse ensemble of companions, inject vitality and warmth into the proceedings. Mount Qaf, an enigmatic realm steeped in lore and legend, emerges as a character in its own right, its haunted corridors and shadowed crevices inviting exploration and discovery.

The absence of the titular prince as the central protagonist marks a departure from tradition, yet this deviation is a testament to the franchise’s willingness to embrace innovation.

Gameplay

The gameplay experience in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a masterclass in design, seamlessly blending elements of platforming and combat to create a well-balanced overall package. The Metroidvania-style world of Mount Qaf unfolds with a sense of grandeur, its sprawling vistas and labyrinthine passages offering an engaging playground of sorts for players to decide how best they’d like to tackle certain obstacles.

Sargon’s arsenal of weaponry, including dual blades and a versatile bow that transforms into a deadly chakram, grants players a myriad of options in dispatching foes. The addition of amulets, each imbued with unique abilities that alter the fabric of reality, adds a layer of depth to the combat system. Players can experiment with different combinations, devising strategies that cater to their preferred playstyle.

The Price of Persia: The Lost Crown Review | TheEffect.NetCombat in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a ballet of blades and brute force, a symphony of destruction that unfolds with grace and precision. The fluidity of Sargon’s movements, coupled with the intuitive controls, elevates the experience to dizzying heights. Whether engaging in skirmishes against hordes of adversaries or duelling against towering behemoths, every encounter is a test of skill and strategy.

The inclusion of time-altering powers further amplifies the complexity of combat, allowing players to manipulate the flow of time to their advantage. From dashing through the air with lightning speed to rewinding the fabric of reality to evade deadly blows, Sargon’s abilities are as varied as they are awe-inspiring.

Platforming in Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is equally exhilarating, with Mount Qaf serving as a sprawling playground of death-defying leaps and intricate puzzles. From navigating treacherous chasms to scaling towering spires, every platforming section is a testament to the player’s reflexes and ingenuity.

The Price of Persia: The Lost Crown Review | TheEffect.NetA notable feature of the game is its accessibility options, which cater to players of all skill levels. From customizable difficulty settings to the inclusion of portals that aid in traversing challenging sections, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is designed to accommodate a wide range of players.

Visuals

The Lost Crown presents an intriguing visual mash up. Its vibrant colour scheme and varied landscapes, spanning multiple biomes, contribute to a visually striking gameplay experience. One really well implemented aspect is how the game cleverly utilises its 2D framework, which is most obvious in a number of boss encounters, ones which definitely evoke a palpable sense of excitement and challenge for players.

Although character designs lean towards a cartoonish style, this deliberate choice enhances combat animations, which, coupled with fantastic sound design, helps to maintain player engagement throughout the game.

Conclusion

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a triumphant return to form for a franchise that has long been dormant. With its engaging narrative, refined gameplay mechanics, and emphasis on exploration, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of one of gaming’s most cherished sagas.

Whether scaling the towering peaks of Mount Qaf or engaging in pulse-pounding combat against formidable adversaries, players are sure to find themselves enraptured by the timeless allure of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown.

The Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Pricing & Availability

The Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is available now on all current and previous generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series S|X, PS5, Nintendo Switch) and PC, starting at €49.99 on PC and Switch. It’s available an available title on Ubisoft+ which, for the PC version, starts at €17.99.

There’s also a free demo available across all of these platforms for anyone l0oking to test the game out before buying.

REVIEW: The Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown (XSX)
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4.5

Summary

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is a triumphant return to form for a franchise that has long been dormant. With its engaging narrative, refined gameplay mechanics, and emphasis on exploration, it stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of one of gaming’s most cherished sagas.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net