YMMV / Prince of Persia

  • Author's Saving Throw: The Two Thrones makes an amusing, fairly original and largely effective attempt to turn back from the approach taken by the gratingly Darker and Edgier Warrior Within by having the Prince reconcile his attitude and return to his more optimistic original outlook.
  • Awesome Music: All of the games (as well as the movie) have truly remarkable music.
    • The entire soundtrack to Sands of Time, done by multi-instrumentalist Stuart Chatwood with extra help from session musicians. Glad to know his experience with the whole Mideastern-rock fusion thing from his days in The Tea Party was put to very good use.
    • Special attention should be given to the PC/Xbox360/Playstation 3 Forgotten Sands soundtrack as well. Wow...
  • Complete Monster: The Vizier from the Sands of Time series is the Treacherous Advisor of the Maharajah of India and the main antagonist of the first and third games. In flashbacks, he abducts the wife of daeva prince Saurva to compel the latter to steal the Box of One Thousand Restraints from the Persians, knowingly causing the war between Persians and daevas, and murdering the hostage even after his demands have been met, then sealing Saurva and his entire army inside the box. He subsequently attempts to make Saurva’s sister Sindra his wife then curses her with madness upon refusal. Suffering an incurable illness, he seeks immortality and godhood, and is willing to betray everyone to achieve his plans. He first betrays the Maharajah by killing the gatekeeper, allowing the Persian army to take the city. The Vizier later tricks the Prince into causing the Sands of Time to spread across a Persian city and turn the population into sand monsters. When the Prince rewinds time to warn Princess Farah, the Vizier plots to kill them both and frame the Prince for the murder of Farah. When the Prince accidentally undoes the Vizier's death, the latter, leading an army, murders the Maharajah, takes over the kingdom, and captures Farah before he mercilessly sacks Babylon and has King Sharaman killed. He then abducts and kills Kaileena, the Empress of Time, causing the Sands of Time to reappear again and turn the Vizier's entire army into monsters. Ruling Babylon as the renamed God of Time, Zurvan, he allows his generals to commit atrocities on the civilians such as taking them to the arena or locking a bunch of people in a burning building while he personally kills the remains of the resistance. In the final act of the game, he abducts Farah in order to forcibly transform her into his immortal queen.
  • Contested Sequel: Warrior Within. You'll find either fans of the first game who hate it with passion or others who think this is the best in the series.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Shahdee in Warrior Within and Kaileena (depending from the ending).
  • Game-Breaker: In Sands, the wall-bounce can knock down - thus basically killing - just about any enemy. Any enemy it can't take care of is vulnerable to the vaulting attack. Nerfed in the sequels.
  • Genius Bonus: The Forgotten Sands contains several references to King Solomon that seem enormously out of place if you only know him from The Bible. However, in both Jewish and Islamic mythologies, Solomon was a powerful sorcerer. In The Sands of Time, the Prince twice mentions Rostam, a famous hero in Persian mythology, and Farah reads out a passage from Rumi in the library.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In Warrior Within, when Shaddee is about to stab him in the back, the Prince rants that: "Where I come from we face our opponents. And if our enemy is unarmed we offer them a sword!" However the next game has the quick time events that allow you to kill your enemies from behind, making the Prince a huge hypocrite.
    • In The Sands of Time, after the Prince runs away from the Vizier with the Dagger of Time in his hands, the former says of him: "The man who had tricked me now had his prize but for some unknown purpose coveted the dagger as well, would stop at nothing to possess it. Well, I would give him what he sought. I would plunge it into his foul and treacherous heart!" In The Two Thrones the Vizier uses the Dagger to transform himself into Zurvan, and towards the end of the game, in fulfillment of his Exact Words, the Prince leaps off from a high place to deliver the Finishing Move to the weakened Zurvan and, after the camera's pause and Orbital Shot worthy of The Matrix, plunges the dagger into his foul and treacherous heart. In an ironic nod, after he pulls the Dagger from Zurvan's body, the Famous Last Words of the latter are: "This is not what the Dagger promised!"
  • Memetic Mutation: "I smolder with generic rage", Penny Arcade's mocking of the Darker and Edgier changes to the Prince's character in Warrior Within.
    • Ascended Meme: One of the preview videos for The Two Thrones has the devs explaining that the Prince doesn't "smolder with generic rage" in the new game.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Wonder why the Dahaka scares the Prince so much in Warrior Within? Because not even in his signature ability to rewind time is he safe from it. This is because you can only understand what the Dahaka is saying when he rewinds time.
  • Player Punch: The Prince's father is a boss in Sands of Time. Guess what happens.
  • Polished Port: The SNES version of the original game. Needless to say, this port was by a completely different developer from the one who did the port of its sequel.
  • Porting Disaster: Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame on the SNES. As one comment on YouTube put it:
  • Rated M for Money: Warrior Within which ramped up the rating to M — by adding gushers of blood, foul language, sadomasochistic enemies, and a Prince embittered and hardened by running for his life for seven years. One of the most blatant cases of this trope on record. Series creator Jordan Mechner, who had a hand in Sands of Time, has been vocal about his disapproval of Ubisoft's sequels.
    • Strangely, The Two Thrones was also rated M, even though it was more on the level of Sands of Time. Rumor was that it was based on content that was changed by release, which seems confirmed since the Wii and PSP versions are both T.
  • Sequel Displacement: The sands of time trilogy for the younger generation.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Prince of Persia Classic replaced the fat guard in level 6 with an ogre-like creature. Fans were NOT pleased.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: No matter what you do, The Two Thrones only has one ending. There is no bad ending where the dark prince wins.

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