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 EdgierWarrior 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 Sandssoundtrack as well. Wow...
The Vizier, from the Sands of Time series, is the terminally ill advisor of the Maharajah, and is willing to betray everyone to obtain immortality and godhood. 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, then murders the hostage anyway and seals Saurva and his army inside the box. He subsequently curses Saurva's sister with madness upon her refusal to marry him. Years later, he betrays the Maharajah by allowing the Persian army to take the city. The Vizier later tricks the Prince into causing the Sands of Time to turn the population of Azad into sand monsters. When the Prince rewinds time to warn Farah, the Vizier plots to kill them both and frame the Prince for the murder of Farah. After his death has been undone, the Vizier, leading an army, murders the Maharajah before he sacks Babylon and has King Sharaman killed. He then kills Kaileena, the Empress of Time, causing the Sands of Time to reappear and turn the Vizier's 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 while he personally kills the resistance and finally abducts Farah to transform her into his immortal queen.
The Forgotten Sands (PSP version): Ahihud is the mightiest of the fire spirits, who feared death and thus relentlessly seeks true immortality. To become unkillable, Ahihud invaded and ancient kingdom, made from the blood of a fallen God who created the concept of time, and enslaved the daughters of a God, the Sisters of Time, while brainwashing and transforming all denizens of a kingdom into his personal demonic servants, who worship him as a God. Beginning to drain an elixir from the kingdom, which was its very essence, Ahihud ordered his assassin to start murdering all the royals of Persia, after he heard a prophecy that one of them would kill him in the future.
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 Thronesthe 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 last words of the latter are: "This is not what the Dagger promised!"
It's Short, So It Sucks!: A common criticism, mostly levied at The Sands of Time and The Two Thrones. Both games only clock in at about 4.5 hours on a single playthrough.
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. The PS3 remaster still retains its M rating, though.
Sequel Displacement: All of the Sands of Time trilogy / saga for the younger generation, including the 2008 reboot, the film adaptation, and The Forgotten Sands interquel. Said younger generation of gamers may no longer have access to the classic 2D Prince of Persia games.
Sophomore Slump: Warrior Within is remembered by fans for standing out because of its Darker and Edgier shift compared to the first game, leading to a Broken Base. Fortunately, the third game, The Two Thrones brings back the livelier tone, the vivid Arabian setting, and the more charismatic personality of the Prince, along with Yuri Lowenthal's voice acting.