Summary: Parents need to know that this is a good choice for teens and older game players. There is a fair amount of violence, but the game does not dwell on it. Much of the fun comes from the challenge of figuring out how to get past the traps and tricks of the palace.
Excerpt: Given its popularity in parts of the world, rugby has had surprisingly little representation in videogames in recent years. While the sport doesn’t garner the same level of attention as football, it says a lot that this is the first rugby game on the current generation of consoles. It doesn’t act like it though. Rugby World Cup 2011 is a game that assumes you know too much, delivering an experience that is initially bewildering and tests your patience.
Excerpt: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is an odd conundrum as a video game. Strictly speaking, Forgotten Sands is not a movie-tie in, though it was released in the same month as the feature film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time . Furthermore, Forgotten Sands abandons the vivid, colorful world created for 2008’s Prince of Persia reboot, and revisits the timeline of the last generation trilogy originated by Sands of Time in 2003.
Excerpt: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is a welcome return to Ubisoft’s popular franchise. It’s a swashbuckling, well-polished adventure, overflowing with the usual assortment of elaborate puzzles, treacherous traps and interesting enemies, that sees the Prince showing off his acrobatic and fighting prowess, and more than your fair share of thrills and spills.
Excerpt: The best comparison to make for Ubisoft’s Prince of Persia reboot isn’t wholly the Sands of Time Trilogy, but also another big hitter released this year, Fable II. Both games feature helpful companions, lightly penalize death and just generally have a focus on accessibility. Being a reboot and all, the previous Prince and Farrah are gone and, from a story standpoint, there’s no connections to the previous games, which means those who for some reason let them pass them...