In the world of Xbox 360 games, it is sometimes difficult to find appropriate games for your preteen. At this age they are starting to look for something more challenging than Mario Brothers and the like, but you are not ready to let them play the more violent and not to say more abundant games for older teens and adults. Well one such game that fits this niche is Prince of Persia.
The Prince of Persia Xbox video games began with Prince of Persia: Sands of Time in 2003. In this first version, the characters were very cartoon in features, but the overall graphics were beautiful, and the game play was new and fun. It required a great balance of controller skills to maneuver the characters along walls and trapezes and to beat the occasional “Boss” and puzzle logic to figure out just how to get from one location to the next. The result was a game that was fun for nearly everyone in your family.
With the anxious arrival of the sequel, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, many, including myself, were deeply disappointed to see that the authors had tried to appeal to older teenagers by providing more realistic graphics and exceedingly gory scenes. In fact, within only a few minutes of the opening of the game, the player was witness to several very realistic decapitations. That was enough to cause this person to return the game without any further play. They may have added some hardcore gamer fans, but I’m sure this was at the loss of many more family players.
After this disastrous attempt, it was a pleasure to find that the third installment, Prince of Persia, had returned to all the great features that made the game great fun in the first place. The graphics are improved over the original game, particularly the characters, but a cartoon feel remains to remind the players that this is fun not war. While this game is still suitable for younger children, your preteens and even teens will appreciate the increased realism of the graphics and the more involved game play. I would highly recommend this game for your family.