This game is meant to follow after Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, and completely ignores the previous Prince of Persia game that came out in 2008.
The story is that the Prince visits his brother at Solomon's Castle only to find it under attack by an invading army. Making his way inside the castle he finds his brother only to learn that he plans on unleashing Solomon's Army to drive out the invaders. Needless to say, this does not turn out well.
The game features a robust combat system (although it tends to handle like the prince has heavy weights on his arms) and an experience system where upgrades can be purchased once enough XP is obtained. XP and unlocked abilities carry over from game to game but aside from gathering all the upgrades there is no reason to play the game more than once.
The movement system feels very clunky as well, with the animations for the prince when jumping from place to place and running along walls looking canned rather than the fluid motion we've grown to love and expect from the past several PoP games.
As stated before, this game comes off as a sequel to Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones and there is at least one link to back this up.
-There is an instance where the prince laments about always getting into these situations and always being bossed about by women during them "First Farah... now this..."
Aside from this, there is a continuity error. At the end of the game the prince mentions going back to his father and telling him of what happened at the castle, but for those who have played Two Thrones this is confusing, because the prince finds his father dead near the end of Two Thrones and reconciles the fact that he must take responsibility for his actions instead of trying to find ways to undo them to try and prevent his mistakes from ever occurring in the first place.
All that said, this game is a solid rent, and with only normal and easy difficulty has no real replay value past the first time through the story.
I just recieved it in the mail today and started playing it, its actually not a bad game im enjoying it alot and no its not based on the movie and the challenges are pretty fun to do and if you play through uplay on ubisoft u can unlock ezio off of assassins creed II but story and gameplay is fun and graphics are ok so i gave it a 8.
This game has gorgeous graphics and a story that is interesting but what really kills this game's fun is the frustrating albeit lag response at times. Such as, when you want to jump a certain way while running along a wall...the game will decide to just make you jump the wrong direction and cause you to have to replay the same sequence from the last checkpoint. This alone just bothered me to the point to where I would just leave the game for a few minutes or just turn it off. A decent rental but just be prepared to "dumb-down" your play style or give to the kiddos to try out. And don't expect to do alot in a hurry...this game creeps along in its action and objectives followed with a lot of repetition. I give it a medium 7 out of 10.