I don’t know what it is about the Prince of Persia series. I think I’ve always liked them more as a concept and via watching the cool trailers than actually playing. Eventually, all the wall running and jumping along with the bad camera angles gets a bit tiring after awhile. The Sands of Time remain the high watermark of the series, last year’s game was just ridiculous, they took away most of the combat and you every time you missed a jump your partner was there to save you. That I didn’t mind as much because I hate starting over a lot.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands takes the game back to its roots, the combat has returned and you actually have to make all your jumps now. The story takes places sometime after the Sands of Time but before last year’s game. It’s an odd duck, because it’s not a tie in to the movie, just timed to release along side it, but there are some elements early on, like adding a back story to the Prince and the inclusion of his brother into the story. His brother foolishly unleashes an Army whose goal is to topple their Kingdom and rule the world.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a movie filled with running, jumping, fighting [with fists, words, knives, snakes and darts – among other things]. Like Thief of Baghdad on acid, it is filled with visual wonders and feats of derring-do. It is, in fact, a swashbuckler that, CG aside, owes far more to Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Errol Flynn than the videogame on which it is allegedly based. Spoiler: if you’re expecting War and Peace, stay home!
I don’t know. I just don’t know…. I’m not sure if I really liked Prince of Persia or not. I’m not one of these critics who have an irrational hatred for all things Jerry Bruckheimer, I actually love most of his movies (except the Transformer series) and recently watched Armageddon again on Blu-ray and still love that movie – it makes me cry every time, yeah I’m a Sap. So back to Prince of Persia, I honestly don’t know if I liked it or not. I will say it’s the best video game movie – ever, but that’s damning the movie with faint praise.
UbiSoft sent over the official Prince of Persia Video Game launch trailer and I’m getting excited for this game. The last version, Warrior Within was a major step back for the franchise but it looks like they are bringing the fighting back for this new installment. It’s hitting all platforms in a few weeks, just in time for the movie.
Between the movie and the upcoming game, Prince of Persia news is heating up. I still have my Wondercon footage from the Press Conference, unfortunately my Macbook isn’t cooperating at the moment. In the meantime take a look at gameplay footage from the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Wii. This is the old school Prince that I like.
To coincide with Hollywood’s planned “Prince of Persia” blockbuster starring Jake Gyllenhaal and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Ubisoft announced that the “Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands” video game is in development and is scheduled to be released May 2010 for consoles and handhelds.
Jerry Bruckheimer – one of my favorite Hollywood Producers recently unveiled some new footage from the upcoming Prince of Persia movie staring Jake Gyllenhaal. I’m a fan of the games, but Video Game movies have a bad history and this one stars Jake G. So who knows if it’ll be any good.
Prince of Persia is one of my favorite game franchises, I really dug the last two games in the series. The footage Ubi-Soft released this week makes me giddy with excitement for the latest installment. The graphics look amazing and the gameplay looks interesting. The one thing that I have concerns about is why did they have add an annoying side kick? She’s irritating as heck in this six minute sample, I can’t imagine having her around for an entire game. Why, Ubi, why? Check out the video clilp, like I said, other than the sidekick and bad dialogue, this really seems to bring the series back to it’s platforming roots.