Prince of Persia
GC 2008: Prince of Persia Preview
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I present to you, Prince of Persia, but certainly not as we know it. It’s a franchise that has withheld the test of time and this year’s edition looks to be stronger than ever and has even been touted as a possible Game of the Year ... but come on, isn’t every promising title in this day and age? We got a chance to see more of the Prince in action at this year’s Games Convention and the game is shaping up pretty well.

“This is a new Prince, a new story, new artistic direction and kind of new gameplay” Ubisoft’s community development manager, Chris Easton told us. It’s not too much of a drastic change though, the game will still revolve around the “pillars of Prince of Persia” that made the franchise great; combat, acrobatics and puzzle solving all intertwined with an epic story.

The new artistic direction that the title is taking revolves primarily around that of its “cel-shaded-esque” visuals. I say “cel-shaded-esque” because Ubisoft will tell you that it’s actually “illustrative” which is a mix between cel-shading and realistic. Either way, it may not look as gritty as Prince of Persia titles of old, but it sure looks pretty. The whole idea was that the game is a living, breathing replication of its original concept art and they have done a fine job indeed.

In Prince of Persia, you don’t start off as a Prince, you are a mere wanderer travelling across the desert. You are then approached by Elika, some magical temptress and persuaded to rid the dark spirit that pollutes the land. Prince of Persia isn’t as linear as we would usually expect of a title in this series either, you pretty much choose the direction you want to go and then go that way without a care in the world.

Prince of Persia has always been about the Prince’s acrobatics and his agility and this new title, nothing has changed in that respect. Throughout the preview we managed to get a look at his “grip fall” using his gauntlet and his impressive acrobatics, and the games’ movement just screams fluency, whether it be the animation or the way that the Prince traverses the level. Ubisoft also fond time to show off one of the Prince’s new moves; the “roof run” which allows the Prince to take his action upside down, giving the Prince another acrobatic move to add to his already impressive skill list.

Throughout the game, the Prince will have a supportive character in Elika, who is invincible and we are informed she will not drag you down.  So it’s safe to say she definitely falls under the “supportive” category which unlike a lot of supposedly supportive characters we are given in the twenty-first century of gaming. You will have a button that you can use to access her, so she’ll either show you the way or more importantly, come out mid air to help you with a platform or reachable object that is just beyond your grasp.

One of the key aspects of Prince of Persia this year is the combat. The Ubisoft development team have decided to take the approach of, fewer but more epic battles with some really cool camera angles. Easton stated that the whole purpose of these one and one battles was to “feel every move, every attack you have” and he quite rightly pointed out that it “was like watching a film”. The combat truly does look visually fantastic especially as the Prince and the Hunter cling swords and armour together.

The controls for Prince of Persia are simple enough leaving the player having one button for Elika, one for the Prince’s sword, one for his Gauntlet, one button to jump and one button to block so we’ll all be bouncing around the levels in no time whatsoever.

Prince of Persia certainly is looking great at this stage. It may not be a Prince of Persia title that we are so used to but change in this respect was much needed and looks to be positive. I do kind of get the feeling the new cel-shaded look may deter folks away from what seems like an essential purchase, just as they have done with such great titles like Blue Dragon. Nevertheless, Prince of Persia looks to be a breath of fresh air and offers something totally different from all the shooters that are due out this year and we’re hoping the final version flows and plays as well as it looks.

Prince of Persia will be out in the holiday period of 2008 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.


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Comment #1 by xCaliber
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 12:59:36 AM
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nice, looks good
and btw first

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Comment #2 by Chocinator
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 01:02:54 AM
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I'll probably get this, it looks good.

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Comment #3 by undead-epidemic
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 01:05:20 AM
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This game looks awesome. I really can't wait to play it

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Comment #4 by WhAtThEaPpLeSaUcE17
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 01:31:28 AM
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@1 what a loser btw first that doesnt say your a douche bag by the way. So I am not sure if I like the new direction to the Prince cartoonism. I really hope this gets reviews, but I am staying away from this game until I hear some good reviews!

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Comment #5 by nobodieshero
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 03:32:03 AM
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OMFG This is my favorite series I am so excited.

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Comment #6 by wstussyb
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 04:20:30 AM
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Totally a buy on the 1st day...Kinda nice that are changing somewhat, I do hope it is for the better.

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Comment #7 by BackerMan
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 04:25:53 AM
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probably will pick it up. prince of persa is one of my favorite game series.

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Comment #8 by Crazy Best
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 04:37:10 AM
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I am highly anticipating this game. I will pre-order it to get the free upgrade to LE.

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Comment #9 by Edable Giraffe
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 06:49:16 AM
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i loved the games on Xbox, two thrones is definately in my top 5 games of all time so im hoping this lives up to PoPs name. The art style is slowly growing on me and im actually starting to like it.

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Comment #10 by knockton55
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 09:10:20 AM
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Oh cool, The original series where great...But I was abit put out at the no time warp ability. But perhaps its seems like it wont be needed as much now, and i'll be definately checking this out.

I'm extremely interested in the "non linear" Gameplay,

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Comment #11 by dragonboyandy
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 09:10:46 AM
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I will have to check this out at some point, but I don't know if it's going to be preordered.

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Comment #12 by StephenJ360
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 12:42:07 PM
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The game looks great visually. We'll have to see about the gameplay. Although I HIGHLY doubt game of the year... Fallout 3 or MGS4 has already claimed that slot.

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Comment #13 by folkster7
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 01:06:27 PM
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Thirteenth! no j/k looks sweet!

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Comment #14 by RadioactiveT
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 03:52:32 PM
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i vote L4D goty!

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Comment #15 by xI DaR3DeViL Ix
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 05:04:09 PM
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Pop easily one of the all time great series'.

Warrior Within one of my fav all time games.

Wasnt too keen on the graphics change in this one and at first the 'lesbo' character to feature throught the game with the prince but im not minding it too much anymore.

Didnt like the whole 'jump warp' with her either but its starting to look cool.

@ 12 your a fool F3 aint even out or previed much yet so cant really say that and MGS4 wasnt exactly amazing was it and being PS3 lets it down. Pop will contend for game of the year no doubts.

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Comment #16 by xI DaR3DeViL Ix
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 05:08:50 PM
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Also cant wait for the achievements, will be interesting to see, probably completing levels and the game on different difficulties and maybe a bit NG2 style with unlocking a few after completing new moves and fighting techniques etc.

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Comment #17 by tigerstripe
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 05:38:35 PM
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Awesome cant wait to get this title!!!

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Comment #18 by Atarii
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 @ 08:03:39 PM
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I would like to see more of this game in action. Just to see some animations.

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Ubisoft Montreal


US December 05, 2008

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