Prince of Persia needs to make a comeback
- Posted February 3rd, 2013 at 15:45 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 5 Comments
Long before Assassin’s Creed snuck onto the scenes, Prince of Persia defined the action-adventure landscape, combining fluid, visceral combat with compelling platform segments. In fact, Sands of Time is widely considered one of the finest games of its genre, and laid the groundwork for countless sequels as well as Ubisoft’s own aforementioned historical stab-‘em-up series. Just have a go at ACII or Brotherhood’s infamous Tomb sequences and its impossible not to see the distinct PoP glow that emanates from the meticulously-timed jumping mechanics and superbly crafted level design.
As such, we were disappointed to learn this week that the status of PoP is firmly on pause, with Ubisoft not committing to any future releases at present. While this doesn’t spell the end of the franchise, it does mean we’re unlikely to see something for the immediate future. A shame, since as great as Assassin’s Creed is, we think it’s about time the dexterous and deadly Prince made a comeback after a three-year hiatus.
Unfortunately, the past few games have lacked the spark offered by the glorious Sands of Time and its sequels. The 2008 reboot packed sumptuously-realized visuals and offered a few new tweaks to the formula – notably the addition of a partner character – but ultimately these elements felt incongruous with the classic Prince of Persia paradigm. It also suffered from bland and repetitive combat, something which plagued 2010’s The Forgotten Sands, which while harkening back to a more familiar aesthetic didn’t really do anything new. This is definitely an area that could be overhauled for the future.
Prince of Persia is at its best when it’s offering platforming as its centrepiece, with combat coming a close second. Some of the best gameplay on offer came in Sands of Time, with satisfying platforming segments punctuating the more action-packed scenes. The storyline is also an aspect that has been heavily praised in the past, and the Prince himself is someone that can be explored further, especially if the developers decide to take the franchise in an entirely new direction.
Of course, rumors of a gritty reboot have been doing the rounds since last year, although it remains to be seen if that will materialize. However, providing Ubisoft can nail down where it wants to take the franchise – and more importantly, stick by it – then we’re definitely eager to see what they come up with.
What do you want to see from Prince of Persia going forward? Do you think the series still has a place alongside the likes of Assassin’s Creed and Tomb Raider? Let us know in the comments section below.
- 7:16pm EST - February 3rd, 2013
As the biggest Prince of Persia fan I know, I hope they continue with the reboot. The Sands of Time trilogy were my favourite games on PS2 - although I hope they leave that alone! We got a great trilogy, and even a fantastic prequel in the form of The Forgotten Sands, but I really want them to leave that saga alone - it's been concluded, and I don't want it to become milked or ruined.
However, although sceptical at first, I absolutely adored the reboot, and although I see all its flaws, I would love nothing more than an announcement of a sequel to it (apart from Mirror's Edge 2!) Please Ubiosoft, leave the Sands of Time alone, and make a sequel to carry on from the Epilogue DLC!
Also, am I the only person who regards Sands of Time as my least favourite Prince of Persia game!?
- 2:01am EST - February 4th, 2013
I liked sands of time a lot. I got the reboot free from a friend who hated it that much. I was excited to play it but literally after 2 and a half hours i didn't like it and had no desire to ever pick it up again.
- 7:51am EST - February 4th, 2013
Just please no more cell-shaded graphics...I hate that crap!
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 11:07am EST - February 4th, 2013
Sand of Time was great!!
- 2:07pm EST - February 7th, 2013
I personally loved the reboot, despite being skeptical about the cel-shading at first - although I did hate the fact that you couldn't 'die'. I'd love a sequel that carries on from where Epilogue left off, but please leave the Sands of Time saga alone. It was great, but it's been concluded, and I don't feel there's much more they can do to improve on it.
In fact, they could easily make a new IP that draws inspiration form the series - the reboot didn't even need to be called Prince of Persia, it would have sat just as well as me with an entirely different name! Simply produce a spiritual successor that pays homage to Prince of Persia. It could have similar mechanichs and gameplay, just set within an entirely different universe. Assassin's Creed clearly took inspiration from it, there's nothing to say they couldn't make a new IP. As long as it isn't a blatant rip-off, a spiritual successor would be just perfect to me!
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