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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands Preview

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Scheduled release date:

May 11, 2010

Publisher:

Ubisoft

Developer:

Ubisoft Montreal

Number Of Players:

1

Genre:

Action

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was one of my favorite games of the last generation and the new Prince of Persia for the PS3, released back in 2008, was also great fun. I’m a big fan of the franchise and although I appreciated the difference in style and gameplay offered by the most recent installment, I’m happy to see the series returning to its roots. No more one-on-one confrontations (they got a little boring), and no more cel-shading; I liked the presentation and artistry of it but I still prefer the slick, more advanced visuals we’re going to see in The Forgotten Sands. Besides, I think the cel-shaded fad has run its course. Ubisoft’s latest Prince effort is technically a sequel to The Sands of Time and you will start at your brother Malik’s palace, which is under attack. This should remind you of the opening of Sands of Time and if so, you won’t be surprised when Malik makes a big mistake by unleashing an ancient sand army to aid in repelling the assault on his home.

As you may have heard, the developers are reverting to large-scale battles for this latest entry, so you will always battle multiple enemies at once. They won’t, however, turn to any QTEs to handle the climax of boss fights – a common technique for designers these days – and the entire combat mechanic will rely on your speed, reflexes and cunning. Combos can be unleashed in various directions and of course, the Prince will have his trusty and deadly sword on him at all times. At the start, you may only have to take down small handfuls of nasty foes (perhaps 5-10) but towards the end of the adventure, you will have to somehow handle close on to 50 enemies at once, which certainly sounds like a daunting task. Lucky for you the Prince still has his supernatural control of time: if you die and you’d rather not reload, simply rewind time and give it another go. You’ll need one of those Blue Orbs to make this happen, though, and if you run out…well, then death really is death.

Various sources have already managed to go hands-on with The Forgotten Sands, which is why we now have a few more specific details. Firstly, you will only be able to dodge; blocking is out of the question, so if you don’t keep moving, you’ll likely take a ton of damage with all those enemies surrounding you. Similar to other action-oriented quests, vanquishing your foes nets you valuable experience points, granted by the defeated sand on your blade. You can then purchase upgrades for the versatile Prince; everything from health upgrades to offensive and defensive battle abilities will be available. According to IGN’s time with the game, there’s a skill called Shield that knocks enemies back and this can then be upgraded to Tornado, which tosses the attacking hordes around in a damaging whirlwind. And if you need help, you can always turn to Razia, a Djinn (that’s a genie, folks), who will handle the magic attacks in battle and combine with the Prince to perform some seriously sick acrobatic maneuvers. It wouldn’t be Prince of Persia without those!

Razia’s magic powers are quite practical. They’re based around the elements (Fire, Water, Earth, and Wind), so if you need running water to become ice, turn to your Djinn friend. You can bet that it will go well beyond this, though; casting multiple spells in real-time in order to get past certain obstacles is a given. You’ll even be able to combine these practical purposes with attacks on the enemy, provided you’re quick enough and you have the requisite ingenuity. Even with only four major elements, you can imagine how many puzzling combinations can be derived from that setup. There’s little doubt that fans of the franchise will enjoy this one, especially if you want a return to the more frenetic confrontations of earlier titles. Finally, you can certainly expect the platforming to once again take center stage at various times in your adventure; the Prince’s distinct acrobatic abilities will definitely come into play, here. We’re just not sure if Razia will help us the way Elika did during such scenarios…the partnership of Prince and Elika worked exceedingly well before.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands arrives on May 11, before the blockbuster movie hits theaters. Unless the film is really something special (and we do have high hopes for it), I’m going to make the prediction right now that the game will be a far better option. I’m not stopping you from going to the movie, though…I’m just saying.

2/23/2010 Ben Dutka

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Comments (23 posts)

Jawknee
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 3:47:25 PM
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Oh Jake, you've finally grew into a man.

Sorry, just watched Donny Darko.

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CH1N00K
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 3:50:47 PM
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Yeah, the idea of Jake Gyllenhal As the lead for this movie still makes me laugh, and then die a little inside.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 4:26:21 PM

He would make a better Peter Parker.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:32:25 PM

A jarhead would make a horrible Spiderman.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:51:04 PM

I'm guessing you haven't seen Bubble Boy?

That geek had Peter Parker written all over him.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 4:02:08 PM
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lol @ jake gyllenhal. after brokeback mountain i can't take this guy seriously. my gf tries to make me watch that movie *shivers*

Last edited by ace_boon_coon on 2/23/2010 4:04:16 PM

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main_event05
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 4:38:22 PM

I don't know. Apparently playing a gay cowboy is all you need to do to rejuvenate your career. Heath was the Joker and Jake is now the Prince. I hope Brokeback isn't a theme SE is looking at. Cause Lord knows they could use some rejuvenation.

Lol, but seriously I'm done with the Square hate until after Hitman.

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FxTales
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 4:31:24 PM
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I'll leave it down to the film.

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fstop
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 4:52:13 PM
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I think Jake is fine for this role. I really enjoyed Donny Darko and Jarhead was pretty cool too. The Day after tomorrow was, how you say, meh but I'm in love with Emmy Rossum so I watch it all the time (she has a cute face, what can I tell ya?).
After seeing the trailer for the movie I think he's portraying the prince pretty well. And with Brockheimer behind it all I have no doubt there's gonna be some epic moments. Give Jake a chance guys or just wait until the movie comes out before you bash him as the prince.

One thing I can't stand is when known actors are put into the roles of the video game characters they portray. I pray to God this doesn't happen when the God of War movie finally gets off the ground.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:33:50 PM

I think they put the kabash on that movie.

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cLoudou
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:34:21 PM
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Can't wait for PoP: the movie: the game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:35:15 PM

God knows it worked for Street Fighter: The Move: The Game

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:58:48 PM

@ world


please don't mention that game again. i stil have nightmares of that god awful experience

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main_event05
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 6:12:18 PM

@Conchise

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1c/AC_SF_Movie_Gameplay.png
http://www.huguesjohnson.com/features/sftm/screenshot_caption.jpg
http://www.defunctgames.com/pic/reviewpics/reviewstreetfightermoviegame-3.jpg

I got more if you need them

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ace_boon_coon
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 6:29:14 AM

@ mainevent



what did i do to deserve this? lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 5:34:49 PM
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So are the game and movie related in any way? Cuz that is kind of a bad idea.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 @ 6:48:12 PM
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I know this is waay off the mark BUT maan do I want that headset!!!!

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Robochic
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 1:37:21 AM
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I don't know about the movie it could be good or it could be horrible? we'll see.

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___________
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 1:47:20 AM
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WTF?
no blocking?
what the &^%$# is the point of that?
im disappointed now, thats going to drive me totally insane!
they had it in previous versions so why are they taking it out now?
doubt ill buy it now :(

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main_event05
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 @ 7:08:02 AM

Lets ask Worlds.
Hey Worlds, if you are in a sword fight with multiple people coming at you. would you take the time to block or try to dodge and counter?

in my non-expert opinion I'd go with dodge and counter

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___________
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 6:09:44 AM

or block and counter even better.
point was with multiple enemies on screen.
1 you dodge out of one attack your likley to doge into another.
2 because there are so enemies on screen you can barley move!
like in dantes inferno every single time i verse the pink horn guys i go to dodge hit another enemy and end up getting hit by the attack i dodged in the first place.
as they say the more gadgets the more things that can go wrong.
block, is block NOTHING can go wrong, NOTHING can stop you from blocking.
a million and one things can stop you from dodging.

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main_event05
Thursday, February 25, 2010 @ 6:23:44 AM

I'm just saying, a parry is more practical in sword fighting than a block. Blocks risk damaging your blade. but i doubt that's the reason for the game lacking the ability.

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___________
Friday, February 26, 2010 @ 7:40:16 AM

not if you block from the right side.
that is why you never use the sharp edge to block, you always use the back edge of the sword as close to the handle as possible.

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