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Prince of Persia (2008)

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Ubisoft's most recent Prince of Persia game, and that I find the criticism leveled at that game to be puzzling. In some ways, the rejection of the game (and of the Prince especially) always struck me as incomprehensible.

Recently, while playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, I was reminded of the Prince, and not just because Nolan North voices both Drake and the Prince. Specifically, the sexual tension in Among Thieves reminded me of that less well-developed, much-maligned tension in Prince of Persia.

A lot of people were annoyed by the Prince’s voice. They were annoyed by the way he sounded, and the way he talked, and what he said. I think that there's something interesting about what they didn't like about him, and about what they aren't saying when they say they don't like him. One especially common reaction went as follows: “The Prince sounds like a callow frat boy, and he has too many muscles.”

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As a big fan of the last-gen Sands of Time trilogy (well, the first one and the third one - remind me to write "Ten Things I Hate About Prince of Persia: Warrior Within"), I was excited about a next-gen PoP game. The trailer, showing jaw-dropping visuals of the new Prince and a female partner teaming-up to save the world and set to Sia's "Breathe Me", did nothing to diminish that. Thank God, a game that advertises itself with a fitting, unique, almost Spike-Jonze-music-video sense of wonder instead of butt-rock and obnoxious catch phrases!

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Not sure if any of you guys get E-mails from Ubisoft (I do). They sent me a message today saying that if I pre-order PoP4, it'll be 'upgraded' to the limited edition for free. Pretty sure you just need to go to their website for that.
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Here's some footage from E3 for those who may not have had a chance to see it yet:

[ Developer Walkthrough - Part 1 & Part 2 ]

I wasn't sure what to think about the new direction and changes being made to the series when it was first announced, but after seeing the gameplay and the world itself in motion, I can say I'm completely hooked. December seems so far away now. . .

So, what are everyone's thoughts so far? 


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