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Prince of Persia

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Softporn II

Wolfenstein, Prince of Persia, Softporn II: 2,400 MS-DOS games playable free in-browser

The short-lived adventures of pornman and porngal
Jan 06
// Steven Hansen
The Internet Archive has added to its archive with nearly 2,400 MS-DOS games that are all playable right in your browser, right here. I've flitted between between Prince of Persia, Donkey Kong, and Aladdin within minutes...
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Ubisale: Bunch of Ubisoft games on sale on GOG this weekend

Recommendations: Rayman Origins, Far Cry 2, Beyond Good and Evil
May 02
// Steven Hansen
GOG has GOT a Ubisoft sale this weekend. 60% off a whole host of games. A lot of Might and Magic, along with some Rayman games (you've played Origins, right?), Tom Clancy games, and Prince of Persia games. Most are the price ...

More new 2D Prince of Persia hints on Twitter?

A tweet pulled
Apr 23
// Dale North
We heard some rumors of a new 2D Prince of Persia that could use the Rayman Legends engine a few days ago. And now a tweet from Drew James, a Ubisoft engineeer with the username @UbiDrew, shared above image, asking "What next...
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Prince of Persia

New 2D Prince of Persia will channel Rayman, weirdly enough

I'm not sure anyone thinks of Rayman when they think of the Prince
Apr 18
// Brittany Vincent
There's more Prince of Persia to come, although it may not be in the manner you've been expecting. According to the French site Le Portail du Jeu Video, there's a new 2D Prince of Persia in development using the Rayman Legend...

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Deals! Ubisoft is doing a huge PS3 sale

You should buy Far Cry 2, maybe
Apr 02
// Steven Hansen
Are you somehow in need of more games to play? Perhaps you float around in a jelly filled sac, sleeping only three hours per day, and spend the rest of your waking life playing videogames to stave off the debilitating pain of...
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Prince of Persia iOS

Prince of Persia 2 is hitting iOS and Android this month

The Shadow and the Flame returns
Jul 05
// Chris Carter
Ubisoft has announced a release date for the recently revealed remake of Prince of Persia 2, titled The Shadow and the Flame, and it's coming later this month on July 25th. It'll be priced at $2.99, and thankfully, will laun...
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MIA Ubisoft games

Far Cry 4, Beyond Good & Evil 2, PoP 'cooking'

Ubisoft vague on the progress of its beloved franchises
Jun 20
// Steven Hansen
Ubisoft dazzled many this E3 with new IP as a follow up to last year's unexpected Watch Dogs announcement. Tom Clancy's The Division and The Crew firmly planted themselves in the connected, massive online multiplayer camp, bu...
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Prince of Persia

This looks a lot like a new Prince of Persia game

What's Climax Studios working on?
Apr 15
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Climax Studios, responsible for titles such as Smart As, Rocket Knight (2010), Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, and many more, has a couple of new games in the works according to their official website. One is a creepy lookin...
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Prince of Persia: Shadow

Prince of Persia 2 gets the HD remake treatment on iOS

All new visuals to boot
Apr 11
// Abel Girmay
The Prince of Persia series has been on a bit of a lull period lately. While the rumors of a next-gen Prince of Persia mull around, Ubisoft is digging back into franchise history to bring Prince of Persia: Shadow and Flame t...
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Prince of Persia

Ubisoft: Prince of Persia is being put on the back burner

Franchise is 'being paused,' says Ubisoft Monteral
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
Speaking to IGN, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat explains why there hasn't been too much in the way of Prince of Persia lately. "Brand management is a tricky thing. It needs people's attention a lot. I think it is fair to ...

Could this be a Prince of Persia reboot screenshot?

Aug 06
// Dale North
Get a good look at this supposed leaked screenshot of a Prince of Persia reboot, first posted on the Prince of Persia forums. The folks at NeoGAF point out that the screen is labeled "POP_ZERO_2," and Joystiq reminds that a f...

$15 gets you the Prince of Persia Complete Pack on Steam

May 24
// Jordan Devore
Steam is back with another one of its deliciously evil Publisher-themed, week-long sales. This time, it's Ubisoft, and throughout the week, the company's titles will be offered at 33% off -- except for Assassin's Creed: Broth...

Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia HD coming to Xbox 360

Feb 08
// Jim Sterling
The Entertainment Software Ratings Board is North America's primary bean-spiller, and if you're a fan of Ubisoft franchises, it dropped a big bit of cool news today. The board has rated the Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia ...

Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell HD collections in March

Jan 31
// Nick Chester
Retailers worldwide have been hinting at them for months, but it's now official: Ubisoft is releasing Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD and Prince of Persia Classic Trilogy HD to retail this March for PlayStation ...

'Screenplay' for Prince of Persia: Sands of Time hits net

Jan 17
// Conrad Zimmerman
Jordan Mechner has released a "partial script" for 2003's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The 37-page document outlines the game's cut-scene story sequences, with dialog and scene descriptions. Mechner says that while th...

Dtoid Live: Prince of Persia HD for the PS3 giveaway!

Dec 23
// Pico Mause
On today's episode of Destructoid Live we are giving away Prince of Persia: Sands of Time HD and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones HD for the PlayStation 3. We have five codes for each game to giveaway and you'll have to join...

Prince of Persia Warrior Within HD on PSN today

Dec 14
// Conrad Zimmerman
The PlayStation Blog has updated announcing that the second Prince of Persia HD release, Warrior Within, has been made available on the PlayStation Store. Like it's predecessor, Sands of Time, it has shiny, high-definiti...

Prince of Persia HD collection coming to US PSN

Nov 15
// Jim Sterling
Previously announced as a European and EMEA exclusive, the Prince of Persia HD collection has had me snarling with furious jealousy ... until now. Ubisoft has revealed during a 2010-2011 financial report that its HD remasteri...

Europe is getting the Prince of Persia trilogy in HD

Oct 05
// Jordan Devore
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones bundled together in high-definition on a single Blu-ray disc, all for a decent price -- doesn't that sound like something North America could get behind...

A modern-day Prince of Persia was once in the works

Sep 24
// Jordan Devore
CVG has learned from Deus Ex: Human Revolution art director Jonathan Jacques-Belletête that Ubisoft was working on reimagining Prince of Persia with a more modern twist. Jacques-Belletête, who used to work for Ub...

Weekend Charity: Assassins Creed and Prince of Persia

Aug 14
// Matthew Razak
Another weekend and another chance to do good by donating money. If any of the plethora of games that the Speed Gamers have run through haven't really been your bag then this could be your chance to finally donate to them as ...

Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia PS3 collections listed

Aug 08
// Matthew Razak
Amazon France may have let the Ubisoft cat out of the bag when they listed not just a collection of three Splinter Cell games for the PS3, but also a collection of the first three Prince of Persia games as well. The listings ...

Prince of Persia movie director thinks videogames suck

Jul 28
// Jim Sterling
Mike Newell, best known for the Harry Potter series and Four Weddings and a Funeral, doesn't like videogames. He can't play them, he thinks they're vapid, and talking about them "bores the arse" off him. Didn't stop him from ...

Creative Director of Ubisoft Montreal says au revoir

Jun 14
// Ben Perlee
As the creative director of Ubisoft Montreal, and Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Patrice Désilets is a big deal for the company. Or, he at least was a big deal, as announcing today, courtesy ...

Xbox Deal of the Week is cuh-ray-zee for movies

May 31
// Nick Chester
Xbox LIVE Gold members can thank Walt Disney Pictures for this week's Xbox LIVE deals. Prompted apparently by the theater release of the studios' Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, we've getting 50%  off deals on movie...

LEGO Prince of Persia short tells the tale of the Prince

May 30
// Matthew Razak
As you may have already noticed I didn't think much of the Prince of Persia movie. This was mostly because it was trite, had a piss poor plot, crap action and was full of poor directing. This doesn't mean, however, that my l...

Prince of Persia Retro now on App Store, only a buck

May 28
// Nick Chester
I love me some Prince of Persia, old and new. So you can't imagine how thrilled I am to find that the Jordan Mechner classic has hit the App Store for both iPhone and iPad. Best part? It's only 99¢. The game is called Pr...

We're giving away two Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands fanpacks this week! The packs includes a copy of the latest entry to the Prince of Persia series from Ubisoft, a Prince of Persia beanie and a Prince of Persia iPhon...

Movie Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

May 27 // Matthew Razak
I wasn't joking that Prince of Persia the movie has little to nothing to do with the game's plot. Other than a dagger that rewinds time and a few key characters it really doesn't. The game's plot has important elements like character development, a story arch and believable relationships. The film's plot starts at point A and ends at point A (literally, this is time travel we're dealing with), and almost nothing has changed. I'm sorry if that spoiled the ending somehow, but maybe you just won't see the movie now. Prince of Persia the movie finds the titular prince with a name, Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal), and as an adopted son of the King of Persia. See, the King saw Dastan get in a street fight and show bravery so he adopted him and brought him home to his two other sons. Fifteen years later Dastan and his brothers are fighting some war and come upon a holy city ruled by Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton). Under advice from their uncle, Nizam (Ben Kingsley), they attack the city and take it over. During the battle the Prince picks up the Dagger of Time. Eventually, Dastan is framed for the murder of his adopted father, the King, and runs away with Tamina to prove he's innocent. Oh, and the dagger can rewind time up to a minute thanks to the Sands of Time in it, but that's such a small part of the movie I figured it wasn't that important. By making Dastan, who rocks almost every look the Prince has ever had during the film, an already hardened and heroic character the film completely obliterates almost all of the character development that takes place in the game. Instead of an interesting and layered Prince you get an admittedly in-shape action hero who is only as fun to watch as the current action sequence he is in. In fact the only thing that seems to really return from the game is the bickering between the Prince and Princess, but even that falls flat thanks to the fact that neither of them have any depth. There's no reason for them to be bickering because both of them are fantastically good looking human beings whose motivations are neither suspect or unjustified on either part. In short, the interesting aspects of the characters are gone and the parts that simply added more depth to them are now their entire character. Thank goodness their bickering is tolerable and at times clever and that Gyllenhaal is a talented enough actor to imbue a little life into the Prince. Moving past our two protagonist the film becomes a cookie cutter display, with every cliche in an action movie represented. Alfred Molina plays the comic relief as a thief with a heart of gold while Kingsley romps around like he'd rather be somewhere else. And then there is the token black guy. Seso (Steve Toussaint) has around ten minutes of screen time until he is suddenly propelled into the role of noble warrior/sacrificial lamb for no apparent reason other than the filmmakers seem to have remembered they forgot to cast any other minorities in a film that takes place in Persia so they figured they better give him a scene. Now, I'm all for cliche action tropes -- I'm an especially big fan of funny sidekicks -- but in Prince of Persia none of them fit at all. Forced characters and crappy plot aside, the action has to please, right? Not if you've played the game, watched parkour on YouTube or seen any decent kung-fu movies ever. Every action sequence just feels sub-par to something you've seen before, and director Mike Newell simply seems overwhelmed by whatever is going on on screen. His camera jumps at the most awkward times, making what should be smooth flowing chases over building tops turn into a chop fest reminiscent of something Jason Vorhees might leave behind after encountering two teens having sex. Maybe Newell was just trying to mask some disappointing stunts, but whatever it was the sequences feel like a bumpy ride. Oh, and that dagger. You know, the one that is the main concept behind the entire game and its gameplay. It gets used three times, and not once in a true action sequence. Dastan has the ability to rewind time with a knife (!) and not once does he use it to fight another man. Sadly, the way the movie's story unfolds the knife has a very limited amount of sand and thus can't be used within the story for any cool fights. Instead you get some depressingly poor sword fights and a few solid stunts and Dastan simply using the dagger to kill some snakes. It boggles my mind that the filmmakers would miss out on such an amazing opportunity for some truly mind-blowing fight sequences, and yet they did. It pains me to even consider the fact that Jordan Mechner, the creator of Prince of Persia, had anything to do with this. He's credited with the "screen story" so I'm hoping that the other three screenwriters on the movie were the cause of the abortion of a character that is Dastan. I can't believe that Mechner would take a character he had clearly lovingly created and tear him down to nothing so easily. Then, on top of that, make it once again look like games have sub-standard plots with little emotional depth. I don't even want to think about the amount of people who will leave the theater thinking that this movie's story is @#!*% poor because it was based on a videogame, which of course could only have a @#!*% poor story. But, I digress. It is possible that my love of the Prince of Persia series and my passion for gaming is blinding me to what is actually a decently fun popcorn flick. I have to admit that this is far from the worst videogame movie ever made. That should lend it some credit. Let me settle myself, and consider this outside of the context of being an incredible insult to the original game. Nope, still sucks. 3 -- Poor (3s went wrong somewhere along the line. The original idea might have promise, but in practice the movie has failed. Threatens to be interesting sometimes, but rarely.)

Take everything you liked about the videogame Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and throw it out the window. The plot, the characters, the larger than life set pieces, the time-stopping/rewinding action -- take all that and...


Warrior Within comes with Prince of Persia: TFS on Steam

May 25
// Jordan Devore
It seems to me like if you're the type of person who is invested enough in the Prince of Persia series to long for The Forgotten Sands, you would likely own Warrior Within already. If not, Steam wants to have a word with you ...

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