Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Ever since the PS2 versions of this critically acclaimed video game series, I’ve been waiting for Prince of Persia to come to one of the more graphic and detail-friendly systems. Well, if you’re anything like me you’ve got your wish. Set to coincide with the theatrical release from the same team from Disney that brought us “The Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the main protagonist, Prince Dastan, Gemma Arterton as Princess Tamina, Ben Kingsley as Nizam, and Alfred Molina as Sheik Amar. Though the movie’s story coincides more with the earlier Playstation release, this new installment to the series will more than make up for the previous Prince of Persia game that was released for the Xbox 360, which was a complete nightmare as far as adventure genre games go. I mean, I literally played and beat the game in 8 straight hours and returned it to get something more entertaining.
The game is an inter-quel, taking place in the seven year gap between The Sands of Time and Warrior Within. The Prince character is supposed to be a cross between the character models in these two games. Once again he will be voiced by Yuri Lowenthal. According to the writers and developers from Ubisoft UK, the story starts as Prince Dastan is visiting his brother’s kingdom following his adventure in Azad. The Prince finds the royal palace under siege from a mighty army bent on its destruction. When the decision is made to use the ancient power of the Sand in a desperate gamble to save the kingdom from total annihilation, the Prince will embark on an epic adventure in which he will learn to bear the mantle of true leadership, and discover that great power often comes with great responsibility.
In my personal opinion, having Ubisoft design this game gives them a huge window of opportunity to improve on the already epic story that is a classic on the PS2 and giving them the multimedia tools to grow on the bigger gaming platforms as well as put another epic genre under their belt to go with the Assassins Creed lineage. I both highly anticipate the movie as well as the game this month!