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Platform: GC, PC, PS2, XB
Genre: Action
Publisher: UbiSoft
Developer: UbiSoft
ETA: November 2004

 

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Prince of Persia 2

 

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The Prince returns to next gen consoles, this time after a much shorter break than before. It took Ubisoft roughly a decade (even more) to recreate the classic hero with the help of Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince, and make one of the best games of 2003, Sands of Time. Now, only a year later, the swords are drawn once again and the Prince is fighting an enemy far greater than any he has fought before: time.

 

This time around the settings look a lot darker. Supposedly the prince has seen the future his own death. An immortal group of creatures, known as the Dahaka, are after the Prince – and are going to give him more than candy-kisses.

 

The combat system of Prince of Persia 2 (PoP2) will be much more complex than last time around. Prince of Persia introduced a revolutionary fighting style, similar to that in Ninja Gaiden, which helped springboard the game into popularity. PoP2 will build on the same engine only this time introduce a “freestyle” form of combat. This can only mean more action, less restraint, and some absolutely astonishing visuals.

 

Little is known about the story other than the fact that the prince is hunted by the Dahaka. What hasn’t been revealed yet is the playability of a second character. As most who have played the first Prince of Persia game know there was a strong female character, Farah, who helped the prince along his journey. Her whereabouts in the new game are still a mystery but she hasn’t been counted out yet. Instead of using a dagger to travel through time the prince uses Farah’s medallion, which carries the same power, instead. So what happened to the dagger? Does Farah have it? These are the itchy questions still unanswered.

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Here is the complete list of features from Ubisoft:

 

Features:

The Game of the Year Returns: Prince of Persia 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the universally acclaimed Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the undisputed Console Game of the Year for 2003.

 

A Warrior Reborn: The Prince has matured immeasurably since his courageous fight in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He returns here with deadlier skills, a darker heart and a craving for battle.

 

Free-Form Fighting System: An intricate new combat system lets you wage battles with no boundaries. Manipulate the environment and the enemies themselves to develop your own unique fighting style. Plus, an all-new projectile attack system allows for a variety of ranged combat tactics.

 

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A Violent Underworld Revealed: Explore and conquer a cursed island underworld, breeding ground for the most brutal, unrelenting monsters to torment mankind.

 

Control the Ravages of Time: Ravage enemies with the devastating new combative powers of the Sands of Time, opening up astounding variations in fighting gameplay.

 

Fight Harder, Play Longer: Hours upon hours of action await in your fight for survival, including various bonus incentives for those who finish the game.

 

Prince of Persia 2 is looking to make a November delivery, around the same time as the much anticipated Halo 2. When November rolls around gamers everywhere who don’t own an a Xbox, or still do and are willing to put Halo 2 aside for more than five minutes, will be able to dive into one of the most artistic and action-packed games of the season. Sharpen your swords, not even time travel can protect you from PoP2.

 

- Eric Lahiji

element@armchairempire.com

(August 19, 2004)