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Game music of the Day: Prince of Persia

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August 19, 2010

Game: Prince of Persia
Song: Healing Ground
Composers: Inon Zur, Stuart Chatwood

     
Above: This one builds. Give it a minute, ya bastids!

Oh, what?! You forgot about 2008’s Prince of Persia just because it doesn’t star Jake Gyllenhall and the hero doesn’t have a Godsmack Wrestlemania entrance theme?! That’s partially GR’s fault, as we tend to fixate on that kind of crap, but hopefully Ubisoft remembers this Prince, because it’s an adventure unbelievably worth revisiting. We called it the prettiest game of 2008, and I think the music was a big part of that.


Above: 2008’s Prince of Persia had something fans weren’t expecting: Colors! 

The middle of the song gives me goosebumps every damned time. It may start off somber, almost in mourning, yet you can almost hear long lost nobility being brought back to life as the songs builds to a crescendo of gorgeous vitality. I wish the official track above played that specific part more, because I sure as shit never got tired of hearing it while climbing every nook and cranny or PoP’s elaborate and platform-happy temples. It’s called “Healing Ground,” but I believe it actually plays throughout the game and not just when the Prince and Elika restore life to barren points of… uh, Persia?

Inon Zur worked as lead composer on the game, who has since gone on to create award winning soundtracks for Fallout 3 and Dragon Age: Origins soundtracks, with help from a Stuart Chatwood, a Canadian musician who's had a hand in almost all of the Prince of Persias under Ubisoft. Coincidentally, this wasn't the first time the two had worked in conjunction on a PoP game, as they were both involved in delivering the opposing light and dark melodies for the dual princes in The Two Thrones. (Please note how I carefully avoided a Spin Doctors reference!) You can hear more PoP cuts from Zur at his website. Nice job, boys. Let’s do it again someday.

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30 comments

  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 20, 2010 9:05 p.m.

    A-mazing game, too bad I only rented it.
  • Millikin - August 20, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    Man this makes me feel tired. It's a lullaby and a half.
  • JayBeat - August 20, 2010 1:25 p.m.

    Very Purdy
  • philipshaw - August 20, 2010 12:01 p.m.

    This sounds like Uncharted music, well in Nolan North does a voice in the game
  • CH3BURASHKA - August 20, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    It's very uplifting. I'm also getting a lot of Beyond Good and Evil vibes, an excellent vibe to have. Also, there's a clear Egyptian influence. I would know: I've seen all of the Mummy movies. That's right, all of them.
  • toastile - August 20, 2010 4:44 a.m.

    I want to play this game now.
  • elpurplemonkey - August 20, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    Great music, and the game was incredibly pretty- but was it me or did the game get painfully repetitive? Maybe it's partly my fault- after Sands of Time, I haven't really been able to embrace any PoP (not even the surprisingly competent Two Thrones.)
  • Jackelsburg - August 20, 2010 2:36 a.m.

    the game was alright, a bit too easy though lol but yes the music was definitely great
  • SHAPATTAK - August 20, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    A great entry for GMotD. This is a gorgeous game with fantastic music. I played through the game with my 6 year old daughter and she loved the music. For weeks I would hear her walking around the house humming it to herself.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 20, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    @Radagast107 Wel, er, don't worry buddy, we do one every weekday...
  • Radagast107 - August 20, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Decent music, but what about Lord of the Rings Conquest, Burnout Revenge, Fallout 3, or Mass Effect 2. All have a great selection of music!!
  • gamingfreak - August 20, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Great music for an underrated game.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 19, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    You can dress a turd up in cell shaded pretty graphics but it's still a turd. Nice tunes though...
  • IThinkLizzieIsHot - August 19, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    OMG!!!1 I always loved that song. Every time I hear it, it takes me back, back 2 years ago when it was simpler time. But seriously, I fell in love with that game and its music, not to mention the VO. For some reason, that overture puts me in my happy place. But no thanks to that shithead Jake Gyllenhall, this OST is kinda hard to find by itself. Thanks GR.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - August 19, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    yay my favorite 360 game
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 19, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    This music reminds me of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles' music, except that this is much more epic. Speaking of which... GR, FFCC needs a music of the day, and Square Enix, you need to put the original FFCC on a current gen system so it can use online the way it should have the first time!
  • StrayGator - August 19, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    I want to rephrase something I wrote. Both the game visuals and music could be described as romanticized european concept of ancient Persia. E.g. everything is exotic and mystical and fantastic and skyscraping minarets and noble savages and arabic flute playing a mawwal, when actually it's mostly western instruments not utilizing quarter notes accompanying a medieval fantasy prince saves princess fights demon and someone has to sacrifice something in the end - all under the shadow of N. Nolan North. p.s. If Elika looks just like Natalie Portman, does that adds to my "middle-eastern fantasy world" theorem?
  • cronoman66 - August 19, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    its this and Mirror's Edge I regret trading in both beautiful, unique games, I much prefer this PoP to past and present PoP's and the score was very much part of it, and actually the first time I noticed Nolan North so my association with him is always going to be this game
  • H2A2I00 - August 19, 2010 10:48 p.m.

    This game was a blast to play and I never will understand the hate it got. Everything about it from the visuals, sounds and gameplay was so smooth. I hope they make a sequel because that game was so good.
  • juicenpancakes - August 19, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    @Phazon117: You watch your tongue, young man.

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