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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

  • Phazon117 - August 19, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    Overrated game, but great music nonetheless.
  • DarkTone - August 19, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    That sounds really good. Mostly upset I never played this. Mostly.
  • Austin_SJ - August 19, 2010 9:28 p.m.

    I really liked the game and the music. Also if you had a Game Music of the Day podcast, or even just a Talkradar special with a bunch of music on, I would keep it on my Ipod forever. On a games music related note I had Another Winter by Anamanaguchi stuck in my head for 3 days recently, what a great song.
  • abbottfrizzell - August 19, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    Lovely Music..I played and beat this game in a day, I wish i had the minutes back, but i totally forgot about the music. Great Music for a game I HATED!!!!!!!!!
  • RebornKusabi - August 19, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    I loved the music of this one... and that was it. I loved Sands of Time but have hated everything else from the series since then from the Godsmack music and douchebag antics of the second Prince of Persia game, I never played The Twin Towers or whatever stupid name the third last gen game was called and I played an hour or two of Prince of Persia 2008 and got fed up with the game playing itself for me, instantly being saved from pits with zero consequences and going from multi-man melee to one-on-one. Like I said though, the music of PoP '08 was phenomenal!
  • oufour - August 19, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    take out the quick time events and you've got yourself an awesome sequel.
  • Bitchslapthehomeless - August 19, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    Such a great game. I just wish there was another PoP game.
  • AngryScotsman - August 19, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    I really loved this game. Everything about it was fun to me. The music was just the digital, proverbial icing on the digital, proverbial cake.
  • StrayGator - August 19, 2010 10:24 p.m.

    One of my favorite soundtracks, and a perfect fit for the game - a romantic orchestral take on south asian motifs. I think it's the only game in which I actually waited through the credits to find the composers' names. I also loved the game, probably because my previous encounter of the PoP franchise was on a 286 computer, so I didn't have preconceptions about how it should play. It's actually a casual game (by "casual" I mean easy to learn controls, simple, obvious tasks and minimal punishment for error) with AAA production values. If you need challenge and sophistication to get your kicks (or if you don't need it, but expected it because of the previous entries) I can understand why you'd be disappointed with this game.
  • RonaldRayGun - August 19, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    I loves this game so much. I really wished the continued with games like this in the prince series. Also great music.
  • juicenpancakes - August 19, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    @Phazon117: You watch your tongue, young man.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - August 19, 2010 11:23 p.m.

    yay my favorite 360 game
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • gamingfreak - August 20, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Great music for an underrated game.
  • 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!!

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