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Many of you may not remember, but there was a time when Prince of Persia actually included something called “combat.” In 2003’s The Sands of Time, the Prince’s second reimagining was heralded by critics as a revolution, heavily praising its “intuitive controls”, its “immersive narrative” and many other terms largely responsible for the public’s disinterest.

Ironically, PoP’s intention of kickstarting a new series was put in the exact same release window as a billion other games in the later phases of just that. Sands of Time is a fantastic game, but it took a royal sense of entitlement to cling to a street date that, within the span of a month, also included Jak and Daxter 2, Ratchet and Clank 2, Final Fantasty X-2, Mario Kart: Double Dash, Tony Hawk 5, Medal of Honor: Rising Sun, SOCOM 2, SSX 3, Viewtiful Joe, Call of Duty AND…

 


That’s right, Ubisoft didn’t just stack Prince of Persia against a torrent of Triple-A updates… it forced it to compete against another of its own untested properties, Beyond Good & Evil. We can only assume the stellar review scores had gone to Ubi’s head, because unless half the US population won the lottery over night, there’s no reason to release two full priced games geared to the same audience, within five days of one another.

This charming tale of photography and piggy fart boots suffered the same fate as Prince of Persia. Shortly into the New Year, criminally poor timing had forced both games into the $20 bracket. And for a brief time, both could be purchased new together in an affordable bundle of apologetic desperation.

Persia eventually found its legs, but BG&E kept the indignity going. It would take five years before the announcement of the sequel Jade and Co. so richly deserved. Even worse, very recently they were actually giving the game away inside packs of refrigerated string cheese like a goddamned decoder ring.


Above: Photo from Giant Bomb

Mar 18, 2009


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40 comments

  • Spybreak8 - March 20, 2009 5:55 a.m.

    I'm still waiting for L4D to go down to 30 bucks or so on the 360, since I can't play online. >< Yea, having the AI as backup is nice but you don't get the full experience. I still have not played BG&E and I even had a free copy when I was at school. I need to get that but I just bought like 4 games in the past week so trying to limit my intake, insert bender joke lol
  • Stuffgamer1 - March 20, 2009 12:19 a.m.

    Beyond Good & Evil...in a bag of string cheese. That's an INSULT to the game! On the other hand, it may help build the fanbase for the eventual success of the sequel. I hope.
  • Lucretiel - March 19, 2009 10:32 p.m.

    I was surprised to not see Half-Life 1... $0.99 for it's tenth birthday a little while back
  • Gsindahouse - March 19, 2009 8:39 p.m.

    TheQuestion 121, trust me, when you FIND BG&E you should be happy You wouldn't have wasted a SECOND finding it, man that is a TIGHT GAME! (not to tease you) please ignore the string cheese thing, man cause that game is like your occasional TIGHT MOVIE that didn't produce any sequels And Chris Antista, you said something about a sequel to that? ooohhh... It's probably been five years, now, man! is there a sequel coming? Tell me now before my birthday, it's in Two months and i have nothing in mind
  • sirjess - March 19, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    I was over joyed when i got a copy of BG&E from those chese strings. I didnt even know untill I opened the pack at home1!!
  • Corsair89 - March 19, 2009 4:16 p.m.

    I saw Haze for $7 in the clearence section at Target. $7! I was almost tempted to buy it. Almost. lmao.
  • pimlicosound - March 19, 2009 12:09 p.m.

    I got the new Prince of Persia for £17.99 from Play.com a week after is launched at £39.99. A WEEK!
  • Unoriginal - March 19, 2009 12:06 p.m.

    Everytime I hear about BG&E it's hitting new lows but free with string cheese? Really?
  • somerandomchap - March 19, 2009 5:01 a.m.

    so basically what is happening is that cheese is now more important than video games... great i wonder how much cheese madworld will cost
  • NanoElite666 - March 19, 2009 3:41 a.m.

    I can attest to picking up Dark Sector pretty cheap. Found it sitting on the shelf at Best Buy whilst doing the after-holiday shopping last year for $17. Had it been more, I probably would have only ultimately rented the game to play through, but since I enjoyed the demo, $17 for a PS3 game was a steal. Mark of Kri is pure awesome (still haven't gotten around to the sequel). I remember that was one of the earlier PS2 games I got, picked up at a friggin' Toys R Us in the holiday season of 2001. Still have it to this day, and wish I could play it again; unfortunately, I don't have a working PS2 at the moment, and my PS3 doesn't play PS2 games...
  • Ravenbom - March 19, 2009 12:27 a.m.

    Not to mention Mirror's Edge and the new Prince of Persia which are both pretty cheap right now. I picked up Prince of Persia for $25 not too long ago...
  • Peefree - March 19, 2009 12:18 a.m.

    Oh man I wish I managed to get BG&E with some cheese. I went to buy it on Steam recently but it's 2000/XP only and I don't feel like digging out my PS2...
  • SkinnyJr - March 18, 2009 11:47 p.m.

    I REALLY liked Dark Sector. Imo, it was worth the $60. $9.99 is an absolute steal.
  • kicking222 - March 18, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    My best friend picked up "BG&E" literally the week after it came out for $20. That was a happy day for being cheap, but a sad day for good games.
  • sarge51 - March 18, 2009 11:31 p.m.

    Thequestion 121, both Steam and Direct2drive have Beyond Good & Evil for $10.
  • GoldenMe - March 18, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    My god. The cheese is now win.
  • batman5273 - March 18, 2009 10:22 p.m.

    DRINK ANOTHER BEER CHRIS!!
  • theturbolemming - March 18, 2009 8:23 p.m.

    I couldn't believe it when they announced that they were price-dropping L4D. Too bad I already bought it...
  • cooolkid94 - March 23, 2009 6:01 a.m.

    I saw gta iv for $39.99

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