Though we enjoyed 2008's Prince of Persia reboot, The Forgotten Sands' return to the last generation's storyline is highly welcome. The game (referring to its 360, PS3, and PC versions... the Wii version is something else entirely) takes place sometime between The Sands of Time and The Warrior Within. After his first adventure, The Prince visits his brother's kingdom, which supposedly holds Some Great Secret. Never far from conflict, he arrives just in time to witness the kingdom's defense of a cataclysmic siege. And that's exactly what the opening cinematic, released today, presents:
The Prince's likeness is somewhere between his threatening-in-a-safe-way Sands of Time portrayal and his I'm-totally-dark-and-stuff-take-me-seriously Warrior Within persona. To us, he seems sheepish, as if a poorly-phrased remark at a sensitive moment might cause tears well up in his soft, sad eyes and roll down his face, which itself seems to apologize for existing. But The Prince's sensitive side ignored, the cinematic is fully entertaining, is it not? We're a little pumped - fingers crossed that the game delivers on all fronts.
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is scheduled to release May 18th in North America, and May 20th in Europe. Check our latest, occasionally cynical, preview for more details.
May 7, 2010