I’m a long time fan of the Prince of Persia series of games having played the original on my Commodore 64 back in 1989. I thought the reboot they did on the PS2—Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time—was excellent, but the next two games suffered a bit from sequelitis. They weren’t bad, but not as awe inspiring as the first. When I first saw screenshots from the latest PoP game designed specifically for the Next Gen consoles I was skeptical at first, but after seeing it in motion I’m excited once again:
Of particular note is the young woman, Elika, who fights alongside the prince against the forces of darkness. The first game also featured a female companion, Farah, who was mainly there to help with some of the puzzles in the game. While Farah was armed with a bow and arrow her contribution to fighting off the monsters was… pathetic. She was only able to shoot one arrow every thirty seconds or so and ends up being more of a problem than a help as you’re continually saving her from the monster she annoys.
In contrast Elika is an amazing partner that will be integral not only in solving the puzzles, but in successfully defeating the monsters you have to fight. Check out the following footage showing off some of the first level and see just how much Elika contributes to the fight. She’s not just a companion, she’s a necessity:
That’s some wicked cool game play there and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It’ll hit store shelves on December 2nd so I’m going to have to hope I get it for Krismas.