Prince of Persia – The Movie

Ever since Sands of Time this is one game to movie I’ve wanted to see. Here’s the trailer,

Ever since Sands of Time this is one game to movie I’ve wanted to see. Here’s the trailer,

Unfortunately, Sands of Time is the only part of Prince of Persia I ever wanted to see made into a movie.

As fans can tell from the trailer, they’ve managed to miss the obvious and, I hate to say it so early, ruin a golden opportunity to do a game to movie properly, something that’s never been done.

All they had to do was take Sands of Time and ignore its prequels and sequels and they would’ve had a story as classic as any written literature and as hauntingly beautiful a story as there ever was.

Sands of Time has a bittersweet ending. It’s a brutally realistic yet poetic yet satisfying closure to the story. I think of WALL-E, and, while it has a happy ending, there were serious messages. Sands of Time does not have a happy ending, per se, and that just adds to its charm. But it was an impressive, entertaining ride and it also has serious undertones in character development. And, of course the key to all great story, it still manages not to take itself too seriously.

So I wonder what it would’ve been like to watch kids, adults and the general non-gaming public watch a story like Sands of Time. That would’ve been something to experience

I think they lost a golden opportunity to make something respectable, admirable and classic.

The Lord of the Rings movies showed a book could be made into a movie quite adequately. I guess we’re still waiting for a game into a movie.

Prince of Persia Retrospective

I hold up Prince of Persia: Sands of Time as probably the best game of all time. Unfortunately, Ubisoft absolutely destroyed the soul of the game when it released the sequel Warrior Within.

I hold up Prince of Persia: Sands of Time as probably the best game of all time. Unfortunately, Ubisoft absolutely destroyed the soul of the game when it released the sequel Warrior Within. They tried to recover with Two Thrones, and while fans appreciated the attempt, they fell flat on their face in the afterglow of Sands of Time.

I get the idea most people don’t understand just how they screwed up so bad.

Worse, I don’t think Ubisoft gets it.  So, as stubborn and bitter as I am, I won’t let Ubisoft forget it.

Ben Croshaw has probably the most concise, well laid out diatribe against the travesty that occurred with Prince of Persia. Amidst his foul language at times, Ben does point out each and every brutal, horrific choice Ubisoft made developing the sequels.

Now, Two Thrones was supposed to recover what was lost in Sands of Time and it’s unfortunate that Ubisoft didn’t get nailed to the wall with how bad Two Thrones was.

There must be some law out there about the curse of trilogies…hmm a google for “curse of trilogies” returns only one relevant result. Too bad. Movie makers and game developers should be forced to read it.