Prince Of Persia Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Prince Of Persia RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 10 Game Series That Need a Comeback Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:06:28 -0400 Anne-Marie Coyle




If ever there was a game that deserved a comeback based on hype alone it's Shenmue. Highly praised by fans and critics alike, its high-production budget meant Shenmue featured what was perhaps the most realistic interactive world of its time. It's highly detailed graphics and open world exploration blew gamers away.


The problem with Shenmue was that it was released on the Dreamcast. Given the huge lofty sum it cost to make, the platform that didn't have an install base large enough for the franchise to turn a profit. Shenmue did get a sequel which was released on the Dreamcast as well as the original Xbox. Shenmue II provided a more refined experience with a bigger emphasis on combat than its rather slow paced predecessor. It ended on a cliffhanger with a third installment planned, however, that has yet to become a reality.


A masterpiece is the eyes of those that did play it, could the series really live up to the hype and distance itself enough in today's more competitive and technologically-advanced market? There's only one way to find out.




Another Capcom franchise that has been tossed to the wind, Onimusha was Resident Evil minus the zombies and with a lot more Samurais and who doesn't love Samurais right? Well, apparently Capcom, as they've seen fit to leave the series in limbo since 2006. Well, unless you count the browser-based card game Onimusha Soul released in Japan in 2012... but it was awful, so we'll forget that happened.


Depicting legendary figures from Japanese history and retelling their stories with a supernatural twist, the Onimusha series always adapted and evolved, providing a new and exciting experience deviating from anything the franchise had produced previously. Onimusha 2: Samurai’s Destiny wowed with its intricate player choice and new lead character. The third entry pushed the series even further, into modern day France in fact, and featured French actor Jeno Reno kicking some Genma demon butt.


Originally conceived as a trilogy, the popularity of the series spawned a follow-up Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams on 2006, modernising the series with its fully 3D environments rather than the pre-rendered backdrops used in the earlier entries. Almost 10 years later and there is still not even a rumor of a revival. Come back, Nobunaga, all is forgiven!


Crash Bandicoot


You would struggle to find someone who played games in the late nineties that didn't play Crash Bandicoot. Long before Naughty Dog developed the blockbusters it's known for today, it was home to the humble bandicoot. Platforming was king in the early days of PlayStation and Crash was a prominent mascot for Sony's original console.


But as platforming fell out of fashion, so too did this series. After four installments, development of Crash games was split between Traveller's Tales, responsible for Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and Crash Twinsanity, and Vicarious Visions, who created a number of handheld games for the series. However, neither of these studios quite managed to capture what made the originals so enjoyable and addictive. More recently, the development of Crash has been the responsibility of Radical Entertainment, who rather drastically altered the character for Crash of the Titans.


Poor Crash hasn't been seen since 2008's Crash: Mind over Mutant, despite rumors that both Sony Computer Entertainment and Naughty Dog may bring the series back. Let's hope so as there now exists a generation of gamers who know one of gaming's most iconic mascots as nothing more than a washed up has-been.


Dino Crisis


Dear Shinji Mikami,


Can you please explain just what incarnation is going on in your latest horror game The Evil Within? Why is it so disjointed and why the heck does everyone keep ending up in baths?! On second thought, could you just get back to making the phenomenal Dino Crisis.


Yours sincerely, Every Gamer Ever.


Last seen in 2003, with its last decent entry going back as far as 1999's, this is a series that's almost as extinct as the ferocious reptiles it features, well give or take several million years. The point is that technology has advanced so much since the early Resident Evil-style survival horror featuring the fixed camera angles and tank controls of the series heyday.


Were the series to be revived now with same atmosphere that made the first two so intense, HD graphics and the kind of radical overhaul in gameplay seen in Resident Evil 4, we could have something very special indeed.


Shadow Hearts


Perhaps… no, *definitely* one of the most underrated RPGs in existence is Shadow Hearts. The original was a skillful blend of horror, inherited from its prequel Koudelka, and turn-based role-play. Both Shadow Hearts and its sequel Shadow Hearts: Covenant showcased genuinely fascinating plots and a host of memorable characters. It’s a series that had a commendable uniqueness in its atmosphere; one minute it had you bewildered by its goofiness and the next reaching for the Kleenex as it delved into themes of love, loss and sacrifice that cut right to the bone.


Another aspect that set Shadow Hearts apart from the flock was its battle system. Dubbed The Judgement Ring, in order for a character to attack they had to hit specific areas of the ring, miss and the character didn’t get to take their turn. This engaging method tested player’s reflexes and made battles in Shadow Hearts harsh yet satisfying.


2006’s Shadow Hearts: From the New World was more of a spin-off than a sequel, keeping the combat mechanics established in previous games, but foregoing the dark atmosphere of its predecessors. The game was met with a less favorable reception and poor sales of the series lead to developer Nautilus closing its doors in 2007. This is a series that deserves a revival or in the very least an HD collection, if only to garner it some degree of the recognition and success it so justly deserves.




Strong female leads are a dime dozen these days, but who remembers the form switching, no nonsense Jennifer Tate from PS2 action game Primal? Having the ability to transform into not one, but four demon forms, take on all manner of otherworldly beasts with an enviable rock-chick coolness, save her boyfriend as well as various realms, there’s little this lady can’t do… well, except produce a sequel.


Shortly after the games release, preliminary work did begin on a follow-up that would star Jen’s boyfriend Lewis. However, this would never see the light of day as developer SCE Studio Cambridge obtained a licence to produce a video game based on hit TV show 24. Development on Primal 2 ceased, the imaginatively titled 24: The Game was released in 2006 and sadly the studio has never looked back. In a time when console exclusives are more important than ever, Sony should look to revisiting this stellar single player co-op action adventure.


Jade Empire


Before there was Dragon Age, before there was Mass Effect… there was Jade Empire. The game drew heavily from features established in BioWare's previous game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Players could choose their gender, romantic interest, and moral affiliation. There was also a choice between six different characters, granting the player different attributes, such as a focus on strength or magic. Battles were a refreshing blend of spells and martial-arts-infused action RPG combat.


The game was set in a fantastical kingdom that drew its inspiration from ancient China to breathtaking effect. A host of NPCs, a wealth of decision making that had a direct influence on events and a beautiful world to explore all make Jade Empire essential even seven years after its initial launch. It remains a prime candidate for a world that's definitely worth expanding on with a sequel.




BloodRayne is another vampire game that deserves to rise from the ashes. Set during WW2, the original saw half-vampire Rayne going up against mutated Nazis and other unseemly beasts. Revelling in the extremity of its scenario, gore, and feisty main character, Bloodrayne was an over the top thrill ride. Its sequel, Bloodrayne 2, ended with the revelation that the Brimstone society, the shady organisation whose business Rayne’s been carrying out for the last 2 years now want her pretty red head on a pike. The game ended with Rayne proclaiming that “the next few years are going to be very interesting.”


Unfortunately, they weren’t.


A hard as nails side-scrolling platformer, that had absolutely nothing to do with its source material, a comic series and some of the worst video game to film movies known to man, made the years since Bloodrayne 2 distinctly uninteresting if not downright appalling. Its intriguing premise and captivating femme fatale make Bloodrayne a worthy candidate for a revival, not least to help distance its association with franchise-butcher Uwe Boll.


Prince of Persia


Back in 2003, there was a Prince who was the golden IP in the land of Ubisoft. However, the Persian Royal was usurped by the powerful Assassin’s Creed. In the years that followed Ubisoft established the open-world stealth series into a yearly franchise. Perhaps this has left the developer giant with limited resources to focus on bringing PoP back to its former glory, or perhaps they’ve simply run out of ideas as to what to do with the series.


After a successful trilogy, a strange artsy addition and a lacklustre prequel that exists solely to cash in on Hollywood’s take on the series, the Prince has seemingly taken up residence in Ubisoft’s deepest darkest dungeon never to be heard from again. It's a series that may have lost its way slightly, but the time travelling acrobatics, stellar platforming and engrossing Arabian night’s feel of the earlier entries is definitely something that shouldn't be forever lost in the midst of time.


Legacy of Kain


The last time we saw Kain & co was in 2003's Legacy of Kain Defiance. The game was a blend of both the Blood Omen and Soul Rever series' with play switching between the ghostly Raziel and his arch nemesis the vampire Kain. Following disappointing sales of Defiance publisher Eidos put the series on hold.


Recently, we've heard that a very different take on the series had been in development by Climax, the British studio responsible for Assassin's Creed Chronicles, but this was cancelled by Square Enix due to concerns over how the game would perform financially.


However, the multiplayer element does live on in multiplayer game Nosgoth. Although set in the same world as LoK, it bears little semblance to the legendary series outside of that. The world of Nosgoth is so rife with lore and atmosphere and in a time that release schedules are overcrowded with zombie titles isn't it about time vampires were given the spotlight?


While some series are milked to the teeth with yearly entries, some of the best series have been missing for far too long. Here’s a list of ten franchises we hope to see making a comeback in the near future. 

Predicting Ubisoft's Upcoming AAA Game Sat, 06 Jun 2015 13:30:02 -0400 Curtis Dillon

In an investor report from Ubisoft last month, it was revealed that The Division would be coming in early 2016 as would a yet-unannounced AAA game.

The news of the unannounced game was somewhat lost in the shuffle, but it's a very interesting tidbit. It's becoming increasingly uncommon for a publisher to reveal a game and release it within a year, but that's exactly what will happen with this game if the report is to believed. So what could that game be? Let's postulate!

Watch Dogs 2

Let's start with the most obvious option for an upcoming Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs 2. Ubisoft hasn't shied away from the fact that there will be a sequel to the hugely successful Watch Dogs, with the dev discussing the flaws of the original and hopes for the sequel. Then they admitted that a sequel would take a lot less time to develop. And finally the sequel recently appeared on the CV of a Ubisoft employee. So it's very obvious the game is on its way, and if Assassin's Creed is the benchmark for Ubisoft series, then it could become annual.

Therefore, Watch Dogs 2 seems the most obvious choice for the unannounced game. The original was a good game with tons of potential, much like the original AC. Watch Dogs 2 could definitely be Ubisoft's big surprise announcement at the close of the show.

Rayman Legends Sequel

A new Rayman is the second most likely choice. The sequel to the amazing reboot (Rayman Origins), Rayman Legends, was released in 2013. But not much has been said about the series since. Both games were critical and commercial smashes, reinvigorating the Rayman brand. So now seems like a good time for a sequel.

There's no evidence to back this up, especially considering Rayman creator Michel Ancel is hard at work on PS4 exclusive WiLD and another game that you will read about later. That being said, I still think a third installment is likely and fits the quick turnaround between announcement and release.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Which brings us to the other game Michel Ancel is toiling away on. Or so we think. Actually, at this point we have no idea.

The original Beyond Good and Evil came out in 2003, 12 years ago. The cult classic warranted a sequel that was finally revealed in 2008, but hasn't been seen since. Rumors swirled that Ancel had left Ubisoft Montipelier and Beyond Good and Evil 2 was on-hold. And yet, as recently as 2013, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Kotaku:

"I don't give comments anymore on BG&E2, because I think ... the next time next time we communicate we have to have something new. Not specific to the PS4 or any other platform.

He went on to confirm the status of the game:

"It's coming. Yep. I know some folks who are waiting."

It seems likely that we will see the return of Jade and Pey'j, but whether or not that happens this year is anyone's guess.

Prince of Persia Reboot

As much as I enjoyed Watch Dogs and Rayman, a rebooted Prince of Persia is the prospect that excites me most. It's easy to forget how popular and successful this series was, but the original trilogy was fantastic and inspired a movie in 2010. Also, lest we forget that Assassin's Creed was originally a Prince of Persia game. The last AAA Prince of Persia game came in 2010, so the series is ripe for a comeback.

The only evidence we have that Prince of Persia is even still alive, somewhere deep in the depths of Ubisoft, was a series of leaked images that were said to be a reboot of the franchise. Ubisoft has reportedly tried on a few occasions to start fresh with the series, which obviously never came to fruition, but maybe the game from which the above screenshot was taken will be the one. This one is the most left-field but also the most exciting.

Unknown IP

And of course, just to round out the bases, we have the potential for a brand new IP. When Watch Dogs was announced, it blew everyone away, due to the brand new concept and how amazing it looked. This started an E3 tradition for Ubisoft in which they now close out every show with a brand new game demo. They struck oil again when they showed Tom Clancy's: The Division for the first time and melted minds. Then last year they revealed the next Rainbow Six game, which was somewhat expected, but still a surprising concept. So what they will show this year is back to being a mystery.

Watch_Dogs 2 seems the obvious, safe bet. A new Rayman is also a possibility, but whether that series is AAA is debatable. Then we have the more unlikely choices of Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Prince of Persia. However, Ubisoft could easily be working on something brand new altogether. They are one of the biggest developers in the industry and are constantly working on multiple diverse games, so it's very easy to imagine another new IP being revealed and blowing our socks off.

So what do you think Ubisoft is going to unveil? What game do you want it to be? Will it be revealed at E3 or Gamescom? Let us know in the comments below!

So Where Are Prince of Persia, Beyond Good & Evil 2, and Far Cry 4? Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:25:49 -0400 Jamie K

E3 has left us with nothing but desire. Either we desire some of the amazing games we have seen there, or we desire to find out as much as we can about the games we didn't see. Three of these such games are Prince of Persia, Beyond Good & Evil 2 and Far Cry 4.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft is staying pretty tight lipped on any details on the future of these games. When approached about a Far Cry 4, Ubisoft's Alain Corre simply said:

"We're thinking of the future of this brand. We don't know yet when it will emerge. Again, it's cooking. Something is cooking!"

This certainly does wet our appetites, but doesn't manage to confirm anything. His whole approach to questions on these franchises seemed to take a similar tone. When asked by Eurogamer again about Prince of Persia he only evaded with a sly "all our franchises are always in gestation" that would do a politician proud.

He once more alluded that these games were "cooking", and "some are cooking longer than others, but they're cooking."

Corre explains they can't have all their games and franchises every year, and this is of course a valid point. That doesn't mean we can't still wish they were all there. 

The worst tease came before their E3 press conference. Ubisoft posted a Beyond Good and Evil image that left many wondering if this was a hint of something to come.

Alas, Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot has since told VentureBeat that it wasn't. They claimed they "didn't mean to tease", but sometimes you got to wonder if they are secretly giggling in their cubicle chairs.

"We had a period where we had a demo that went out before it was quite ready..." Guillemot responded. "That's why I think they keep expecting something. But I can't say much more than that."

First shown in 2008, this demo hasn't had any more confirmation save from acknowledging it would be a "next-gen" game. 

As to whether we will see any of these games in the near future, Corre mostly evaded again by saying, "It will happen when it will be perfect."

Survive the Asylum: Red Barrels' Outlast Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:57:51 -0400 MirandaCB

If you loved Amnesia: The Dark Descent, get ready for another incredible survival horror game. Outlast, from Red Barrels, is set to release at the end of the summer on Steam. As a side note, if you enjoyed the second season of American Horror Story, this is along the same vein. 

In Outlast, you are a reporter out to investigate an insane asylum in the real forests of Mount Massive, Colorado (which happens to be my home state, eep!). The story is based on the actual MKUltra experiments the CIA conducted in the '50s, '60s, and '70s, using "unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens" as test subjects. Drug testing, torture, forms of mind control, and other illegitimate methods were the techniques of choice. In the late 1970s, the MKUltra files were said to be destroyed with only a few left behind. 

All you can do is run and hide

Your goal is to get out of there and pronto. Blood splatters across the walls and floors. Everything is haphazardly strewn about and broken. Lights flicker. Mentally distraught patients wander the halls, some more benevolent than the others

The others seem to have adjusted to the darkness, and their humanity is gone. They chase you throughout the asylum, and your only option at times is to hide

There aren't any cutscenes; the story unfolds through the clues you find by way of newspaper clippings and paperwork. It's up to you to decide how much you want to uncover. Using your camcorder, you can also see in the dark, though it feels much creepier. As a reporter, it's your job to explore as much as possible, but with inhuman creatures chasing you for your flesh, I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to wuss out. 

The Developers

Outlast is Red Barrels' first game. The co-founders include Philippe Morin, David Chateauneuf, and Hugo Dallaire. Morin and Chateauneuf both worked on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Assassin's Creed; Morin as game designer and Chateauneuf as lead level designer. Dallaire was art director for Spinter Cell and Army of Two. This group of gentlemen, as well as the rest of the Red Barrels team, have a lot of credibility to back up their endeavor. 

As I was watching the trailer, I jumped and yelped--and I wasn't even playing yet. I love the thrill of horror games, especially if they have a great story (ie. Amnesia). Outlast comes out soon. Check out the petrifying trailer, and see if you'll be able to handle it.

Steam Holiday Sale: Surrender Your Wallet Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:37:49 -0500 Imayen Etim

I was glued to Steam at, like, midnight last night looking for this, to no avail.

Patience, grasshopper. Patience. 

The Steam Holiday Sale is now a go! And so is Steam's assault on my poor, poor wallet.

Prices for Scribblenauts Unlimited, Mirror's Edge, Wargame: European Escalation, and the Hitman, Prince of Persia, and Borderlands franchises are all slashed. Hitman: Absolution is a cool $25. Borderlands 2 is at $30. DLC and Skin Packs are going to cheap, too.

Publisher packs from THQ, Bethesda, Valve, and Ubisoft, among others, are on sale as well. Price points range from $25 for THQ's pack to $90 for packs from Ubisoft, Square Enix, 2K, and Bethesda.

The sale hasn't forsaken indie games. Titles like Hotline Miami, Terraria, and BIT.TRIP BEAT are also easier to pick up.

If none of these tickle your fancy, vote for the next game to go on sale. Choices are The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Limbo, and Braid.

The sale runs until January 5.

Go knock some items off your wish list! I just did.

Good luck, and happy gaming!

Source: Steam Store