What made the original Prince of Persia Trilogy so Good?
The Prince of Persia trilogy was in a league of its own. However, it changed the way people perceived action-adventure games in general. Let’s take a look at what made the original Prince of Persia Games so good.
Right from the Sands of Time to The Two Thrones, the story of the Prince has been absolutely on point. The time travel, the lore of the Sands of Time, and the connection between the 3 games is immaculate.
The trilogy’s combat evolved with each installment. However, Warrior Within’s combat was revolutionary. Acrobatic combos, dual-wielding which also added a bit of parkour in the midst made it a challenging and immersive combat experience.
Great Character Design (For its time)
All three games released during 2003-2005. During that time, these games delivered a visual experience beyond compare, which evolved with each title. Interestingly, all these games use the same engine called ‘Jade’.
The movement, combat, and interaction in the game felt absolutely fluid. This made the gameplay experience enjoyable and broadened the game’s horizons.
Fluid Gameplay Mechanics
All these titles involve a lot of puzzle-solving where players really have to scratch their heads. Subsequently, players also had more than one way to defeat opponents and do certain tasks. This is how these games delivered a true sandbox experience.
A Complete Sandbox Experience
One of the best parts of the game was its deep connection to parkour. Wall running to cross ridges, climbing places, and even taking out opponents with insane combos made it an amazing experience overall, across all 3 games.
Parkour! Parkour! Parkour!
Jordan Mechner's success with Prince of Persia paved the way for Ubisoft’s next big series: Assassin’s Creed. The game’s setting, mechanics, and some part of the lore were heavily inspired by the PoP trilogy and the rest is history.
Inspired A new record-breaking series
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Sadly, the studio couldn’t recreate the trilogy’s success as the two titles launched after the original trilogy had failed to live up to their potential. However, the original Sand of Time is getting a remake which is set to launch in 2021.