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PoP Interview: Part 2

PoP Interview: Part 2

You wanted more, which is exactly what you're going to get with no less than 21 minutes more of private interview with Prince of Persia's producer, Ben Mattes. As talkative as ever, he's telling us about the artistic direction, the gameplay and lots of other interesting things. To find out more about the game and see some new gameplay footage, you know what to do now!


Interview: Ben Mattes part 2
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Commented on 2008-11-16 16:01:12
I also wanted to thank Ben for taking the time to answer all our questions. Thanks for your patience too, a 37 minute interview is something you don't see that often. :)
Commented on 2008-11-16 16:55:20
sweet, a freaking must buy for me.
12-24 hrs gameplay seems pretty long for a prince of persia game, i really hope the story is immersive enough, and not boring and uninteresting. i know, i know, it's all about the platforming, jumping from ledge to ledge, and combat, but i'd hate for it to be another mirror's edge storywise.
the visuals are definitely quite unique, and i can't wait to see all the different environments and characters.(please use enough AA on the console versions) the tech seems to be in place from what he described.
Commented on 2008-11-16 17:14:52
Honestly, I don't believe in this game. It's like all their effort went into artistic design. I looks beautiful, but it does not look exciting in terms of gameplay. It's nothing new.
Commented on 2008-11-16 17:26:10
Nothing new? Did you see the interview? ... I think the game looks great and have a nice design. Thanks to Ben, I believe the game will do very well.
Commented on 2008-11-16 17:40:08
Outstanding Interview Guys. THanks so much. Ben Mattes sure can talk :) but when someone talks some sense like that, it's a real pleasure to listen.

I really cant wait for this!!!!
Commented on 2008-11-16 17:55:41 In reply to dEM0NSVK
Posted by dEM0NSVK
Nothing new? Did you see the interview? ... I think the game looks great and have a nice design. Thanks to Ben, I believe the game will do very well.
Yes, I did see the interview. It does look great. I think I said that. It's just nothing new gameplay wise. Acrobatics, picking up glowing globes, fight bosses. What is new about that?
Commented on 2008-11-16 19:25:25 In reply to droezelke
No gameovers?
Commented on 2008-11-16 20:12:09 In reply to dEM0NSVK
Posted by dEM0NSVK
No gameovers?
Oh, I see, now you convinced me ;o)

There aren't any real game-overs, but you will still have to restart a section, which is the same as game-over to me. And it's not new. Heavy Rain will also have no game-overs (but they promise this as part of the story, being that whatever you decide to do, it will always keep going, even if it was a bad decission). I'm not trashing the game as bad, I just wish it had that something fresh beside the art design. I'm sure it will be great for the fans.
Commented on 2008-11-16 21:03:19 In reply to droezelke
You know there are very few games (not to say none) that actually have something new gameplay wise these days. ;)
Commented on 2008-11-16 21:17:56 In reply to Driftwood
I agree. Mirror's edge, Spore, Little Big Planet (in a way), the upcoming Heavy Rain and some indie games are innovative. But that doesn't mean I can't wish for it. I'm really sure PoP will be a great game. I hope that I made that clear. Maybe I'm just saturated by the flood of games (sequels) the last months, that I'm grasping for some fresh air.
Commented on 2008-11-16 23:41:04
visually the game looks like crackdown to me. textured, but using an outline that is usually associated with cell shading. only difference being that of the setting. so really its style isnt all that original imo, looks great tho visually. definatly going to be renting this one.

been said a million times by a million people, but the voices suck balls.
Commented on 2008-11-17 00:13:22
Looks good but i will be cautious with this game. I loved the Sands of Time trilogy but this...i don't like the whole "open world-exploring-collecting" crap. I freaking HATE games that force you to scurry around trying to find that last banana or lightseed or whatever before you get to proceed.
Commented on 2008-11-17 00:22:23 In reply to Megido
Posted by Megido
Looks good but i will be cautious with this game. I loved the Sands of Time trilogy but this...i don't like the whole "open world-exploring-collecting" crap. I freaking HATE games that force you to scurry around trying to find that last banana or lightseed or whatever before you get to proceed.
yeah, i agree. i like collectibles being there. just as a distraction if you grow bored of progressing with the story, but imagine if you had to kill a set amount of pigeons in GTA4 before you could do a mission. it'd be horrible. i think its the reason im not enjoying saints row 2 all that much, the fact im forced to do these shallow side missions before i can do the main missions gets annoying.
Commented on 2008-11-17 01:08:45 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
yeah, i agree. i like collectibles being there. just as a distraction if you grow bored of progressing with the story, but imagine if you had to kill a set amount of pigeons in GTA4 before you could do a mission. it'd be horrible. i think its the reason im not enjoying saints row 2 all that much, the fact im forced to do these shallow side missions before i can do the main missions gets annoying.
It has been reiterated on numerous occasions that the orb collecting will not be obligatory to the extent of tedium instead you shuold view the orb collection as a quasi RPG element to the game i.e. you can progress pretty smoothly with limited backtracking, however Elikas move list and power are directly linked to the difficulty of the game therefore only collecting the least amount of orbs will probably provide a slightly more challenging experience, whilst those wanting to feel like a god will collect endlessly and unlock all her abilities (slight exageration on the god comparison but it still stands that you'll be badass).
Commented on 2008-11-17 09:35:24 In reply to omniscient
Posted by omniscient
you can progress pretty smoothly with limited backtracking, however Elikas move list and power are directly linked to the difficulty of the game therefore only collecting the least amount of orbs will probably provide a slightly more challenging experience, whilst those wanting to feel like a god will collect endlessly and unlock all her abilities (slight exageration on the god comparison but it still stands that you'll be badass).
I hope your right cause in earlier video's the explained that with the orbs you can buy powers for elika but you can also see that some powers are required to get to certain area's in the game. This said: no orbs = no specific paths.

So we'll have to wait and see I guess
Commented on 2008-11-17 09:58:25
The orbs ARE NECESSARY to complete the game. In this 2nd part he said, you need 540 orbs to complete the game but there are 1000 orbs in total. So you need to collect 540 to progress. The 460 are optional and are for those who want to unlock more powers to access other hidden areas and to have more combos with Elika.

To be honest, I too despise this whole Orb business but I seriously doubt it's game breaking so we shouldnt worry hopefully.
Commented on 2008-11-17 10:01:06
alimo: what he said was that you need 540 orbs to unlock all powers, the others were just for achievements.
Commented on 2008-11-17 10:07:39 In reply to alimokrane
I'm not sure it'll unlock more powers. If I understood correctly there are something like 4 (or 5?) different powers that Elika can buy.

To me, the 460 orbs that are not necessary is just a way to add some fun for those who are in to acrobatics and secrets. I may be mistaken but other than achievements, I don't think you'll get more rewards from getting the remaining 460 orbs.
Commented on 2008-11-17 10:31:52 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Megido
alimo: what he said was that you need 540 orbs to unlock all powers, the others were just for achievements.
Posted by Driftwood
I'm not sure it'll unlock more powers. If I understood correctly there are something like 4 (or 5?) different powers that Elika can buy.

To me, the 460 orbs that are not necessary is just a way to add some fun for those who are in to acrobatics and secrets. I may be mistaken but other than achievements, I don't think you'll get more rewards from getting the remaining 460 orbs.
OH!!!! Well that sucks then ... sure you get some fun platforming around to get them but I always thought they could add more combos or something ...... Oh well .......
Commented on 2008-11-17 11:04:34 In reply to alimokrane
Who's to say they're not going to be of use in the downloadable content Ben was talking about.
Commented on 2008-11-17 11:18:04 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Who's to say they're not going to be of use in the downloadable content Ben was talking about.
A very good point actually.
Commented on 2008-11-17 12:19:21
Please game...dont suck, dont be short and repetive.

So...the prince has all the combat abilities from the get go and you only upgrade Elikas abilities?

I am so 50/50 on this game.
Commented on 2008-11-17 18:15:50
^^Welcome to my world.
Commented on 2008-11-17 19:22:27 In reply to Sath
Posted by Sath
Please game...dont suck, dont be short and repetive.

So...the prince has all the combat abilities from the get go and you only upgrade Elikas abilities?

I am so 50/50 on this game.
Would you rather be it like the awful DMC/God of War tradition of having nothing, and then having to collect stuff to buy COMBOs and moves and other stupid shit that should've been in the game from the get-go? I'd rather feel capable of everything at the start (Mirror's Edge) than having to buy abilities for my character, which is so archaic (Force Unleashed).
Commented on 2008-11-17 19:29:12 In reply to IIGrayFoxII
Posted by IIGrayFoxII
^^Welcome to my world.
I have been thinking about POP for a long time and all these "problems" have been since day one and I still hope they wont be so, but my instincts say that it will be short and repetive or boring and repetive.

I mean seriously.

You wont unlock any new weapons or new moves for the prince from the beginning to the end.
All you do is platforming and facing one enemy at a time, which by the way have the same combat attacks all the time...unless they havent shown the great stuff.
The voice acting is not doing it for me, especially when I just played Uncharted and heard Nathan Drakes voice...its gonna be annoying.

The only thing that carries the game is its artstyle and probably the story.
There is definitely gonna be alot of platforming stuff, which I dont mind so much, but from a gameplay view once you collect all the seeds/orbs know the story there isnt much going back to...unless you are a trophy/achievement junky.

The combat isnt exactly something that is good in this game or different unless you like to see the same attacks over and over again.

I will probably buy it, play it and see how much satistfaction I had and to see if there is anything in the game that will make me go back, if not...I am returning it.
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