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Zapages
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(05-24-2010, 02:44 PM)
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This was such a bizarre news. I actually had to go check it out myself as we all know the reputation of kotaku. :| Anyway it is true, and Ubisoft have sunk to a brand new low to attract casual folks to the series... ehh at least Sands of Time is a classic game.

In a way this is hilarious because the cover art prince does not even look like the prince in the SOT game. But still Ubi this is like getting a bit too desperate.

2003's Sands of Time holds a special place in Prince of Persia fan's hearts, its cheery tone and beautiful colours a pleasant break from the series' usual browns and greys. Six years later, Ubisoft has gone and messed with this.

How? By changing the game's box art. Up top there is the original cover art used by the game, as it appeared on everything from the PS2 to the PC. It's not the prettiest, we'll admit, but there is blue and yellow on there, and the Prince looks like a Prince of Persia, not an extra on a Judas Priest video.

Now, seven years later, Ubisoft has changed the box art for the PS2's Greatest Hits version of the game, replacing it with art from the new Prince of Persia game, Forgotten Sands. All that's different is the small subtitle underneath the logo. Stupid, and confusing. Reader Peffse nearly fell for it over the weekend, and it took a helpful store assistant to point out that the game he was about to buy was in fact a seven year-old platformer, and not a new title.

Ubisoft, we know there's a new movie to promote, but this isn't how you do it.


New box art cover for the greatest hit version of PoP Sands of Time one the PS2:


From Amazon:
Source: http://www.amazon.com/Prince-Persia-...4708242&sr=8-3

Original Cover:




Japanese cover of the PS2 version of the game:


Source: http://kotaku.com/5545824/ubisoft-ru...persia-box-art
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Scythesurge
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(05-24-2010, 02:46 PM)
I just think it's funny that they expect the PS2 game to sell now. It probably will a bit too.
AgentOtaku
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(05-24-2010, 02:47 PM)
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HOLY SHIT! (O__o)
elektrixx
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(05-24-2010, 02:48 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zapages

If Ryan Scott grew his hair long...
farnham
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(05-24-2010, 02:48 PM)
Port over Sands of Time to the PS3, 360 and Wii and Ill buy it again. The game deserves it !
vid
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(05-24-2010, 02:48 PM)
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Wow, they didn't even make new artwork for it? That's just sad.

Edit: Although it amuses me that the subtitle for "The Sands of Time" looks more like it belongs there than the rather generic "The Forgotten Sands" text.
lilltias
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(05-24-2010, 02:49 PM)
what the hell.

I HAVE NO
The_Inquisitor
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(05-24-2010, 02:50 PM)
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The only PoP I ever played was the 2008 one. Really liked it. Is there a special place in hell for me since I have not played any of the others? :lol :lol

Did these release for PC. If so, I will play them on my new rig later this year.
Kyoufu
(05-24-2010, 02:51 PM)
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I just threw up after seeing the original cover.
Glass Soldier
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(05-24-2010, 02:52 PM)

Originally Posted by The_Inquisitor

The only PoP I ever played was the 2008 one. Really liked it. Is there a special place in hell for me since I have not played any of the others? :lol :lol

Did these release for PC. If so, I will play them on my new rig later this year.

Only Sands of Time is worth getting, really. Don't even go near the turd that is Warrior Within.
whatevermort
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(05-24-2010, 02:52 PM)
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I don't get what the problem with this is. More people get to play a great game in a cover designed to pick up marketing buzz: OH MY GOD QUICKLY START A PETITION.
I NEED SCISSORS
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(05-24-2010, 02:52 PM)

Originally Posted by The_Inquisitor

The only PoP I ever played was the 2008 one. Really liked it. Is there a special place in hell for me since I have not played any of the others? :lol :lol

Did these release for PC. If so, I will play them on my new rig later this year.

Play Sands of Time, don't play the rest.
Scythesurge
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(05-24-2010, 02:52 PM)

Originally Posted by The_Inquisitor

The only PoP I ever played was the 2008 one. Really liked it. Is there a special place in hell for me since I have not played any of the others? :lol :lol

Did these release for PC. If so, I will play them on my new rig later this year.

Sands of Time is on PC. You should probably check it out, though it is quite a different game from the 2008 one.
jetsetfluken
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(05-24-2010, 02:55 PM)
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Still need to pick up the PS2 version of SoT.

Need to do so before all I can find is that.
glaurung
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(05-24-2010, 02:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by Scythesurge

Sands of Time is on PC. You should probably check it out, though it is quite a different game from the 2008 one.

Yes, the old game has some unique features, like the ability to die.
red shoe paul
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(05-24-2010, 02:56 PM)

Originally Posted by whatevermort

I don't get what the problem with this is. More people get to play a great game in a cover designed to pick up marketing buzz: OH MY GOD QUICKLY START A PETITION.

Nah, just looks really desperate of them..
Segata Sanshiro
(05-24-2010, 02:56 PM)
I dunno, it's not like the original box art was very good. And the new box art doesn't seem to be misrepresenting the game, either. Scruffy-looking prince with sword and sand. Sure, he's not striking the Spider-Man pose, but he makes up for it by not looking like a horse-man.
AlphaSnake
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(05-24-2010, 02:56 PM)
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Grimey...really, really grimey.
Rez
(05-24-2010, 02:56 PM)
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seems like a smart move to me. the more people who play SoT, the better.
shuri
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(05-24-2010, 02:58 PM)
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What the FUCK is going on at Ubisoft?
Confidence Man
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(05-24-2010, 02:59 PM)
Have you seen the new Ghost Recon? This isn't even close to a new low. It's not like the original cover was anything special to begin with, generic shitty cover art. In the middle of a wall run right next to a conveniently placed window just so they can cram a cityscape in, sword in hand with sand sprinkled around for no reason other than to tie it into the game's title, and he's looking straight ahead but slightly up like some teen emo facebook photo. No better than this, really:

Perfect Blue
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(05-24-2010, 02:59 PM)
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:lol:lol:lol
Hot Coldman
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(05-24-2010, 03:00 PM)
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Oh dear... oh dear...

*looks at boxart*

OH DEA- eh whatever
Brazil
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(05-24-2010, 03:01 PM)
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Originally Posted by Rez

seems like a smart move to me. the more people who play SoT, the better.

Yeah. Way to overreact, OP. Ubisoft has already done much worse than this.
farnham
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(05-24-2010, 03:01 PM)

Originally Posted by I NEED SCISSORS

Play Sands of Time, don't play the rest.

Two Thrones is really good and not as crappy as Warriors Within

Originally Posted by The_Inquisitor

The only PoP I ever played was the 2008 one. Really liked it. Is there a special place in hell for me since I have not played any of the others? :lol :lol

Did these release for PC. If so, I will play them on my new rig later this year.

PoP Sands of Time is the best game in the PoP series including the old ones. (actually its the only 3D PoP games where Jordan Mechner did some work too)



its probably the best western thirdparty game last gen
freddy
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(05-24-2010, 03:01 PM)
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Eh, it's fucking boxart, get over it.
Lothars
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(05-24-2010, 03:02 PM)
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Originally Posted by Rez

seems like a smart move to me. the more people who play SoT, the better.

agreed, I also really like the twin thrones which is just as good as Sands of Time.
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(05-24-2010, 03:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by farnham

Two Thrones is really good and not as crappy as Warriors Within

even WW has SOME redeeming features. but there is just SO MUCH to hate about it. even its past/present system is kind of questionable, and its centralised environment, which I usually love, suffers from some major back-tracking issues in the late-game.

I'm glad I played it, but I'm not about to play it again.

Two Thrones isn't SoT, but it a damn fun, well-rounded game. It was also a totally worthy way of wrapping up the story that SoT started and WW needlessly complicated. The ending was ace.
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Darklord
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(05-24-2010, 03:03 PM)
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Activision might be arseholes but Ubisoft is really slimy and underhanded. This is pathetic.
whatevermort
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(05-24-2010, 03:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by Darklord

Activision might be arseholes but Ubisoft is really slimy and underhanded. This is pathetic.

Hang on, why is it slimy and underhanded? They aren't selling it as a new game; it's still the same game, on an older format, sold using the marketing for the film that it shares a name with. It's just marketing, and it's sensible marketing, if you ask me; there's lots of ten year old kids who'll love the new film, who'll have a PS2 and want to play the game based on it. Might as well give them the same aesthetic in the product, right?
robochimp
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(05-24-2010, 03:06 PM)
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Books made into movies do this all the time
Lijik
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(05-24-2010, 03:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Darklord

This is pathetic.

I guess its pathetic in the sense that this will probably introduce more people to SoT than the original marketing ever did.
Rez
(05-24-2010, 03:10 PM)
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It's no more underhanded than a book publisher making a movie-flavoured cover to an old book that has recently been adapted, ala Lord of the Rings.

Originally Posted by robochimp

Books made into movies do this all the time

what he said
John Rabbit
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(05-24-2010, 03:12 PM)
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Originally Posted by elektrixxx

If Ryan Scott grew his hair long...

and started working out.
miladesn
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(05-24-2010, 03:12 PM)
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well, Forgotten Sands doesn't have a PS2 version right? no it has :lol
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(05-24-2010, 03:13 PM)
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The_Inquisitor
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(05-24-2010, 03:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by Scythesurge

Sands of Time is on PC. You should probably check it out, though it is quite a different game from the 2008 one.

Great. Hoping it's on steam. Will def. pick up to play on my new rig in a few months time.
hamchan
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(05-24-2010, 03:14 PM)
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If more people get to play this fantastic game as a result of this then I see no problem with this move.
sixteen-bit
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(05-24-2010, 03:14 PM)
They should put Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover
Gomu Gomu
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(05-24-2010, 03:17 PM)
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Eh, Nothing can be worse than this:

:lol
Gomu Gomu
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(05-24-2010, 03:18 PM)
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Originally Posted by miladesn

well, Forgotten Sands doesn't have a PS2 version right? now it has :lol

The far Superior version also.
gofreak
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(05-24-2010, 03:19 PM)
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They're releasing this to coincide with the movie, right?

Why wouldn't they change the cover and promo materials to more closely match the movie's aesthetic?
I NEED SCISSORS
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(05-24-2010, 03:19 PM)

Originally Posted by farnham

Two Thrones is really good and not as crappy as Warriors Within

Other than a game breaking glitch where the QTE on the first boss doesn't activate, why not.
Darklord
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(05-24-2010, 03:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by whatevermort

Hang on, why is it slimy and underhanded? They aren't selling it as a new game; it's still the same game, on an older format, sold using the marketing for the film that it shares a name with. It's just marketing, and it's sensible marketing, if you ask me; there's lots of ten year old kids who'll love the new film, who'll have a PS2 and want to play the game based on it. Might as well give them the same aesthetic in the product, right?

It's there to confuse people.
Metal Gear?!
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(05-24-2010, 03:21 PM)
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Let's be honest, PS2 owners are getting the better game.

Where the hell is the Sands of Time re-release with a new movie-like cover anyway?

Also the Japanese cover of The Sands of Time is clearly the best
MNC
(05-24-2010, 03:23 PM)

Originally Posted by _dementia

They should put Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover

For a minute, I really thought they did this.
Takao
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(05-24-2010, 04:13 PM)
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This is the company that has done this:

[img]http://i35.************/x2rk12.jpg[/img]

Which is simply a port of this:



Not to mention this:



Which is a port of this:



Rival Swords eventually found itself on the Wii. Shady renames, and package changes aren't new to Ubisoft.
GoutPatrol
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(05-24-2010, 04:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by Darklord

It's there to confuse people.


Really, who the fuck cares. They are being deceived to play one of the best games of all time.
Struct09
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(05-24-2010, 04:30 PM)
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Who cares? If it helps sell more copies of a great game, so be it. I don't think anyone who already played SoT will be tricked and pick up the PS2 version thinking it's a new game.
Hot Coldman
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(05-24-2010, 04:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by Takao

Rival Swords eventually found itself on the Wii. Shady renames, and package changes aren't new to Ubisoft.

For what it's worth, Rival Swords on Wii is fantastic.

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