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Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

LOTR Conquest, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Saints Row 2 and loads more.

Prince of Persia

Take it easy.

FeaturePrince of Persia

A chat with producer Ben Mattes.

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FeatureRetrospective: Prince of Persia

The prince and the unpopular.

On paper, 2008's Prince of Persia revamp was a pointless game. Don't get me wrong, it had every reason to exist, but its story and mechanics were essentially a long, meandering path back to square one.

EU PlayStation Store update 3rd August

EU PlayStation Store update 3rd August

Back to the Future! Ubisoft sale!

Telltale's episodic adaptation of Back to the Future concludes this week with the release of Part 5, free for series owners.

Overall it's a quiet week for the PlayStation Store, with a sale on Ubisoft games the only real sniff of a bargain on offer. Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed become slightly cheaper, although PlayStation Plus members get bigger savings and bonus content.

PlayStation 3 owners get a demo of Rugby World Cup 2011 (released yesterday on Xbox 360).

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Gyllenhaal: POP film is "massive epic"

Actor also praises ostriches.

Donnie Darko reckons that the upcoming Prince of Persia film is unlike any other videogame-to-film adaptation, and has assured fans that none of the ostriches in director Mike Newell's production are computer-generated.

Prince of Persia movie trailer pops up

Prince of Persia movie trailer pops up

See Jake and Gemma go at it. So to speak.

A new trailer for the Prince of Persia movie has appeared on YouTube.

It shows the eponymous hero, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, running, jumping and generally swishing his sword about. He's got an English accent, by the sounds of things.

Also featured are Gemma Arterton, who plays sidekick Tamina, and Ben Kingsley, who must be a baddie judging by that beard.

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GDC: Mattes reflects on Elika mechanic

"Projecting my own attitudes".

Ubisoft producer Ben Mattes has said that it was a "mistake" to believe that consumers would accept the no-death mechanic in last year's Prince of Persia.

Xbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

Digital FoundryXbox 360 vs. PS3 Face-Off: Round 17

LOTR Conquest, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Saints Row 2 and loads more.

It's the first face-off of the New Year and with it, the opportunity to bring the cold, hard, iron first of order to the games cupboard by rounding up the games we really should have covered by now, but didn't for reasons too numerous and too tedious to get into. It's also the chance to take a look at how the first high profile release of 2009 - EA's Lord of the Rings: Conquest - measures up under Eurogamer's unyielding scrutiny.

As we've got a lot of software to get through, we've bumped up the interesting games to the front of the feature, then grouped together the rest in the form of smaller, round-up featurettes at the end. However, as per the norm, all games get the full screenshot gallery treatment - captures losslessly derived from the HDMI ports of both consoles at full range 24-bit RGB precision. Where PS3 outputs a 1080p signal on any given game, additional galleries are provided, along with their 360 counterparts.

For the headline games there's also the customary video coverage. Set your Flash Player to 'high quality' to appreciate the full might of h264 encoding, or check out the author's blog if you want to download bandwidth-saturating full-HD versions running in real time, optimised for playback on PS3, Xbox 360 and dual-core PCs.

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POP dev expected "pats on the back"

Ubi says risks were not appreciated.

Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes has said he was surprised how reluctant fans, developers and critics were to support new ideas trying to "shake up the industry and push things forward".

Ubisoft has confirmed that two of its most recent PC releases have gone on sale in shops without any form of digital rights management software (DRM).

No DRM in retail Prince of Persia PC?

Ubi community man says so. Cripes.

Retail versions of the new Prince of Persia for PC are reportedly shipping without any form of digital rights management (DRM). Like, on purpose.

Ubi was "desperate" over Creed scores

But sales prove reviews aren't everything.

Ubisoft finance officer Alain Martinez has told a finance conference audience that the publisher hasn't put the same faith in review score averages since the runaway success of Assassin's Creed last year.

UK charts: World at War still raging

Prince of Persia, Animal Crossing less so.

Call of Duty: World at War has notched up a fourth week in command of the UK All-Formats Chart. With just two weeks to go, looks like it's a strong contender to take the Christmas top spot.

Prince of  Persia

Prince of  Persia

Take it easy.

Prince of Persia hasn't always spun a good yarn, but it's often overcome that with exotic locations and even more exotic acrobatics, and for the first few hours the new-look Prince threatens to do likewise. Having stumbled upon a Princess in peril while out hunting for his wayward donkey, the Americanised Prince falls into a divine battle between the forces of good and evil, and proceeds to wisecrack and Brendan-Fraser his way through an occasionally delicate story of restoring life to a corrupted fantasy world of epic palaces and Skies-of-Arcadian technology.

His antics are almost as destructive to the ambiance as the formerly caged God of Darkness, Ahriman, is to the environment, and his jarring dialogue and delivery persistently overshadow wistful, majestic graphics and his more serious and likeable new female counterpart, who rarely gets a chance to project the character her few monologues attempt to establish. With an oddly small, immobile head atop bulging musculature, the Prince looks awkward in his own skin, and he certainly feels out of place in his own game.

But while others have backed away from gaming's most empowering genre, Ubisoft seemingly follows up last year's dauntless Assassin's Creed by cutting away as much frustration as possible, delivering the most extraordinary and death-defying platform move-set ever, and then exaggerating it deliciously in every step, prance and bound. Leaping into space, the Prince is able to claw himself an extra six feet up any given cliffside he strikes to reach an edge. He can chain alternate wall-runs, flip between trapezes and beams, slide down dusty slopes, grind down walls with his gauntlet, clamber across patches of greenery and grab at poles.

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Ubi "working hard" on Assassin's Creed 2

Rumours suggest French Revolution setting.

Ubisoft refused to give even a vague release date for a sequel for Assassin's Creed 2 yesterday - but confirmed the title was in development.

Ubisoft plans "significant" POP DLC

Producer talks length, copying, sequels.

Ubisoft producer Ben Mattes has said downloadable content for the new Prince or Persia game is very much part of the plan, and will add "significant value" - perhaps even as much as an entire prequel or sequel.

FeatureEurogamer Expo: Top 10 Games

As voted for by you.

First things first, apologies if you were disappointed, having read our Eurogamer Expo preview on Monday, to discover that the MotorStorm: Pacific Rift vehicle outside the Expo entrance was a monster truck instead of a Humvee. We are also sorry that so many of you missed the chance to touch Bertie's moustache, which endures even now atop the sweater-clad granite torso and arms of news-typing sultriness.

Prince of Persia

A royal knockout?

The problem with trade shows is that while you get to play a lot of games, you don't get to play any of them for long. When it comes to simpler, more familiar titles like LocoRoco 2, this doesn't matter so much. In the case of games like Hula Wii, it's a mercy. But it's a real issue as far as the new Prince of Persia is concerned. It's less familiar than you might think and by no means simple.

New Prince of Persia gets release date

New Prince of Persia gets release date

Out in time for Christmas.

Ubisoft has announced the new Prince of Persia game will be released in the UK in time for Christmas.

It's out on Friday 5th December, to be precise, for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The rest of Europe will get it a day earlier, the lucky beggars.

December 5th also the launch date for DS exclusive Prince of Persia: The Fallen King.

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New Prince of Persia developer diary

Video of roof run, combat, bosses, more.

Ubisoft has shown more of the Prince of Persia's new "roof run" ability, offered a bit more insight into the game's openworld structure and illustrated the four-button combat system in a new dev diary you can watch on Eurogamer TV or scroll down to check out within this very news item.

"Potential" for POP spin-offs

Princess of Persia, anyone?

She may be making her gaming debut as a supporting character in the new Prince of Persia, but the game's producer has revealed that the back-story and game universe are deep enough that Elika could ultimately become the star of her own game.

POP demo "not planned"

Too many are "awful", says producer.

Hot on the heels of the Far Cry 2 team's decision not to produce a consumer demo of its open-world shooter, Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes has confirmed that there's no plans to do one for the Ubisoft Montreal stable-mate either.

POP will miss Xmas "if quality's not there"

But Ubi still banking on '08 release.

Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes has told Eurogamer that his title will slip into 2009 "if the quality's not there", but added that the team was nevertheless committed to hitting its pre-Christmas target.

FeaturePrince of Persia

Top of the POPs?

Ben Mattes, producer of Prince of Persia, can talk. Boy can he talk. But as one of the senior figures at Ubisoft Montreal, the studio responsible for the likes of Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six and Assassin's Creed, what he has to say is worth hearing - and there is a lot to say about what Mattes calls the "second reinvention" of Jordan Mechner's classic fantasy series, following on from the last-generation trilogy that encompassed Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones.

FeaturePrince of Persia

A chat with producer Ben Mattes.

The teaser trailer for the new Prince of Persia game was one of the highlights of this year's UbiDays press conference. It introduced us to his new sidekick, Elika, and revealed a little more of the game's unique visual style. Unfortunately it was all we got to see of the game in action, as nothing else was shown during the event.

No co-op in new Prince of Persia

Despite debut of lovely sidekick.

Prince of Persia producer Ben Mattes has confirmed to Eurogamer the game won't feature a co-op mode - despite the fact he'll have a sidekick.

Prince of Persia gets new sidekick

Pretty lady will help him save the world.

Ben Mattes, producer of the next instalment in the Prince of Persia series, has revealed our hero will be assisted throughout his adventures by a beautiful lady

New Prince of Persia previewed

New Prince of Persia previewed

No time powers, influenced by Okami.

Joypad magazine - the French Edge - has published the first preview of the next Prince of Persia, just announced by Ubisoft.

The game will be coming to PC, PS3 and 360 this year and is being developed by the original Prince of Persia: Sands of Time team at Ubisoft Montreal. It features cel-shaded graphics, and scraps the Sands of Time rewind powers. The gameplay centres on healing a corrupted world in the style of Okami, Shadow of the Colossus or The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

Joypad's preview shows striking images of the game's "illustrative" visual style - a subtle and highly detailed take on cel-shading - and the new Prince, a colourful vagabond swathed in scarves. He wouldn't look out of place in a Final Fantasy game, the article's author points out.

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