The Sexual Politics Of Prince Of Persia

This Gamasutra opinion piece by writer Tom Cross explores the negative reception to the leading man in 2008's Prince of Persia, what influence the voice acting of Uncharted's Nolan North might play -- and why one writer finds the backlash illogical.

Tom Cross: "It's no secret that I am a fan of Ubisoft's most recent Prince of Persia game, and that I find the criticism leveled at that game to be puzzling. In some ways, the rejection of the game (and of the Prince especially) always struck me as incomprehensible.

Recently, while playing Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, I was reminded of the Prince, and not just because Nolan North voices both Drake and the Prince. Specifically, the sexual tension in Among Thieves reminded me of that less well-developed, much-maligned tension in Prince of Persia."

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yoshiroaka3242d ago (Edited 3242d ago )

I thought the main character was very like-able and i really liked the relationship between the prince and elika. Their back and forth quips were really cool. The relationship could have been a little deeper and more developed but all in all it was good.

I dont see anything wrong with the voice either.

This article makes a lot of sense, i didnt know the new prince was so hated...

RememberThe3573242d ago

Plus, the game was fun as hell. It would be hard for me to find areason to hate it.

Ratchet_Co3242d ago

I agree, I find it disappointing to see fans not accept this new Prince. Not all heroes in comics, TV or movies began as someone great and respectful, some were just ordinary people just like you and me who didn't have a clue on how to act as a hero in the first place.

Though it was subtle, the Prince's attitude began to become a bit less witty and silly as the game progressed. He became a bit more caring, and if you compare the Prince that first landed in the desert to the one that left it, I think there was a bigger difference in character in a postive way. He's still light-hearted, but he's a lot more caring.

Myst-Vearn3242d ago

I feel like playing that game now

devilhunterx3242d ago

When I first heard the new Prince, I didn't like the American accent at all. But I really loved the witty dialogues. And in the end, I accepted him as the new Prince.

But Jake Gyllenhaal can go jump off a cliff and land on a spike.

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jerethdagryphon3242d ago

voice fine story ok combat i hated the combat everything else was ok but it felt stilted