Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Eric Vs. 365 - Day 359 - Prince of Persia 08

Ubisoft's Prince of Persia reboot was my 2008 Game of the Year, and I firmly stand behind that. I loved the game back then and still think it holds up fantastically today. With that said, playing it again brought up an interesting point that the "best" game of a given year doesn't necessarily have to be your favorite game of a given year. Kind of like how the Best Picture Oscar nominees are usually stuff no one ever heard of. Read more and watch gameplay below.

First off, Prince of Persia is awesome. Great visuals, amazing music, fun gameplay - it's all here. People complaining that "Hurr durr, you can't die so therefore its boring" are knuckle dragging morons who get some sort of sick undeserved thrill from playing a goddamn video game and showing off their e-peen because of how hardcore they are. Oh, you're good at a video game? No one gives a shit. Let people play games and have fun. I loved Prince of Persia 2008.

With that said, Fallout 3 also came out in 2008, and I suddenly had a pit of my stomach "Did I screw up" moment while I was playing PoP 08 for this video. I played through Prince of Persia once back in December 2008 for review. I've played through Fallout 3 a dozen times for hundreds of hours since its launch in 2008. I would say that Fallout 3 is one of my top 5 favorite games ever, while PoP 08 wouldn't even be in the top 50. 

Here's the thing, though - Prince of Persia 2008 is the better game overall. It is far more polished, has better presentation, and a better story than Fallout 3. Just because it isn't the game I'm going to keep coming back to and playing over and over and over doesn't diminish its quality. 

Like I said at the top, you probably don't want to watch most Best Picture winners / nominees 50 times, especially compared to the "fun" blockbusters and your favorite movies, but that doesn't change that they are, in fact, the best made movies of the year. 

Popularity doesn't correlate with quality. Sales numbers don't correlate with quality.

*Unless it's a Sony game and then everyone pretends like it does despite the fact Sony games suck. Ha!