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GDC: PoP boss says no-death mechanic was a “mistake” of “attitudes”

Wednesday, 25th March 2009 10:50 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Prince of Persia dev boss Ben Mattes has told a gathering at GDC that the no-death mechanic in last year’s franchise re-boot was a “mistake” in terms of projecting his own opinions on the game.

“I guess I made the mistake of projecting my own attitudes,” he said, as reported by MTV.

“I believed that, as a consumer base, the gaming industry had evolved to the point where they were punishing themselves for their failures.

“The idea with the Elika mechanic was [that] if you were a really good player, a single fall – when she had to pull you up – would be devastating thing because it ruined your perfect run.”

More through there. Thanks, EG.

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  1. Blerk

    From the sounds of it they’ve totally gotten it wrong again for the DLC as well, though. The discussion about it on ListenUP this week essentially paints it as the ‘anti-PoP’ – ridiculously hard and irritating just for the sake of it.

    They really need to find that middle ground again from the sounds of it. Which is somewhat ironic as they already had it pretty much spot on in the previous three games.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    The whole game was a mistake, its the first 3D PoP game i’ve played and it was as boring as hell, dare i say it was even more boring then Crackdown :D

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Whizzo

    I got very bored with this PoP really quickly, Ubisoft has been getting it wrong since Sands of Time.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. No_PUDding

    Ubisoft have been going downhill since Sands of Time.

    And Ben Mattes is a dick, I hate to say the old cliche I told you so, but I told everyone.
    And now he’s eating some crow.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Tonka

    People who find Crackdown boring should be forced to play FFXII for 60 hrs.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Tonka

    BTW: Is there an achievement for not being rescued by Elika?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Hero of Canton

    There’s an Achievement for being rescued fewer than 100 times or something.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Syrok

    No, but there is one for talking to, one for talking a bit more to her.
    You get one if she saves you less then a hundred times.

    There is also one for finishing the game, as if finishing it wasn’t enough of a reward.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Soong

    People who find Crackdown boring should really find a new hobby, gaming is not for you.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Quiiick

    People who do not find Crackdown boring should really find a new hobby, gaming is not for you.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. SilentLoner

    crackdown was awesome. Red Faction looks to fill the PS3 void that crackdown cant fill as its an exclusive :P

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Soong

    Crackdown is amazing, pure gaming at its finest. If you can’t appreciate that I can only assume you’re one of *those* gamers, you know the ones that keep buying Need for Speed, Fifa, and Madden year after year.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Quiiick

    You seem to be too narrow-minded to understand that, no matter what game you talk about, there are always those who like it and those who don’t!
    And saying that those who don’t like the particular game are not worthy playing any game is just plain stupid. In other words: You’re an idiot.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Soong

    I can accept that it’s a matter of opinion, but not when it comes to Crackdown. And if you think I’m an idiot for believing in Crackdown, then you represent everything that’s wrong with gaming today. You either believe in Crackdown and the gaming ethos it stands for, or you’re part of the problem. Crackdown.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Gekidami

    All this mention of Crackdown is making me sleepy… ;)

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Soong

    Crackdown!

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Quiiick

    @ Soong
    QUOTE: “And if you think I’m an idiot for believing in Crackdown…”

    No, you got it all wrong, and on purpose I suppose.
    I myself think Crackdown is a decent game, a bit repetitive but entertaining non the less.

    You’re an idiot for saying: “People who find Crackdown boring should really find a new hobby, gaming is not for you.”
    This statement is plain stupid!

    Or: “… You either believe in Crackdown and the gaming ethos it stands for, or you’re part of the problem.
    Equally stupid!

    #17 5 years ago
  18. lelik

    quiiick you said this “People who do not find Crackdown boring should really find a new hobby, gaming is not for you.” and now you’re backtracking to win this argument. therefore you are the idiot here. that statement pretty much is outright hate towards crackdown. not a small dislike for a slightly repetitive game. you sir may just be the problem.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Soong

    You tell him lelik! Quiiick and other Crackdown haters are the real problem, and true gamers with good taste must rise up en masse to show them the wrongness of their ways. We have enough Need for Speeds, enough Fifas, enough mini-games compilations for the Wii. We need more gamers’ games, games that are all about letting the player have as much fun as possible without being bogged down by a pretentious story or cinematical aspirations. In short, we need more Crackdown. Crackdown!

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Quiiick

    @ lelik
    God! I’m not backtracking! I just reverted his statement by adding “do not” to show the stupidity of this sentence. Wasn’t that clear?

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Quiiick

    @ Soong
    There are no “true gamers”!
    Seems you’ll never understand, moron.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Syrok

    What’s going on here, then? :)

    #22 5 years ago
  23. Quiiick

    @ Syrok
    I got a bit carried away. Stupidity makes me angry. Trying to calm down now … ;)

    #23 5 years ago
  24. Soong

    You are being foolish quiiick. You aren’t foolish but you have been tempted by Fifa and Need for Speed and you’ve strayed from the righteous path, the path of the true gamer and the epitome of gameplay that is Crackdown.
    Don’t forget when you stare into the Crack, the Crack stares back into you. Crackdown.

    #24 5 years ago