Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia Trilogies Gets HD Overhaul for PS3

Last generation’s Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia titles, three of each, are getting packed on a blu-ray disc for each franchise, along with an HD update.

Ubisoft just issued a press release detailing the discs — one with Splinter Cell, Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory, the other with Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. The new discs drop on March 22 for $39.99.

Guess what? They’re all 3D-compatible, too. Hoo-ray.

Unfortunately, the only update these games are getting is the high-def; underneath, they’re the same. Expect all the same bugs and all the inane, horrific fighting and god-awful map in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within (full disclosure: I hate that game).

The discs are going to be a bit of a steal, given that you can currently snag each of the last-gen Prince of Persia titles on the Playstation Network right now. They go for $15 each, so you’ll save a whopping $5 when you go for the physical disc.

Still, everyone should play Sands of Time, and I ran through the original Splinter Cell on Xbox not long ago — and it’s pretty much just as stellar today as it was when it was released.

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4 Comments on Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia Trilogies Gets HD Overhaul for PS3

Garyn Dakari

On February 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Finally, someone else who realizes how bad Warrior Within is! SoT was really awesome, but the sequel was terrible!
I brought that up on moddb, and some jerk called “Acidbarrel” said I was a piece of immature trash, and demanded that I get off the site!

Anyway… If they were going to update something, I think it should be the sound files for SoT, because they were crackly.

Phil Hornshaw

On February 1, 2011 at 3:03 pm

@Garyn
I begrudgingly played all the way through that game. It was awful. I liked The Two Thrones okay, but the whole spirit of SoT was besmirched by whatever marketing clown got ahold of Warrior Within and told them to make it “edgier.” At least, that’s what I speculate happened.

Greg

On February 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

I was thinking about getting the PoP trilogy when it comes up because I loved Sands of Time and thought Two Thrones was solid if not great. I haven’t played Warrior Within but have heard bad things. My question is – is it bad because the story/character/mood are terrible? Or does the gameplay suck too? If the gameplay is still fun I would like to play through it even if those others aspects of the game are crap. But if the gameplay isn’t any good then I don’t see a reason to give it a shot at all.

Phil Hornshaw

On February 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

@Greg
For my money, Warrior Within gets everything wrong. The environmental puzzles are fun but the game is filled with confusing backtracking, so you’ll do lots of them over and over again. The combat is ridiculous and irritating, and the best option in almost all cases is just to kick the offending bad guy off the nearest cliff (there almost always is one). The sequences when you run from the Dahaka, an unstoppable time-repairing monster, are awesome, but they’re too few. Meanwhile, the story, the tone, the character — everything else is bad. If it hadn’t been PoP, I wouldn’t have finished the game, and I was annoyed the whole time.

I share your opinions about the first and the last game, and if you can stomach it, Warrior Within helps the story to make (some) sense. But the parts I did enjoy (the environmental puzzles) weren’t as good as what’s found in the first and third games in the trilogy, and a lot of it made me annoyed.