Gah, late again! *flogs self* Best not waste anymore time...
Lima's Top 40 Most Memorable Games!
this week, PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Prince of Persia for Playstation 2 wasn't half-bad. I bought it used as a bonding experience with a gamergirl friend (with whom I've played at least half the games on this list). Lots of climbing, jumping and mirror arranging. Playing around with time was fun even if it's not an entirely new concept. But what stood out the most for me was the Prince's female cohort, Farrah.
Female characters in games are a bit of a fixation for me (aforementioned friend's influence) and there simply aren't a lot of good ones out there. I liked Farrah. She was armed, she never got kidnapped, and would occasionally strike out on her own simply because she thought the Prince was going the wrong way. Sure she falls in love with the Prince but he spends most of the game without wearing a shirt. These things happen.
But alas, This would not be a proper post if I simply liked Prince of Persia. What place does a "pretty good' game have here? None. Therefore, I will reveal the hidden quirk. Farrah is HOPELESS in battle. There is a particular segment that those who have played the game will undoubtedly remember where you must battle a swarm of monsters on a bridge...with Farrah and her trusty bow right beside you. If she dies, It's Game Over. And trust me, she'll die. Again and Again and Again. This helpless bint will stay in one place (instead of backing away from the melee like a smart archer should) and will only shoot enemies a fair distance away from her (not that she does any visible damage). The monsters have no such qualm, and will often ignore you to take out the hot one in a few swipes. I struggled (and watched my friend struggle) through this bit at least 50 times. And I grew to hate spunky little Farrah. Hate her not because of her ineptitude, but because of all the banter and pleasant qualities that made me love her beforehand.
It is this love, and it's bitter decent into hatred that brings Prince of Persia: Sands of Time to the prized 38th spot on Lima's Top 40 Most Memorable Games.
Fuck you Farrah.