Prince of Persia pounces on PSP, DS

Ubisoft ships POP: Revelations for Sony's portable and Battles of Prince of Persia for Nintendo's handheld.

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After a long drought of releases, the PSP is currently bathing in a flood of new games. Today Ubisoft announced that Prince of Persia Revelations, the first version of the franchise for Sony's portable, has arrived in stores. The game retails for $49.99 and is rated M for Mature.

As one might guess by the rating, Revelations is a more violent game than Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, the fanciful adventure that revamped the long-dormant action-adventure series. In fact, Revelations is a reworked version of the sequel to Sands, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, the first "dark" entry into the series. It follows the now-embittered prince as "he embarks upon a path of carnage and mystery to defy his preordained death," according to Ubisoft. Standing in the way of the prince's destiny is the Dahaka, "an immortal incarnation of Fate seeking divine retribution."

This week also saw the POP pop up on the DS with Battles of Prince of Persia. Departing from the series' formula, this original title is a turn-based card-battle game. Cards are acquired by progressing through the single-player campaign, and they can be used in competition or traded with friends via Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection wireless network. It is rated a more family-friendly E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older, and retails at the more frugal price point of $39.99.

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