Good stories often leave us with more questions than answers. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown is no exception to the rule. It's a game that surprises from the start, reviving a beloved series in a bold and fantastic way, while weaving an intriguing tale.
The characters in the game feel real, and mystery engulfs the entire experience. As you embark on your first playthrough, be prepared for a couple dozen hours filled with surprises. Plot twists, betrayals, and redemption arcs intertwine, leading to a satisfying ending that, unfortunately, leaves many questions unanswered.
Let's start with Anahita, a character who feels under-utilized by the time Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown concludes. She is the catalyst that sets the game's main plot in motion and plays a crucial role in Sargon's backstory. We know she wasn't truly evil and didn't mean any harm to Prince Ghassan, but there's so much more we don't know about her.
When confronted by Sargon about Ghassan's kidnapping, Anahita claims she was merely following Queen Thomyris' orders, loyal to a fault. This implies she was aware of the Queen's nefarious purposes. Additionally, Anahita hints at having a plan of her own, independent of Thomyris' orders. However, when Sargon travels back in time to save Ghassan, Anahita sacrifices herself and vanishes, leaving her plan unanswered.
Another intriguing character is Radjen, a member of the Immortals who seems to have a personal vendetta against Sargon. From the beginning, she displays a strong dislike for him and even threatens his life. One would expect her to reappear as a formidable boss later in the game, but she mysteriously disappears. In the final cutscene, Sargon mentions her as one of the deceased on Mount Qaf, leaving players wondering about her ultimate fate.
Queen Thomyris, the closest thing to a truly evil character in the game, adds to the enigma. She usurped the throne through assassination and orchestrated Prince Ghassan's kidnapping using Anahita. But what was her ultimate objective? The curse of Mount Qaf and the disappearance of the Simurgh suggest it's not a safe place, raising questions about Thomyris' intentions. Did she intend to kill Ghassan? And if so, why? The Lost Crown fails to provide enough information to unravel her true plan.
Darius, Persia's previous king and Vahram's father, is another intriguing figure. He is portrayed as a great ruler in the game's lore, but little else is known about him. He was assassinated by Thomyris, who usurped his throne. Darius's boss fight raises more questions, as he appears as a giant, unlike any other character in the game. What is the significance of his colossal form? Furthermore, why was he considered worthy of Kaheva's craft? The game leaves us pondering the nature of this mysterious ruler.
Artaban and Neith, two other Immortals who align with Sargon throughout the game, survive Mount Qaf's curse. However, their fate remains unknown after they show their support before the game's end. Artaban plays a crucial role in teaching Sargon combat techniques, while Neith trusts him completely. Did they continue their journey with Sargon, or did they pursue their own paths? The game offers no answers, leaving us to wonder about their ultimate destinations.
Among the game's eccentric characters, the Old Man stands out. Older than time itself, he possesses seemingly boundless knowledge and guides Sargon on his journey. He always appears at the right place and knows Sargon's next move. And in the game's final moments, he transforms into a bird! Is he a god or a part of the Simurgh? Or perhaps something entirely different? The Old Man's true nature remains an intriguing enigma.
Fariba, a young girl, holds many secrets within the game. Like Alkara, she possesses knowledge surpassing that of others. Despite her youthful appearance, she shows a deep understanding of the curse and exhibits unwavering confidence in Sargon's journey. Not only does she provide maps for every zone, but she also hints at Sargon's true identity as a prince. Furthermore, she hums the main theme song from Prince of Persia 2008! Is she a whimsical NPC selling maps, or does she possess otherworldly wisdom?
Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown immerses players in a world of mystery and unanswered questions. It's a game that captivates with its enigmatic characters and leaves players craving more information. While we may never have all the answers, it's the journey of uncovering these secrets that makes this game a thrilling and unforgettable experience.