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Lose your head in Prince of Persia 2

New screens show franchise's definite sway towards the dark side

If you've already viewed the trailer or glanced at our previous screens, you'll already know that Prince of Persia 2 is stepping boldly into brave new worlds. By that we mean it's potentially going to be more brutal than a Cannibal Corpse guitar riff cranked out at ear-bleeding volume.

These latest screens resemble something closer to a mythological Resident Evil bloodbath than anything previously attempted in the series. Ooh look, some cretin's just lost its head. Another's just been sliced in the midriff by an enormous blade. Quick, pass the sick bag, we want to be... Um... Sick. And there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Seriously though, this adventure looks like being a sweet blend of classic adventuring and visceral swordplay. Whether it will be quite as gruesome as we've made out is debatable but it should certainly be fun nonetheless. The prequel was excellent, and this (we hope) can only be better, with improved visuals, a moodier hero and an expanded combat system.

Prince of Persia 2 releases for Xbox, PS2, GameCube and PC around Xmas time.

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