This is by far the best prince of persia game to date. Ubisoft took a massive gamble when they decided to go with illustrative graphics, and although there are other games such as okami which use this style of graphics, its never been done on such a huge scale! The world is very large indeed, and although some people may think that free roaming is a bad direction for this kind of game, believe me, it isnt, in fact its an element the previous games were missing.
Now, to the combat part. At first, there is quite a steep learning curve where the fighting is involved, and at first glance the combo tree is confusing, and the combos look incredible, but as there are few enemies you actually encounter, you have little chance to practice. I was a bit apprehensive when i found you only fight one enemy at a time, it actually works pretty well, as the one on one fights are pretty difficult, and feel more like duels. Although you cant pick up weapons like you could in previous games, the in battle button prompts and vast combo system keep combat varied and tense, as every battle is like a boss fight.
Movement across the envioronment is quite challenging, but with a bit of practice, it becomes quite fluid, and running along walls, then jumping off them and swinging round a pole, climbing pillars and running along the ceiling, makes for a very engaging and fun experience all together.
Total game time is fairly generous, and if you want to collect all the light seeds that adds another few hours. The story is awesome, and the fantasy setting makes a change from the realistic places of the previous games. The graphics are superb, the duels are great, movement is fun, altogether a very impressive game, i reccomend it to anyone, you wont be dissappointed. A definite must buy!!!!!