god, what a steaming pile of everything that was good about the first game has been stripped away and replaced with fighting, fighting and more fighting, which was the worst part of the original game. Other aspects of the game have also been dumbed down, or console-ized as i like to call it. For instance, the prince will now jump over obstacles ON HIS OWN, the sands of time AUTOMATICALLY fly towards you, no need to pick them up, and sometimes you'll be about to go into a fight with some enemies, just for the game to go into a cut scene and kill them all for you! Not to mention the fact that the enemies all die after a couple of hits whether you steal their sand or not. And the camera is now ridiculously annoying for the few platforming sections, as it purposely refuses to let you focus it where you're jumping, making it bloody hard to see where the next platform is. This is yet another case of a genre defining game being dumbed down to get more sales. Soul Reaver did it with the awful soul reaver 2 and blood omen 2, Worms did it with Worms 3D and the absolutely abysmal Worms Forts, and now Prince of Persia, one of the best games of this century does it too.. i bet in prince of persia 3, we'll have to run around picking up rings or something..