The focus is on short, frequent and intense battles, but players can also enjoy solving the occasional puzzle by manipulating levers, statues, switches and refracting light.
Your path is linear and occasionally so obtuse you'll be scratching your head wondering where to venture next. But swimming, climbing and jumping interludes provide a change of pace between skirmishes.
Most impressively, the epic scale, colossal opponents and incredible presentation are on par with acclaimed PS2 games, and there are few loading delays.
The only compromise for the game's hand-held form is its shorter length compared to its predecessors. Players can complete the adventure in a day, with only a series of brief challenges or a higher difficulty mode to tackle next.