The game is not without its share of problems. Yes, collecting lightseeds gets incredibly boring after a while. Yes, Elika removes a lot of the challenge from combat, although this problem could have been tempered by simply giving the enemy their full health back in the event of being saved by her. In platforming, however, Elika is a godsend. With her, Ubisoft has revamped the failure process so that it is almost completely devoid of needless frustration and redefined the concept of death in games.
The most common initial reaction to her is shock at the apparent lack of difficulty she brings, but Elika's role is what makes Prince of Persia brilliant, and quite possibly transcendent.