Honestly. I loved that game because it was so unique. It had such a light-hearted feel to the action and made the prince a very likeable character. The second two had the boring "dark tormented hero" theme I've seen a thousand times.
the hero of the recent games was, unfortunately, a one-dimensional sword/demonchain wielding piece of cardboard. while that was entertaining in some of the cutscenes, i'm sure "lololol, are they serious?" was not what the developers were going for.
the graphics do look pretty, but graphics and gameplay weren't really lacking in the most recent installments--just character design and storytelling.