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Being a massive Harry Potter fan, and also a big fan of gaming, but never the Harry Potter games, i was a little put off by this game when it was first released. However when i then recieved this as a birthday present from my brother i felt i had to play it. To my surprise i found that it was actually rather a fun game!
The story line generally follows that of the book, you are Harry Potter and your first task is to try and recruit members for Dumbledores Army, this is harder than it sounds. Each person you attempt to recruit also wants you to do something for him/ her in return. Obviosuly there is a lot of magic involved and this is where the fun really starts. The Wiimote acts as your wand, which means you get to wave it around and pretend that you are actually casting these spells, and i am not ashamed to say, i even said the spell aloud for added effect. The spells start off pretty basic, but soon you are studying advanced magic which ranges from dueling with Malfoy to producing your own patronous!
This game is great for kids, but can also be a bit of fun for adults who are fans of the books. The only downside is that it takes a while to get the hang of using the spells and the wiimote doesnt always do what you want it to, sometimes it can be unresponsive, yet others it seems to have ae mind of its own.
I bought this from Amazon for £15 and it came today.
The game uses the nunchuck controller aswel as the normal Wii controller.
I started it up using a small television so it wasn't to good to look at.
I created a new game file and started playing, it showed me some cartoon parts of the film and it gets you to cast a spell by waving the controller.
You then go in to a room with Serious Black and practice spells, to do these you wave your Will controller in a certain way, and you have to remember these and get them right.
As it moves on you find yourself in Hogwarts, which is quite a big place to navigate around on your console, but there are steps to show you which way to go.
I found my self very lost in the game and didn't know where to go, there is no mini map, you just get the magic map thing, that shows you where people are, but this isn't too clear.
The graphic look very good and the characters look good, but I think the other characters except from harry need more attention on. But there are some points where you find yourself walking through a stair case and things like that.
I would give this game to 8 years + and I do wish I would have bought a different game now.
Although I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books and films I had never played any of the previous video games. I bought this one after reading about how well the Wii technology worked with the game.
I have to admit to being slightly disappointed though I'll start with the good points. The graphics are good and there is an immense amount of detail involved in recreating Hogwarts for the game which I thought was brilliant. Almost like controlling the movie. The tasks and challenges are sensible and increase in difficulty as you work your way through the game learning new spells and magical skills along the way. As well as the main missions there are a number of mini games (gobstones, wizard chess, etc) and tasks that allow you to both practise your new found wizarding skills and gain points as you do so.
The big let down for me was the factor that had attracted me to the game in the first place - the use of the Wii-mote as a wand. The Wii-mote is used as your wand while the nunchuk allows you to move around. Spells are cast by rotating or moving the Wii-mote in a particular way however the problem I found was that often it was very unresponsive. I would spend ages repeatedly trying to get a simple spell right unsuccessfully which was extremely frustrating. This however could have been down to the set up of my wii and my proximity to the bar so i would still rate this game highly due to all the good points.
This is the latest harry potter game for the wii, and follows up from a line of incredibly succesful games. The wii also has a new control system using the innovative wii remote to cast spells, but is it a good game?
The wii controls work very well here, they make it much more realistic and definately entertaining. To cast a speel you have to twist and shake the remote in encentric movements. This system does not get boring either like you might have thought it would because new spells are continually introduced into the game. The disadvantage of this though is that towards the end of the game, when you have learnt many spells, many of the spells can become mixed up.
The gameplay is very much like previous versions of the Harry Potter line. Running and turning is exactly the same, the dueling is much better here and is much more fluent. The graphics on the other hand are into a completely different class from the the previous games. Where as before the characters were just faceless children, they now have great expressions and nice mouth movements.
Harry potter and the order of the phoenix is a great Harry potter game from the extensive series and does not diessapoint. Its innovative control system goes way beyond that of previous Harry potter games, and the graphics and storyline are huge improvements. I really suggest that you get it but there will be a new one out soon so you might want to hold out for the new one.
The close and synergistic relationship between book, film and videogame is more defined in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix videogame than ever before. Players will be able to explore the many key locations within Hogwarts in minute detail, each one a visual match to its film equivalent, while being engrossed in the thrilling adventures outlined in the rich narrative of the book.