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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an adventure game from EA games for the Playstation 2.
The storyline follows the story of the second book in J.K Rowlings Harry Potter series and has Harry being warned by a house elf not to return to Hogwarts, this journey follows his second year at the school and includes all the main events from meeting the new Defence against the Dark arts teacher Gilderoy Lockhart , buying new spell books in Diagon Alley, hiding from Malfoy in Borgin and Burkes all the way to battling the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets.
The gameplay has been refined completely from the first game and includes an awful lot of play. You control Harry himself, you start the game with basic spells but once you have gone to Hogwarts you will pick up second year magic which allows you to power up your spells. You earn new spells by going to classes and completing a dungeon in that classroom, its not how it is done in the book but the dungeons are usually quite challenging and fun to do.
This game has the widest variety of magical spells in any Harry Potter game and you can manage them with your Remembrall, the gameplay also offers you the opportunity to play Quidditch, engage in exciting wizarding duels, sneak around the castle at night avoiding the prefects, collect chocolate frog cards and every flavour beans and explore the vast Hogwarts environment.
The only downside to this game are the load times, these are horrible every time you go through a door you are treated to a lengthy 30 second loading screen.
The game is styled after a cartoon version of Harry rather than the actor from the movies but it doesn't take away from the experience at all.
This game is a very fully featured and fun adventure which is pretty deep and rich on content, an excellent Potter game.
I didn't ever buy the 1st one, but I then bought this one and it was also a lot cheaper and I got it for about £7.
I put the game in and it all starts at Ron's house, and it's sort of an introduction to the game and getting use to the controllers and the things you can do. You first have to shoot with your wand and also defend your self from a washing machine.
You then go on to throwing gnomes out of the garden, then start to move on to school.
When at school I think it is a blast as it is really like being in Harry Potter inside Hogwarts. I love the fact that you are not just stuck to doing what you need to do but you can go anywhere, and obviously sneak out at night and try and not get caught, some of the quests you have to do are in lessons, and you then return back to the classroom. I am stuck at one at the moment, where I have to set something alight and run to the doo it opens before the flame dies.
You can use 4 spells on your controller X, O, Triangle and Square. When you collect more you can change these around.
I sometimes get annoyed with moving around tho with the controller as if you go backwards he turn and walk towards you, but then you have to press forward as soon as the camera is behind him, or hell run back again. Bit of a pain.
The graphics are OK, sometimes you find your self walking into impossible things, but the character look amazing.
I would give this game to 7 year +
Harry Potter is one of the most successful books ever written, this game is based on the second Harry Potter book called the chamber of secrets.
It follows the same story as the book and film starting at the Weasley's house, the burrow. Harry has just been rescued from the Dursley's in their flying ford. Soon you are back at Hogwarts and you have to go through the school year completing many tasks, learning spells, collecting wizard cards and beans, unlocking the secrets of Hogwarts, having adventures and finally facing you know who, also known as Tom Riddle.
Throughout the game you learn new spells and gain new abilities, this makes you stronger and the game more challenging. You can also charge up your spells to do even more powerful magic.
The graphics are quite good considering it is such an old game and on Playstation 2, which makes your playing time feel even more realistic.
The only bad thing is the loading time... this takes forever and can slow you down and bore you.
This is a great game for Harry Potter fans and you could get it quite cheap on Amazon for the price of £3.75 (used) but you will be able to find it new elsewhere for a bit more than £5.
Great game for all to play. Fantastic for Harry Potter fans. A true game with real sounds. All the sounds and voices match the Harry Potter films.
The graphics are excellent and you can well believe you are there. This game will keep children occupied for hours. It is not a simple game and some of the skills and puzzles are hard to grasp. The game offers a wide varirety of tasks to complete , some which will become frustrating.
The player movement is good and you are in control of your player not like some games where you have to run like a crab.
This game will allow your children and you to interact with the true magic of Harry Potter. You do not need to be a fan to enjoy the game because the game itself is interesting and enjoyable.
I didn't play the last Harry Potter game on Play Station so I was looking forward to seeing this one, I always get excited when I get a new game because it's a new challenge. It is probably best to play this game either if you have read the book or seen the film because you might recognise some scenes and be able to get through the game by knowing certain things. Although this game is based on a film for younger people the game is not simple there are some difficult parts which I have had to stop at and play another day because I wasn't sure how to pass the section. You definitely need a memory card for this game because it is impossible to pass certain areas without your energy running out or being killed. Sometimes you just have to use your common sense at parts. This game begins with Harry Potter going to Hogwarts and being at the Weasley house and then having to do a training task. We get told about the Wizard cards that every time you collect ten you get more energy. Bertie Botts every flavoured beans are used anyone but when you get hit by an enemy or something else they will be lost if you don't hurry up and eat them again. Headwig is helpful in some levels and whenever you need the owl's help it will fly to you and either give you notes that have been lying around or some clues to get you out of a bad situation. So at first in the training level you have to fix a washing machine that is out of control and you can also explore the barn and find some wizard cards hidden here. Ron, Fred and George have to de-gnome the garden so what you do is that you pick up these gnomes but don?t let them hit you or you will lose your beans which can be used to buy certain things. Wizard cards can be traded with other students at Hogwarts later in the game. The gnomes are picked up and you swing them round by spinning yourself round then let go and try to aim for the targets to get them as far away as possible but they do run ar
ound and get annoying. At first I thought I had to stay doing this forever and that eventually it would pass to another level but it doesn't when the remember all appears at the bottom left hand corner press select and find out what you need to do to end your day. I like the way when you finish a certain level animated scenes come up from the film and they are really well done and look just like the characters. I am not sure if the voices are done by the real actors/actresses but they sound like them. Once the training level has ended the next area is when you go to Diagon Alley using floo powder which all goes a bit wrong. The next level is in Knockturn Alley in the wrong place where Harry ends up because when using floo powder Harry says diagonally instead of Diagon Alley. He ends up in the creepy place where we see the Malfoy's and this level is quite hard t get yourself out of but I did do it after a lot of playing. Headwig helps you here and throughout the levels you gain new powers and when you press select you can see maps of where you are and what you have found. Your powers can be selected on the triangle, square, X or circle whatever you choose when selecting. When pressing select you can also look through spell books you collect on the way and see items you have bought or passwords you have found out and Quidditch scores. When you pass the level in Knockturn Alley you get to Diagon Alley where you meet the Weasley's and Lucius Malfoy also Hermione and Gilderoy Lockhart the new teacher for defence against the dark arts. You explore the shops like Olivander's and many other great shops where you are given tasks of what you need to buy. You also need to sneak around some shops to get things but in one shop there is a shopkeeper you have to pass without him hearing and this part is quite difficult but I passed it. You fly on Ron's dads car to Hogwarts but meet the Womping Willow also wolves that attac
k you, so many exciting things happen and I am still not finished the game yet. Usually in the classes Harry is always picked to go on an adventure to find out something and can earn Gryffindor points. On the house points they are added up after a certain amount of days, you earn these points by doing tasks but you can lose them when you also have missions at night when you have to sneak out past bedtime, the prefects say "hey get back here" and they run after you unless you creep. If you are caught in the wrong part of the school you have points taken off and they tell you to get back to your room they are in and outside the building, prefects guarding. Moaning Myrtle is another character in it and Draco's friends say nothing but mumble it's quite funny. All of the rooms are just like in the film but the school can be difficult to get around finding your way. In the common room you meet most of the famous characters, Neville, Oliver Wood, Snape, Hagrid and so on. One part of the game which is exciting to play is the Quidditch match but it isn't as easy as I expected. When playing you don't get to do your own thing you have to fly through hoops and the other players hit you off your broom all of the time. I always lose the Quidditch matches which means I am not doing too well in the house points. Gryffindor is losing in my current game and Slytherin is winning. Your points for every match are recorded in the books for all of the cups but I don't get 0 points I am usually not too far behind in winning but the controls are hard to follow when playing Quidditch but the graphics are great for the game. You can walk about libraries late at night and the spells are fantastic. You don't get a lot of help and have to figure a lot out yourself which is a good thing, I thought this would be an easy childish game but it is a good challenge and not too easy. The game is still quite expensive around £40 bu
t I am still playing and have done lots of levels but am not finished yet. I would recommend to save after every difficult part of the game or you will never pass and you don't want to have to repeat a part that you have taken ages to pass. The controls can be difficult at some points and can be annoying but they are not too difficult and are quite straight forward. I lose most points by prefects catching me and taking off 5 points all of the time because then I lose Gryffindor points and am always last when the house points are totaled. The game is fantastic and all of the characters were just like they were in the film the levels are brilliant and there is so much to work out which means there is never a dull moments. The game looks very real and play station 2's are a big improvement. I can't wait to play more of the game to see the later levels, definitely buy this if you are a Harry Potter fan or if you want a fun but challenging game.
Based on the second book by J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets begins with the main character, Harry, staying in The Burrow with the Weasleys. There you'll be asked to help de-gnome the garden, tackle a mad washing machine and learn to use the basic controls of the game with help from Fred, George and Ron. You'll then join (after getting lost with the Floo powder) Mrs. Weasley, Ginny and Ron for a trip to Diagon Alley, where you'll need to buy your new school supplies (Standard Book of Spells (Grade 2) and a potion vial) from different shops and do a small task for Ginny, who seems to have dropped all her supplies when she was travelling by Floo powder. After you've bought all your things, had a chat to Professor Gilderloy Lockhart and be teased by Malfoy (personal favourite character :)), Ron will inform you that you've missed the Hogwarts Express and will have to use Ron's fathers car to fly to Hogwarts. Of course, The Whomping Willow prevents you from having a safe trip and you'll have to save Ron from it's clutches. The real fun begins once you arrive inside the castle, where you'll get to take lessons such as Defence Against The Dark Arts, Charms, Transfiguration and revised flying lessons. You'll be marked and awarded house points for each class or lesson. Each classes teacher will set you a challenge where you have to retrieve a spell book that will help you advance through the game. 40 house points are awarded after each challenge and the new spell will allow you to either search new corridors (severing charm etc) or open treasure chests (skurge charm etc). You'll also get to play Quidditch! You can practice at the Quidditch Stadium to get used to the controls before the game or even fly around the school grounds. If you beat all three teams Gryffindor win the Quidditch Cup. If you lose, Slytherin win. The same rules apply with the House Cup
. You'll have to do more than just retrieve spell books to win. Tasks will have to be completed from the Gryffindor notice board, such as finding Nevilles pet toad Trevor, flying around the roof tops on the Nimbus 2000 to find a telescope, and retrieving a witches hat from the school grounds. Each task earns Gryffindor 10 house points and you get a wizards card. Although you don't have to win either the House Cup or Quidditch Cup to complete the game, it does make it more interesting. Most of the tasks in the game will be rewarded with a Wizards Card for Harry's collection. There are a hundred and one cards to collect that include characters from the books such as the Weird Sisters band and the four Wizards who founded Hogwarts, Slitherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw and a sentence or two about each wizard. Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans will need to be collected to purchase items from George and Fred Weasleys shop (that you have to get past Percy to get to) where they sell potion vials, spells, wizard cards, stink pellets and other wizard goods to help you out during the game. Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans can easily be found in bushes, armour, statues or jars. The most annoying part of the game was the controls. I absolutely HATE analog control. There should have been an option to use analog or joypad. It was especially hard to control during duelling practice and defeating monsters since when I moved left Harry decided to go backwards left getting himself killed about four times (this is the reason I hate X-Box and prefer Playstation 2). But it seems a lot of the new Playstation 2 games are using analog without giving the player a choice. The controls are very simple. Select brings up a menu of Harry's possessions, such as school books you can read through (monsters, Hogwarts: a history, spells), wizard cards, maps and spell lists you can equip to either the square, circle or triangl
e button. Start is the menu, where you can save, quit, etc. X opens chests, pushes boxes, and opens secret passageways etc, And square, triangle and circle are your spell buttons you use on different objects and monsters. I also found there was more than enough sneaking around you had to do in the game. For every time a Prefect catches you 5 points (up to 20) are taken from Gryffindor unless you've turned into Goyle. Then the points are taken from Slytherin! You tend to get annoyed with it after a while, especially if you don't have any patience like myself. All in all this was an excellent game though. There was a good selection of characters, the story was shortened from the books lengthy description of each scene to avoid long pauses in game play, and collecting all the Wizard Cards, reading through Harry's school books and exploring the corridors was a lot of fun. You learn a lot about different monsters and how to disarm or kill them with different spells and charms. The game is probably suitable for kids aged 10 and up since I finished it in two days, so it is pretty simple and only takes place over a 12 day period at Hogwarts. It's a definite must for all Harry Potter fans who want to experience Hogwarts.
Take the role of Harry Potter in his second adventure with more friends, danger and magic. Learn new spells, go on new adventures and make new friends. Harry's world is rendered in beautiful next-generation graphics. Challenge new adversaries as you confront the powers in the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. Use greater magic control than ever before and use spectacular advanced second-year spells. Journey with all of your favorite Harry Potter characters like Gilderoy Lockhart. Participate in Quidditch leagues, wizard duels and power-up spells. Be a part of the action at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.