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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.
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.