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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (PS3)

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Genre: Action & Adventure / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / To Be Announced / Release Date: 2010-11-19 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      03.06.2011 14:18
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      The worst Harry Potter game to date.

      In my honest opinion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is the worst game in the entire Harry Potter videogame franchise. At first I played it on wii and thought I was merely being put off by the shoddy controls, so moved on to the 3rd generation consoles versions. I was still thoroughly disappointed.
      The graphics are no better, and possibly worse, than previous games in the series and the missions are nothing but dull. The characters movements are jumpy, they look fake and it is clear from the beginning that this title was rushed onto the shelves with no passion from the creative team.
      To be honest, Part 1 of the deathly hallows doesn't have enough action to make a game, and since it is not set at Hogwarts, they couldn't make fun lessons to attend as they have done previously. Unfortunately, the money moguls that they are, they still couldn't resist the opportunity to use the Harry Potter brand name to generate more sales and it is clear they did not put enough thought into what the game would actually entail.
      While the game follows the same storyline as the film, due to the fact there isn't much that could make an interesting game, the story quests are boring and they decided to fill in gaps with repetitive mini games.
      The story quests consist mainly of walking around, trying not to be seen, and walking back to where you started again. I remember one of the first missions in the game is to "Walk over to them and see if they are a death eater" to which you would have to walk over and walk back again. Now this you had to do 3 times, and as at this point a game should be trying to draw you in to carry on playing, this just highlights the fact that they shouldn't have made a game from this film - maybe a game combining parts 1 and 2, but not part 1 alone.
      The mini games in between story missions are all the same. "Save X amount of muggles from the death eaters". Here you have to walk through places such as warehouses and caves (which are reused many times) and fight off some death eaters to save the muggles. You must complete 3 of these games in order to continue with the story, and I have to say it is just as dull as the story missions.
      Now I am usually a big fan of the Harry Potter games and have been known to give them 5 star ratings in the past, as generally they are very good considering their genre and target audience. However this time I feel that money got the better of the production team and that releasing a game this poor really wasn't worth it. Personally, I wouldn't buy it for any price, and I hope you don't make the same mistake I did!

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