Electronic Arts thankfully placed a lot of emphasis on production value for this release instead of taking the cheap cash-in option. Aside from the occasional pop-up problem that makes walls vanish quite un-magically, the graphics are beautiful and fun. Chocolate frogs (an appropriate health power-up) and other elements and characters from the book and film are wonderfully animated. The sound effects and, particularly, the voice acting are top drawer, which helps draw the player into the Potter experience. Also, the gameplay is nicely varied throughout. Players go from learning a new spell in class, to retrieving fire seeds for Hagrid, to magic fights against the Slytherin bully Draco Malfoy, to riding the broom--which is especially fun. There's even a Quidditch level early on, but there's little to do and it's over very quickly.
On the downside, the game suffers from some really odd control. Like a lot of adventure games, jumping is really important since many levels require you to clear obstacles or reach out-of-the-way items. But, unlike nearly every other game in the genre, there's no jump button. Instead, players automatically jump from the edge of a platform from either a full stop or while running. It takes a lot of getting used to because, if you're not at full run or full stop, it's easy to just walk right off the edge and fall. And, like too many other games, you can only save your game at predetermined locations in the game.
Another fault of this game is its lack of challenge for experienced gamers. It's nice that they're trying to make it accessible to the entire cross section of PlayStation-owning Harry Potter fans, but without varying levels of difficulty, it's less of a game than a tour through Potter's magical world. Still, it is an interesting world, and even through it's easy, the action is still varied enough to be fun. --Porter B Hall
It isnt particluarly hard or frustrating, unlike sone other games. It is a real pleasure to play.
There are many different challengers and no real levels. You collect cards and house points. You have to explore Hogwarts, looking out for some nasty suits of armpour and yellow conquer creatures. Many creatures that havent been seen so far in the books, appear in the game. They are in the magical creatures book.
The game revovles around collecting several flavours of Berti Bots every flavour beans. Including some bogey and earwax flavour!!!
Draco malfoy is much more evil in the game. In the books hes just an annoying bully but in the games he is a key force of evil.
As usual there is alot of platform jumping, but its not very hard to do.
If you buy this game you will have a great time.
This game never gets boring.. and you don't have to the same jump a thousand times"!!
As Ron said to Harry "Just you wait, its the best game in the world!"
The good points, are that there are excellent graphics and superb sound effects.
They have got the characters down to the last detail (nearly headless Nick, malfoy,professor snape,and lot's lot's more) you can go to diagon alley with hagrid,go to gringott's bank, you can also put Fluffy to sleep with a flute and play chess with giant pieces.
You can go to lessons like defence against dark arts, poisons class and learn spells like the knock back jinx and levitation spells.
There are loads of things to do but you will have to get it and see for yourself.You could easily get away with hiring this game as it's such short game play and spend your precious pennies on the next Harry Potter book.If your a harry potter fan this game will not disappoint you!!
The game 'hangs' the music can also 'hang' and there are parts of the game where you cannnot proceed unless you complete the 'task' i.e in Gringotts Bank where you are collecting knuts,which is 'a particulaly tiresome task' unfortunately you need the tenacity of Harry Potter himself, and if you can't collect a sufficient amount of money, there is no way to progress through the game.
There are also very few save points, and if this is really aimed at younger players, that becomes very frustrating if you only have a certain amount of time to play the game each time.
My boys age 9 and 7, are nevertheless still enjoying it (because its HP)but I can see it has been dissapointing, when they would normally play a new PS game to death , they have already become frustrated and have gone back to other favourite games.
Sorry, it doesnt live up to the quality of the books/film. Shame on you Electronic Arts.
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