I was very excited about this new release and so rushed to the shops and purchased a copy as soon as it was released. I returned home and i was engrossed for over an hour.
The begining of the game starts when harry gets to diagon alley and this part of the game is a refreshing new start, away from the all too similiar hogwarts in the other 2 games.
However, after an hour of great fun and satifaction it begins to wear out. There is much repetetiveness in the game play, every 10 minutes you are asked to search an enviroment for 5 missing items and you are always fighting the same monsters.
The game remains faithful to the book however and this pleased me whilst playing, however it is for this reason that you soon begin to realise you are at the end of the game in a matter of 3 hours. After a tough final boss you feel disatisfied, as if EA games spent the first month or so working extremely hard, and then got lazy towards the end.
Overall, if you are looking for a bit of Potter, buy this game from somewhere where you can return it if you are not pleased with the bland mini games that are meant keep you playing longer, wait till it's in the summer sales, when the Harry Potter rush, surrounding the movie has died down, and get a good price.
Graphics: 5/10, worse than the first one by far. There was no difference between this and the gameboy colour versions in the past. If anything, they are worse.
Sound:2/10 Annoying tingles and tinkling jingles, for health and safety reasons regarding the public, buy some headphones.
Gameplay:6.5/10 Monotonous after an outstanding start.
Lifetime: 4/10 Actual game lasts around 3 hours, lame mini games to keep a goldfish occupied. However there is a link with the gamecube, to raise and owl.