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Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (PS3)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2009
I hesitated when buying this game, simply because of the length of time between the game and the movie release dates. How many spoilers would there be? But on conclusion that having read the book several times, I decided that this would really not be an issue.

So the game arrived yesterday, and I completed it... yesterday. And this wasn't even a non-stop sitting. I stopped the game three times, and had lengthy intervals inbetween, including watching a film and going out for a meal. Overall the time it takes to complete the story is very short. And the fact that parts of the castle are locked to you to start with and sections become unlocked to you one by one throughout the game play, means that you tend to spend only a little time exploring the castle, unlike the previous game.

The graphics on this game are very good indeed and I much prefer the free camera allowing you to look in all directions while staying still (as well as when moving, avoiding the problems of not knowing which direction you are going at times like in the previous game). The overall building of Hogwarts is much bigger too and allows for more circular routes through the castle (such as getting to the Quidditch pitch under the Owlery as well as through the greenhouses) and brings together the exteriors seen in all of the films, including the courtyards and exterior based on Alnwick Castle in the first two films as well the courtyards and stone circle and bridge featured in the later films and with all of these linked it makes, as the developers said, the "most complete Hogwarts" to date.

While I much prefer this Hogwarts I do miss some things from the previous game. Mostly, the discovery points. These could keep you playing for ages, looking for the next item that would award you discovery points, bringing you closer to discovering 100% of that particular area. And with the exception of the Divination Classroom, you could go everywhere.

Playing Gobstones and Wizard Chess against the House and School champions, being another thing. Tidying up Hogwarts and discovering the secret passages - It made the exploration of Hogwarts more interesting and mysterious and gave you a reason to visit everywhere more than once. I also miss the Marauders Map, allowing you to quickly navigate the quickest way to where you needed to be, or to find someone to complete a task.

However, duelling in this game is so much better. Fast paced, easy to use and the inclusion of dodging makes it more realistic. Being able to duel in the clubs gives you good practice against the Death Eaters you end up facing.

Potions is another highlight of this game. It is a really good addition to the games and isn't boring, no matter how many times you have to do it. You don't just add ingredients, you have to fan the flames, stir the potion and even shake the bottles of ingredients before adding them.

And Quidditch. I know many people find flying hard and frustrating, but in all the games, I've never found this. And this game is no exception. The flying is fast, fun and while not overly easy, not difficult to master. Not only that, but, like with duelling, you can practice your flying skills outside of Quidditch Matches.

So Overall, a good game with improved gameplay and graphics and a more complete version of Hogwarts (with the exception of the Prefects Bathroom and the DADA classroom) just a little too short. If you were to mix the aforementioned plus points from OOTP and incorporate them into HBP with the complete set of classrooms (and the tasks for teachers) then you really would have a 5 star game.
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on 14 May 2013
This game takes all of the great free roam characteristics of Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban and puts them into this next gen game. The game and wand-play are almost identical to the previous instalment but with a slightly different roster of spells. The free roam and duelling in this game are immense fun, though I have to say I'm slightly gutted you can't fly around Hogwart's large grounds freely by broom like in the Chamber of Secrets. A massive improvement over the previous title are the very easily achievable trophies, although these will pose no challenge at all, it is a nice relaxing game to play if you have a spare day or so with a nice easy Platinum at the end of it!
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on 22 January 2010
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince makes a magical game for ages young or old. You can mix potions, Duel it out with your own and other houses, Play Quidditch and Much, Much more. This is one of the greatest Harry Potter games I have, or ever will play. I would recommend it to any of my family or friends alike. There is only one bad point of the game. The game is very short and will probally take 2-3 hours to complete whilst other games might take longer giving you a better chance to enjoy the game more. But dont let that stop you because if Magic and Adventure is your type of game then this is a must have.
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on 9 August 2012
My 11 years old son is a big Harry Potter fan and he's a proud owner of the last three Harry Potter games. His opinion regarding this game is excellent. Without a doubt this is the best one of the last three games of Harry Potter. He thinks this game is not short at all, plus you can see all parts of Hogwarts and you get an experience about all the magic which is in the book and film. He thinks this game deserves a five star review.
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on 24 February 2014
I normally struggle to find games that I find interesting and fun (shooting people and playing football just seem dull) but once I sat down to play this I didn't get up again until I had finished it. It was just the type of thing I was looking for, even if it did only take a few hours to complete. It was in excellent condition when it arrived too.
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on 27 September 2013
This was one of the best movie tie in games I've played in a long time purely because you feel like you are a part of hogwarts. There is loads to do in the free roam from dueling to playing quidiatch:D although it is a great game it is very short but still worth the experience.
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on 24 February 2013
Part of a bulk buy. It was exactly what I wanted and like all the other games was in perfect working order.

Ordering was easy and delivery quicker than expected. Effortless home shopping without having to pay over the odds.

I would recommend to anyone.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2009
I bought this game as soon as it came out and completed the storyline in just two days..... It is a very short game compared to previous harry potter games, which is disappointing.

The good points are; the castle and grounds are very impressive and are fun to explore, I like the potion making club - lots of fun. Finding the crests lengthens the game but only because it takes a while to find them all. There's also the bonus of collecting the trophies :)

I would say the game is worth playing if you're a fan of the series, but probably not worth paying full price for.
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on 10 September 2013
Exactly what i read from other costumers before me: very good game, easy to play, you can go EVERYWHERE, character's faces are too inexpressive, quiditch game is good but it could be much more, potions game is funny.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 July 2009
gameplay was good, however VERY short. absolutely loved the game but was quite disappointed with the length of it. played for about 8 hours over the weekend and have completed it already. very easy so will be good for kids
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