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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun but short, 13 July 2009
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Harry potter and the half blood prince is a marking point in the series when things begin to get darker and serious. Harry potter HBP the game is a great game and plays very well.
Pros.
Poitions and dueling are brilliant- potions may sound dull but its strangely addictive and although it is repetitive it remains fun every time you play it. The potions are from the books as well. Dueling is fast packed and full of action- all spells are controlled by the right stick like in the last games.
Clubs. In clubs you are able to perfect three of harrys 'hobbies'- dueling, potions and quedditch.
Exploring hogwarts is extremely fun, theres loads to explore, and collecting quests to unlock multiplayer dueling characters and making you spells/health better. However it isn't as much as a breakthrough as the last games hogwarts was.
Nearly headless nick is a good guide aroung hogwarts if you are lost or need directions.
The controls are good and are mainly the same as the last game.
The graphics have gotten better but aren't completely next-gen.
The voice acting is good- rupert grint- ron weasley, evanna lynch- luna loovgood, tom felton- draco malfoy and bonnie wright- ginnie weasley all voice in the game and the guy voicing harry sounds alot like racliff.
The achievements are easy to get.

Cons
Quidditch is terrible- all you have to do is fly through stars to gain time! There is not much more to it, the only thing you can do is control your broom, however the camera moves in the direction of the snitch and so does harry so you don't even have to do anything if you wanted to. The broom is slow and it gets very boring.
The game doesn't hit the darkness of the book and film- it all seems merry at hogwarts. And the scenes of the film in the game- which there are few off- are rushed and poorly incorporated.
The graphics are good but not the best- for example most of the times dumbledor speaks his mouth doesn't move. However the settings and close ups of faces are well presented.
Not as a big of a break through as OOTP.
To short! I completed the story in three-four hours and i didn't rush it! :-(
Bellatrix lestarnges' voice actor- what the hell!!!

Harry potter HBP is a great game but it is very short. I found hogwarts fun- and am still needing to find thirty more crests around the grounds. The gameplay is fun and the clubs are great apart from quidditch which was supposed to be the best. All in all buy the game if your a huge HP fan/freak- like me! if you just want a different game i would still buy it but maybe wait for it to come down to thirty pounds first. I enjoyed it!

Graphics: 70%- not next gen but authentic potter!
Gameplay: 84%- exciting and enjoyable, its also simple controls for younger gamers.
Lifespan: 68%- the story is so short but collecting creats will take hours.
Multiplayer: 65%- dueling is the only thing- its fun but is not compatible over XBL.
Overall: 72%- fun, but wont last long. Buy it if you liked the last game and if your a big fan.
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