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This review is from: Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (Wii) (Video Game)
After reading the reviews, which pleasantly surprised me, I decided to purchase this game. Having been a fan of both books and films, I felt I should give this game a try. I had previously played Harry Potter 1&2 on the PC and had enjoyed them for the adventure and because there was plenty to do. I gave them up because of my rubbish computer but felt Harry Potter games would be much better on the Wii.
I had read the description and knew that the game was only based around 3 tasks: flying, potions and duelling. I wasn't expecting much from these but even then I was unimpressed. The flying was pretty easy and the potion making is ok (but sometimes longwinded and slow which was frustrating with a time limit). The duelling has to be the worst though, as I often found spells unresponsive or it produced a spell that you didn't cast. Duelling is probably the most common of the 3 games and can be difficult against bosses so early in the game and time consuming as lots of people try to challenge you.
What drew me to this Happy Potter game the most was the fact that you could explore the whole grounds. I was really looking forward to it, what to see and what you could do. The layout was far from what I expected. You tend to spend most of your time outside, travelling through caves (which I never remembered in either book or film) or in the dungeons (where there isn't much to do). You can enter very few classrooms and the whole design wasn't brilliant. They have included memorable features from the film like the wooden bridge, the swinging clock and the moving staircases but it feels they had tried to include all of these into a limited space and then had to fill the gaps with boring add-ons that the creators clearly didn't spend any time on.
The game was definitely not what I expected. Even travelling from place to place feels slow and lagging, expecially when running. Trying to collect crests loses its interest after a while especially when it is impossible to reach them. The graphics were good, and it's a nice game to look at, but it doesn't change the feeling about the game play. The whole thing feels really rushed and it seemed to be ending within no time.
Overall I give this a 2 out of 5. It really didn't do Harry Potter justice and I regret buying it. I'm 18 years old, a Harry Potter fan and Wii gamer. Even though I really wanted to enjoy this game, I couldn't help but be disappointed.