Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PC CD)
- Freely explore Hogwarts and its grounds
- Encounter thrilling moments from the book
- Attend 2nd year classes, and learn advanced spells
- Face off against fantastic
- Engage in a second season of Quidditch
- Interact with old friends and new faces
- Uncover special items and secret areas
- Voyage to enchanting locations for exotic excursions
- Faithful representation of J.K. Rowling’s magical world
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Ignoring Dobby the house-elf's grave warning that disaster will strike if he returns to Hogwarts, Harry embarks on his second year to find Dobby's predictions coming true. Harry soon finds himself entangled in a dark plot against his "Mudblood" classmates, as students keep turning up petrified. Could Draco Malfoy be to blame, or is something even more malevolent at work? With the help of returning friends Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, and Hedwig, Harry will attend new classes to learn second-year spells that will aid him in a quest to uncover the true identity of the "Heir of Slytherin".
Enter fantastical free-roaming 3D environments from Harry's world, becoming Harry Potter and delving not only into his world but also into his personality, via an internal "voice". Conversing with unique characters like Moaning Myrtle, shopping in Diagon Alley, and exploring the convoluted corridors of Hogwarts, you'll make crucial and independent decisions within Harry's world. Additionally, Harry can, of course, cast spells against foes--but these spells must be perfectly executed, or they could be miscast with humorous or critical consequences! Mini-games within levels can be revisited, so players can help Mrs. Weasley with "de-gnoming" her garden, challenge other students in Professor Lockhart's Duelling Club, or complete other mini-games again and again
With wand in hand and friends in tow, the world's most famous bespectacled wizard returns to the PC in a very welcome 3-D action adventure. And for families in search of a game to enjoy around the computer, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets fits the bill comfortably.
Embellishing the plot of the film and book, the game's main focus is 3-D exploration, as the player controls Harry, interacts with characters and generally pokes around a fabulously realised Hogwarts School. Yet to the game's credit, there's a lot more variety than you'd expect, thanks to its willingness to go off-narrative for a while to introduce a sub-game or added task.
There are several factors worthy of merit. The learning curve is superbly thought out, moving you through the game while you get used to things. Spell casting is fun too--Harry Potter might not be the first game to activate on-screen magic via mouse movements, but it certainly works a treat here. And then there's the graphics and particularly the sound, both of which really do add to the fun.
Downers? Cutting edge entertainment perhaps it isn't, and while the game neatly compiles several styles, it doesn't really define one of its own. Yet for its target family audience, these are minor quibbles, and will do little to detract from the overall fun.
Ultimately, it's a game that's captured the flavour of the Harry Potter world, and instilled it with a sizeable amount of entertainment. It's an enjoyable, thoughtful adaptation, and good fun too. --Simon BrewSee all Product Description
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The game follows the story of the book closely, which I think adds to the enjoyment of the game as a whole. Because of the added freedom, as you play this game, it really feels as though you are at the school. the time you have to explore results in being able to discover a lot more secret rooms and Wizard Cards than the original. It is due to this freedom that made me realise just how much bigger this game is than the first; I have got to the end of my first loaded game and I haven't been able to find any of the gold Wizard Cards yet, proving there is a lot I still have to discover.
A few other points of advice; this game includes a Wizard trading system for the Bertie Botts Beans, a great feature which you should make good use of. Look out for students trading Wiggentree Bark and Flobbeworm Mucous (you need these for Wiggenweld Potion - you'll lots of this for the end). Also, take part in the duelling competition and quidditch competition. On my first go, I neglected these and because of that my House Point score wasn't very high.
I have really enjoyed this game, it is very addictive, for people of all ages. Even if the first one disappointed you slightly, buy this and try it - I doubt you'll be disappointed with this one.
The only draw back that I have found is that while I was playing my msn messenger signed in and I was taken to my desktop, but I couldn't get back to the game properly (it might just be me though). But to me the positive of the game really outweighs the negative. If you're a Harry Potter fan then you certainly won't be disappointed.
The emphasis is on exploration and problem solving, rather than the tedious prefect-avoiding, spell-confusing nonsense of the console game.
The controls and general set up are similar to the Philosopher's Stone game but generally better (although I'm one of the few who preferred the "learn the spell" version in Philosopher's Stone). Quidditch is better - it's actually fun! Wizard duelling is also a nice addition although too easy (the console version is equally too easy to become Number 1)
There's a stronger narrative from the film version than the last game, so those who've seen the film (or read the book) will recognise what's coming.
All in all a very highly recommended PC game. well done EA!
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This is a really good game considering how long ago it was released. The graphics are really good and the controls easy to use. Im only part way into the game but its great fun. Read morePublished on 24 May 2014 by Aly
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