Reviews and Problems with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
29 April 2010
Conclusion: In the end, the Harry Potter video game curse still hasn’t been lifted. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still as poor as any of the past titles have been and the future doesn’t look any better with only one book left. The graphics are borderline satire, the voice-acting is atrocious, the gameplay is monotonous, and the storyline isn’t told properly. I’d recommend reading the book or watching the film again before you ever decide to play the game.
Excerpt: When you've created an entire virtual Hogwarts school, it makes sense that you'll want to get the most out of it, but in the case of EA's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, it means the game is incredibly similar to the publisher's previous effort. Once again you'll be guiding Harry through the school (and the odd off-site area), conjuring spells, completing tasks and loosely following the plot of the latest film.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince game review
Boys' Life magazine
9 October 2009
Excerpt: Could the new Harry Potter game use more magic? There’s some good news and some bad news, depending on which version you play. I’m afraid I have to tell you to stay away from the handheld versions. Both the PSP and DS games are pretty similar. In some ways, they just don’t look finished and corners have been cut. In an adventure game that isn’t too full of true adventure, the gamemakers add a lot that isn’t in the book, and it’s boring stuff.
PS3 Review - 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'
20 August 2009
Summary: In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince you'll engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class, take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory, get sidetracked by Ron's romantic entanglements and journey toward discovering the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.
Excerpt: Harry Potter has become a legitimate modern-day phenomenon and J.K. Rowling now has enough money to purchase a small assortment of countries. The latest book and movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” have performed as expected and raked in more cash, although once again, we’re left with a somewhat lackluster video game effort.
Conclusion: Again, I like what EA has done here. I think they have put their development team to work and asked for something that is better than The Order of the Phoenix. What EA has delivered is definitely an improvement, but it still needs a lot more work to make it solid. This game is a lot better than many movie licensed games (see Judge Dread for details).
Conclusion: The Harry Potter video games should complement the other media, providing gleeful interaction to match the excellent story from the books and the visual splendor of the films. But Half-Blood Prince isn't much fun to play once you've gotten a taste of the few simple activities. The game is ultimately a forgettable experience, pushing players through the same three minigames over and over again, without ever capturing the thrill of being a wizard.
Pros: Lots of references to the original Harry Potter fiction.
Cons: Gameplay consists of only three different activities that get old fast, Story is difficult to follow if you haven't read the book, Character models and voice acting are subpar.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Review (PS3)
Yet Another Review Site
26 July 2009
Excerpt: Anyone who has read the book should be able to get the most out of the game, especially if they’ve found the latest film disappointing Back to school already? Oh wait its Hogwarts. Half Blood Prince is the Sixth book in the Harry Potter series and with the film just been recently released there’s a video game. If you’ve read through the Half Blood Prince should know most of the plots and twist with thrills and chills.
Pros: Lots of references to the original Harry Potter fiction, Potions can be fun to play as a mini-game.
Cons: Gameplay consists of only three different activities that get old fast, Story is difficult to follow if you haven’t read the book, Character models and voice acting are subpar, Main story is a little short, No online Wizarding duels.