Reviews and Problems with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Unexciting fantasy shooter uses magic in place of bullets.
Common Sense Media
15 January 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is essentially a third person shooter that uses magic instead of bullets. Players don’t kill anyone, but instead knock them out and make them disappear with spells like “Stupefy” and “Expulso.” It is darker and more violent than previous Harry Potter games , but -- unlike the film upon which it is based -- the audience sees no wounds or blood, and there are no jump-out-of-your-seat moments of fright.
Excerpt: The video game adaptations of Harry Potter haven't been good to the wizarding world. After a string of botched attempts at capturing the magic of the blockbuster series, EA tosses some new ingredients into the cauldron to conjure up a different type of Potter game. Deathly Hallows Part 1 abandons the sandbox of Hogwarts for a more linear and scripted experience, with a heavy emphasis on cover-based projectile combat.
Summary: Overall, if you're the sort who is into action-adventure games, or someone who is a big fan of the Harry Potter series, don't buy this. Even if you enjoyed previous Harry Potter video games, you'd do well to avoid this one as what we see here is a perfect example of the average, shoddy video game tie-in. With seven months until the release of Part 2, we can only hope that EA learn from their mistakes here and step things up for Harry's grand finale.
Excerpt: For those who need a little catch up, The Deathly Hallows is the first part of a two part adventure which involves Harry Potter flunking out of Hogwarts due to the death of Dumbledore. Voldermort is rising in strength and it’s up to Harry and his friends to destroy the Horcruxes – items which give Voldermort his immortal power. Throughout most of the game you’ll go through a third person shooter fashion with some small stealth elements thrown in.
Pros: Follows the story line in some ways at least, Should appease hardcore fans if they ignore the negatives
Cons: Horrible controls, Horrible cameras, Amazingly bland