Reviews and Problems with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
26 April 2004
Excerpt: You've probably all heard the talk about games based on another licence. In short, they suck. The games based on books or movies are usually just clever marketing ploys used to make a few quick bucks with not much work put in. So, it's good when these games don't sell well and developers begin to scratch their heads wondering why.
Conclusion: The best solution is probably for Mum/Dad/Big Brother/Sister to play along with Kid, which is a nice idea but seldom works in practice. With some better testing (dodgy cameras on the stealth bits and a tricky difficulty setting for the kiddies), more freedom (there are lots of blocked off doors) and a bit more imagination (you can fly all around Hogwarts but there isn't much to do), Harry Potter's Xbox debut could have been a corker, but ended up just being good (if you...
Pros: Great, authentic looks, Smart spells, It's a nice, relatively non-violent game, The Nimbus 2000 rox man!, It'll keep the kiddies quiet for a while.
Cons: Iffy difficulty, it seems to be either simplistic and repetitive or tricky and taxing, No multiplayer, Harry can't punch anyone's face off, It'll only keep the kiddies quiet until they need your help.