Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Xbox 360 Review
30 May 2010
Excerpt: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix features the best digital rendition of Hogwarts Castle yet, it’s both huge and true to the films. Fans are sure to be delighted with getting the chance to explore, seeing all the familiar rooms and characters, and just generally having a jolly good time.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game review
Boys' Life magazine
10 October 2008
Excerpt: Welcome to Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Things have changed around campus. Mean old Delores Umbridge from the Ministry of Magic has taken over the Defense Against the Dark Arts classes and isn’t teaching the students how to properly defend themselves.
Pros: The game brings the book and movie to life with an amazingly accurate 3D Hogwarts, good likenesses of the actors, many original actors’ voices and situations from the book and movie.
Cons: Gameplay often feels more like a scavenger hunt on Hogwarts grounds than an adventure.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is available across all platforms, but is truly spectacular when played on the Wii. The always-scary Dementors do appear at the beginning of the game. Later, you duel the Death Eaters and Voldemort: Both are long, intense battles, thus triggering the E+10 rating.
Conclusion: That said, there is enough content here to keep any Potter fan happy, and at times the game exudes enough character and charm to suggest something grander. It is good to see EA at least making the effort to provide proper fan-service this time around, and the technical merits of the game are...
Conclusion: Shortcuts are provided but they are of limited use and never really reduce the time taken to traipse across Hogwarts for the 100th time. The game clearly has great potential and the core elements are there.
Xbox 360 Review - 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
27 August 2007
Summary: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community is in denial about the teenager's recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort, preferring to turn a blind eye to the news that Voldemort has...
Conclusion: to Z in Hogwarts, but you’ll need to do chores and tasks for teachers and students of Hogwarts alike, which becomes a lesson in tedium more than magical adventuring. That’s the brunt of the gameplay: errands like getting books for other students, sweeping up leaves, mopping up water spills, and...
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's not a Grand Theft game, no matter how many wit machines out there say otherwise. Myself included. But Order of the Pheonix is, naturally, recommended to all Potter fans with any sort of modern-day games machine.