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. EA have used this vast area efficiently, crafting an exploration based game out of it.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game review
Boys' Life magazine
3 May 2009
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. Snape is his nasty old self, but Dumbledore is hard to find.
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.
Excerpt: As I start to write this review of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix big things are happening in the "real" world for Harry. Order of the Phoenix has just been released as a movie and the even bigger event is that the final Potter book, Deathly Hallows, has also just been released and has become the fastest selling book in history. Being the curious type, I headed down to a local bookstore around midnight for the release of the book and it was madness I tell you!
Excerpt: Oh, EA. It’s so easy to hate them, Publisherzilla, and their empire of exceedingly mediocre games. However, their sheer output has to be admired, and occasionally, a game is released that is genuinely good. It’s the same deal with movie-licensed games; the sheer overabundance of them can make it easy to overlook the good ones. What are the odds that the fifth Harry Potter game based on the film series is both an EA game and a good game based on a flick?
Conclusion: A fun, kid oriented game about a popular book/movie. We know that the game we get is not going to be perfect, at least with this title the attempt was made to give the consumer more quality for what we pay.
Conclusion: With the new Harry Potter movie set to take the box office by storm, the latest in Electronic Arts' series of games licensed from J. K. Rowling's novels wants to make a impact of its own. So far, the games haven't been much to write home about, but now EA has a changed their approach and have opened up Hogwarts for you to investigate. Have they captured the magic and mystery of Hogwarts this time?
Conclusion: Order of the Phoenix is another inoffensive entry into the Harry Potter videogame archive. It does little to frustrate or impress, but there's plenty here for fans of the series. Exploring Hogwarts is a true joy, even with some quest-log quibbles and a general lack of challenge. If you're potty for potter than you've no doubt picked this up already, but for everyone else, this is probably a rental at best.
Pros: exploring Hogwarts is awesome, environments look great, heaps of exploring to do
Cons: very little to do other than explore, no real challenge to speak of, character models look pretty basic