Out of everything I've played on the Wii... this is possibly the worst. The story is not true to the book or the movie. The quest and sequence of events is blotchy. They throw in things that didn't happen in the movie. There are quests you have to accomplish that are aggravatingly slow and the outcome has nothing to do with the story or quest. The controls are some of the worst I've ever seen. The gameplay is barely tolerable. The game mostly forgets the real story and makes you do busy work like getting rid of faeries and walking around checking for death eaters that aren't there.
Don't expect this to be like the real story or even function properly. The controls are similar to Metroid Prime 3, if they worked in this. You turn and move by pointing the Wii remote to the edge of the screen. Except it's so slow that by the time you turn around you are almost dead. Many times it won't even turn when you point to the edge. Some of the spells barely work and it takes several attempts to get them to fire. Other spells are only temporary even though in the Harry Potter world they are permanent without a counter charm or antidote. Not just that, the targeting system is broken. You just fire till you get lucky. Combat in this is constant and problematic.
Think of the worst looking N64 or PS1 game you've played. That's about the quality of graphics in this game. Everything is extremely pixelated and hard to make out. Textures go through each other constantly and the soundtrack is awful. I pushed through and played a good amount of this game just so I could get a good opinion of it. Unfortunately it just got worse and worse.
One of the biggest selling movies of all time. One of the worst games I've ever played. It took almost 15 minutes to get past the first scene where you escape the death eaters. It just wouldn't end. In another scene you had to walk across the house and press A just to start the next scene. Oh and the voice acting is horrible and cannot be skipped.
This installment of the Harry Potter Franchise on home consoles loosely follows the plot of the the final film. The developer tried to make it a more adult oriented game to go along with the film but clearly fell flat on their face in the effort.
Pros: The cutscenes look sort of nice. Character models closely resemble those of the film.
Cons: Broken camera. Very repetitive and constantly respawning monsters. Uninteresting side quests. Very frustrating first person shooting sequences.
Conclusion: Only the most die hard Harry Potter fan will find just a small amount of fun to be had in this near broken game.
posted by Breather (NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR) Nov 19, 2010
Member since Nov 2010
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Before I set hand to Wii remote to try this game I took a few things in mind. Primarily, that it is a given that if a game is made to follow a movie it won't. It will be a second rate game with only tolerable gameplay at best. Unfortunately, this Harry Potter installment was not even tolerable.
Long story short clunky controls, poor interpretation of the book's story, very sub par visuals and too many "challenges" that are anything but the meaning of the word lead this game to be so bad I couldn't tolerate playing it. That's an hour of my life I won't get back, and I promise you I really tried to force myself to give this game a chance.
Rent it if you must. If you can stand it, click "keep".