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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


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Well made, but you don't do much.

posted by ShefZ28 (LOMBARD, IL) Mar 24, 2010

Member since Feb 2010

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Having played a few of the early Harry Potter video games this game is the best so far. It follows Harry (and Ginny for a few minutes) through his 6th year at Hogwarts.

The world is large, lots of detail and no loading screens between sections. I was amazed at the effort that went into this game compared to the earlier HP games. The voice work is good, the animations are decent and the music is great.

The game good for kids, and well made that adults shouldn't mind playing it. The only downside is there isn't much to do. No boss fights, you pretty much make potions, duel kids and fly through stars on your broomstick. The game repeats this as necessary but I didn't notice it until after I had finished the game.

I rented and played this game for the Platinum trophy. I was able to finish it in a weekend of casual play. In addition to completing the game, you have to get 5 stars on all of the potions, duels and quidditch events. Plus there are 150 Crests to collect. 25 of these you'll get from collecting mini-crests (need 25000 total) and the rest you will have to find, most are in the walls, behind bushes, or you have to complete small quests (duel someone or make a potion) for other students.

The game was fun, I do suggest it for either Harry Potter fans, or people out to get that next Platinum trophy.

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Very Good

posted by clone150 (Orem, UT) Jul 3, 2009

Member since Sep 2005

14 out of 16 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

i found this game too be very easy to play and get used to,and i liked that.the dueling is awesome,the potions are great,and the flying is good too.and the trophies are all easy to get up untill crest collector level 13-14 and the master flying trophy,but there has to be some challenge in it.

the only thing i didn't like about this game is the flying.the controls are inverted,and the AI makes it almost impossible to get the master of flying badge/trophy.

other than that i think this game is pretty good for HP fans,and action fans.

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Above Average

Fun but could have been better

posted by alec9922 (STATE COLLEGE, PA) Jul 6, 2009

Member since Jun 2009

10 out of 12 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

The sixth book in the series gets a slightly better than typical game treatment for a movie. Quite fun if you are a Harry Potter fan but possibly disappointing for the average gamer.

With a decent variety of game play including, broom flying, mixing potions, wand battles, and mini puzzles, the game tries hard to keep you interested as it progresses through the major plot points of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

With better than average voice work, and amazing score, an awesomely expansive Hogwarts, and a great feature that provides nearly headless Nick as a guide and helper, Harry Potter does a good job in providing an atmosphere that makes you feel like you have been transported to the magical land in which the Potter crew has most of its adventures.

You learn different spells as you go along and must use them to defeat challenges from enemies and puzzles alike. It becomes a bit repetitive as the Quidditch matches and wand battles become slightly tiring after a while but never to the point of utter annoyance.

Overall, I enjoyed the ability to wander around Hogwarts with the Harry Potter score playing in the background. It really brought the world of the books to life for me. The game play wasnt extraordinarily difficult by any means but challenging enough to keep me interested. It wasnt very long but the perfect length for a rental and a quiet weekend.

Was it a great game? No-- Was there enough good about it to warrant playing it through-- Definitely.

Not a game that is going to receive any awards but worth your time if you are someone who likes Harry Potter and is a gamer.

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