Big props for the music score by James Hannigan - it is quite excellent. Potions are fun to make, the interface is simple and intuitive. Flying is fun, it's easy to beat the matches, but quite challenging to get a perfect score. Being able to roam around a fully rendered Hogwarts castle was neat.
The game is very short. Most of the actual gameplay involves wandering around hogwarts looking for "Crests". Gathering Crests allows you to unlock and upgrade magic powers, but upgrade them for what? You will have easily beaten that game before you gather a third of the Crests, so what's the point? The graphics seemed to lack a bit of polish. Character models seemed clunky and previous generation. I found dueling rather tedious and unresponsive.
Long dialogue cutscenes are UNSKIPPABLE - UGH. Why?
All in all, if you are a Potter fan, this will entertain you for a few hours. It's worth a rental on a slow week when there is nothing better.
posted by clanc43 (COLLEGE STATION, TX) Oct 23, 2009
Member since May 2009
The game isn't very long, as I beat it 100% in about 9 hours of play. Its fairly entertaining, and finding the hidden "crests" gets tedious at times, as there is no true map function on the game. Having nearly headless nick lead you to different spots can help you find crests, as he will point them out to you as you pass them.
Dueling is simple, and I found the potions mixing to be a chore. I'm surprised they didn't use the motion function to shake potions. Instead you have to use the analog sticks. The adventure mode is fairly good, none of the missions are very difficult though. The voices AREN'T from the cast of the movie, excepting for john clease.
All in all, it would be a good kids game. For more adult players, its a good way to rack up some serious trophies for your collection with minimal effort.