posted by horsumhack (MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Jul 2, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
in my endless optimism that someone will finally make a really great game i had a flash of hope for this one. i think it was maybe sometime last fall or late last summer, and it was because it had two things going for it. first, the previous game, order of the phoenix created a big, thorough, really well done, hogwarts. i mean the game was rather bland and sometimes tedious, but in my fantasy of optimism i could say "hey, they've invested all their effort in the basics of this world then ran out of time and money, but next time they have all their groundwork!" then, second, the movie got delayed and so must follow a delay on the game, giving them a half year free time to work on this.
enter reality; small companies might put it all on the line with mild resources, but, when they succeed they get bought up by large corporations whose pure and overwhelming interest means wringing money out of everything they touch. this game was made by a very large corporation. you can feel it. everything in it is just good enough and not an inch more. you got your nice environment that you can explore and collect crests. a bit thin, but at least it's some reason for exploration. the crests unlock, well, useless junk as far as i'm concerned (unlockable rpg ish skills would have been great here, but, oh, thats too much effort and the movie book connection here will sell most of the games). the story is all sort of random and disjointed, more for alluding to things you should already know, and you sort of careen your way through it by going to locations (exploring, sort of) and triggering off the minigame cutscene progression elements which are built around potions (a fun one that could have been really good if just a smidge deeper), dueling (yeah yeah, it's okay but sort of foramalized), and quidditch (race through hoops, not my fav but not terrible) that's it. really. i'm not fin w/game, but there is no way this game is going to suprise me and i'm out of room. i hate gfs lgth limit!
I waited forever for this game only to be disappointed you do nothing but run around dueling and making potions there's almost no storyline and what little there is is boring the last HP game was better
get your act together EA put out a game worth playing!