For it's time, this is an incredible movie experience game. I tend to like these movie franchise games, and I am a HUGE fan of the books and movies so this game kept me entertained, and I actually enjoyed the simple collection tasks. I gave it a 9 because it's not perfect, but I had so much fun wondering around Hogwarts!!!
posted by DastardlyDitch (WEST JORDAN, UT) Mar 2, 2013
Member since Mar 2013
This isn't a terrible game, really. But I would never say it was good, either. The design of the castle and the level of detail you sometimes find is impressive. So if you are a Potter fan, you might enjoy seeing the layout of the castle and grounds (based on the movies, not the books).
But the gameplay itself is pretty much monotonous filler. The map function can be finicky and they have a serious lack of 'spells'. It seems obvious the people making it had no real knowledge of the books, only the films, which was distracting for someone who knows the actual canon.
There are way too many cut scenes that attempt to rush the story forward, and the story itself only takes up a little over 50% of the game. The rest is extended gameplay that loosely ties into small elements of the movie. Like finding Luna's spread out possessions.
As for the characters, having Ron and Hermione constantly behind and bumping into you gets old very fast. Especially since they have very little function; most the time, they don't even provide helpful information. All they do is obstruct the camera view or block your way.
Another thing is the constant zoom in and out and the inability to properly change the camera angle most of the time. This gets annoying almost immediately. You can shift it a little sometimes, but it will revert back the moment you move. Sometimes you can't tell what you are doing because of this.
All in all, this was not a good game. It was just a way to cash in on the success of the films, with no regards to it as an homage to the original books. It wasn't even taking into account the fact that it was a game. It was just an interactive recap of the movie. Even the 'rewards' section is filled with unlocked DVD extra content like crew and actor interviews.
If you have a kid who really loves Potter, check this one out. But don't expect too much.