Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a tie-in title to the theatrical version of the popular franchise book. In the game you take the role of Harry Potter and control the boy wizard, and occasionally his friends, in a third-person adventure.  The game is comprised of three mini-games, duelling, potion mixing and Quidditch with castle exploration and movement thrown in. Duelling is an infrequent task where several spells are learned, both offensive and defensive in classes with other students. There are occasions when the combat skills learned are used on school bullies or key film enemies but these are rare compared to the other sections of the game. All the key spells from the films are included which should please fans. Potion mixing is the most highly used task. It involves reading visual instructions to mix, stir and combine ingredients in a classroom cauldron. Creating potions works as a time trial component which progresses the main storyline as other characters need potions to divulge plot points. While fans of the films would wish for a complete Quidditch experience, something less is provided here. Playing the fictional flying sport in the game simply involves flying through waypoints on a pre-defined course. So long as not many are missed on the route it’s classed as a win. So while others are flying and competing with the cheering crowd watching the player is stuck flying through stars with a fixed camera in pursuit.   Moving through the castle is a joyful experience for anyone familiar with the feature films. The halls and rooms of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry are faithfully recreated to the smallest detail with the entire castle open for exploration including the exterior grounds. The graphics are in a different league compared to the prior Harry Potter titles. Most of the characters look identical to the film actors who portray them, with a few exceptions.  Half-Blood Prince should only be played by those who have seen, or will see another incarnation of the story. The game does show most key elements but works as an expanded play on the story rather than a complete retelling. Overall as a game it works but the sport, run, potion, run and duelling repeated over and over can get boring after a while.

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    May 4, 2010
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