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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 game coming


Apr 21
// Conrad Zimmerman
Here's the announcement trailer for the game based on the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. It's about wizards or something. Jokes aside, I happened to be in a position to watch the first part o...

Pop and stop with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Jul 23 // Ben Perlee
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PC)Developer: EA Bright Light StudioPublisher: Electronic ArtsTo be released: November 16, 2010 If you were coming into the title as someone who did not know who Harry Potter was, what we are presented with is a Gears of War-lite, a somewhat dark title where a teenage dude is running around the English countryside shooting spells at bad wizards. Nothing too outlandish, on that news alone there would be some major interest in the title. However, fans of the franchise know that this is a very gutsy change to the franchise. Unfortunately, as a major fan, I'm really torn. And who would play this game but a major fan? EA and Warner Bros. Have to strike a balance between good gameplay and remaining true to the nature of the franchise. From the few minutes I was given with the title, there are some things to be concerned about. As a third person, cover-based shooter, it's a little wonky. The reticule was a little too jerky, the camera was a little too close to Harry, and aiming was a little more difficult than it should be. It's still early, but for EA to take such a huge risk in changing the Harry Potter game franchise, they need to tighten this stuff up. Thankfully, the spells functioned as different weapons would. Winguardium Leviosa would lift up objects as a mobile shield, Expelliarmus was a chargeable blast, and there were others that cause explosions, did generic blasts and more. One odd addition was the common usage of the cruciatus curse, which, bear with me as I nerd out, is one of the unforgivable curses and used precisely three times in the books. Yes, Harry uses the spell, but it's not just something he would just bust out at a moment's notice. Thankfully, I was told that the team is reconsidering the spell and how it will be implemented. Also, the level that I was shown was also very drab and gray. Taking place in a run-down industrial site, the only sign of color was a muted red from Harry's sweater and the spell effects he would throw out. I know that the film is going to be filmed in the same sort of environments, however when a level for the game not only plays like a level from Gears of War, but looks like a level from Gears of War, something is a little...weird. Of course, this is all being a nitpicky fan of the franchise. The game certainly looks like a teen-rated version of Gears of War that, with a few months of polish could be a decent alternative for those who feel that franchise is too violent or inappropriate. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1 has some promise for being such a divergent take on the franchise, but needs a lot of special attention. I'm hoping that the development team is willing to work hard in making sure this is the mature take on the Harry Potter franchise, and with Part 2 coming in the future, there is a chance that this over-the-shoulder shooter approach could be great. Keep an eye on this one, and hopefully EA can make this one surprise their fans when it launches with the movie.
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As a major fan of the Harry Potter books and films, it has always been a source of frustration that the games have never risen above just mediocre. While the open world environment of many of the past titles have been appreci...

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LEGO Harry Potter demo on its way to 360, PS3, and PC


Jun 03
// Nick Chester
Warner Brothers Interactive and TT Games have announced that it will be releasing a demo for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on June 7. The demo is a taste of what to expect when the game hits shelve...
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Lego Harry Potter Collector's Edition details


Apr 21
// Dale North
GameStop drops the deets on this upcoming Lego game in their emailer. Yep, I pulled news from spam. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Collector's Edition is coming for Xbox 360, PS3 & Wii. The CE will come in a fancypants box,...
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Harry Potter's third year gets the LEGO treatment


Mar 29
// Matthew Razak
I'm not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed that I can recognize every scene in this trailer for LEGO Harry Potter, but I can. The trailer jogs us through the third year of Harry's time at Hogwarts, and if you don't kn...

Wizarding world in plastic: Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4

Feb 02 // Ben Perlee
Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, PC, PSP)Developer: Traveller's TalesPublisher: Warner Bros. Interactive EntertainmentTo be released: May 2010 Really corny joke aside, if you are coming into Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 looking for a wholly new experience over Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, or the Lego Indiana Jones series, you're going to be very disappointed. After all, the Lego franchise has been set in, well, plastic bricks for a while now. You're going to be breaking objects all over the place. You're going to be collecting bricks. You'll be unlocking characters, doing co-op, watching narratives run in a goofy and fast manner -- basically, playing a Lego game. That's not really a bad thing, as the Lego franchise has been pretty good since the beginning, and Traveller's Tales has been good with placing all sorts of fan service in their games. Subtle nods from the first four books are throughout the game, and with 140 playable characters, fans of the series will surely find some odd combinations to play with. One awesome moment was in the Chamber of Secrets portion of the game, where Harry enters the memory of Tom Riddle. In this level, players can play co-op or switch between the colored Harry or the sepia-toned Riddle. It's not often you get to play as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.  For fans like me, being able to play as 140 characters sure means a lot. Most of those characters are wizards or wizarding folk, so as opposed to other Lego games, each character will have a multitude of spells and abilities. It's pretty neat, and Traveller's Tales has a logical system of assigning spells. Early on in the game, for example, Harry will not have any spells, and he has to go to class to learn new abilities. Hagrid, on the other hand, has a lovely pink umbrella that will blast out a zap spell, or the finicky Wingardium Leviosa. By the time you get to the part of the game covering the fourth book, Harry, Hermione and Ron are going to that much more powerful, along with many of their classmates. The fear system of the Lego Indiana Jones games does not come back; however, many of the characters have personalization with the Riddikulus spell on hand to deal with Boggarts, and many will also be able to unleash a Patronus, which, like the books, will be character-specific. When given a broom, Harry can fly around, while Hermione is utterly incapable, flopping around as she flies. Ron is better than her, but very slow. This character specialization continues with special abilities. Ron, for example gets Scabbers the rat; Hermione can use her Time-Turner; and Harry can use his invisibility cloak. This is just scratching the surface, and fans of the franchise will have a great time finding all of the references to the books and films. With 140 characters, there are going to be a lot of these special hints. Lego games are known for their deconstruction and construction of Lego-built objects. A new feature of Lego Harry Potter games is the inclusion of actual building mechanics. It’s mostly related to simple puzzles, and seems to require Wingardium Leviosa. When an object can be built, it has a purple halo around it. Bust out the spell, move the object around, and lock it in place. Simple, and a nice logical step for these games. Like all the Lego games, everything is done with bit of tongue-in-cheek irreverence. Everything seems a little bit more inspired by the films, which is a disappointment for me as a hardcore fan of the books. However, the game is obviously funnier than the film. From tossing gnomes into basketball hoops, to riding lawnmowers at Ron's house, The Burrow, to silly acting moving paintings, this is certainly the Harry Potter universe -- but much more over-the-top. One thing I found a little disconcerting was how the game world uses a lot of very realistic textures and backgrounds. It looks a lot like the film, but has a bit of a disconnect from the Lego elements at play. It probably won't be a problem for anyone other than myself, but there you go. I was shown the 360 version of the game, so I asked about the Wii version. It seems that everything from the 360/PS3/PC version is going to make that title, but Wii players will be able to use the Wii Remote to direct spells. There's no other motion support like the comparatively well-received Wii Harry Potter games (which, alas, I am a fan of), and there is no MotionPlus support, either.  I think the best thing you can come away with is that Lego Harry Potter is a continuation of an already established franchise and IP. If you like one or the other, it would be easy to assume that the game is going to be an entertaining experience.
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As far as fandom goes, I would have to say that Harry Potter, at least for me, reigns on top. I don't know what it is, but something about the world that J.K. Rowling created that stands out as a marvelous and creative bit of...

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Expect some Zelda in the DS version of LEGO Harry Potter


Jan 25
// Brad Nicholson
The DS version of LEGO Harry Potter won't be like the Wii version. In fact, it'll be something akin to Zelda according to lead designer Arthur Parsons."This time the DS version is a completely different game," Parsons told Of...
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LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 video has LEGOs, Potter


Dec 08
// Brad Nicholson
A long time ago, I agreed to read the Harry Potter books. I regret that decision. My brain’s corridors are now cluttered with useless Potter-related junk -- space that I could have used to memorize the latest KMFDM sin...
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Games Time Forgot: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Jul 15
// Chad Concelmo
Every Wednesday, we highlight rarely-remembered but interesting games for our "Games Time Forgot" series.If you are as big a Harry Potter fan as I am (impossible!), you already know by now that this week’s Gam...
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Behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince


Jun 23
// Conrad Zimmerman
EA has released some new information, screenshots and a making-of video (mysteriously titled, "Part 1") for their upcoming videogame adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Of particular note is the kn...
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E3 09: LEGO Harry Potter teaser will cast its spell on you


Jun 01
// Chad Concelmo
And the winner for worst headline of all time? Chad Concelmo for his “LEGO Harry Potter teaser post” two seconds ago! Thank you, thank you so much everyone. I would like to thank the Academy, of course. Also my fr...
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E3 09: LEGO Harry Potter no longer a rumor


Jun 01
// Nick Chester
Much to no one’s surprise, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games will be releasing LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 in 2010.The title is pretty much what you’ve expect, putting players in control of LEGO...
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More LEGO rumors: No LEGO Harry Potter in 2009, more LEGO Indy likely


Jan 05
// Nick Chester
I know you're probably all reeling from the improbability of this past weekend's rumored LEGO Rock Band title (seriously, WTF?), but there's more LEGO rumors where that came from. According to Eurogamer, a source close to dev...

EA Showcase 08: Hands-on with Harry Potter for the Wii

Aug 18 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
There are basically three new features for the new Harry Potter. First, there's a potion making aspect. In the new movie, Harry is going to learn how to make potions (I guess) and you'll have to mix things together to make spells (or soup). Next up is the return of the Quidditch game. The last time a Quidditch game was made was back in 2003 and they're finally bringing it back and thankfully, not making it a separate game as a way to sneak in extra cash from crazed Harry Potter fans.  The main mode that they were showing off was the Dueling mode. Two players will stand on a table and shot sh*t out of their wands. It's actually a fun little mini-game, but it's presented very weirdly. I only saw one camera angle that's positioned right behind Harry. You can see (the back of) Harry just fine, but the other player is pretty far off in the distance. Not that it really hurts the gameplay. Players will move the Wiimote in certain directions to cast spells. Crossing the Wiimote and nunchuck against your chest will put up a shield, swinging both controllers up in the air sends a bird that holds people upside down in the air, pointing the controllers downward sends out a strong blast and simply swinging the Wiimote sends out a light blast.  It's a very simple mini-game, but oddly very fun. Maybe it's just because I was schooling Flynn DeMarco, but I actually had fun with it.  Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince will be coming to the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, DS, PC, Mac, and mobile around the time the movie is out. News broke over the weekend that the movie has actually been delayed until July. The game will pretty much be ready by then as the movie was originally coming out this November.   Also, Snape raped Dumbledore. That's the meme, right? I'm not sure.
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I have a confession to make. I like Harry Potter. Well, I like the movies anyway. Emma Watson is hot. What? She's 18 now. I can say that.  Er, anyway, I played the Wii version of the upcoming Harry Potter and The Half-Bl...

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Expelliarmus! EA announces Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince videogame


Apr 22
// Samit Sarkar
I’m sure many of you are die-hard fans of the Harry Potter books, and if you’re like me, finishing the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was an emotional, bittersweet experience. It almost felt lik...

Destructoid review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jun 30 // Chad Concelmo
I think I can rightfully assume that most of the people that buy this game (or are thinking about buying this game) are hardcore Harry Potter fans like myself. Truthfully, the past Harry Potter games have not really been, how should I say this … good (with the exception of the surprisingly polished, Zelda-esque Chamber of Secrets). It is because of this poor track record that even some of the most diehard fans may be on the fence as to whether or not to even play (let alone buy) the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.To be honest, I was kind of in the same boat. I had always felt that EA lazily put together the last few games based around the Harry Potter universe and it was extremely disappointing, to say the least.But this is a new generation of consoles, a time to start anew. And with something as perfectly suited for a Harry Potter game as a Wiimote at the designer’s fingertips, all signs point to everything turning out just fine, right? RIGHT?!Well, the good news, on most counts, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is definitely a step in the right direction for the videogame series. You folks reading this in your wizard robes and sorting hats can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.Although strange, the easiest game to compare Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to is none other than Grand Theft Auto. While there are obvious differences in the two (no magical prostitutes here!), the general structure and overall design of both games are eerily similar. In Phoenix, you control Harry Potter as he moves freely throughout Hogwarts, performing tasks and talking to characters at specific “hot spots” around the map. And as in Grand Theft Auto, not only is the world surprisingly huge, there is so much to do and so many things to collect. This open world system actually works very well in the world of Harry Potter and is a huge improvement from the linear, action-based levels of the previous Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.As one of the luckiest Harry Potter fans in the world, I actually got to attend an early screening of the final cut of the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix about a month back (which I am not allowed to talk about until next month *grumble*). This may sound completely stupid, given the fact that the videogame is based on the movie, but it is important to note that everything in the game almost mirrors the film exactly: scenes are in the same order, the characters look almost identical, major set pieces are revealed (the Ministry of Magic, number 12 Grimmauld Place, the veil!). This would not be a problem at all had the movie already come out, but with the theatrical release date still weeks away, playing the game now may ruin some of the magic come July 11th. This may sound pointless to some, but if I was a fan that had not seen the movie yet, I would have appreciated the warning.Let’s get to what really matters in this Wii version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: the gameplay. Overall, it's pretty great. Character movement is done with the nunchuk attachment, while an on-screen cursor (in the form of a spark-like magic spell) is controlled with the Wiimote. The control scheme will immediately feel comfortable for anyone familiar with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but due to some camera issues and occasional “lock-on” problems, everything feels a lot less smooth.Fortunately, this is all remedied (or at least tolerable) once you start casting magic. Performing spells really is as simple as locking on to an object (by using the ‘B’ trigger) and flicking the Wiimote in a specific direction (or sometimes twirling it around in a circle). Not only is this infinitely more satisfying than just pressing a simple button, some of the spells actually work so well that you really feel like you are actually performing them in real life.Take Wingardium Leviosa, for example. In the Harry Potter universe, this is a levitation spell that is used to move objects around. In previous games (and in other console versions of this game) the spell was activated with a button press and objects were moved through the air with the control stick. In the Wii version, though, the spell is cast by raising the Wiimote and nunchuk attachment in unison. After the object is successfully floating in the air, you move the Wiimote and nunchuk combo around in 3D space, the in-game object mirroring your exact movements. Sure, sometimes the interaction isn’t quite perfect, but using this intuitive spell to solve puzzles that would normally be considered basic or unoriginal (such as placing paintings on a wall in the correct order) is truly a breath of fresh air. Most importantly, it's a ton of fun. As you progress through the game, more spells are unlocked, each requiring a different (and sometimes rather difficult) pattern of movements with the Wiimote. Although maybe not intentional, the fact that I had trouble performing some of the later, more offensive spells actually made sense, since they were advanced incantations that most younger witches and wizards could barely perform themselves. Again, this may have just been an error in design, but it works and makes you feel like you are a realistic part of the Harry Potter world.Where the game falters, though, is in its presentation. Granted, being in 480i and possessing true wide-screen support places Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in the upper echelon of graphically competent Wii games, but sometimes the combination of particle effects, blurry textures and large polygonal models slows the game down to an almost unacceptable framerate. Regardless, the game does look nice, recreating the Harry Potter world with very impressive detail and varied environments. There is nothing ugly enough to detract from the overall experience, but you really can’t help but think how much better the final product could have been had it combined the high-def graphics of the Xbox 360 with the innovative control of the Wii. Pumpkin pasties for thought, I guess.For fans of the books, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the Wii is an easy recommendation. Not only is it the definitive console version (I can’t imagine playing this without the Wiimote), it includes almost every scene and memorable moment from the movie and even goes so far as to showcase a veritable parade of classic creatures and characters from the entire Harry Potter mythology. From flying thestrals to roaming house ghosts, the magical world of Hogwarts is accurately and successfully brought to life.To the non-fans of Harry Potter, though, this game will be a tougher sell. While the action and gameplay is intriguing and entertaining, so much of the game is heavily reliant on being familiar with the Harry Potter universe. Stripping away all things Harry Potter, I worry that there is not enough going for the game in general that would make it stand out for the average player. The graphics are pretty, but not spectacular. The controls are interesting, but not completely responsive. If it wasn’t for all the Harry Potter bells and whistles distracting me, who knows, maybe I would not have liked the game as much.But this is a Harry Potter game and, for what it's worth, a fairly strong one at that. For all the true fans, based on the experience alone, I would give this game an 8. For everyone else, though, I would say the game ranks more around a rent-worthy 6. Calling forth the practical Hufflepuff inside of me, however, let’s just be fair and call Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix a solid ...Score: 7.0 (out of 10)Verdict: Rent It!
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For a Harry Potter fan this is easily the ZOMGBESTSUMMEREVER! Not only did the videogame based on the upcoming 5th movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, just come out this past week, but next month will also bring...

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Gallery: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on PS3, 360, PSP, GBA, & DS


Apr 17
// Niero Gonzalez
Screenshoto orgasum! The hive of little boxes below reveal what the next installment of Harry Potter: The Order Of the Phoenix will look like on nearly every bloody console under the sun, with the exception of the mysterious ...
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Harry Potter is all growns up, not Jewish


Apr 12
// William Haley
As the Harry Potter books become darker and darker, one question repeats itself in many a fan's mind: When will Hermione get naked? Due to the fact that she's leaving the series early to "focus on other projects...
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The Golden Compass announced; Harry Potter fans rejoice


Feb 27
// Colette Bennett
Magic spells. Talking animals. Escapades through frozen wastelands. Got a chubby yet? You can have all this and more in the upcoming game The Golden Compass, based on the first book in the award winning His Dark Materials tri...
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Ready to cast magic spells with your Wiimote wand? You might get a chance very soon. Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix is coming to the Wii, PS3, and 360 ... and every other financially viable platform under the sun. EA will...


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