Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I'll admit it: I'm a Harry Potter fan. I've spent hours in line for midnight releases for both the books and the movies, surrounded by fellow nerds (excuse me -- "fans") with their glasses, wands and drawn-on lightning bolts shimmering across their foreheads. I've even got a mini-poster of the first film as well, which came with a complimentary golden snitch when I bought the DVD at Tower Records. All things considered, I like to think I'm a well-versed fan of the series. In fact, I blame Harry Potter for my long-standing insomnia, as every book kept me reading from ten at night until the crack of dawn. So, in that sense, I may even have reason to resent Harry Potter -- but I don't. However, what has given me a sense of resentment is the lack of a truly engaging Harry Potter game, and unfortunately, The Half-Blood Prince for the Nintendo Wii didn't do much to change that opinion.

THE VERDICT by Will Herring Will Herring's Avatar While I've always been more of a John Constantine fan over Harry Potter, I have to admit that the magical franchise always intrigued me. While I'm not nearly as big of an enthusiast as Sean, the idea of an open-world experience in Hogwarts sounds like a blast. Unfortunately, the Half-Blood Prince falls victim to the common pitfalls of so many movie-to-game tie-ins before it.

The Boy Who Lived

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is set during Harry's sixth year at Hogwarts. Things are not going well in the fight against Voldemort: Muggles are beginning to notice magical accidents, important mystical people are disappearing and Severus Snape has made an unbreakable vow to Narcissa Malfoy to protect her son Draco. At Hogwarts, Harry learns how to Apparate, gets a new Potions master in the form of Horace Slughorn (but at the expense of having Snape as his Defense Against the Dark Art teacher) and begins to have all new romantic feelings towards Ron's sister, Ginny. Along the way, Harry receives help in Potions class from a mysterious penman named the Half-Blood Prince, uncovers some history behind Lord Voldemort, Dumbledore and Snape, and prepares for his biggest battle yet against the dark forces of magic.

Needless to say, a lot of stuff happens in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but you'll be hard-pressed to discover any of that information in the actual game. The bulk of Half-Blood Prince merely skirts over most of the important events in the novel and film in favor of forcing you to play repetitious mini games over and over again. While the game explains some of the basic plot (with some mediocre to downright terrible cut scenes), I doubt anyone who hasn't read the books or viewed the upcoming film would have any clue as to what was happening or why. Which is an unfortunate (albeit typical) outcome of its movie tie-in roots.

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willewings3

RealGamersUnited, he was talking about how biased you are against the Wii. I'd rather more diverse Nintendo Wii games than shooter after shooter after shooter after shooter on the PS3.

People make so many comments on how the Wii doesn't have any good shooter games. They have enough to keep people happy. But on the PS3, its SHOOTERS, LBP, and 3 Ratchet and Clank shooter/platformers.

I'm not a Nintendo fanboy. I own that and an Xbox 360 which I also love. But I'm sick of people like you who will not give it a chance. And I'm not a big fan of the PS3, because even with the price cut, it's still the most expensive console, and I think the games library is lacking anything besides shooters.

Oh, wait, I forgot to count "Flower". My bad.

gamerofgames1596

Real Gamers United: If you don't like the wii, then don't comment on a game specifically for the wii. Just because you can't seem to grasp the idea of a motion sensitive remote, and the major advance that makes for the gaming experience, doesn't mean you have to post your stupid comment here just to make yourself feel better. Half the people who own a wii also own a console, and I'm guessing your no older than 12-14, meaning you can't even have a job, not unlike everyone else here. If you are old enough to have a job, and actually have one, then it's just sad that you have nothing better to do than to comment on a site that other teens and children are commenting on. You know, I don't even know WHY I'm bothering responding to you.

zombieking36

This game is easy Achievements/Trophys, so if you like having lots of points/trophies, rent it! You get a lot just from the 4-5 hour story, and most of the others are quick and easy to get!

RealGamersUnited

26C wrote:

RealGamersUnited wrote:

More below average "kiddie" games for "kiddie" Wii owners.Grow up get a job and buy a console, not a birthday toy from mommy and daddy called a Wii.

I really don't understand most of your comments, RGU. If you dislike a product why concern yourself with it. I do think it's fun to pick at something that you feel isn't up to par, every once in a while, but it seems that that's all you know eg. "kiddie *whatever*." Surprised you didn't tell the reviewer to grow up because of his like for Harry Potter so I suppose you care not for reading.
You are telling others to 'Grow up' with a "kiddie" comment...ridiculous.
About the game review - not a Harry Potter fan, just wanted to read Sean's Review. Movie to game usually is a bad choice because of the limit of time the designers are given...That's to bad because that time and money could have went to a GOOD idea/game. But people keep buying them.

I was stating my opinion on the game, not on the whole Harry series. Yes this game is for kiddies, and it is below average. So please learn how to read and comprehend simple words.

26C

RealGamersUnited wrote:

More below average "kiddie" games for "kiddie" Wii owners.Grow up get a job and buy a console, not a birthday toy from mommy and daddy called a Wii.

I really don't understand most of your comments, RGU. If you dislike a product why concern yourself with it. I do think it's fun to pick at something that you feel isn't up to par, every once in a while, but it seems that that's all you know eg. "kiddie *whatever*." Surprised you didn't tell the reviewer to grow up because of his like for Harry Potter so I suppose you care not for reading.
You are telling others to 'Grow up' with a "kiddie" comment...ridiculous.

About the game review - not a Harry Potter fan, just wanted to read Sean's Review. Movie to game usually is a bad choice because of the limit of time the designers are given...That's to bad because that time and money could have went to a GOOD idea/game. But people keep buying them.

RealGamersUnited

More below average "kiddie" games for "kiddie" Wii owners.Grow up get a job and buy a console, not a birthday toy from mommy and daddy called a Wii.

diablo2lod

i played the demo version on pc... which only included the dueling club ( two battles only) and a quiditch match.... i enjoyed both, especially after playing the previous versions... the controls were ridiculously clumsy in the first game, but the control was mapped to the mouse in the demo, and even then you were on a rail so you couldnt completely lose the snitch... also it was cool tht you could kick the shit out of the other player simply by ramming them...

the dueling club was better than order of the phoenixes dueling, for one reason..... you didn't have to do some complex mouse movement for every spell... your main spell stupefy is mapped to the left mouse button, and expeliarmus is a simple circular movement...

i wasnt really expecting much, especially from the wii version, but i will probably still buy the game for 360 as i am a HP fan who likes achievements, and i already have all the other games............. secretly...

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