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Video Game of the Week – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
all the video games franchises that are derived from major movies, the
Harry Potter series has been one of the biggest disappointments. That,
of course, is because the expectations are so high. As the big screen
special effects become more dazzling with each movie release, it becomes
harder for the animated version of Harry to keep up.
Much like the latest movie with the same name, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
is full of dark and foreboding images. The action takes place far away
from Hogwarts, with Harry, Ron and Hermione heading into the cold, wet
English countryside to track down and destroy the remaining parts of
Voldemort’s soul. Again, the game waste’s little time defining the
relationships between the main characters, operating on the safe
assumption that by now you should be familiar with the Harry Potter
However, the gameplay itself is fun. You control Harry
from an over-the-shoulder perspective and most of the combat is fast
and free-flowing. Instead of bullets, Harry “shoots” spells, with the
intensity of each spell increasing as Harry defeats enemies and survives
oncoming attacks. At various points you are presented with certain
challenges, which have little to do with the storyline but which provide
additional tests of skill.
At any time during the game, you can
get Harry to don his “cloak of invisibility”, which will switch you from
third-person to first-person mode. It’s a neat trick, giving you the
feeling of being under the cloak with Harry, complete with slow,
searching camera angles and frightened breathing.
Outside of the
main game, there is also a Challenge mode, which allows you to compete
against a friend or rank yourself against online leaderboards. There is
also a Kinect mode for the new Xbox 360 motion sensor, which includes 12
separate single-player and 10 multi-player challenges. Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 makes no attempt to mimic what
happens on the big screen, wisely leaving the complex story-telling and
outrageous special effects to the multiplex. Instead, what you get is an
action-packed and enjoyable shooter game, with the added bonus of
helping out familiar and much-loved characters. Harry
Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is rated “T” for Teen (for
fantasy violence) by the ESRB. Check out the ESRB video game ratings and
content descriptors at ESRB.org
Publisher: Electronic Arts Platform: Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, Nintendo DS Genre: Fantasy Shooter RRP: $29.95 (Windows and Nintendo DS); $49.95 (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3) Release Date: November 16, 2010 ESRB Rating: “T” for Teen
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