First Review of “Half-Blood Prince” Video Game

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Apr 23, 2008

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On the heels of yesterday’s announcement regarding the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game which is due out this fall, now comes the first review of an early preview version of the game. Noting that the game is not yet complete, Pocketgamer was able to play portions of the new game on the Nintendo DS platform, and said that “we can say with reasonable confidence this version is looking quite good.” The report continues:

“Visually, The Half-Blood Prince sports a different style to the home console versions of the game, going for stylised, cell-shaded characters over attempted realism. This no doubt makes the game appear even younger, but then the Harry Potter games – especially on handheld – have never really attempted to draw in everyone, despite the fiction’s many adult fans, and this one’s no exception. Everything is geared up for the pre-teen player, then, such as the game’s various mini-games, which you can’t fail but only achieve sort of varying levels of success.”

Stating there are to be mini-games included such as Gobstones and Exploding Snap, the report also gives this tidbit of information: “Outside of the mini-games, the rest of the game is entirely free-roaming, letting you explore Hogwarts at will and pick up side-quests in a random order. The game still follows the plot of the film, but its makers say they were keen not to bog the player down with dialogue and cut-scenes. So if gamers want to tap on certain words in conversations to find out more of the backstory behind them, they can. Or they can also just run amok casting spells on unsuspecting bookcases and Slytherins instead.”

“Away from the combat, the game’s story missions offer variety by using certain events in the film’s plot for specially crafted sections. So for the Pensieve bits, where Harry is being tutored by Dumbledore to view Voldemort’s memories, there are point-and-click, quick-time levels to play. Whereas Harry being chased by Death Eaters is translated into a linear, Time Crisis style level.”

Finally, the review indicates that the version they tested was not the completed form of the video game as “there are still a few decisions still to be made. Like the game’s multiplayer, which is likely to offer two-player Quidditch and Duelling, but also possibly some sort of card trading with special codes made available on the official website.” The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game is due to be released around the time the film arrives in theaters November 21, 2008

Thanks very much Pruneau!





36 Responses to First Review of “Half-Blood Prince” Video Game

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That was certainly a most interesting preview! I can’t wait to see actual images come out of the game now, especially for the portable systems.

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We can’t cast spells on unsuspecting Hufflepuffs, then?

I like the idea of roaming around. But that’s a lot like the everlasting day at the end of the OotP game isn’t it? ah well. I’ll be buying it for the 360 anyway. cool stuff.

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so cool!!! I loved wandering around the castle with ootp. It is so great on the WII to actually do the wand motions. ..I can’t wait.

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The gameplay sounds like it’s going to be really fun, but…. cell-shaded graphics?! Yikes. I hope it looks better than the eyesore that was Zelda Wind Waker…. shudder

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D U M B

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pics?

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I’ve never played any of the Harry Potter video games . . . would anyone recommend them? They sound sort of fun. I don’t have a game console, though, so I’d have to buy the PC version.

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The cell-shaded graphics of Wind waker were not an eye sore… at least not for me, I love that game. I can’t wait to see some pictures and footage of this game and the movie also of course… WB get a move on and give us some pictures!! :)

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Leaky put up a pic from the X-Box version here:

http://gallery.the-leaky-cauldron.org/picture/211291

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Ohhh! On this article there is a photo!

http://kotaku.com/5006567/ea-casual-and-the-half+blood-prince

It looks a lot like the dueling club but the caption says it’s HBP?

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@ Pomona

I would definitely recommend the 1st 3 games. The 4th one is okay, but I still enjoyed playing it and the 5th one is much better than the 4th. And I played all of mine on PC too- so yes I think you should!

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I’ve only played the fifth one for the Wii and it was fun for a few hours until you beat the game.

Also, I say bring on the cell-shaded. OotP was the first one to use digital scans of the actors, and they all came off as… well… kinda creepy.

The geek in me was hoping HBP, such a huge relationship-driven story, would have at least some elements of Japanese dating sims. You know, like a first-person conversation with Ginny where you’d need to say the right things to get her to go out with you instead of slapping you.

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@ Kanedax

That totally cracked me up, that would be hilarious! Except instead of being slapped you (as Harry) would be hit with the the bat bogey hex (sorry if that was spelled wrong)

I did get really excited when I saw “First Review of “Half-Blood…” then my heart sank a little when I realized it was talking about the game. Though that is exciting too, I for a brief second thought we were getting movie news.

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Yeah, I actually agree that cell-shaded graphics are probably a better approach than having those creepy scans of the actors! It could give it an interesting feel, artistically. I just hope EA can pull it off!

I would love if it had a Japanese dating sim element with Harry/Ginny and Ron/Lavender/Hermione, that’d be hilarious!

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cell shaded?!!!!? NOOOO. omgosh i loved the realism of OOTP :// i have a feeling its gonna be bad

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I’m not big fan of cell shaded but the game does sound really cool. I am glad that we can attack in this game though, unlike OOtP because some people just are so annoying in these games.

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Wait is it only DS that is cell shaded or what

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Sounds interesting, can’t wait to hear more about it in the next coming months :D

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OK. I am not a “gamer” so I don’t know what this involves….but I would suspect that it might have one or two “spoilers” or something? How can this game be out and reviewed before the movie is even got a trailer or poster? Sign me :Confused Gamer Iliterate

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OMG, forgive me! I’ve been “away” for a bit, and just found the first ‘Trailer’...it’s on YouTube…also there are other movie sites that have it. But i STILL am curious about how this “game” thing works…Spoiler wise, for those who haven’t seen the trailer or anything….

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Hmmm, I’m not too worried about whether it’s cell-shaded or not, but the point of views in these games give me head aches sometimes. Like when you can’t see the person you are trying control. Or oh ya, this was funny: Ron and Hermione are following Harry and then Harry gets trapped in a corner between them. lol. Is that a glitch or something? Everythink else about the games is really good though. I love the idea of being able to randomly walk up to someone and cast a spell at them. hehehe. lol. For anyone who is wondering if the games are worth buying, I would say a definite yes.

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I’ve only played OOTP but I’d say that one is worth buying and this one most likely will be as well =)

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Eyzie: Zelda: The Wind Waker remains one of the most artistically beautiful games I have ever played, along with Okami and Shadow of the Colossus.

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By the by, what does “cell-shaded” mean?

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I don’t know what cell-shaded means, but from the pic it looks a lot better than Ootp with the scans of the actors. In Ootp looked like the scans were just pasted onto the heads of the figures, there was little continuity between the face and the rest of the head.

It sounds like this will be pretty good if they keep it similar to the Ootp game. Although one thing I hope they improve is the side quests. The side quests in Ootp mostly consisted of simply looking for things. Looking in every little nook and cranny of a room for an object or place to perform a spell. It would be nice if they made it more like puzzle solving.

They mentioned the gobstones and exploding snap, and I kind of wish they had left those out, didn’t enjoy them in Ootp.

Another improvement I would like to see for the PC version is improved wand control. A mouse simply does not work as well as a wii-mote (although I’ve never used a wii, so i’m taking the word of those who say it worked well). The game seemed to have a difficult time reading the movements of the mouse, making it very difficult to perform spells.

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YES!! I’m so excited that there’s going to be a multiplayer thing on the DS and you can trade cards. I really hope they decide to include that because it will be awesome!! I can’t wait =D

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ive never played any of the HP games, but now i want to. :D but im not sure whether i should get it for PC or Nintendo DS

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EA’s recent attempts at making the games “better” have come at the expense of fun, in my opinion. The fifth game was just a long list of errands you had to do for other characters basically. Find [something] so someone has time to join the D.A., find a secret passage so someone doesn’t get caught going to the Room of Requirement, etc.

My favorite ones are the first three games (PC Platform, of course). They were the most fun. Replicating “Movie Hogwarts” and making it “follow the story better” has come at the expense of having a fun game.

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there’s no trailer for the 6th film yet…

AND, I don’t really play the games but I WOULD if they made a SIMS HARRY POTTER. That would be so awesome! I’ve been secretly hoping that they’d somehow read my mind and decide to make a harry potter version of sims.

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Yes, I do think that the first three were the best. GoF was horrible, and OotP got rather boring at times.

Rae: You are not the only one who has that wish. I don’t think it is going to happen though. You can get some pretty cool HP custom content online.

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@ Rae: Sorry about that. My husband pointed out that those “trailers” are fan-made. Really GOOD, but Fan-made….the REAL “teaser/trailer” is due [although not confirmed by WB] the 16th of May, before ‘Prince Caspian’ ANYHOW, I still don’t know the Game thing…my son is the “gamer” in the house….

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Ok, game developers, Harry is 16 now in the Half-Blood Prince book. STOP MAKING THE GAME FOR PRETEENS!!! Why can’t they make the game’s age group match the age of Harry in the book? These games should be made for all the die hard fans that have been reading Harry Potter all these years. I would like everyone to know that there is not one single preteen die hard potter anywhere that has been a Potter fan from the beginning; because if there is they would have had to read the first book when they where less then 1 year old. Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997 if you don’t think I did my math right. So again I wish the game developers build the games to be more interesting for the fans that have decided more of their life to the Harry Potter fandom.

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@ Matt

This review was only for the DS version. It could be that they are aiming that version more towards preteens because the hand-held audience has a higher number preteens (though I’m not sure how true that is as my 26-year-old brother and I (21) both have DS’s). I bet the xbox and wii and ps versions will be different.

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This sounds mint!!!! Could not get enough of OotP game, time to pull an all nighter again…... Dobby’s Sock!!!

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sounds like you also get a lot of hints as to what the movie is gonna be like

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The makers of the games need to be consistent. I hope they do not look like the same people graphics as on the first game. Were those cell shaped? They didn’t look real. I hope they let you go in all the common rooms this time.

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