“Half-Blood Prince” Video Game Nominated for BAFTA Video Game Award


Feb 24, 2010

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The “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” video game has been nominated for a BAFTA Video Game Award. Mentioned in the nomination for Best Original Score is award-winning composer James Hannigan along with Zsolt Marx and Campbell Askew. The other nominated games in the Original Score category are “Assassin’s Creed II,” “Batman: Arkham Asylum,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” “PixelJunk Shooter” and “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.” The GAME British Academy Video Games Awards will take place on Friday 19th March. A full list of video games nominated for the various categories can be found at the BAFTA website.

23 Responses to “Half-Blood Prince” Video Game Nominated for BAFTA Video Game Award

Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: Congratulations to the game and the composers responsible for this nomination! They certainly did create a fantastic soundtrack to complement the experience of playing the video game.Avatar ImageHermonie says: OMG!! I mean why should this be news? I mean any Harry Potter movie/game should have a award!! They are all so good!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagehermionenluna says: yay they rock! Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: Oh I really, really hope it wins. I've always really loved the scores on those games and the HBP one is just fantastic. I looooove the variation on Hedwig's theme used when Harry uses Felix Felices, it had me laughing the whole way through. And I love the music when mixing potions. And the whole way through!Avatar ImageLovegood.Luna says: Haha awesome!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Congratulations! This is great! It's so awesome that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was nominated for the BAFTA award!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: bafta's have not been too kind this year so lets hope this one works outAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yay! Go HBP!!!!!!!Avatar ImageSquire McDuffin says: The music is alright, only because it came from the movie though. But overall, all Harry Potter games are mediocre. They are quickly thrown together with little innovation. The developer of the game, EA, is notorious for doing cookie cutter games with little quality or intuition just to cash in on a fad (Not that Harry Potter is a fad). Of course the games are fun just because they are about harry Potter, but the sub-par graphics, flawed combat system, and shallow story telling make this game too average to be considered for any award of any kind. I love gaming and I love Harry Potter, but come on EA, this mediocrity is ridiculous, can we please get a quality Harry Potter Video game? Avatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: Good luck!!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Squee! I don't play the games, but good luck to them!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Awesome! I too don't play video games but, this is awesome!Avatar Imagemtbsergio says: EA actually spent a lot of time bringing the castle and characters to life with the amount of detail they put in. For a Potter fan it's definitely fun to play through especially on the wii using the wiimote as a wand. However I agree, for aspects such as gameplay, graphics, and overall polish, it's nowhere near the league of a MW2 or Uncharted 2 or even Arkham Asylum. All three of those games are incredible. Since the award is for original score though, I can see how Harry Potter can fit in.Avatar ImageZivlok says: I have a bit of a quibble with Squire McDuffin. Firstly, not all the HP games are bad/mediocre. The two Gameboy Color games were absolutely EXCELLENT, basically Final Fantasy 3 but with Harry Potter, a full Hogwarts to explore, and a storyline that ignored the movies and was more true to the books. Also, there were some hilarious bits, like where Lockhart joins your party, and you can have him cast any spell in the game, but every single one fails every time he uses it. The only way for him to be effective at all is for him to use his "autograph attack", where he throws an autograph at an enemy. Also, I really enjoyed the OotP game. It wasn't perfect, but there was tons to do and explore, and the ending fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort was huge and epic and an absolute blast to play. Now, HBP was a big disappointment for me, but the one area in which it really excelled (besides the very fun minigames) was the music. This leads me to my second point - the music of the game do NOT come from the movie. It angers me when video game reviewers say that, because having played almost every HP video game, in all the ones I've played, the use of the movie's score is fleeting at best. The GBA/GBC versions of the first two games had a great chiptune score, very dark and brooding but still with a sense of wonder and magic running through it. And the console versions of the HBP game had an AMAZING score. The bit where Harry takes Felix Felicis and suddenly a 50's latin-infused big band appears out of nowhere and plays jaunty music? Pure genius. Ron's Love Theme? Hilarious? The theme for the inexplicable tunnel/cave that suddenly appeared on Hogwarts Ground? Great, though I still wonder why that location was there in the first place. So, yeah, there were some good HP games, and the music is usually mostly if not all original, except for some cutscenes or title screens (and of course the ads - they have to use hedwig's theme in the ads), and I really, really enjoyed the music direction in the HBP game. Of course, Assassin's Creed II is a really strong contender, but I'm really glad the composer of the HBP video game has been noticed for her/his great work.Avatar ImageZivlok says: Also, OMG COMMENT OF DOOM. Sorry 'bout that.Avatar ImageIceholic says: Dawlish and the Archies, I'm actually going to look for my GB colour which has been gathering dust somewhere and buy those 2 games. I love FF VI (I assume it's this one you mean), I'm actually replaying it right now. And that bit about Lockhart is hilarious :D I'll give them a go.Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: The HBP game is cool ! I play it again & again! :-DAvatar ImageDaveF says: To the person who said the music is from the films, um, no it's not. It's written by James Hannigan and this is well deserved IMO. But I can't find the soundtrack for sale anywhere. Could have sworn it used to be on sale!!!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: thats grate but harry potter and the half blood prince video game was not my favorite or the best video gameAvatar ImageJaeliaVerdette says: um, upon reading this I just realized that without this HP game my life will not be complete. I must get this Muggle Game!Avatar ImageSquire McDuffin says: Oooops, my mistake, even though the games music was very similar to the movies, I did not know it was indeed original. And Dawlish and the Archies, are you seriously asking legitimate Harry Potter video gamers to find a game boy color and track down a harry potter game boy game older than time just so we can have a decent Harry Potter video game? That’s a ridiculous task to fulfill. And why can’t I have a good HP game on a next generation console? And a HP game has not received a higher score from Gamespot than a 7.5, and that was a long time ago, in fact that was on the HP GBA game you mentioned; and recent HP game have scored even lower.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Sweet!Avatar ImageSmonocco says: Do they seriously deserve an award? I like the look of the games and the way Hogwarts is shown, but they tend to get boring after a few hours due to the look of things to do and because lots of areas cannot be explored

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