Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
|a game by||EA Bright Light|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|User Rating:||6.2/10 - 12 votes|
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|See also:||Harry Potter Games, Action Adventure Games|
Daniel radcliff has once again been digitised to squeeze the money out of eager Harry Potter fans. This game ticks EA's family-friendly boxes - slick, inoffensive and, at times, mildly entertaining. The developers have done a decent job capturing the general feel of the books and the look of the film, but when you realise the tutorials are all the game has to offer, it turns sour. It's an aftertaste that lingers, with the game struggling to provide anything like a fresh experience. It has become all too apparent that you can't teach an old wizard new tricks.
Like the five Potter games before it, 'the dark forces are threatening to penetrate" and it is up to Harry and his motley crew to save the world once again. As a result it's confusing to find the complete lack of urgency residing within Potter's assembled allies. Instead of fighting evil, you're stuck with playing Quidditch, a linear on-rails navigation of checkpoints, and the 'copy-the-colours' potion club.
When Potter does eventually grow some balls, the mouse-waggling duels are severely anti-climactic. Mix in some collecting mechanics with the ghostly GPS of Nearly Headless Nick, and you have a simplistic trudge through a characterless castle of despair. Crude visuals round off the unimpressive package, with only the soundtrack saving it from total failure.
Sadly you cannot enact your revenge by throwing Potter off a ledge (trust us, we've tried) so we're stuck with him for at least another two years. Make sure you thank he who must not be named -Lord Cash Cow. Oh dear, we did name him after all. May EA blight us with more Harry Potter games than our PCs' hard drives can possibly tolerate. Which we're sure they'll continue to do anyway.