Those Games We Play

Harry Potter OOTP: Stop Mentioning Stuff We Don't Get To See!

This episode is inspired by:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Available on the Nintendo Wii

Also available on :

Playstation 3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Xbox 360 Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix

Quick Review:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a decent attempt at an open-world exploration game, but because of the plot really ends up with quite linear gameplay.

The highlight of the game is the ability to roam freely around Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; a delight for fans of the books and movies. This experience is closer to the books, since it allows time for some minor plot point that the movie drops.

The missions are plentiful... in fact early on you'll have a couple dozen to choose from at one time. But they're basically just fetch quests involving time and not skill.

And there really isn't much to do except play the storyline missions. You can play a few minigames and perform obvious tasks on items around the grounds to unlock bonuses such as footage of the cast talking about the game. But they aren't compelling enough to really search out.

The magic tricks (performed by controller motions if playing the Wii version) will be used often, but can be frustrating in their lack of challenge and variety.

While the openess of the school is nice and the Hogwarts atmosphere is rich, more effort should have been spent on the actual gameplay.

Recommended for those already a fan of all things Harry Potter.

 3 Stars

Lizzy Says

There's no television in the world of Harry Potter, is there? Weird. Is the magic box not magical enough?

Is TV like the British version of cigarettes? Maybe they can't show it in stuff they market to kids.

Clyde Says

Lizzy normally reserves her death threats for online shooters.

It's usually preceeded by "All right, who shot me?!?" and then familiar players will quickly point out the offender, lest they all suffer her immediate and unwavering wrath.

Artist's Notes

I played this game on both the Wii and the 360. The 360 version runs better, but the wiimote-as-your-wand gimmick was still a neat idea back when this game was new. And it was one of the more-responsive third-party waggle games.

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