Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Fun at first, but gets dull after the 12th fetch quest.
Colonel Link - Staff Reviewer

Content at a glance:

<p>Violence is very mild, and characters only get knocked out. "Bloody hell" is said a few times. And it's Harry Potter, so there is magic use.

is a computer and video game that is based on the fifth installment of the popular Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the film adaptation.

Plot:

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger return to Hogwarts and discover that much of the Wizard community is in denial about Harry’s encounter with Lord Voldemort. To make matter worse, the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher refuses to teach them any defensive magic and is slowly taking over Hogwarts. So Harry, Ron, and Hermione create Dumbledore’s Army to learn the defense they will need now that Voldemort is on the move.

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The game sticks much closer to the book than the movie does, although all of the characters are from the movies. I highly recommend reading the book or watching the movie (or both) if you’re going to play OotP, due to the fact that the plot isn’t explained all that well.

Gameplay and Controls:

Most of the game is spent running around Hogwarts completing fetch quests for other characters, or casting spells. The casting of spells is taught by various other characters to Harry, who practices them first, then is able to use them. In the PC version of the game, different movements of the mouse while pressing either the left or right mouse button allows Harry to cast spells. This is much easier to do and more fun on the Wii and PS3, which is why those versions got much better reviews. The spells used include:

Non-combat spells

  • Reparo, a repairing spell.
  • Wingardium Leviosa, used to lift objects.
  • Depulso, used to push away objects.
  • Accio, used to summon objects.
  • Reducto, used to destroy objects. (Reducto can not be used in mission gameplay)
  • Incendio, used to burn objects.
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    Combat/duelling spells

  • Expelliarmus, used to disarm an opponent.
  • Stupefy, a slow, powerful stunning spell.
  • Protego, used to deflect spells coming.
  • Rictusempra, another stunning spell that is faster than Stupefy but weaker (in the books, Rictusempra is a tickling spell).
  • Petrificus Totalus, paralyzes the opponent. This spell proves to be a strong spell because if opponent is alone and gets hit by this spell, the duel is automatically over. The same thing could happen to you.
  • Levicorpus, used to hang the opponent upside-down. However, in the books, this spell did not appear until Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
  • Expecto Patronum is used in the beginning against the Dementors, and again in a Dumbledore’s Army (D.A.) meeting, but it is never used again.

    During the game, you will earn “Discovery Points” and “Discovery Levels” by discovering various secrets in the game – when you collect a certain number of Discovery Points, your spells will become more powerful (ranging from level 1 to 13). You will also be able to unlock special features, including cast interviews, making of the game, trailers, etc, etc.

    Violence: Quite mild. Using spells against opponents just knocks them over, and you never see any blood.

    Language: Ron uses his pet word once in a great while (“bloody hell!”).

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    Spiritual Content: Well, it’s Harry Potter. There is magic, occult, you cast spells, etc, etc, just like in the movies and books. So if you had a problem with the books and movies, you will probably have a problem with the game. If not, then you won’t. Simple as that.

    Sound: The soundtrack is extremely well done, and so is the voice acting for the most part. Harry, unfortunately, is the only character that wasn’t voiced by one of the actors. So, he sounds really lame. Everyone else (Ron, the twins, etc) sounds great though.

    Graphics: Good, but not great. The environments are decently detailed, and the character models look good. But the game is designed to run well on almost every computer, which is fine with me.

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    Conclusion: is a good Harry Potter game, and it’s pretty fun to run around Hogwarts. However, the fetch quests get boring pretty quick, and the spell casting is kinda glitchy.

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