Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Rum and Coke. Simon and Garfunkel. Harry Potter and deckbuilding. These are all two great tastes that taste great together, with the latter combination coming together in the form of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, a fun legacy-lite deckbuilding game from USAopoly. While you can’t eat it like you can the others, it will still leave you satisfied if you are a fan of deckbuilding games, and especially if you are a fan of the Harry Potter movies. I suppose you can’t eat Simon and Garfunkel either or, at least, you shouldn’t … anyway, let me tell you about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, and why you’ll probably want to play it rather than eat it.I’m great at analogies.I’m going to (mostly) avoid spoilers in this review, not because I don’t want to spoil the story of Harry Potter, but because a big part of the fun in the game is discovering what each new box adds to the experience. This game is actually … [Read more...] about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Review – Cistem Aperio!
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With this July's launch of The Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final installment in J. K. Rowling's unfathomably popular Harry Potter series of novels, excitement for the overall Potter franchise is sure to soon reach a fever pitch. This summer will also see the theatrical release of the fifth film in the series, The Order of the Phoenix, and Electronic Arts is hard at work on a tie-in action game that sounds as if it may be the most fully featured yet in the series. To find out more about the direction EA is taking with its fifth Potter game, we spoke with executive producer Harvey Elliott to get the whole scoop. GameSpot: Order of the Phoenix is the darkest book yet in the Harry Potter series. How has that influenced the direction you've taken in developing the game? Harvey Elliott: Since we closely follow the story, our game definitely reflects those darker moments—Professor Umbridge taking over Hogwarts and doing her best to turn it into a oppressive and … [Read more...] about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Q&A
Currently scheduled for release toward the end of June, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is an action adventure game based on both the upcoming movie and the 2003 book of the same name. The game promises to be less linear than most of Electronic Arts' previous Potter-inspired offerings, largely because it's designed to "support" the aforementioned film and fiction rather than simply repackaging them. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will remain true to J.K. Rowling's writings, of course, but while exploring Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you can expect to run into characters who don't feature in Order of the Phoenix but who you'd expect to be there according to earlier books, for example. During a recent meeting with Electronic Arts, we had an opportunity to see the upcoming game in action on various platforms, although we weren't allowed to get our hands on the controls on this occasion. Before being shown any gameplay, we were told that with Harry … [Read more...] about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix First Look
There's a lot going on in Harry Potter's life, thanks to his penchant for trouble and the minor irritation of always being in mortal danger. When you throw in a vast catalogue of friends and foes, as well as an intricate web of interpersonal relationships, it's no surprise that turning all of this into a dialogue-free video game was not an easy task. But it seems the Traveller's Tales team is managing fine. Using its past experience in Lego titles--including Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman--the team said it relied on humour and the undeniable charm of coloured interlocking plastic blocks to transform the complex world of Harry Potter into a toy kingdom. We chatted to associate producer Vince Grogan about the challenges of storytelling the Lego way, a new level editor, and the interminable appeal of the boy wizard with a lightning-shaped scar. GameSpot AU: This game only looks at the first four years in Harry’s life at Hogwarts. How was the decision made to break the games … [Read more...] about Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Q&A
While Harry Potter fans are eagerly waiting for the latest movie installment to come out, they can keep themselves busy by revisiting Hogwarts in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. The story is told in typical Traveller's Tale Lego fashion. There's plenty of goofy humor and dialogue that consists primarily of "huh," "oooh," and "hmm" as the yellow-faced characters quickly reenact the first four years of the beloved fantasy series. We've seen and played the game a bit before, but we recently got a preview build so that we could experience Harry's adventure right from the beginning. The magical world that J.K. Rowling created is mimicked here, but with plenty of new additions for you to discover. Through short and to-the-point cutscenes, you'll find out how Harry wound up on the doorstep of his aunt and uncle. With Hagrid's help, you'll immediately be whisked away from your muggle world and will wander the streets of Diagon Alley. Harry doesn't start off with any spells, but you can … [Read more...] about Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Updated Hands-On