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Review: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince - Xbox 360, PS3

by Steven Williamson on 7 July 2009, 17:27

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Is this the one where Hermoine dies?

What's it about?
The iconic literary figure of the bespectacled wizard Harry Potter makes his sixth big screen and videogame appearance in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. Based on the J.K. Rowling book, the videogame follows the story of Harry and his friends as they attempt to eliminate the threat of Lord Voldermort once and for all.

In a tale of love, adventure and tragedy, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince features some of the key moments from the upcoming movie and offers fans the chance to explore a faithful re-creation of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, complete with moving staircases, hidden passages and talking portraits. Though there's a linear mission structure to follow, there are also side objectives to complete and a heavy focus on exploration as you search Hogwarts and its grounds for 150 hidden crests and partake in a fist-full of magically-themed mini-games.

You'll spend a lot of time during the adventure casting spells, such as Wingardium Leviosa to levitate objects, or Depulso which allows you to release mini-crests that are hidden inside glowing objects, but you'll also get to partake in wizard duels, make potions, and enjoy a game or two of Quidditch.There are also badges to collect that you gain from achieving noteworthy feats, such as beating the current wizard dueling champion, or coming top of your potions class. Once you've completed the main story mission you can enter 'Endless Day' mode where you're free to explore Hogwarts and search for any remaining crests or complete any unfinished side objectives.

Will Harry learn the identity of the mysterious Half-Blood Prince? The chances are you'll probably know the answer to that already if you're a Harry Potter fan so, storyline aside, Harry Potter And the Half-Blood Prince gives fans the chance to sneak around Hogwarts to their heart's content and indulge in all their Potter fantasies from flying around on a broom-stick to battling against the scary Death Eaters.

Gameplay impressions overleaf...