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  • Summary: In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again. In the game, players return to Hogwarts to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. They also have a chance to engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory. Players may even get sidetracked by Ron's romantic entanglements as they journey towards a dramatic climax and discover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Electronic Arts has proved how to make a good use of a character license, offering hours of fun and a magic world to explore.
  2. 75
    It's not groundbreaking and it's not the most engaging experience in the world, but there is something fun about dropping worms into a cauldron and desperately looking for 150 hidden crests.
  3. Nice open world approach for fans. Aged graphics, ugly cutscenes and an unprecise handling however make it hard to appreciate the good sound and music and the nice atmosphere.
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is to a certain degree pretty enjoyable but it simply never attempts to try anything special with the universe to which it is connected. It's absolutely not horrible and the true fans will definitely enjoy it but we hope the next game contains a bit more 'magic'.
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will give fans some enjoyment, but it doesn't offer much challenge and the story is told in a lackluster way. However, the game's visual presentation is impressive and the offered mini-games are fun to play.
  6. Get ready to fly on brooms, mix reagents in a pot and swing the magic wand… Until you yawn.
  7. At times, it feels like "Dead Ringers the Game," with a load of people doing not-quite accurate impressions while looking rather unlike the real actors. [Sept 2009, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 20, 2014
    Thia game is not bad, graphic is ok, battles are ok, but the game is just too easy! . Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2011
    Not that bad, A lot better then the previous game but still needs quite a bit of work. It lacks content and really doesnt justify playing it beyond beating the campaign and clubs. Expand
  3. Dec 27, 2011
    It was an ok game. It looked good, Had good sound effects/sound track as well. The controls suffered a bit and it was hard to aim spells and perform them. Yet the biggest problem of this game was that it lacked content. Yes you could join clubs but most of the time they were over as soon as you started them. The story was insanely short and limited to a small handful of missions. It would have been a lot better had there been more things to do. Expand