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  • Summary: In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore, is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore’s Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. With the ability to play multiple characters, including Harry Potter, Dumbledore and Sirius Black, the videogame of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix offers fans the opportunity to wield a wand, explore all around Hogwarts, and experience one of the most exciting and dangerous years in the life of the Boy Who Lived. [Electronic Arts / Warner Bros.] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. While the spells themselves are of limited value with the PS2 controller, the game is really quite good.
  2. The best Potter adventure ever and the best licensed game on PS2. For fans, it's essential and for everyone else, it's highly recommended. [July 2007, p.74]
  3. 74
    A confident film-to-game delivery. Although, as we hinted at the start, there is not an awful lot for the more mature gamer, there is a lot of fun to be had if you are willing to dig in and get your hands dirty.
  4. All in all it’s like being given the world of Grand Theft Auto but taking the engines out of 90% of the cars, or it’s an eight hour first level tutorial…
  5. One for younger gamers and franchise obsessives only. [Aug 2007, p.73]
  6. While the core mechanics of Order of the Phoenix are verging on excellent, the game that's been built around them is basically a series of chores in disguise.
  7. An incredibly disappointing and frustrating experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Nov 26, 2010
    This review contains spoilers. Magnificent game. Good:
    I love the concept of being able of walking all over school.
    Great music.

    Is there a mute-button for Hermione's nagging?

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