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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 finalIn 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: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 2 out of 35
  1. Much like the film and the book, is possibly the best in the series.
  2. 77
    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. 72
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a solid movie tie-in game with a few setbacks. While light years beyond the mess that was Order of the Phoenix, it still needs a few tweaks to be considered a great game.
  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. Get ready to fly on brooms, mix reagents in a pot and swing the magic wand… Until you yawn.
  6. There's little to no challenge present throughout the entire game, the story only makes sense if you already know the plot and there's a lack of things to do outside of the three main gameplay mechanics. Buy if you're a mega fan, but avoid if you like your games with even a tiny amount of depth.
  7. That’s how I felt after playing the game: that I didn’t really do anything. I’m a big fan of the books – a bit less so of the films, and the games still fail to remotely live up to either.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. RobertoH
    Jul 23, 2009
    8
    Not the best game out there, but a very good improvement can be seen between this game and it's predecessors. The mini-games are fun, Not the best game out there, but a very good improvement can be seen between this game and it's predecessors. The mini-games are fun, the controls, though not very accurate serve their purpose, and the history, though lacking some things, is very well carried out. A good game doing what games are supposed to do: being fun. Expand
  2. Mar 3, 2016
    7
    Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
    A repetitive wizard experience
    IF you’ve seen the movie or read the book you know what to expect
    Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
    A repetitive wizard experience
    IF you’ve seen the movie or read the book you know what to expect story wise.. I having done neither didn’t know what I was getting myself into, and was ultimately disappointed in the overall delivery.
    The feel of this game starts out great, youre slowly introduced to the mechanics of the game in a way that never feels like a tutorial..
    The entirety of the game take place at Hogwarts…
    You feel like youre just a student..
    You run around solving the problems of other students and dealing with bullies…
    You can also collect crests and wiggle your wand at shiny things until a bunch of mini crests come out.
    As of course you would expect from wand wiggling.
    This is a wizards school so the stair cases move as you move, so going out on your own could get a little confusing, luckily you have a guide in the form of nearly headless nick
    with the press of a button, he will appear and lead your to your next objective..
    This is the most clever way to help the player progress that ive ever seen…
    All of this is great..
    You get to make potions by quickly following recipes, you get to duel with your wand, you get to play quidditch and you get to do these 3 things over and over and over…
    The entire story is I need to make this potion, bring it back to whoever but on your way someone stops you to duel,
    Dueling can be pretty fun the first couple times, but I feel like the spells are not nearly as responsive as they should be which can lead to a couple of frustrating losses, and in between this dueling and potion making you have to play a pass through the rings game of quiddich,
    much like dueling, this is fun for the first few times, luckily missing a ring doesn’t fail you like it would in any other game, but I found it hard at times to see whats going on with the sun shining in my eyes like rihanna.
    The story here though is of course figuring out who the half blood prince is, who owned the recipe book that harry potter now has…
    This story will slide in all of your favorite characters, but the ending lacked any punch in what could have been a very sad moment..
    It felt rushed and all over the place lacking any true emotion from me or the characters…
    This game has some potentially great things going for it… the magic of harry potter is here…
    its just doesn’t do enough different throughout your 4 hour journey.
    I give Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince a 6.5/10
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  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 12, 2009
    4
    This is just a collection of three below average mini games with little or no attempt to maintain a storyline. You spend the entire game This is just a collection of three below average mini games with little or no attempt to maintain a storyline. You spend the entire game playing quidditch, making potions or dueling with people. The reproduction of hogwarts is half decent and good for a bit of an explore but thats about all this game has going for it. Expand