Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Thanks to the top-notch production values, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the books or movies.
  2. It suffers from a couple glitches, but this is without question EA's greatest Harry Potter, as well as one of its best movie-based games.
  3. A top-notch sandbox adventure and also one of the finest movie tie-ins in years. [Aug 2007, p.100]
  4. No user interface creates a bit of a different feel to the game. The flow, though, is very nice and the game uses the school as a sandbox game mechanic, letting players move through the quests at their own pace.
  5. 80
    The experiment is a success and testament to the fact that EA really has been spending more time crafting these games as the movies and books become more ambitious. If "Half-Blood Prince" produces the same leap in concept as we've seen here, Potter fans will really be in for something.
  6. Order of the Phoenix is without a doubt the best entry in the Harry Potter game series to date.
  7. The mission objectives are mundane, but all the little secrets littered throughout give it a sense of discover that Harry Potter games have failed to deliver in the past. If you’re a diehard Potter fan then don’t think twice about picking it up, and action gamers will find a lot to like as well.
  8. 80
    Sure, Order of the Phoenix is a little rough around the edges, but it's still the best Harry Potter game yet. Fans will get a huge kick over how well it recreates Harry's world.
  9. 76
    A non-Harry Potter fan is going to look at Order of the Phoenix and only see the flaws -- the music drowns out the dialogue, sometimes Harry has trouble opening doors, and there's a graphical glitch here and there -- but if you know what a snitch is and what gillyweed does, you'll dig this game.
  10. Fans will have fun with it, but the camera and controls could do with a touch of 'Reparo'. [Aug 2007, p.64]
  11. The extreme care taken with reproducing the world, characters, and story of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix results in certainly the best Harry Potter game yet and a perfect counterpart to the film.
  12. It really shows that EA not only took notes from the films and books, but listened to the fans to give them what they want.
  13. It almost seems as if those virtual barriers we often find in video games have disappeared in this game, as if magic had taken over and made this game endless.
  14. The entire game will take you about 10-15 hours, but you may grow tired of running around in circles, completing menial tasks.
  15. When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix comes to a close, it's really hard to hold a grudge or feel disappointment, as there is no denying the energy, dedication and money EA have put into creating the greatest Harry Potter game yet.
  16. Harry Potter fans can be sure that they will not be getting suckered in by another poor movie game, as this is one of the few movie titles I actually enjoyed my time with in a long time.
  17. What carries the game through some of its weaker moments is its charm and spirited embodiment of the movie.
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix presents a nice and flexible engine that produces a beautiful sandbox-ish Hogwarts. However, the trite and mundane missions and general flaws turn a potentially entertaining game into average licence fodder. [Aug 2007]
  19. Order of the Phoenix is the first movie game of the year that would be considered solid for a game, period. For a movie tie-in, it's spectacular.
  20. Is Harry Potter a good game? No, not particularly. The story's vague and badly realized; the characters aren't especially likeable, and the tasks you're given are tedious and involve a lot of plodding about Hogwarts. But does it capture the feel of the franchise? Absolutely, and if you really get involved in the game you'll forgive it its flaws.
  21. Out of all of the books, games, and movies, it allows you to get closer to the school than ever before – all at the expense of actually enjoying your stay. It’s boring and tedious, just like a real school is. However, it’s also a place where your Harry Potter knowledge can bloom. On this note, only hardcore Harry Potter nuts should enroll.
  22. I can't see shelling out $59.99 for such a poorly designed game unless again, you just love all things Harry Potter. [July 2007, p.66]
  23. So if you’re a Harry Potter fan you’ll like this game and understand why everything had to be the way the way it is, but unfortunately, the game can become tedious and boring because action is few and far between.
  24. But on balance, when there are many excellent, enthralling adventure games for both children and adults lining shop shelves, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix doesn't quite meet muster.
  25. Phoenix has an unfinished feel, as though the game’s designers stuck in a placeholder for game play, planning to flesh it out later, only to run out of time.
  26. Most will find the experience too juvenile. [Aug 2007, p.86]
  27. But then this freedom is also the game's biggest flaw. Whereas Goblet of Fire is divided into levels, in Order of the Phoenix, you have to complete a number of mini-goals and quests as the story progresses. Hermione and Ron are your companions for most of the game and can sometimes offer advice about what you need to do next.
  28. The PS3 version also offers SIXAXIS support, but like many other games that support it, it doesn't add all that much to the overall experience.
  29. It has promise, but poor missions scupper the magic. Potter fans may persist, mind. [Aug 2007, p.72]
  30. 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.
  31. The video game version of Order of the Phoenix captures none of the magic in the Harry Potter books or films.
  32. Order of the Pheonix is all about homework and chores, and feels harder to take in than a whole book - those are poor marks for a video game.
  33. All in all, playing Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a painful and tedious experience. I would not recommend it except to those with a collection fetish or for the young fans who don’t know any better.
  34. 32
    It's a boring, sad affair that'll just turn kids off the books. Rubbish. [Issue#155, p.86]
User Score
6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. May 3, 2013
    9
    This game is by far one of the best Harry Potter games. The story is just like in the movies and as some information from the books that makesThis game is by far one of the best Harry Potter games. The story is just like in the movies and as some information from the books that makes the experience even better. The side quest in this game are interesting and fun to do. Hogwarts is just amazing and you can explore it fully, and even more amazing and innovate is that this game as almost none loading screens. The art design of Hogwarts and the characters is good especially Hogwarts. Full Review »
  2. JulioY
    Jul 28, 2009
    9
    It's great game for all those Harry Potter fans; however, if you haven't read the books or watched the movies it won't be that It's great game for all those Harry Potter fans; however, if you haven't read the books or watched the movies it won't be that good. A must have for all fans. Full Review »
  3. KyleW.
    Nov 9, 2008
    8
    Any fan of the series will definitely appreciate this game. The world is expansive, allowing you to fully explore the Hogwarts castle and Any fan of the series will definitely appreciate this game. The world is expansive, allowing you to fully explore the Hogwarts castle and grounds. The graphics are so so, but the over all feel and atmosphere make up for its shortcomings in other areas. The running from area to area can become monotonous, but over all, I had a hard time putting the game down until I beat it. That said, I have not again touched the game since I completed it, as there really is no replay value. If you don't like Harry Potter as a series, this game isn't for you. But for a die hard fan, this game is as true to the series as possible. Full Review »