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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: 3 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. While control issues with the Wii Remote add more labor than needed at times, if you're looking to be a little more like Potter, you won't get any closer than this.
  2. Half-Blood Prince is fun but too short.
  3. This latest Harry Potter game is fun enough, but isn't that wonderful a gaming experience. It is pretty easy, and is probably best enjoyed by people who just want to relish the world of Hogworts.
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is certainly prince-like in terms of its presentation but pretty half-arsed when to comes to the gameplay experience.
  5. It's the overall lack of challenge and depth which proves to be the major sticking point.
  6. Though we're happy EA revisited the sandbox structure, everything that made the previous outing a solid game has been sacrificed in exchange for simpler controls and gimped action in Half-Blood Prince.
  7. The sixth movie in the Harry Potter series was a great and entertaining experience - something that can't be said about it's videogame adaptation. The core premise of the game is built around three monotonous minigames that are repeated throughout the game. The one saving grace is that the adventuring and exploring are somewhat interesting and the musical score is great.

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  2. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Oct 7, 2014
    5
    Kind of exciting and fun the first time, but it gets really boring after some time. I still think it is pretty good, but not worth gettingKind of exciting and fun the first time, but it gets really boring after some time. I still think it is pretty good, but not worth getting unless you're a crazy harry potter fan. Expand
  2. Oct 22, 2010
    4
    I wasn't expecting much because of mediocre games in the past and it turned out to be maybe the worst in the series so far. The game can beI wasn't expecting much because of mediocre games in the past and it turned out to be maybe the worst in the series so far. The game can be explained in three words: Dueling, Potions, Quidditch. And that's it. Sure, you can explore a very authentic Hogwarts (the most enjoyable thing about the game) but these three minigames is everything else. Dueling is in it the most but it isn't very enjoyable, as you will find yourself just flailing the WIi Remote around. Also, it is pretty much impossible to die. Potions is the most fun because you actually get to add ingredients and stuff! Quidditch is just flying through hoops (in the earlier levels I just put the Wii Remote on my lap and made it through almost every ring). The game does a very bad job of translating the story and the whole experience boils down to annoying. The game has absolutely no challenge and the only multiplayer option is to duel. Go watch the movie instead of playing. Expand