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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
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Thanks to the top-notch production values, this is an easy recommendation for fans of the books or movies.
  2. 80
    Fans will get a huge kick over how well it recreates Harry's world. I know a lot of multiple system owners are wondering if they should get this version of the game or go for the "prettier" versions. It's a tough call, really. The Wii controls are quite a bit of fun, but the 360 and PS3 versions looks quite a bit better (although the Wii version certainly doesn't look bad).
  3. Maybe it is not the best game in the Wii library, but it is definitely the best Harry Potter game yet released.
  4. Overall an enjoyable title for most, and definite must-have for Potter fans. Some more casual gamers may find the game boring after only a short time.
  5. Harry Potter’s latest adventure may be light on action, but it does replicate the Hogwartian life better than any game before it. 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.
  6. While it will easily thrill Potter fans, it also provides an above average distraction for those curious about the series, or looking for a release that integrates the Wii remote with some reasonable success.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. JaredC.
    Aug 27, 2007
    The best game of all time, it shows Hogawrts more than the movie does, you can go anywhere, the plot is top notch, the missions are fun, everything is fun. I can play this game till I die if I wanted to. Expand
  2. DanielC.
    Jul 1, 2007
    This is the most enjoyable game on the Wii console that i have played so far! Graphics are great, and the gameplay is amazing! You really feel like your Harry Potter and you really feel like your at Hogwarts. There are no loading times when you move throughout the school. The missions are absolute fun. I purchased this game 3 days ago and Im still glued to it! this is a must have for any potter fans or any Wii owner looking for an enjoyable expierence. Expand
  3. ParryHotter
    Jul 15, 2007
    I love this game! If you want the best game of the year, BUY IT! You will love the graphics and the wii controlled movement!
  4. CraigA.
    Jul 15, 2007
    As previously mentioned this is a game of two halves. On the one hand the castle is amazing and after watching the latest movie i realised just how accurate the games recreation of Hogwarts really is. However after playing this game all the way through i fealt more like a magical dog than a trainee wizard, all you ever seem to do is follow footprints around the castle and fetch whatever people have asked for. At one point i was chasing an owl with a package for 5 minutes, all the time thinking 'im supposed to be a wizard - why cant i just magic the package off him?' Overall the game was ok, but could have been a lot better if the tasks were a little more varied. Expand
  5. KaylaF.
    Jan 3, 2008
    Being a Harry Potter fan, I was pleased and disappointed. The characters, the building, most of the dialog, the activity of being able to interact with just about anything, and go just about anywhere, was pleasing. But as for plot, well there was none. The game is just running around do this and that for people. Very very boring. But I guess I can't be too crude, as this was also the worse and most boring book/movie of the series, I suppose then you couldn't have a perfect game. Expand
  6. NathanB.
    Jun 27, 2007
    This game makes me sad. There are aspects of it that are downright awesome. The spell casting is very well done, and the Sandbox style world is incredible- and that is where the good parts of the game end. The in game cut scenes are done poorly. For the first 30 minutes of the game, I thought i was accidentally hitting buttons and skipping the first part of cutscenes, because they are so jumpy when they start. The ingame camera is terrible, and frequently whips arond when you are trying to look at something. The "auto-aim" feature on the wand is frustrating as well, and often jumps away from where you are guiding it to go to a more prominent lock-on point. Let us not forget the ingame menu either. In an attempt to stay with the Harry Potter theme they have used the signature font on all of the menues, etc. However, the text is so small that it is illegible on my screen (32in Picture tube). I can't imagine how people are playing this on a smaller television- considering that a large part of the game is looking at the map, finding a name on it, and then following footsteps until I you get there. All of that aside- i've played the game for just over an hour, and I have to say that it's pretty bland. Mostly errand based tasks- go to this class, go find that person, go get this item. All of which are made simple by using the ingame map. In the end- this is a Movie game. Don't expect too much from it- and you will come out ok. My copy came with 2 tickets to the movie, so i saved 17 dollars! Expand
  7. EmilyFitch
    May 10, 2008
    The game itself was OK and the features with the wand were cool, but it was way too short and VERY predictable. Since I am a Harry Potter fan and have read the books I always knew what was coming next which ruined the game for me. Also the wii remote reacted too slow, it would be three moves behind me in a battle. Overall...not worth the time or money. Expand

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