Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Xbox

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
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  1. 45
    It's hard to even say what's good about the game, because every attempt to get at the fun parts is like swimming to shore with lead weights on both feet.
  2. Other than a couple isolated bits HP and the SS is a mess. And I didn’t play crap like this when I was a kid, at least not for long. I played Sonic. So there ya have it: Harry Potter is better than a Vomit flavored bean, but a little worse than Grass, and on a level with Booger.
  3. A weak follow-up to Chamber of Secrets that seems like an awkward fit for anyone who already owns last year's game.
  4. 60
    Yes, a lot of the gameplay is boring and clunky, but through books and movies we've come to think of Harry and crew as friends, so the true fan will be able to look past a lot of the game's quirks and have a relatively decent experience.
  5. The gameplay borrows heavily from the Zelda games and it works to great effect here. The controls are simple and easily mastered, never getting in the way of the gamer’s enjoyment of the game.
  6. 64
    Worst of all, the game's general lack of polish also means that it's buggy and sometimes employs questionable character artificial intelligence.
  7. Music and sounds are solid, but Harry Potters voice is like a cheese grater on the brain.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    62
    Games are meant to be played, not watched, and this one has more cinemas than "Metal Gear Solid." [Jan 2004, p.79]
  9. One of those games which you know is going to grate the nerves from the get-go; a cut-scene to show a door opening?
  10. The best accolade Philosopher's Stone can receive is that it makes the events of the first story (published way back in the twentieth century) seem fresh for the fans, while hiding nothing from the uninitiated.
  11. Xbox Nation Magazine
    60
    Yep, this is basically a rehash of last year's Chamber of Secrets game for Playstation, with similar visuals, controls, and combat. [Mar 2004, p.82]
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MatthewJ.
    Dec 10, 2003
    10
    I love all of the Harry Potter games and this is no exeption!