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The Harry Potter license is one of the biggest in the world. Millions of readers have enjoyed the books. The same number flocked to see the first movie when it debuted last year and even more are likely be to turn out in long lines for the second. So it makes perfect sense that uber publisher Electronic Arts shelled out big bucks to exclusively bring Potter and his friends to next-generation consoles. That's good and fine, but what of the big question: does the boy wizard's transition to videogames do the franchise justice? As die hard fans of the series, we're happy to report that the answer is a triumphant yes. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets for GameCube is not without flaws, but it's still a polished, fun, inventive 3D adventure game that shouldn't be missed.
Fact of the matter is that there is no reason not to like this game regardless of whether you are into the books and movies or not. It is an excellently crafted 3D action/adventure title that manages to stay true to its namesake and be a hell of a lot of fun in the process. The GBA link support doesn’t hurt matters either. The boy who lived makes an exceptional debut on the Gamecube.
Wunderbar - für Potter-Fans ist die Konsolenfassung von Harrys neuem Abenteuer ein gefundenes Fressen, da sie die Atmosphäre der Bücher und des Films hervorragend auf den Bildschirm transportiert. Grafisch ist lediglich die XBox-Version minimal besser, spielerisch liegen alle Konsolen-Varianten gleichauf. Allerdings hat die GameCube-Fassung dasselbe Problem wie das PS2-Pendant - es gibt viel gute Konkurrenz: Games wie Starfox Adventures oder Super Mario Sunshine schlagen spielerisch in eine ähnliche Kerbe. Allerdings hat die Kammer des Schreckens den Potter-Bonus, so dass Fans im Zweifelsfall zu dem Spiel greifen sollten, das Ihnen thematisch am ehesten liegt. In jedem Fall haben wir hier einen lohnenden Hogwarts-Ausflug für kleine und große Forschernaturen, die nichts gegen etwas Action einzuwenden haben, und beim einen oder anderen Bedienungsmangel gnädig ein Auge zudrücken.
Game Freaks 365
All in all Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was not a bad game by any means, neither was it a great game. It was a great attempt by EA, but in the end Chamber of Secrets just wasn't fun enough for me. You slowly start the game before you even get into the castle (Hogwarts) and then you have somewhat boring and tedious missions. Another complaint is the ridiculously long load times, which by the way are after about every other room!
If you're a Harry Potter fan, this game is for you. If you're a gamer as well, that's even better. Eurocom have almost done the impossible: They have made a movie/novel based game actually good. The game exudes effort and it really shows. Sure it may not blow you away technically; the gameplay is way off revolutionary and it doesn’t have the same polish and refinement as really big titles, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t have fun with this game. Even someone who isn’t a fan of the Potter series will find something here that captures's their interest. If only all franchise games could be made like this!
Für Harry-Potter-Fans ein absolutes Muss! Alle anderen Spieler bekommen ein solides und abwechslungsreiches, aber nicht außerordentliches Spiel für ihr Geld geboten.
Officiel Nintendo Magazine
Un bon titre, très soigné techniquement. Un peu court pour les habitués des jeux vidéo, mais avec un challenge des 101 cartes sympa.
La Chambre Des Secrets est un titre ma foi plutôt agréable qui exploite bien la licence du jeune sorcier. La progression essentiellement basée sur la récolte et l'utilisation de sorts n'est pas déplaisante et on regrette simplement que le titre ne s'adresse qu'aux lecteurs du livre, plus à même de suivre l'histoire.
The lousy camera is a handful and a half, though, as it rarely orients itself properly and often abandons the player outright. That flaw aside, the game is very easy to play and offers lots of help, which makes perfect sense given its appeal to a young audience. Overall, the GameCube version ranks as the best of this year's class, and as long as your Potter fandom never falters, you'll see the magic in exploring this Chamber of Secrets.
I find myself somewhat disappointed with the game. The graphics are good and the sound/voices are good, but the gameplay is sorely lacking. Between not knowing I could wall sneak because of the wonky activation of the A button and constantly losing my beans, I became increasingly frustrated with the game. I am a big Harry fan and I think that this is definitely a rental unless you are buying for a child who will be less sensitive to my issues and enjoy the game because it has Harry in it.
Harry Potter enthusiasts will fall in love with this game immediately - it truly takes the player into Harry Potter's world and leads them through a series of days at Hogwarts. For any other gamer its a waste of time and most of the game has more load time than storyline. Rent it if you are unsure if you're a Harry Potter fan or not.