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These minor quibbles aside, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is certainly the most all-out fun game to come down the pike in quite a while. I can only hope that the game's success will encourage EA to rethink its cancellation of the online game. I mean, right now I just run around my yard, dressed in my hand-stitched (but utterly authentic!) Ravenclaw Quidditch robes, chasing a tennis ball. I look like a total goob.
Players collect every-flavor beans and wizard cards, attend classes and learn how to cast spells, and encounter a number of characters from the book, including Hagrid and Malfoy. A little further in the adventure, Harry flies on a broom. Players need to unlock a Quidditch League play mode which is really quite fun. The game of Quidditch takes a bit of time to learn, but once the controls are understood, it is relatively easy to win.
This game is aimed primarily at the young teens who make up the franchise’s fan base. More grown up or hardcore gamers will likely find it too easy, too short or lacking in action. Those for whom the game is intended, however, will likely find it a faithful and thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of H.K. Rowling’s ideas.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Kids will love this game and adults will have fun chasing the Golden Snitch on their Nimbus 2000. If only the bugs could be removed with a quick Flipendo spell.
Even though we finished the game pretty effortlessly and its replay value is virtually nil, we liked Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone because of its engaging story and endearing characters. If you have kids, are a kid, or just really like Harry Potter, you'll enjoy this game. If not, save your lunch money for a tougher challenge.
Ce jeu destiné aux plus jeune d'entre nous est plutôt bien réussi et procurera de bons moments à nos marmots.
La courte durée de jeu ne devrait pas freiner l’achat, donc à se procurer pour toute la famille ou à plusieurs !
Inside Mac Games (IMG)
While the adventure is quite entertaining, it is most definitely made for children. It simply won't fully stimulate most teen or adult gamers. Conversely, a 7 year old would probably play with a Harry Potter cheese log if it were advertised correctly. In short, this is not a horrible game, nor is it incredible. With such a rich palette of imagination to work with, the game developers took an easy way out rather than creating something revolutionary. Still, if you want a nice relaxing game to jump into, or your kids need something to do, hop onto Platform 9 3/4.
Harry Potter is not an awful rip-off as a blatant attempt to slap a licensing name on something to make a quick buck. Fans of Harry Potter will certainly enjoy the game. It's not the greatest experience with enough frustrations with gameplay, saving, and bugs to keep this title from rising to the top of the fray as an excellent over all game. But enough of me, let's tally up the points: Let's see... 40 to start minus... add 15... carry the one... mumble mumble... leaving us with a grand total of 55 points for Gryffindor. Not enough to win the house cup, I'm afraid. Rather, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is lodged firmly into the middle ground between excellent and awful, leaving us with a solidly okay title.