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Both the GBA and DS versions of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire are respectable action adventure games that even without knowledge of the Harry Potter world are enjoyable games. If you happen to own both a GBA and DS then the DS version is the one to opt for because of the extra modes and the additional spell casting sequences that have been included. If you only own a GBA you'll still enjoy what the game has to offer. Both games are accessible though and even younger gamers should have no problems working their way through the game.
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Really, your enjoyment of this game depends on how you feel about the Harry Potter franchise. If you're the kind of person who owns each of the books in both American and British editions and saw each movie at midnight (twice, even), then you'll look past its flaws and enjoy it greatly. If you've only a passing interest in the series, the games are just as average as most other film tie-ins.
Der Duell-Modus ist nett und nutzt wenigstens ansatzweise die DS-Fähigkeiten aus, man wünschte sich allerdings, dass der Rest des Spiels auch so gut aussehen würde. Und was die magische Kreatur angeht: Mein Nintendog »Runtervomsofa« reicht mir völlig, wozu sollte ich mit dem Rip-Off-Niffler rumspielen? Insgesamt bleibt ein nettes Abenteuer, das ein wenig zu oft an Spyro Shadow Legacy erinnert, auf GBA und NDS viel zu ähnlich ist und kaum bleibende Eindrücke hinterlässt. Die anderen Versionen sind besser.
Conçu sur le même moule que la version proposée sur PC et consoles de salon, Harry Potter et la Coupe de Feu en version portable est un jeu d'action facile d'accès et saupoudré de réflexion. L'adaptation est réussie dans la mesure où elle permet de revivre les meilleurs passages du film, mais l'aventure est relativement courte et guère originale.
In the end, The Goblet of Fire on the GBA and DS doesn't seem much better than any other action adventure game. The minigames in the DS version offer some amusing diversions, and the designs attempt to leverage the touch screen with some success. But the core campaign where you'll be spending most of your time seems like standard fare and gets repetitive after a while. Hardcore Potter fanatics may find some redeeming value in collecting all the cards and exploring the levels, but those of us who haven't submitted an application to the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft will probably find better action adventure options elsewhere.
The constant action means the Harry Potter series has always lent itself well to the video-game format, but EA's efforts have largely fallen on the console market, where presentation's much more important to guaranteeing a sale than on the handheld front. Most companies believe slapping a license is work enough, and while the Goblet of Fire isn't a terrible adventure, it's not nearly as compelling from a visual or gameplay standpoint than what you could pick up for your GameCube. It's worth checking out for fans on the go, though. And a note: there's no reason to pay an extra $5 for the DS version when the GBA version's only lacking repetitive mini-games.