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Harry Potter. Who knew? Who knew that when a little book known as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released that it would become such a cultural phenomenon? Never has a book series, especially a series aimed predominantly at children, become so popular and beloved by young and old alike. Generally speaking, in the past it’s been rare (although it’s become much more common place as of late) to find a game that captures the feel and soul of a movie, much less a book. However, EA has been doing an admirable, if at times slightly flawed, job at capturing the spirit of both the movies and the books since the very beginning, and their latest effort does not disappoint. As a matter of fact, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is the best Potter game to date.
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban ist ein klassisches Action-Adventure, an dem gerade die Jüngeren ob des einsteigerfreundlichen Gameplays ihren Spaß haben werden. Allerdings erspart das Spiel nicht das Lesen des Buches, da die Handlung hier nur bruchstückhaft wiedergegeben wird. Eingefleischte Potter-Fans können aber ohne zu zögern zugreifen. In Hogwarts gibt es wirklich viel zu entdecken und durch die Trading Crads wird man auch schnell von Sammelfieber gepackt. Potter-Hasser werden dagegen anspruchsvollere Spielekost bevorzugen.
Wie erwartet ist Harry Potter Nummer 3 seinen Vorgängern in vielen Punkten sehr ähnlich: Ein harmloses Action-Adventure für große und kleine Entdecker mit netter Grafik und guter Spielbarkeit. Leider tauchen auch einige Ärgernisse der früheren Teile wieder auf: Die Story wird im Zeitraffer abgespult, die Technik ist nicht wirklich aufregend, die Spielzeit hält sich in überschaubaren Grenzen. Aber dennoch macht es einfach Spaß, mit dem Trio Infernale durch Hogwarts zu traben, jede Menge Puzzles zu lösen und Dementoren im Dutzendpack zurück nach Askaban zu scheuchen. Harry-Fans kommen ebenso wenig um den Kauf herum wie alle, die leicht verdauliche Abenteuerkost mögen. Fortgeschrittene Spieler werden allerdings auch dieses mal vermutlich nur eine verächtliche Augenbraue in die Höhe ziehen.
En plus de bénéficier du scénario passionnant imaginé par J.K.Rowling pour son troisième chapitre de la saga d'Harry Potter, ce jeu profite d'une réalisation soignée et d'un gameplay difficilement critiquable pour offrir une progression variée, très bien mise en scène et passionnante à jouer. Le tout manque encore un peu d'éclat pour nous impressionner, mais la recette fonctionnera parfaitement auprès des nombreux fans de Potter.
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With so much excitement building up in anticipation of the third feature film release, Electronic Arts presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a day before the story hits the silver screens. Like previous movie tie-ins, Prisoner of Azkaban allows you to interactively help Harry, Ron and Hermione as they uncover Sirius Black and his plot to kill Harry Potter.
Based on the upcoming movie of the same name that will be in theaters on June 4, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is an action adventure in the style of The Legend of Zelda that's targeted primarily at kids, but it is also reasonably entertaining for adult fans of the Potter series. The gameplay and storytelling are solid, if a bit simplistic, but a great number of rough edges mar what could have otherwise been a much more polished game.
There is a certain stigma attached to making video games of movies (even if they originated as books) and generally they end up disappointing gamers and reviewers (Terminator 3, Enter The Matrix, you get the picture), yet because of the cash-in value, they keep being made. Harry Potter is probably the hottest movie property of the moment to be gameified (that’s obviously the official term) and I’ve been lucky enough to be playing it for the past week, much to the amusement of my friends. Fortunately, none of them are brave enough to play through Silent Hill 3, so I still have one up on them.
As Harry Potter grows up, so does his franchise. Although Prisoner of Azkaban is still aimed at the tween set, it's more interesting -- visually and interactively -- than previous Potter games. And yet, Harry's still got a ways to grow.
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Harry Potter has probably been one of the biggest video game disappointments of recent years. Electronic Arts usually comes through with top quality games to match their big licenses, as has been shown in its generally excellent work with The Lord of the Rings and James Bond franchises. However, the Hogwarts gang never seemed to warrant much more than a half-hearted effort at Zelda-style adventuring, minus all the genius parts. I wish I could say that Prisoner of Azkaban was a bold new start for the series. It’s not, but this is a significantly better game than either of the previous entries (Quidditch World Cup notwithstanding).
It's not clear what happened, but somewhere between last fall's pitiful Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and the new Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban only seven months later, a lot has changed, and the end result is the best Harry Potter game yet seen on consoles.
It's another year at the Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and you know what that means: Harry, Ron and Hermione are up to no good. The group, which always seems to find trouble, has stumbled directly into it again -- and on a grander scale. In his third year at the peculiar school, Harry finds himself the muse of threatening menace. No, we don't mean Professor Snape, although the head of potions does once more prove to be a thorn in the trio's collective side. Potter's real problem, though, is the Prisoner of Azkaban -- commonly known as Sirius Black -- an allegedly dark and twisted wizard who has escaped from the infamous prison with one goal: to kill Harry. Or so we think.
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This interactive version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a way for fans to enjoy hanging out with their favorite characters, casting a few spells, and being able to virtually attend the school of many a fanciful dream. In this respect, the game does a passable job. Those without pixies and muggles dancing in their heads beforehand are going to find the game a lot less enchanting, but fans of the Potter series will want to consider a brief stay in a reasonable facsimile of the hallowed halls of Hogwart’s.
The newly released Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban games are based on the book of the same title by incredibly wealthy English author, J.K. Rowling. The third chapter of this series, published way back in 1999, chronicled Harry's continued adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, shifting the story from a very fanciful, wondrous air towards a darker, and more serious tone. The video games are timely, however, in that they coincide with the weekend release of Alfredo Cuarón's big screen take on the story. You can't compare this video-game version of the story to the novel or the film, but taken on its own merits, there may be enough here to entertain the younger fan who just can't get enough Harry Potter.
The Harry Potter franchise is something of a rarity, a fantasy book series that successfully transitioned into an equally popular series of films. Hand it to J.K. Rowling she did a great job ensuring that her initial vision didn’t turn into, well, this.
When Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets debuted on consoles, both Potter fans and Zelda-like adventure fans had a lot to cheer about. Developer Eurocom did a great job turning the license into a fun and wild ride. This time around, EA decided to save a little money and let their own studios handle Askaban. Did EA's own studio live up to Eurocom's standard?