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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PlayStation 3)

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IGN
If you know nothing about the story found in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, this game is not the place to start because it glosses over the facts and emotions of the real story. However, if you're looking to pick up your broomstick and take Hogwarts by storm, this title should find its way into your library. It's not groundbreaking and it's not the most engaging experience in the world, but there is something fun about dropping worms into a cauldron and desperately looking for 150 hidden crests. Potter fans shouldn't be disappointed if they're looking to kill a few hours in the house that Dumbledore built.
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Digital Chumps
Again, I like what EA has done here. I think they have put their development team to work and asked for something that is better than The Order of the Phoenix. What EA has delivered is definitely an improvement, but it still needs a lot more work to make it solid. This game is a lot better than many movie licensed games (see Judge Dread for details).
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Looki
Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz ist ein durchaus solides Action-Adventure, das vor allem Casual Gamern viel Freude bereiten dürfte. Obwohl ich sicherlich keiner dieser Gelegenheitsspieler bin, hat mich das jüngste Abenteuer des smarten Zauberschülers in seinen Bann gezogen. Dafür sorgt vor allem die intuitive Spielsteuerung und der einfache Leitfaden, der Euch durch die Story führt. Hardcore Gamer werden die jüngste Spieladaption rund um den Zauberlehrling allerdings eher verfluchen. Eine Gesamtspielzeit von etwa sechs Stunden, in der auch noch sehr wenig Spielinhalt geboten wird, ist für heutige Verhältnisse einfach zu wenig. Dennoch, Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz macht Spaß und ist für Fans der Serie definitiv einen Blick wert.
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ZTGameDomain
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a solid movie tie-in game with a few setbacks. While light years beyond the mess that was Order of the Phoenix, it still needs a few tweaks to be considered a great game. As it stands Potter fans who already know the story will be pleased with the way everything has been handled here. The mini-games are enjoyable, the school looks fantastic, and there is enough to keep you busy until the crew returns for the obligatory sequel next year. Half-Blood Prince will suffice fans of the series enough to keep them playing, but anyone outside of Hogwarts fan clubs may want to be cautious before jumping in.
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Cheat Code Central
Overall, I can very confidently say that Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a fun movie tie-in game, and it certainly lives up to what is expected of it. Although it isn’t terribly long or deep, it will give fans of the series some solid gameplay, and it certainly isn’t too challenging for younger fans who might want to play it. The game also has some solid replay value from its multiplayer modes, so if you’re itching to get back into Hogwarts for year 6, then Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a great vehicle to do so.
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Game Over Online
Targeted at the younger audience, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a decent game overall, but it doesn’t live up to the potential and grandeur of the Harry Potter legacy. The mini-games are fun enough to play and will keep you interested for a good while, but the actual storyline can be played through rather quickly. That doesn’t change the fact that Harry Potter fans everywhere are going to want to get their hands on this game, if only because it says Harry Potter on it, despite its mediocrity.
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GameZone
Before playing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, you should first be a huge Harry Potter fan. Second, you should have a high tolerance for backtracking and mini-game repetition. Third, you must be able to enjoy a game that isn't challenging (some players just can't do that). There are tons of trivial, easily-awarded trophies and a bunch of other collectible extras that should appeal to a certain crowd. But for most, this game won't outlast the lifespan of a rental.
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GameFocus
While the game was delayed for a few months after the movie was delayed it appears the developers did little to improve on the game and if they did it was not in good shape before the delay. A few issues bring down what could have been a great title and makes this a rent nothing more.
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games xtreme
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince does not do a good job of following the film, the story is encapsulated by poorly written dialogue, bad voice acting and trite design. The flow of the story is butchered by badly compressed and written cut scenes and when you add it all together you’re best to go and see the film and rent the game if you must.
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Game Informer Magazine
This game is the mother of all collect-a-thons, showering Harry with things to snatch up with almost every step he takes. This aspect is overblown, annoying, and far from entertaining, yet ends up being the primary thing to do. Wand dueling periodically arises, but for whatever reason, Harry's spells are overpowered to the point that most foes can be vanquished with one hit. Quidditch, which has devolved into ring flying, ends up being another unwanted distraction. The enjoyable potion mixing minigame is the only area where this game harnesses any of J.K. Rowling's magic. The remainder of the game, which is largely collecting, delivers an experience akin to getting whacked in the face with the stupefy spell.
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4Players.de
Drei Probleme sind es, die dem Neuling im Weg stehen: Die im Zeitraffer und hässlichen Zwischensequenzen präsentierte Story, deren Gräben breiter sind als die im Grand Canyon. Die Abwechslungsarmut, die darauf basiert, dass man in erster Linie zwischen den drei Minigames herumwechselt, die sich gerade zum Ende hin elender in die Länge ziehen als die Berichterstattung über Michael Jacksons Tod. Und schließlich die Kürze des Abenteuers: Nach etwa sechs Stunden flimmert der (kurze) Abspann über den Fernseher, danach bleiben nur noch mehr Minigames sowie die Wappen-Suche. Schade um die solide Präsentation sowie die gerade im Wii-Fall sehr ordentliche Steuerung.
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Fragland.net
Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince is in short a kit with three minigames and hardly contains a story. If you see how well the movies and books are, it's all the more sad to see how little effort EA puts in making the Harry Potter games. Graphically we see improvement but qua depth things remain in enfant-stage. You need to be a huge Harry Potter fan in order to consider buying this game.
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Krawall Gaming Network
Zugegeben, ich bin kein großer Fan von Harry Potter, aber in den ersten paar Minuten hat mich „Der Halbblutprinz“ regelrecht in seinen Bann gezogen. Das Magieinternat Hogwarts sieht dank vieler Details einfach fantastisch aus. Und die ersten Missionen, bei denen ich Mixturen erstellte, Magieduelle bestritt und an Quidditch-Spielen teilnahm, waren durchaus unterhaltsam. Nach einer knappen Stunde war allerdings Schluss mit lustig. Denn da dämmerte mir, dass der gesamte Titel bis auf einige unspektakuläre Nebenmissionen nicht mehr zu bieten hat als diese drei Aufgaben. Und das ist eindeutig zu wenig für ein Spiel, das so eine große Welt zur Erkundung anbietet. „Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz“ ist also ein Paradebeispiel dafür, dass Grafik eben nicht alles ist.
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PSX Extreme
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince attempts to provide a nicely paced, diverse adventure that would appeal to all fans of the series, but it never really finds its footing and stumbles halfway to the finish line. The controls are slow and clunky, the technicals are passable but never really shine, the story and progression through the game is erratic, and we think the potion making part will prove frustrating for some of the title’s audience. You still have that goodly assortment of great characters and the quality voice acting, the fact that there isn’t anything particularly bad about the production, and a setting and style that is faithful to the books and movies, but it’s not enough.
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videogamer.com
Young Harry Potter fans will likely play The Half-Blood Prince and have a good time. The game holds your hand throughout and does a good job at recreating Hogwarts, but anyone with any serious gaming experience will find the whole thing to be too simplistic and at times dull. There's little to no challenge present throughout the entire game, the story only makes sense if you already know the plot and there's a lack of things to do outside of the three main gameplay mechanics. Buy if you're a mega fan, but avoid if you like your games with even a tiny amount of depth.
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Playstation Universe
It's not all bad news though. We can see how Harry Potter fans should get something out of the Half-Blood Prince (in the same way that they probably have out of the other decidedly average Potter games). An impeccably detailed representation of Hogwarts is certainly appealing and some strong voice acting from the likes of Adam Sopp as Harry Potter and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, along with some excellent character likenesses, does bring the Harry Potter Universe to life. If you can turn a blind eye to some of the inconsistencies, such as the horrible caricature of Ginny Weasley and some irritating voice acting from Bellatrix LeStrange's voice-over, then there's no reason at all why you shouldn't enjoy waving your wand and casting spells around Hogwarts in the short term.
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Onlinewelten.de
Ich verstehe ja, dass ein Harry Potter-Spiel kein Brocken sein darf. Kiddies und Casual Gamer aus der Harry Potter-Fankurve sollen ja nicht durch frustige Passagen verprellt werden. Allerdings sind knapp fünf Stunden Spielzeit arg wenig für ein Vollpreisspiel, zumal das Zaubern nur auf der Wii halbwegs spaßig ist. Auf allen anderen Systemen kommt nach einer Weile das große Gähnen, weil der Spielablauf immer gleich ausfällt.
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Gamezone (Germany)
Harrys Verwirrungszauber zeigte leider keine allzu lange Wirkung. Die schicke Inszenierung von Menü, Startsequenz und den ersten Schritten vernebelt zunächst die Sinne eines jeden Potter-Fans, doch alsbald lichtet sich der Schleier und es macht sich ordentlich Ernüchterung breit. Denn der sechste Ableger „Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz“ bleibt leider weit hinter seinen Erwartungen zurück, vor allem in Anbetracht seines Vorgängers, der deutlich mehr Spielspaß zu bieten hatte. Saubere Technik ist nicht alles und so drückt der Mangel an Abwechslung aufgrund fehlender Spielmöglichkeiten in der offenen Welt und der Dauermarathon dreier teils in die Länge gezogenen Minispiele gespickt mit langen Laufwegen gewaltig die ansonsten recht gelungene Stimmung.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Cette sixième année à Poudlard n'est finalement pas un très bon cru. On peut se réjouir de retrouver la liberté de mouvement qui faisait le charme du précédent épisode, mais il faut bien reconnaître que le Prince de Sang-Mêlé est loin de répondre aux exigences actuelles. Il propose en effet des graphismes dépassés et un gameplay assez peu attrayant.
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GBase - The Gamer's Base
Die Harry Potter-Spiele haben mich bislang immer ganz gut unterhalten können. Für das entspannte Daddeln waren diese Titel immer herzlich willkommen im Laufwerk. Aber mit der Veröffentlichung des neuen Teils hat sich Electronic Arts keinen Gefallen getan. Hier wirkt alles etwas schludrig zusammengeschustert, so als ob das Entwicklerteam entweder keine grosse Lust mehr auf den bebrillten Magier hatte oder die Zeit knapp wurde und man noch das Beste aus dem Wenigen herausgeholt hat, was bis dahin fertig war. So oder so, zum ersten Mal fällt bei uns ein Harry Potter-Spiel durch das Raster der befriedigenden Spiele. Nicht weil es technisch schwach auf der Brust wäre, sondern weil es vom spielerischen Tiefgang her keinen Zauber versprühen kann.
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1UP
I'd hate to make the easy joke here, but I feel it's so apt, I can't resist: The game should be called "Harry Potter and the Half-Assed Game." Even though Endless Day mode allows you to visit the Hogwarts grounds at your leisure after the primary game finishes, letting you round up the rest of the collectibles and deal with any unfinished dueling or Potions challenges, I felt as though EA delivered only half the game I had hoped for.
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GameSpot
The Harry Potter video games should complement the other media, providing gleeful interaction to match the excellent story from the books and the visual splendor of the films. But Half-Blood Prince isn't much fun to play once you've gotten a taste of the few simple activities. The game is ultimately a forgettable experience, pushing players through the same three minigames over and over again, without ever capturing the thrill of being a wizard. The story lacks focus and is difficult to follow, giving players only the faintest motivation to continue on before it finally ends on an emotionless, anticlimactic note. The Half-Blood Prince squanders its impressive license; you're better off reading the book again.
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Kombo.com
The Half-Blood Prince is a game that is too eager to show off all its tricks. After some mild amusement, it quickly becomes apparent that there aren't any more tricks to discover and you get looped into a mish-mash of brief gameplay moments that consist of mini-games. It releases at an unfortunate time when movie-based video games are shedding their stigma for being poorly constructed due to time constraints. The Half-Blood Prince isn't terrible, just average.
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Worth Playing
Terribly flawed audio, bland visuals, cut scenes that make no sense in the context of the preceding or following gameplay, miserable Quidditch, horrible potion-making and awkward dueling all add up to make this title a train wreck from which you can look away. Harry and Potter and The Half-Blood Prince certainly has cast a spell on me: Stupefy!
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Eurogamer.de
Die vergangene Zeit seit dem Orden des Phönix und auch der Vorgänger selbst dürften die größten Probleme von Harry Potter und der Halbblutprinz sein. Was damals noch als Hogwarts-Open-World gefeiert wurde, kam gut an, da alles Hochaufgelöste irgendwie NextGen war. Heute hat sich die Messlatte deutlich nach oben verschoben und der Stauneffekt wird nicht nur durch die maue Technik und die hässlichen Figuren, sondern auch durch die mit dem Vorgänger praktisch identischen Örtlichkeiten geschmälert. Den Potter-Nerd stört das weniger, schließlich will er gar nichts anderes als dieses recht detaillierte Hogwarts erkunden. Und auch wenn keines der drei Minispiele zu wahrer Größe aufläuft, kommt insbesondere das Tränkemixen dem schon erstaunlich nahe. Die Tränke, Quidditch und sogar das Duellieren sollten eigentlich jeden Spieler für ein kurzes Weilchen fesseln. Vielleicht sogar noch über das Ende der kurzen und erstaunlich ungeschickt erzählten Geschichte hinaus.
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GamingXP
Erneut schröpft EA Games die Massen und bietet mit „Harry Potter und der Halblutprinz“ die Karikatur eines soliden Videospiels. Zwar hatte man dieses Jahr Pech, denn auch der Film blieb weit hinter den Erwartungen zurück, doch für ein solches Spiel einen derartigen Preis zu verlangen, grenzt an schlimmstem Gaunertum. In Zeiten der Krise sollten Sie sich einen Kauf wie diesen besser dreimal überlegen!
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Gamers Globe
Harry Potter og Halvblodsprinsen er på ingen måder lige så intens som Quidditch, spændende som turene om natten, men derimod lige så nervepirrende som professor Snapes eftersidning. Her er der ikke mere end tre minispil bredt ud over en lineær struktur fra første til næste punkt. Magien er på ingen måder markant som i film eller bog, mens J.K. Rowling må se til med et nervøst træk på ansigtet.
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G4 TV: X-Play
All told, Half-Blood Prince is also criminally short, unless you're obsessed with completing all the mini-games to perfection and unlocking the 150 crests (good luck!). Half-Blood Prince is an absolutely joy to control, thanks to the Wiimote, but in almost every other respect, it feels like just another licensed game. I don't know if EA needs to be lifted from the restrictions of the Harry Potter books to produce the epic Harry Potter video game adventure that's been swirling in my head, but now that it's nailed the biggest hurdle, controls, we need an equally impressive game part, too. Maybe next time.