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You would have thought that a game like this would only appeal to fans of Harry Potter and it certainly does satisfy with regards to the adaptation from the book and the big screen to the gaming world. Not only are the rules of Quidditch faithfully transposed but so are the characters and settings, complete with commentary. However, it does lose out when you consider the lack of any kind of storyline, which after all is what Harry Potter is really all about - a gripping yarn. That said, for gamers not really into things witchy and wizardlike this still title has plenty to offer, particularly if it is viewed as an original and new kind of sports title. The good introduction and training combined with the fast pace and charming graphics make this a very well crafted game and it should ultimately appeal to most gamers.
The game is simple yet deep, but it's still aimed at tweens. Older teens will like it but younger kids will likely be confused by the fast paced action and the combo moves. It can be jarring when you suddenly change from chaser to snitch snatcher. Still, girls and boys alike will delight in playing Harry Potter's game and riding a Nimbus 3000, or whatever the best broom is called. The action is also deep enough for older kids and moms and dads too. Making this an ideal game for Harry Potter fans and sports gamer alike.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup could have been given the true Madden treatment, but instead EA has made a fun, but slightly shallow take on the fictional sport. I like this game because it lets me play Quidditch complete with all of its loveable elements and options. Everything I read about or saw in the movies I can do in this title, for the most part intuitively, and EA has even added some magic of its own in the form of new combos and highly welcomed in-air special moves. Plus, it all looks great.
For all EA’s shortcomings, it makes a pleasant change to see a genuinely different title like this appear from their studios and the fact that it plays well is a nice little bonus, too. It’s not going to set the gaming world on fire, but QWC certainly provides a diverting little stopgap before the next batch of Potter films reaches these shores.
Reine Lizenz-Abzocke ist Harry Potter: Quidditch-WM sicher nicht. Die skurrile Besenreiterei spielt sich - ein Gamepad vorausgesetzt - anfangs sogar erstaunlich gut und scheint sich mit einsteigerfreundlichem Gameplay und moderatem Schwierigkeitsgrad durchaus an die Bedürfnisse der jungen Zielgruppe anzupassen. Die Präsentation ist gewohnt erstklassig und glänzt vor allem auf der PS2 mit überzeugendem Unschärfefilter à la Prince of Persia. Der geringe Spielumfang und die mageren Mehrspieleroptionen sind jedoch alles andere als überzeugend - auch wenn man auf dem GameCube dank GBA-Link wenigstens kooperativ antreten kann. Zudem mangelt es auf Dauer an Abwechslung und Spieltiefe, wodurch der anfängliche Zauber schnell wieder verfliegt. Auch bei der Steuerung offenbaren sich immer mehr Einschränkungen. Absolute Potter-Fans werden‘s wohl trotzdem kaufen - alle anderen dürften mit einer virtuellen Partie Fußball, Basketball oder Eishockey jedoch wesentlich mehr Spaß haben.
With these options and simplistic play, Quidditch Cup isn’t a bad game, but it’s not that great of one, either. Younger players will get a kick out of the speed and colorfulness, and parents will be pleasantly surprised to hear a classical soundtrack with Verdi's Requiem coming from a video game. But what we ultimately have in Quidditch World Cup is an oft-longed-for Quidditch experience that’s a bit shallow yet still manages to help youngsters bide the time until the next "Harry Potter" movie and book are released.
Si la première impression est carrément mauvaise (gameplay apparemment confus, difficulté inexistante), on revient sur son jugement dès que l'on débloque les matches en Coupe du Monde. La difficulté devient alors beaucoup plus intéressante, et l'enchaînement des combos lors de la première partie des matches est crucial pour prendre l'avantage lors de la capture du Vif d'Or. Les fans d'Harry Potter apprécieront de participer eux-mêmes à des vraies parties de Quidditch.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is a pretty decent first effort at simulating the fictional sport of quidditch. However, the developers have definitely left plenty of room for improvement. With tighter controls and a little bit more effort put into deeper, more strategic gameplay, Quidditch World Cup might have turned out to be a very good game. As it stands, the game will primarily appeal to hardcore Harry Potter fans who are willing to overlook the flaws.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is a title that is good enough to be in the collections of children or Potterheads, but doesn’t satisfy in enough areas to be a smart buy for the rest of us. If the game was a little more difficult and the players weren’t limited to one controllable plane, then I would say take a serious look at this one. It is understandable that game was made simple in order to make it more user-friendly for the young ones but this severely limits the audience which can enjoy this game thoroughly. If you are looking for something a little different, but still in the sports realm, or have been wondering what all the Potter hoopla is about then give Quidditch a rent. It also has its merits to all audiences in the visual department with gameplay aside. I would, however, recommend steering fully clear of this title if you haven’t seen the movie and are looking for a challenging and engaging gameplay experience.