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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has several things going for it. Rolling all of these little things into one beautiful package is something that EA has done an exceptional job at. Even with it few faults, this latest adventure of Harry and friends surpasses the other games in the series - hands down. If you are a fan of Harry and his many tales of triumph, then this game is definitely worth your time. I would even go as far to say that if you have always wanted to see what the hubbub was, then this is the one that will suck you into the mythos of the Dark Lord and the Boy Who Lived.
Though there are other versions of this game available such as the beautiful Xbox 360 version, on the Nintendo Wii is the only place where you’ll get immersed into the experience and world of Harry Potter. This is the definitive version for any fan out there and even for non-fans it’s a world you’ll want to visit if you own a Wii.
The magic system is fun, but grows dull after a while since there are only so many motions and limited number of spells. The fine detail and graphical precision, especially for the Wii, is quite a treat. The extra work put into the voices and sounds of the game deserve special note, and kudos to the actors for helping do what they can for this game. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will keep you plenty busy for a long while from the sheer need to rest after a couple hours of casting spells at your TV.
Ultimately, if you’re a fan of the boy wizard then you stand to get much more enjoyment out of HP:OotP than someone who doesn’t share the same adoration for J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world. Knowing the characters, plots and vernacular is a massive help and allows you to appreciate the vast and detailed universe EA has created. Those of you that have lived under a stone for the past few years and have therefore avoided any contact with the world of Potter will find it hard going, but the gloriously executed Wiimote commands - combined with an appealing and attractive standard of presentation - should be enough to ensure almost universal enjoyment.
Sure, Order of the Phoenix is a little rough around the edges, but it's still the best Harry Potter game yet. Fans will get a huge kick over how well it recreates Harry's world. I know a lot of multiple system owners are wondering if they should get this version of the game or go for the "prettier" versions. It's a tough call, really. The Wii controls are quite a bit of fun, but the 360 and PS3 versions looks quite a bit better (although the Wii version certainly doesn't look bad). It's your call, I suppose. What's more important to you, graphics or interactivity? Whichever one you choose, you're going to have a great time.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is to the Wii what Motorstorm is to the PlayStation 3: It’s not the reason to own the system, but if you own it already, there is no reason this game shouldn’t make it into your library. Taking into account that the game could use a bit more polish (namely on the controls and camera) and a more fleshed-out story (which the book has), one cannot deny that the game has its problems, but they all seem more than worth it just to try out controls we’ve all been dreaming of since Nintendo’s new console was first unveiled. That’s not to mention the fact that its graphics surprisingly turned out to be some of the best on the system so far, though again not without a few problems.
Maybe it is not the best game in the Wii library, but it is definitely the best Harry Potter game yet released. You may find yourself repeating one too many goofy fetch quests one too many times, but for the most part gamers will enjoy their trip to Hogwarts.
Order of the Phoenix is without a doubt the best entry in the Harry Potter game series to date. Its impressive ‘go anywhere’ style of play is every fan’s dream come true and the amount of freedom available in the game will keep players interested for a long time--just don't expect much replay value. Anyone hoping to play this game without first reading the book may be turned away by the constant bombardment of Harry Potter subtlety, but die-hard fans will be hooked from beginning to end.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has a gigantic amount of things to offer gamers, whether you're a dedicated follower of the series, or simply one wanting to experience a different way to use the Wii's motion controls. The sprawling environment will give you plenty to explore, and the spell-casting is enhanced ten-fold by using the Wiimote. Potter fans will swipe this game up faster than a hippogriff on crack.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is my favorite videogame yet based on the ridiculously popular franchise. It is by far the most immersive journey to Hogwarts to date thanks to the realization of a truly enormous, often-beautiful world that is wholly connected without any load times and also thanks to new Wii remote controls that effectively enable you to use Nintendo's controllers as Harry's wand. The adventure itself is filled with characters and locations Potter fans will know and it features both original missions and objectives and cut-scenes that cinematically mirror those from the movie. Frankly, there is a lot to do and see and if you're at all interested in this series, you will undoubtedly be entertained for many, many hours to come.
Es gibt nicht viele wirklich gute Filmumsetzungen, aber die Harry Potter-Games haben es bislang noch immer geschafft, zumindest ein zufriedenes Lächeln auf das gegerbte Gesicht des verwöhnten Spieletesters zu zaubern. Nein, auch der Orden des Phönix ist kein anspruchsvolles Meisterwerk, aber bei aller Liebe - das ist das Buch auch nicht. Das Spiel serviert gute Unterhaltung für tendenziell eher junge Spieler, das einigermaßen freie Spielprinzip ist eine willkommene Abwechslung vom üblichen Missionskauderwelsch. Darüber hinaus finde ich es schade, dass der vorbildliche Koop-Modus des Vorgängers dieses Mal komplett unter den Tisch fällt; die KI-Kollegen sind in keiner Hinsicht ein Ersatz für einen willigen Kumpel. Aufgrund der intuitiven und leicht von der Hand gehenden Steuerung bekommt die Wii-Fassung einen Bonuspunkt - der Rest des Spiels ist identisch zu den anderen Versionen.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is primarily a game for Harry Potter fans. Those that aren't Harry Potter nuts might not too forgiving of the games shortcomings. The PC, PS3 and 360 versions might look the best but the Wii version is definitely more fun to play thanks to it's unique control scheme.
If you play this game and focus on the exploration aspect, you’ll probably have a decent time with it. If you play it looking for a solid main quest, you’ll end up a bit disappointed. Regardless, it’s probably worth a rental at least for fans of the series.
As you may have heard, this is the best Harry Potter videogame yet. But that's like saying "Bloodrayne" is the best Uwe Boll movie yet -- it might be true, but it doesn't mean much. The previous Potter games ranged from average to dreadful. Still, this is an acceptable purchase if you're just trying to make it through the summer games drought and need a fun little distraction. If you're a fan of the books and movies, you'll like this game. If you're a fan of the books but not the movies, you'll still probably like this game (but a little less than the last guy). If you're not a fan of the books or movies, Order of the Phoenix isn't going to turn things around for you. But why don't you like the books at least? Too cool for them, are you? They're brilliant! Ah, muggles.
Warum die Handlung des Buches im Spiel nahezu achtlos beiseite gelassen wurde, wissen wohl nur die Entwickler. Schade drum, denn der Rest des Spiels ist nett gemacht und entführt den Spieler schnell in die Welt des jungen Zauberschülers. Doch ohne fesselnde Story kommt trotz vieler unterschiedlicher Beschäftigungen immer mal wieder Langeweile auf statt Spannung. Grafisch kann sich das Abenteuer in allen getesteten Versionen sehen lassen, auch wenn Playstation 2 und Wii systembedingt etwas abfallen. Doch in den Varianten für PC, PS 3 und Xbox 360 erstrahlt das Schloss von Hogwarts in voller Pracht. Für Fans der Reihe sind im Spiel ein paar lustige Anspielungen auf frühere Abenteuer versteckt und die zahlreichen freispielbaren Zusatzaufgaben sorgen immerhin für eine akzeptable Spieldauer. Die Story selbst ist in wenigen Stunden erledigt. Wegen technischen Vorsprungs erhalten die Versionen für PC, PS 3 und Xbox 360 eine "gute" Note - auf ganzer Linie kann aber keine Version bezaubern.
Just as with the Harry Potter books and films, the series of Potter games has grown up over the years to match the maturing nature of the series as a whole. If the games stay on that course, we might see an M-rated Harry Potter by 2012. In this case, Order of the Phoenix is still kid-friendly and though older gamers will probably give the game a miss, kids in the 7 to 12 age group are in for some straightforward fun.
LucasArts (rien de précis pour le moment mais il pourrait y avoir partage d’outils de développement entre un jeu et un film), UbiSoft (dont les plus grands réalisateurs ne cessent de chanter les louanges) laissent entrevoir un futur plus respectueux pour les licences. D’ici là, espérons que nous aurons au moins des adaptations au moins aussi correctes que cet ordre du Phoenix (c’est hallucinant mais ce n’est pas toujours le cas) au moins sur une machine. On peut légitimement en douter.
In conclusion, Harry Potter & Order of the Phoenix is easily the best entry in the Harry Potter series to date and continues the upward trend as it progresses toward the final seventh instalment. While it will easily thrill Potter fans, it also provides an above average distraction for those curious about the series, or looking for a release that integrates the Wii remote with some reasonable success.
Although the game is sluggish, and many will dislike the fact it relies too much on exploration and not enough on action, this is still an above average affair that fans of previous Potter games will no doubt enjoy.
Harry Potter Et l'Ordre Du Phénix comporte effectivement de nombreux défauts, mais il parvient néanmoins à reproduire l'atmosphère du film de fort belle manière. Parcourir Poudlard possède indubitablement un fort potentiel séduction. Mais si les fans de Harry Potter risquent de se laisser entraîner une nouvelle fois dans l'aventure magique, les autres ne jetteront qu'un regard amusé et dédaigneux sur cette nouvelle adaptation.
For Harry Potter fanatics, OotP is one of the better Potter games out there. To be able to walk all over the grounds of Hogwarts and interact with tons of characters and locations from the books is a very enjoyable experience. Sadly, the fetch quests and general running around trying to find all of these characters is what makes the game slow, boring and a chore to play through. If not for the motion control that the Wii offers, I would easily have rated this game lower than I have; but the Wii controls are for the most part excellent and one of the shining elements in the title. Unfortunately, everything can’t be perfect and this game is far from that. Fans who must have the game can rest easy, as long as they don’t expect too much more than a romp through Hogwarts they’ll be entertained. I personally was looking for an overall entertaining game and really didn’t find that, making this title best suited as a rental.
It's hard to imagine that the video game version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will appeal to anyone. Older fans of Harry Potter will enjoy exploring Hogwarts for a while, but they'll soon be bored to tears by the low level of difficulty and the tedious objectives. The younger set will also get a kick out of seeing the sights and will appreciate the forgiving difficulty, as well as the simplicity of the tasks at hand. But they'll quickly grow tired of using their favorite character to perform a seemingly endless parade of chores. If being the most famous wizard in the world were this boring, there wouldn't have been more than one book.