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I am a rabid Harry Potter fan.  I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting not only the release of the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix but I am on baited breath for the last installment of Harry's adventures, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Normally I don't play video games based on movies because typically they are less than stellar examples of game play.  However, my hubby surprised me with the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game the other evening for the Wii.

Now for those who don't know, the Wii has a rather unique interactive play interface.  You actually have to swing the controller like a bat if you're playing baseball or "fling" the controller like you would pitch a bowling ball if you were bowling.  (That's why there was so much in the press after the WII launch about people throwing their controllers through TVs and what not)

Now for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game, what that means is that you have to move the controller in a certain pattern to cast spells...aka you have to move your "wand" to cast spells. Pretty cool, eh?

Its funny, while I'm playing this game (and I haven't gotten far yet) you've got to cast spells like "Reparo"  (anyone else recall the Hermione/Harry scene in the first & second films where she says "Occulus Reparo" and fixes Harry's glasses??) OR "Winguardium Leviosa" to lift things or move things.  And every time I cast that I hear the scene from Sorcerer's Stone where Hermione says, "Its WinguardiumLeviosa, not LeveeeooooosAAH" in my head.  It gives me a chuckle.

So far, I'm enjoying the game immensely.  If I had any complaints, its that you get a TON of practice moving the controllers for the non-combat spells.  There are torches to light, urns to repair, paintings to move and beds to make etc. So you get used to casting these spells. 

But the combat spells at least at this point, not so much.  There are training sessions where other characters teach you the move for the spell.  But the next opportunity to use the spell is a ways off and needless to say I haven't quite mastered them yet so the only opportunity for combat that I am currently aware of hands me my wizard ass at every attempt.  Its a "intervene to save a friend" encounter with Crabb and Goyle and I just get whipped every time I try.  So I've been avoiding it.  And doing other stuff.

Seems that this game also is a bit non-linear so you don't have to do all the tasks in a specified order.  I've just been roaming around picking up tasks here and there as well has fixes things as I find them.  Which is cool.

This is also the first game aside from Wii Play and Wii Sports that I have played to any great extent.  And I'm noticing that uh my wrists are bothering me a bit.  Not sure if that has to do with how I holding the controller or what but they get a bit stiff after a long session.  For those who do game, when I say long, I'm talking at least 3 hours.  Now for hard core gamers that's a short time..but I have other duties that require my making dinner for my six year old.

I'm sure I'll post more about the game as I get further in..but so far...Pretty cool.


Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 7:14 PM Gamer Grrl Stuff | Back to top

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PSP eh? If you want once I'm finished with the HP game, you're free to borrow it. I'm about half way through it now. So far it does look like Umbridge is going to be a nasty bit of business in the film if the game is any indication.

I was worried they were going to "Hollywoodize" Umbridge.
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