Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
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Developer(s) EA Bright Light Studio
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Designer(s) Chris Roberts[1]
Composer(s) James Hannigan[2]
Engine Bright Light Halogen
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Mobile, Wii
Release date(s)
  • NA June 30, 2009
  • EU July 3, 2009
  • AUS July 2, 2009
Genre(s) Third-person action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution DVD, Blu-ray Disc, Wii Optical Disc, Nintendo DS Game Card, UMD

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a video game, developed by EA's Bright Light Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released on June 30, 2009 to coincide with the film's new mid-2009 release date.[3] The game was released on the, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, and Mobile platforms. This is the last Harry Potter game for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.

Gameplay[edit]

Half-Blood Prince features the exploration of Hogwarts and casting spells on objects around the school, similar to its predecessor Order of the Phoenix.[1] The game also includes multiplayer games, classes, different times of day, Quidditch, Wizard Duels and Potion making.[4] The Marauder's Map is included in the game, as further progressing can open parts of the school. Harry can also call Nearly Headless Nick to show him around the school. Harry is the main playable character in the game, but Ron and Ginny are also available in two levels. The first has Ron concentrate on following Harry after taking love potion(if he doesn't follow Harry, the mission fails). The second has Ginny fill in Harry for Quidditch when he gets detention and play against the rival seeker Cho Chang.[5]

As Dumbledore mentions, the Duelling Club begins. Harry is allowed to duel freely with students and learn spells from them. The Gryffindor Duelling Club is located in the Great Hall, while the other houses are in other places such as the Paved Courtyard, Training Ground, and Transfiguration Courtyard.[6]

As Harry attends Potions class, mixing ingredients to make potions is done with the Wii Remote or analogue stick. Harry must also join the Potions Club, which is in the Herbology classroom. Potions ingredients surround the cauldron on the work bench, and through visual symbols which pop up onto the screen the instructions must be followed to complete the potion.[7]

Harry is also named Quidditch Captain. Other members on the team are Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, and Katie Bell. They all participate in try-outs and in the Quidditch Cup against Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw. When Harry has detention, Ginny is the seeker, while Dean takes her spot. When Ron is in the hospital, Cormac McLaggen takes his spot on the team.

During the game there are 150 shields to collect which may be found throughout Hogwarts castle. The shields can be found by casting spells such as Reparo if they are broken on the ground or by using Wingardium Leviosa to throw an object at one if it is on a wall or an unreachable place. Shields can also be gained by collecting mini-shields which are located in lamps and bannisters. There are also 10 shields given when a specific miniquest is completed by the player.

The school grounds are nearly identical to the previous installment. Some new areas are added, including the entrance to Hogwarts. Other areas previously accessible are now inaccessible due to the new security of Hogwarts added by the aurors.[8]

Platform-specific elements[edit]

The Wii version of the game utilises the Wii Remote features as it did in the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game.[9] which include brewing potions,[10] wizard dueling[10] and Quidditch.[11] However, it does not support the new Wii MotionPlus technology which was released in the same month. The Nintendo DS version includes mini-games such as Gobstones and Exploding Snap.[12] The game once again utilises the Stylus for wizard duels, potion making and Quidditch.[13] The PlayStation 3 version includes DualShock 3 vibration.[14] The PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox 360 versions utilise the same functions as with the previous game.

Spells[edit]

Exploration[edit]

  • Accio: Brings objects towards Harry.
  • Wingardium Leviosa: Levitates objects and moves them.
  • Lumos: Emits light from the wand. Is automatically activated at night and while Harry is in dark places such as caves.
  • Depulso: Launches levitated objects through the air.
  • Reparo: Mends broken objects.
  • Incendio: Sets certain objects on fire.

Dueling[edit]

  • Stupefy: Stuns the opponent with rapid blasts. Can also be charged.
  • Expelliarmus: Knocks the opponent on their back and makes wand fly out of their hand.
  • Protego: Sends Stupefy blasts back at the opponent. Any spell other than Stupefy can break through.
  • Levicorpus: Levitates opponents by their ankles.
  • Petrificus Totalus: Freezes the opponent temporarily.

Plot[edit]

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dumbledore prepares Harry for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching as Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defences and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Characters[edit]

The game has most characters voiced by the cast of the film. The following actors have contributed their voices to the game for their characters:

Soundtrack[edit]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by James Hannigan
Released March 17, 2009
Recorded 2008 at Air Studios
Genre Video game music
Length 52:18
Label EA Recordings
Producer James Hannigan
James Hannigan chronology
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Video Game Soundtrack
(2007)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack
(2009)
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The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack was composed by James Hannigan and recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Air Studios in London.[16] The BAFTA-nominated 29-track soundtrack was released on March 17, 2009. However, the soundtrack is no longer available because EA Recordings decided to stop selling all of their Harry Potter video game soundtracks in late 2009.[17]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Music 4 Games link
Soundtrack Geek 8/10 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Return to Hogwarts" - 3:25
  2. "Quidditch Tryouts" - 1:31
  3. "Wandering Night" - 2:44
  4. "Race Ginny" - 3:02
  5. "Duelling Club" - 2:04
  6. "Mixing Potions" - 1:58
  7. "Slytherin Combat" - 2:21
  8. "Slughorn" - 0:39
  9. "Hogwarts by Night" - 1:45
  10. "Quidditch" - 3:30
  11. "Get to Potions" - 1:49
  12. "Get to Quidditch" - 1:20
  13. "Fred and George Return" - 1:28
  14. "Wandering Day 5" - 1:02
  15. "Lovesick Ron" - 2:49
  16. "The Boathouse at Night" - 2:49
  17. "Wandering Stealth" - 2:19
  18. "Loss at Hogwarts" - 1:09
  19. "Bellatrix" - 1:17
  20. "Fenrir Battle" - 1:13
  21. "Wandering Day 4" - 1:35
  22. "Chase Draco" - 1:07
  23. "More Potions" - 1:37
  24. "Exploring with Luna" - 2:29
  25. "Wandering Day 3" - 1:47
  26. "Wandering Day 1" - 0:54
  27. "The Final Battles" - 3:41
  28. "Sadness at Hogwarts" - 2:00
  29. "Friendship Theme" - 2:14

Release[edit]

When the game was first announced in April, 2008[18] its official release date was to coincide with the film's release date, which was originally November 21, 2008,[19] but it was announced in August 2008 that the film would be delayed by eight months.[20] It was afterward announced that the video game would also be delayed to coincide with the film's July 2009 release date.[21] Through a press release on May 14, 2009 it was confirmed that the official release date for the game was June 30, 2009.[3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 64.48%[22]
(X360) 64.02%[23]
(Wii) 61.47%[24]
(PC) 61.20%[25]
(PS2) 60%[26]
(PSP) 47.50%[27]
(DS) 46.42%[28]
Metacritic (PS3) 66/100[29]
(PS2) 65/100[30]
(X360) 64/100[31]
(PC) 64/100[32]
(Wii) 60/100[33]
(PSP) 51/100[34]
(DS) 48/100[35]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com C[36]
Game Informer 7/10[37]
GamePro 2.5/5 stars[38]
GameSpot 5/10[39]
GameSpy 2/5 stars[40]
GameTrailers 5.4/10[41]
GameZone (Wii) 7/10[42]
6.9/10[43][44]
IGN (PS3 & X360) 7.7/10[45]
(Wii, US) 7.7/10[46]
(PC) 7.5/10[47]
(Wii, UK) 5/10[48]
(DS & PSP) 4.3/10[49]
Nintendo Power 5.5/10[50]
Official Xbox Magazine 5/10[52]
PC Gamer UK 55%[51]

The game received mixed to negative reviews from critics. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 46.42% and 48 out of 100 for the DS version;[28][35] 61.20% and 64 out of 100 for the PC version;[25][32] 60% and 65 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[26][30] 64.48% and 66 out of 100 for the PlayStation 3 version;[22][29] 47.50% and 51 out of 100 for the PSP version;[27][34] 64.02% and 64 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version;[23][31] and 61.47% and 60 out of 100 for the Wii version.[24][33]

IGN, in a positive 7.7 rating review of the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii versions and 7.5 for the PC version, said, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince improves on the stuff I liked in its predecessor and makes for a pretty fun game.”[47] GamePro admitted that the Wii version was a “fun” game to play but did not feel that it was worth the price of a new release.[38] IT Reviews said that “Repetition is evident - at one point you fight five wand duels in a row, which gets a little tiresome - and many quests are just plain uninteresting.” They concluded the game was too short, and wouldn't “keep anyone but the most avid Potter fan happy for long.”[53]

Tom McShea of GameSpot[39] disliked the gameplay, story, character models and voice acting, saying that "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." McShea scored the PS3 and Wii versions a 5/10.

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