Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)

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Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Coverart.png
North American cover art
Developer(s)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Composer(s) Jeremy Soule
Series Harry Potter
Engine Unreal Engine (PC and Mac)
Platform(s)
Release
  • NA: 5 November 2002
  • EU: 15 November 2002
  • NA: 10 April 2003 (OS X)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is an action-adventure video game published by Electronic Arts based on J.K. Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the film of the same name. This was also the last Harry Potter to be game released for the Game Boy Color and also it's the last Harry Potter game to be released on the PlayStation.

The game received positive reviews from critics across all releases of the game.

Gameplay[edit]

The game's core gameplay is straight forward. Taking control of Harry, the player explores Hogwarts castle and grounds. Throughout the course of the game, the player will encounter events that tie into the storyline of the second book.[1] Filling the gaps between these events are various classes, where the player will learn how to fly a broomstick and learn new spells for combating bosses, among other things. Each new spell is accompanied by a challenge, which the player must get through in a certain amount of time to complete that class period. During the later parts of the game, the player will face challenges which are not time-limited and are not related to learning spells. These challenges are all based on events from the book, for example, travelling into the Forbidden Forest and gathering ingredients for a potion Hermione is making.[2]

Versions[edit]

The PlayStation version of the game is a sequel to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone game and was also developed by Argonaut Games. It retains many elements and graphics from its predecessor but with some places in Hogwarts being expanded or moved as well as new mini-games that are played as the storyline progresses. Unlike other versions, most of the new spells learned from attending classes are upgrades from the previous game.

There are also slight differences between the three other console versions of the game. The GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game allow the player to access a broom and enter free-flight mode.[1] While the PlayStation 2 version allows the player to land anywhere they want, in the Xbox and GameCube version the landing zones are limited. In the GameCube version, there is an exclusive feature involving GC-GBA connectivity that allows a secret room to be opened in the GC version when connected with the GBA version of the game. The PC/Mac version of the game, which was created by a different developer than the console versions, features completely different levels and gameplay from the console cousins.[2] The game features the same graphics and character design as the Philosopher's Stone (PC).[2] It also retains some of the spells learnt in the previous game and involves the player learning new spells by attending more classes at Hogwarts. The Game Boy Color version is a typical role-playing game. However, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Gilderoy Lockhart are all playable characters at various points in the game.[3] The Game Boy Advance version has the fewest spells. It is based on the PS2/Xbox/GC and Mac versions. It is mostly made up of mini-quests (unlike other versions.)[3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
GBAGBCGCPCPSPS2Xbox
AllGameN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3.5/5 stars[4]N/A
EGM8/10[5]N/A7.33/10[6]N/AN/A7.5/10[7]N/A
Game InformerN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A6/10[8]N/A
GamePro3/5 stars[3]3.5/5 stars[9]3.5/5 stars[10]N/AN/A3/5 stars[11]3.5/5 stars[12]
GameSpot7/10[13]N/A7.3/10[14]N/AN/A7.3/10[15]7.3/10[16]
GameSpyN/AN/AN/A3/5 stars[17]N/AN/AN/A
GameZone7.2/10[18]N/A8.8/10[19]7.5/10[20]N/A9/10[21]8.8/10[22]
IGN7.8/10[23]N/A8.9/10[24]8/10[2]N/A8.4/10[1]8.7/10[25]
Nintendo Power4/5[26]3.6/5[27]4.4/5[28]N/AN/AN/AN/A
OPM (US)N/AN/AN/AN/A3/5 stars[29]3.5/5 stars[30]N/A
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A7.5/10[31]
PC Gamer (US)N/AN/AN/A75%[32]N/AN/AN/A
Entertainment WeeklyN/AN/AB+[33]N/AN/AB+[33]B+[33]
Aggregate score
Metacritic76/100[34]N/A77/100[35]77/100[36][37]71/100[38]77/100[39]

The game received mostly positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+.[33]

The Xbox version received a platinum family hits edition for selling over 100,000 copies.[citation needed] The musical score for the game, created by Jeremy Soule, was awarded a BAFTA Games Award for Best Score, Game Music Category.[40]

In the United States, The Chamber of Secrets' Game Boy Advance version sold 970,000 copies and earned $25 million by August 2006. During the period between January 2000 and August 2006, it was the 18th highest-selling game launched for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable in that country.[41]

By July 2006, the PlayStation 2 version of Chamber of Secrets had sold 700,000 copies and earned $28 million in the United States. Next Generation ranked it as the 89th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2000 and July 2006 in that country. Combined console sales of the Harry Potter line reached 3 million units in the United States by July 2006.[42] The PlayStation 2 version also received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[43] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[44]

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