Keen to cash in on the Christmas shopping boom, Sony are taking their latest toys on tour to UK shopping centres with a large focus on the new Wonderbook PS3 peripheral and JK Rowling’s Book of Spells, set in the Harry Potter universe.
Using the PS Move motion controller in conjunction with the camera players will be able to interact with the Wonderbook directly thanks to its numerous large augmented reality pages that allow you to conjure up dragons and castles and take part in wizardry classes. Check out the trailer to see for yourself.Click through to see the dates and venues.
Ignore the messy Harry Potter titles that EA have been squeezing out over the last few years. If you’re after a game that will please Harry Potter fans, look no further than this Lego-flavoured compilation spanning the last four films.
For the most part, you’ll control the familiar trio, with other characters popping up occasionally. Harry has his cloak, Hermione unlocks swot boxes and Ron can access his brother’s Wesley boxes for destructive fireworks or wall-climbing shoes. As is standard with the Lego games, you can play local multiplayer. The screen will split when it feels it is appropriate. We found it to be a nightmare though. Splitting when it didn’t need to and giving one player loads of space and the other a corner. The divide also made a nasty habit of dizzyingly spinning around.
Don’t expect any major gameplay revolutions. Use the square button to items and then look for a purple aura indicating you can hold down the circle button to rebuild them into something new. Or maybe levitate an object like a giant pair of shears to cut through undergrowth in the forest, or attach wheels to a broken cart. It’s very repetitive but curiously hard to put down. Sometimes, when looking for items by zapping away, they may only appear after you’ve left the room, come back and then zapped the same container several more times. With hundreds of objects lying around, this can be infuriating.Click here to read more...
Despite generating over 750 million dollars in just five days on release, shifting 6.5 million copies in the US and UK alone, the Call of Duty brand still can't hope to compete with the likes of Star Wars and Harry Potter. That's according to Stephen Cheliotis, chief executive of The Center for Brand Analysis, who believes the videogame market is over-saturated with military shooters, resulting in consumer confusion thus diluting brand recognition.Click here to read more...
Developer: EA Bright Light
Harry Potter games used to be quite good. No, really. Offering up Hogwarts as a kind of open world sandbox was an excellent idea. For tie-in games, they were actually fun to play, offered up a fair amount of different gameplay styles and truly rewarded exploration. I'll readily admit to buying Order of the Phoenix for a fiver just for the Achievements (I was going through a difficult time), but I actually really enjoyed the game.
Sadly, as Neil found out with the first instalment to the series finale, someone decided that making above-average movie tie-ins was anathema to the status quo and must have demanded a return to the mediocre and the risible. I don't know whose idea it was to turn Harry's last stand into a third-person shooter, botch it with rusting mechanics, insufferable lag, woeful pacing, dreary graphics and about as much excitement as a brown paper bag...but something went wrong.Don't buy this game. Click here if you need more convincing...
With the last of the films due next month and the books but a distant memory stored on our shelves, Warner Bros has an interesting problem on their hands milking profit from the Harry Potter franchise. Rowling doesn't appear interested in a new saga, and I doubt they'd be foolish enough to greenlight a new film without her approval. So what's a poor publisher to do? Well, how about an MMO, if recent rumors are to be believed.Click here for juicy details!
It was bound to happen sooner or later. TT Games and Warner Bros. have officially announced LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 for a fourth quarter holiday season launch on PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, DS, 3DS, DS and Sony's unreleased NGP handheld. It will be based on the events of the latter three books, bringing the Harry Potter saga to a close.
According to Traveller's Tales developer Tom Stone, the British studio has "built upon the first game and are giving fans even more magical abilities, puzzle solving and exploration, in addition to our distinctive brand of hilarious LEGO humour and charm."
Neil Davey awarded Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 ten out of ten in our full review; praising its accessible mechanics, sense of humour and relevance to all age groups. Here's hoping that the sequel will be equally impressive.
Developer: Traveller's Tales
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive
My wife recently discovered a website where you can search a journalist’s name and find out what they’ve written about the most. So, she typed in my name. The result? No, not “games”, not “food”, not “drink”, not “films”, nor any of the other subjects I’ve covered in this chequered career of mine.
No, apparently, according to the power of the interwebs, my name is synonymous with... Lego. As proud achievements go, it’s not one I’ve rushed to put on my CV.
Mind you, when you think about it, there could be worse things to be associated with. In video gaming terms, the Danish company’s name is usually an indicator of something very special. That probably counts double in the case of Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 as I’m going out on a limb to declare this the best thing Travellers’ Tales and Lego have ever done.
It is, it almost goes without saying, addictive enough to be sold by the ounce on street corners. It is also hilariously funny, easy to pick up, beautifully put together and, if anything, more faithful to the spirit of the original books than the films.
It's Harry's sixth and penultimate year at Hogwarts and this one is set to be no less eventful that the rest for the Boy Who Lived.
Gamestation are currently offering Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince for just £6.99. It's only a pound more at Game but after that you are looking to pay at least £13 for the game.
The Harry Potter games have had a bit of rollercoaster path, all highs and lows. Everyone seemed unable to believe just how thoroughly not-bad-at-all the last instalment was; for a movie tie-in it was excellent. Half Blood Prince is nowhere near as good as that predecessor, The Order of the Phoenix but it's certainly not the worst game based on a film ever and you might just have some fun with it if you are a fan of the Harry Potter universe.
Thanks to goonertillidie at Hotukdeals!
If If you’re looking to get hold of a Nintendo DS, Amazon are currently running a deal which might interested you. They are offering a bundle pack which includes a DS lite or DSi, along with one game for £10 and a free accessories pack.
Although this might sound confusing, Amazon have broken the deal down into 3 steps:
1) Firstly you add the DS lite or DSi to your basket. On Amazon, a black DSi will set you back £134.99. This is not exactly the best price according to price comparison as on Zavvi you can get hold of a black DSi for £124.95. Probably the best deal on Amazon for a DS console is a pink DS lite which costs £98.96 – just a few quid more expensive than the cheapest offer from Shopto of £94.99.
2) The second step is to add one of the listed games. The selection doesn’t exactly consist of the greatest DS titles. You can either get Hannah Montana, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Classic Word Games or Brain Training. Adding anyone of these titles to your basket costs a further £10.
3) Finally you can then choose a free accessories pack. This consists of a few extra styluses, a wrist strap, cleaning cloth, console carry case and a couple of game cases. On Amazon this would normally set you back £7.99.
The potential saving varies depending on what DS console and game you opt for. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is probably the best game as the cheapest copy from coolshop is £19.99. So you can get the game for half price, although if you choose a black DS from Amazon this £10 the saving is cancelled out because the same console is £10 cheaper from Zavvi. You would only really be getting a free accessory pack.
But if you went for a pink DS lite with Harry Potter you would make a good saving of somewhere in the region of £20. This is of course when comparing the deal with the cheapest prices these items are going for individually. Compared to buying them separately on Amazon, you would of course be saving a lot more money. Overall this deal does have some potential although someone on the original thread said Tesco were offering an even better one. So before committing yourself, it might be worth shopping around.
Thanks to amibees on Hotukdeals.