We recently got a chance to review the UK XBOX 360 version of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 video game (see our review below) and thought one of you out there might like to have a crack at it yourself. Anyone in the UK is eligible to enter to win a copy , just
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 XBOX 360 Video Game
The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 video game loosely follows the film, with the main player controlling Harry as he faces the world away from Hogwarts. Various settings from the film are visited, including The Burrow, The Ministry of Magic, and the streets of London.
Unlike the film, there’s always a Death Eater or Snatcher around the corner, waiting to attack you as you enter their path (and if you’re very unlucky, you might even come across a Doxy or Acromantula!). You’re able to wear the invisibility cloak, but there’s a limited time before you have to take it off (imagine holding your breath for a limited time only, and not infinitely).
Throughout the game, there are items to pick up. Some are instantly used including Felix Felicis and Strengthening Solution, whilst some can be collected in the player’s inventory, like Garroting Gas, Doxycide, Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder, and Exploding Potion. Personally, the most useful item from these would be the Exploding Potion which is similar to a Grenade (very useful against several enemies at once!).
The controls are relatively easy to get used to, especially for a person who hasn’t played a Harry Potter video game since the disappointment of Goblet of Fire. There are certain aspects which could be improved, such as the cover and aiming system, but for a Harry Potter game, what is available is ideal.
In addition to the regular spells controlled by the right hand (Stupefy, Confundo, Expelliarmus to name a few), the left hand is very useful for quick access to defensive spells such as Protego and Expecto Patronum (dementers are everywhere! You’ll even find one in Grimmauld Place, so keep an eye out!).
Whilst progressing through the game, you are often teamed with Hermione and Ron, although there are times when you are alone. Their company doesn’t make a big difference, as with some more modern games, but I was pleased to see that they didn’t require reviving every time they fall over/die.
Admittedly, the battles with Death Eaters and/or Snatchers do get tedious, and I will confess to having just run through the battlefield a few times after getting tired of Stupefy. The quick way of selecting spells is quite long winded; an out-of-game option is easier to use but interrupts the flow of a battle. Spells can get tiresome at moments where you are inches away from an enemy’s face but have to cast a number of spells before they fall to the ground; a melee attack would be useful, given the direction the game has taken.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the first few games of the series, Deathly Hallows - Part I does not significantly disappoint. The presence of Hogwarts made exploring interesting, whilst here I’m left exploring (what looks like) the Yorkshire countryside. The repetitiveness is bound to affect some gamers (I feel like I’ve been following Dean Thomas for the past few weeks!), even to the point where talking to Hermione or Ron will only give one response. Looking to the future, I can only imagine that Deathly Hallows - Part 2 will be a more lively game, with (hopefully) less repetitiveness.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 for the XBOX 360 is available here on Amazon.co.uk.