Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (video game)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
DeathlyHallowsGame2cover.jpg
Part 2 PC Cover Art
Developer(s) EA Bright Light
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Director(s) Matt Birch
Designer(s) Darren Potter
Kelvin Tuite
Composer(s) James Hannigan
Series Harry Potter
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii
Release
  • EU: 15 July 2011
Genre(s) Third-person shooter
Mode(s) Single-player

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the second part of a two-part third-person shooter video game developed by EA Bright Light and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on July 12, 2011 in North America and July 15, 2011 in Europe, it is based on the film of the same name.[1]

The game continues to follow Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on their quest to defeat Lord Voldemort by destroying his remaining Horcruxes, items which contain part of his soul.

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 differs from Part 1, in order to address complaints made with the previous game.[2][3][4] The game progresses linearly, through cutscenes but does not include side missions like the previous game.[2] Combat in Deathly Hallows – Part 2 involves button presses which initiates spell-casting as an attack. Three face buttons, usually with a symbol or a letter, on the controller have two spells each, and by pressing a button twice the player can access the buttons second spell,[2] for the Windows version, the player presses one of the six buttons to select a spell. A new feature is the ability to "Apparate", which allows the player to teleport in and out of battles, as a form of defence. Only Harry has this ability though,[2] the player is able to control several characters from a third person over-the-shoulder camera including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Minerva McGonagall, Seamus Finnigan, Ginny Weasley and Molly Weasley.[5][6][7] In the final battle, the player uses the directional buttons to move the beam and focus it on Voldemort.

Development[edit]

Part 2 of the video game was released to coincide with the release of the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[citation needed] EA released a teaser in their Facebook page on April 21 and released the Part 2 video game site on the same day.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

On the 8 May 2011, EA revealed the game covers for all the major platforms, the cover depicts the trio, surrounded by fellow Hogwarts students, and Death Eaters, and a destroyed Hogwarts in flames in the background.[8]

Part 2 is also the first and only Harry Potter video game to feature PlayStation Move functionality. On 26 May 2011, 6 new images from the game surfaced online along with a new interview with IGN,[9] the images included, duels between the core characters, and the Hogwarts castle itself, under severe stress. On 21 April 2011, Emma Watson released the first trailer,[10] on 1 June 2011, Rupert Grint released a new trailer, showing all the playable characters. Later, A two new trailer was presented showing the tagline "War is Coming" and "The Battle for Hogwarts", on July, before the movie release, the official launch trailer was released.[11]

Reception[edit]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
Metacritic (DS) 55/100[12]
(Wii) 47/100[13]
(X360) 44/100[14]
(PS3) 43/100[15]
(PC) 43/100[16]
Review scores
Publication Score
Eurogamer 4/10[17]
Game Informer 6.5/10[18]
GamePro 2/5 stars[19]
GameSpot 4/10[21][22]
GamesRadar 0.5/5 stars[20]
GameTrailers 5.4/10[23]
IGN 5.5/10[24]
OXM (US) 6/10[25]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[26]
The Escapist 2.5/5 stars[27]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received mixed to negative reviews from critics, though some critics found Part 2 an improvement of Part 1. Lowest ratings on Metacritic came from GamesRadar, stating, "This is the absolute nadir of the series. Harry Potter has finally devolved into a total cash-in and we can't score it low enough."[20] GamingXP gave the Xbox 360 and PC versions positive reviews, saying "Where graphical aesthetics, thrilling atmosphere and a cinematic soundtrack celebrate their marriage, the gamer always wins."

The Escapist gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five and said of the game, "The shooting mechanics and levels are getting better but the encounters themselves are too repetitive. I hope someone takes the basic idea and does something more with it, the absence of basic storytelling and scene transitions make it hard to enjoy on its own."[27] Digital Spy gave it two stars out of five and said, "The gameplay remains a weak imitation of a third-person shooter and the enemy A.I. is extremely poor. The lack of variety in the set pieces and the sheer number of dopey Death Eaters makes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 a tedious experience, riddled with repetition."[26] The Daily Telegraph also gave it a score of four out of ten and called it "a bland, unimaginative shooting gallery that lacks the thing that matters most: magic."[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Makuch, Eddie (2011-04-22). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 due July 14 in UK". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d Steimer, Kristine (2011-05-24). "What's New in Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 The Videogame". IGN. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ Steimer, Kristine (2010-12-08). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Video Game Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  4. ^ Parker, Laura (2010-11-19). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  5. ^ GameSpot Staff (2011-06-01). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - Character Unveil Trailer (Xbox 360)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  6. ^ Kuo, Ryan (2011-06-22). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: An Early Look at the Videogame". The Wall Street Journal. 
  7. ^ http://guides.ign.com/guides/76175/
  8. ^ MuggleNet (2011-05-07). "EA releases official cover art for 'Deathly Hallows – Part 2' video game". Mugglenet.com. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  9. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110529012711/http://au.xbox360.ign.com/articles/117/1170242p1.html. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsls50sqLf4&feature=fvst
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WychJ9433d4
  12. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 for DS Reviews". Metacritic. 
  13. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. 
  14. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Critic Reviews for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  15. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Critic Reviews for PlayStation 3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  16. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Critic Reviews for PC". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  17. ^ Whitehead, Dan (2011-07-21). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  18. ^ Juba, Joe (2011-07-12). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2". Game Informer. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  19. ^ Noble, McKinley (2011-07-20). "Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows [sic] Part 2 (Xbox 360)". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  20. ^ a b Baughman, Jordan (2011-07-22). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 review". GamesRadar. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  21. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (2011-07-12). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  22. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (2011-07-14). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  23. ^ "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Review (X360)". GameTrailers. July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  24. ^ Steimer, Kristine (2011-07-26). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 the Video Game Review". IGN. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  25. ^ Rudden, Dave (2011-08-04). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 review". Official Xbox Magazine. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  26. ^ a b Martin, Liam (2011-07-15). "'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' (Xbox 360)". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  27. ^ a b Butts, Steve (2011-07-22). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review". The Escapist. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  28. ^ Hoggins, Tom (2011-07-18). "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 

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