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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Ages: Everyone 10+

What's this with games becoming darker and darker? Prince of Persia started out with a "T" rating and the second game was so dark it was rated "M". Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the first game, was a wonderful adventure where with Harry your found out about Hogwarts and magic. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which follows the movie and I presume book is a very dark game and much of it feels like work. What next -- an "M" rated Potter?

But I know those HP camp followers. If there is a game -- they will play it. There are 11 different level and you can play them either as Harry, Hermione or Ron. This is a cooperative game and by playing with friends your strength and impact on the monsters is greatly increased. No friends to share the game with? The computer will be your friend but in this case real people are faster on the uptake. Nice thing -- players can bop in or out of the game at any time -- just take back your controller. In the game, much of your time is spent searching for things like cards, mini-shields, and shields and casting spells to help with moving stuff around and fighting monsters. You do get to play Quiditch and learn more about the dark arts.

The story and pace follows the movie. Harry is Chosen by Goblet, unfairly so, to enter the Triwizard Tournament, which already warns you that there something sinister afoot. The Triwizard Tournament is serious stuff, Harry has to get a golden egg guarded by a ferocious Hungarian horned dragon; rescue Ron from the depths of the Black Lake while encountering the fierce Grindylows; and to finish, race through a maze and be the first to reach the Triwizard cup. And does he get to meet Voldemort? Finally!

I must admit that I enjoyed the earlier Potter games more. I liked wandering about Hogwarts, getting lost, finding places. In this game there is no wandering like that. Also the threesome look like teenagers in any action adventure game. Yes, I know it's following the book but I liked young Harry running about with his gown fluttering behind him. BTW for those who are not up on the Harry Potter mythos, it helps to have a strategy guide to refresh you HP IQ.

Reviewed by: Editor - 12/05

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • © Electronic Arts
  • PS2
  • To Order: PS2 http://www.amazon.com/ $39.99