Adventure & RPG
|Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix|
June 21, 2007 | Ted Bade
The game will reflect the Warner Bros. movie as much as possible and will take the same creative license the movie creators took with the story line. (For reading purists this means: if they did it wrong in the movie they will do it wrong in the game!). This makes sense, since both the movie and the game are animated interpretations. While books let us become involved with the thoughts and feelings of a character, movies and games let us see, hear, and even interact with aspects of this fantasy universe. Rumor has it that JK Rowling’s notes on Hogwarts were also used when developing the areas of Hogwarts in this game.
Battle in the Order of the Phoenix makes use of wizard spells from the story. EA came up with an interesting way to use magic in this game. In the story, a wizard tweaks his or her wand just the right way and pronounces the correct word to get the desired effect. In the game, the mouse pointer is a wand. Each spell the player learns is a different motion of the wand, if the motion is completed correctly, the spell’s name appears and the correct effect occurs. For instance, the “Reparo” spell repairs a broken item. In the game, to cast the Reparo spell, one starts at 12 o’clock and swings the wand in a circular motion back to 12 o’clock. If this is completed correctly, the word “Reparo” appears and the item is repaired. As the player progresses through the game they learn new spells. To cast one requires the player make the correct motion with their wand. There are two effects for each motion, one for combat mode and one for non-combat mode.
If you would like to experience a simulation of this interface, you can visit a terrific flash based example of the game located here.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix promises to be fun and graphically pleasing. Exploring Hogwarts and completing various tasks in the game should keep any Harry Potter fan occupied for a good long while. I hope the game lives up to all the promises EA has made about it. Nevertheless, it is really exciting that it will be available for the Macintosh, I can’t wait to give it a try!