Harry PotterT QuidditchT World Cup Reviewed on Xbox

Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup
Games - Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox
Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox

Harry Potter is a stupendously successful book franchise. After the books came the movie adaptations of the books, after the movies came the games, in-which we can grab the reigns and take Harry Potter through an action adventure, based on the books with clips from the movies. This game has a slightly different twist. EA have come up with the idea of realizing the favorite sport of wizards. Take to the air in the first game that allows players to fully experience the magical speed, power, and competition of Quidditch in the Harry Potter™: Quidditch World Cup game.

For the benefit of those of you not familiar with the Harry Potter world Quidditch is the sport taught in Hogwarts™ and therefore is the chosen sport of wizards. What kind of a sport is Quidditch? I here you ask.

As a sport, Quidditch is similar in a lot of ways to football. The main differences are that players fly around on broomsticks, the field of play is not restricted to the ground & there are three hoops per end for goals. It involves two teams of seven players, playing four balls simultaneously. You will control every position on their team, including three Chasers (or strikers) who try to score with the Quaffle™ (ball), two Beaters who control the dangerous Bludgers (angry balls), Bludgers are two balls that will attack players at random. The Beaters task is to protect their own players while trying to get the Bludgers to attack the opposition by batting them in the direction of the opponent, the

 
Games - Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox
Games - Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox

Games - Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox

Games - Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup Reviewed on Xbox



Keeper who protects the goal, and the Seeker who chases the elusive Golden Snitch™ that must be caught to end the match. The Seeker who ends the game by catching the Snitch wins an extra 150 points for their team. You can also accumulate power ups and special moves to help you in your plight.

Firstly you need to choose any one of the four Hogwarts house teams - everyone is present and correct including Harry Potter's Gryffindor - Malfoy's Slytherin & Cho's Ravenclaw you get a chance to pick up the Quidditch basics with five original challenges and the Hogwarts House Cup competition. This works as a great tutorial and intro to the sport. Once completed, players can enter the Quidditch World Cup, choosing from a range of international teams including the USA, England, France, Germany, the Nordic Team, Japan, Spain, Australia, and Bulgaria - featuring Viktor Krum. Each national team sports its own Quidditch gear, has a unique stadium environment, and different strengths to make thing even more interesting.

Where this game became a bit frustrating for me was when I became good enough at Quidditch to start wanting to play for keeps. Quidditch, in JK Rowling's books is described as a super fast, intricate and dangerous sport. It seems to me that EA have pitched this game at a lower end age group which I suppose is who will buy this title.
Which means the game-play and CPU AI don't really cut the mustard in today's sport simulation world.

Controlling your players is no less than annoying, you have no option to speed up or slow down on your broomstick (like a boost button) and the passing is too much of a lottery. I get frustrated by games that try and use the game AI to make your passes and heavily influence your teammates, this game left me with steam coming out of my ears.

Even though I tended to get a bit frustrated with the game-play, Harry Potter™ Quidditch™ World Cup does a fine job of the audio & visual production. The players and areas alike are all glorious in their detail. As you travel around the world in the world cup you get to see some stunning Quidditch pitches including ice arenas and water pitches. Sound-wise the game seems to do an ok job, although there is nothing special to report.

Overall, Harry Potter Quidditch World Cup is a likeable first attempt, that I expect will appeal more to the hardcore Potter fan. Does it has enough depth of game-play and tactic to hold it's own as a sports title? The jury is out on this one. I await the sequel.

7 out of 10

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