Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor Umbridge Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore Army, Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Game Genre Role Playing Game
Release Date 2007-6-25
Maximum Number of Players 1
Expert Reviews
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
4 Star Review  GameZone - Aug 23, 2007

Adventure games come in a variety of styles, including (but not limited to): light and airy, rich and creamy, and fatty and greasy. Though it might seem odd to compare the genre’s variances in the way we compare food, it has more relevance than you might think. After all, Psychonauts was as irresistible as chocolate pudding. Every moment had to be savored. Meanwhile, the last Sonic game left me feeling like I had just eaten a tub of lard. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix belongs in the other category of adventure games, the one that houses Zelda, ICO, and Shadow of the Colossus.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.81 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #3,569 game of all time and #157 Xbox 360 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 34 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 15 expert reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the average expert rating is 63 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Only for Harry Potter fans
2 Star Review   By member bunty7 - Sep 1, 2008   

Strengths: Environment & characters from Harry Potter series

Weakness: Gameplay is dull & frustrating

If you are one of those who loves everything associated with Harry Potter, You may take a liking to this game as well. There is quite a bit of exploration of Hogwarts that you can do. There are some cool magic spells but executing them can get either repetitive or even difficult to pull of sometimes Graphics are OK & the characters look good, but the eye candy part gets old fast when the bad controls & dull gameplay starts putting you to sleep It does feel like another movie based game with not much depth to it. So get it only if you have every other collectible related to Harry Potter

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harry potter
3 Star Review   By member gh0zt - Aug 20, 2008   

Strengths: harry potter setting, voice acting is nice

Weakness: glitchy cut-scenes, boring

This game will only appeal to Harry Potter fans. They did a good job transforming Hogwarts to videogame. The game itself is really nothing more than running around doing tedious objectives. The difficulty might appeal to the younger audience, but older gamers will probably get bored with this game quick

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
4 Star Review   By member mj_f - Jul 30, 2008   

Strengths: Best Harry Potter game yet

Weakness: Combat portions weak

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix they got one thing right - you are able to wander the hallways and outdoor areas of Hogwarts in a nearly brick-by-brick recreation of the school from the movie. This might be enough for many Harry Potter fans - the ability to visit all those areas they know and love and uncover secrets by using spells/solving puzzles. The story from the movie is also contained within this framework as a set of tasks that must be completed. Progress through those tasks and you propel the story forward. It is easy to orient yourself with respect to the next task in the large game world thanks to an excellent implementation of the Marauder's Map - just select a person with a task and you will see footprints leading you to them (different from the book/movie but it works here). But you can also take long breaks from the story and just explore to your heart's content. The spell-casting combat portions are not the best with some flaky control on the spell-casting. Fortunately they are not a large part of the game. Overall, though, this is a very good game for any Harry Potter fan, especially as it is now a cheaper ($20-$30) title.

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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (XB360)
3 Star Review   By member cotebryan - Mar 2, 2008   

Strengths: (1) Best Harry Potter game to date (2) Best realization of the Hoggwarts School

Weakness: (1) Side missions are repetitive

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix is truly the best HP game yet. The most amazing aspect of the game is the recreation of Hogwarts School which you will explore throughout the game. The magic-casting is also more enjoyable in this entry as the spells are mapped to different movements of the R-Stick. This feels just a little more tactile and immersing than previous games. The story itself is pretty good and follows the movie, however, it can be disjointed at times. Also, the lock-on system can be a bit unwieldy at times. A lot of the quests involve wandering around to find a certain number of people or objects, which is something I really hope the developers move away from in the future. For some reason, there seems to be this perception that good kids games must have hours of artificially extended gameplay made necessary by boring fetch-quests. Overall, this is a game that will be very much enjoyed by fans of the Harry Potter universe. Other gamers may be mildly amused.

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Not a bad little outing for Harry Potter fans.
4 Star Review   By member javadrinker - Jan 6, 2008   

Strengths: Lot's of hidden stuff, decent graphics, follows the movie plot

Weakness: Not enough real gaming action. Can be a little tedious at times.

All in all this is a pretty good game for Harry Potter fans. You get to spend a lot of time exploring all of Hogwarts and interacting with all of the usual characters. The game is made up of little easy puzzles but it's pretty easy to finish the game just from knowing where to go. There were a couple of magic fight scenes but there was no real challenge to them. The voice over work was mostly done by the original actors and the music was recorded by a live orchestra so that adds a nice little touch to the game.

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Ex-pel-iamous
4 Star Review   By member csanderson76 - Jan 4, 2008   

Strengths: cool spells, and lots of hidden secrets

If you liked the movie you will like the game. It is just like the movie. There are quite a few spells to remember, but you do have a spell book to refresh if you need help. Very realistic characters.

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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Explore Hogwarts
4 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Oct 22, 2007   

Strengths: Fully realized school and good special effects

Weakness: If you aren't a fan of the movie, you probably won't enjoy it

For fans of the movie, this is a captivating game. The school of Hogwarts is recreated in fine detail. There are many tasks to take on and a number of spells to learn. The game isn't action packed like a lot of shooters, but if you enjoy the characters and locations from the movie, you'll enjoy this.

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Good XBox game
5 Star Review   By member dmatheny - Sep 21, 2007   

Strengths: The kids love it

We just got this last week and the kids have really been enjoying it. I haven't played it myself, but it does seem like it was a good purchase.

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In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor Umbridge Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore Army, Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating E10+ (Everyone 10 and older)
Game Genre Role Playing Game
Release Date 2007-6-25
Maximum Number of Players 1
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Product Title Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Lowest Price $69.99 from Amazon Marketplace
Power Score 3.7 | 11 Reviews
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Maximum Number of Local Players: 1
Memory Space Required: 64 KB
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Software Name: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Broadcast Format Supported: 1080i (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 720p (HDTV)
Software Main Type: Game
Brand Name: EA
Frequency Band: Players: 1
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Expert Reviews
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
4 Star Review  GameZone - Aug 23, 2007

Adventure games come in a variety of styles, including (but not limited to): light and airy, rich and creamy, and fatty and greasy. Though it might seem odd to compare the genre’s variances in the way we compare food, it has more relevance than you might think. After all, Psychonauts was as irresistible as chocolate pudding. Every moment had to be savored. Meanwhile, the last Sonic game left me feeling like I had just eaten a tub of lard. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix belongs in the other category of adventure games, the one that houses Zelda, ICO, and Shadow of the Colossus.

Read the full review »

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.81 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #3,569 game of all time and #157 Xbox 360 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 34 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 3, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 15 expert reviews for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the average expert rating is 63 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Only for Harry Potter fans
2 Star Review   By member bunty7 - Sep 1, 2008   

Strengths: Environment & characters from Harry Potter series

Weakness: Gameplay is dull & frustrating

If you are one of those who loves everything associated with Harry Potter, You may take a liking to this game as well. There is quite a bit of exploration of Hogwarts that you can do. There are some cool magic spells but executing them can get either repetitive or even difficult to pull of sometimes Graphics are OK & the characters look good, but the eye candy part gets old fast when the bad controls & dull gameplay starts putting you to sleep It does feel like another movie based game with not much depth to it. So get it only if you have every other collectible related to Harry Potter

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harry potter
3 Star Review   By member gh0zt - Aug 20, 2008   

Strengths: harry potter setting, voice acting is nice

Weakness: glitchy cut-scenes, boring

This game will only appeal to Harry Potter fans. They did a good job transforming Hogwarts to videogame. The game itself is really nothing more than running around doing tedious objectives. The difficulty might appeal to the younger audience, but older gamers will probably get bored with this game quick

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
4 Star Review   By member mj_f - Jul 30, 2008   

Strengths: Best Harry Potter game yet

Weakness: Combat portions weak

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix they got one thing right - you are able to wander the hallways and outdoor areas of Hogwarts in a nearly brick-by-brick recreation of the school from the movie. This might be enough for many Harry Potter fans - the ability to visit all those areas they know and love and uncover secrets by using spells/solving puzzles. The story from the movie is also contained within this framework as a set of tasks that must be completed. Progress through those tasks and you propel the story forward. It is easy to orient yourself with respect to the next task in the large game world thanks to an excellent implementation of the Marauder's Map - just select a person with a task and you will see footprints leading you to them (different from the book/movie but it works here). But you can also take long breaks from the story and just explore to your heart's content. The spell-casting combat portions are not the best with some flaky control on the spell-casting. Fortunately they are not a large part of the game. Overall, though, this is a very good game for any Harry Potter fan, especially as it is now a cheaper ($20-$30) title.

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Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (XB360)
3 Star Review   By member cotebryan - Mar 2, 2008   

Strengths: (1) Best Harry Potter game to date (2) Best realization of the Hoggwarts School

Weakness: (1) Side missions are repetitive

Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix is truly the best HP game yet. The most amazing aspect of the game is the recreation of Hogwarts School which you will explore throughout the game. The magic-casting is also more enjoyable in this entry as the spells are mapped to different movements of the R-Stick. This feels just a little more tactile and immersing than previous games. The story itself is pretty good and follows the movie, however, it can be disjointed at times. Also, the lock-on system can be a bit unwieldy at times. A lot of the quests involve wandering around to find a certain number of people or objects, which is something I really hope the developers move away from in the future. For some reason, there seems to be this perception that good kids games must have hours of artificially extended gameplay made necessary by boring fetch-quests. Overall, this is a game that will be very much enjoyed by fans of the Harry Potter universe. Other gamers may be mildly amused.

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Not a bad little outing for Harry Potter fans.
4 Star Review   By member javadrinker - Jan 6, 2008   

Strengths: Lot's of hidden stuff, decent graphics, follows the movie plot

Weakness: Not enough real gaming action. Can be a little tedious at times.

All in all this is a pretty good game for Harry Potter fans. You get to spend a lot of time exploring all of Hogwarts and interacting with all of the usual characters. The game is made up of little easy puzzles but it's pretty easy to finish the game just from knowing where to go. There were a couple of magic fight scenes but there was no real challenge to them. The voice over work was mostly done by the original actors and the music was recorded by a live orchestra so that adds a nice little touch to the game.

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Ex-pel-iamous
4 Star Review   By member csanderson76 - Jan 4, 2008   

Strengths: cool spells, and lots of hidden secrets

If you liked the movie you will like the game. It is just like the movie. There are quite a few spells to remember, but you do have a spell book to refresh if you need help. Very realistic characters.

50% of readers found this review helpful.

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Explore Hogwarts
4 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Oct 22, 2007   

Strengths: Fully realized school and good special effects

Weakness: If you aren't a fan of the movie, you probably won't enjoy it

For fans of the movie, this is a captivating game. The school of Hogwarts is recreated in fine detail. There are many tasks to take on and a number of spells to learn. The game isn't action packed like a lot of shooters, but if you enjoy the characters and locations from the movie, you'll enjoy this.

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Good XBox game
5 Star Review   By member dmatheny - Sep 21, 2007   

Strengths: The kids love it

We just got this last week and the kids have really been enjoying it. I haven't played it myself, but it does seem like it was a good purchase.

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