HARRY POTTER is the highest grossing film series ever – with over $5bn in box office takings worldwide. And the video games have proven to be pretty lucrative themselves.
The latest title, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, closely follows the storyline from the upcoming seventh Potter film. It boasts Kinect compatibility, a co-op mode and a new game engine.
Fans who purchase the game will also be interested in continuing the storyline in Part Two which hits stores next year.
EA says it’s the perfect alternative to Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty for gamers who are too young to play those older games but want all the excitement of an action shooter. We use the term ‘shooter’ lightly as it’s not bullets that Harry fires, but sparks of magic.
“The storyline is much darker this year with an emphasis on action – the perfect foil for our consumers,” says EA producer Darren Potter. Yes, that really is his name.
Potter adds: “There aren’t many action magic shooter games around, and this allows us to give children and young teenagers the action of an 18-plus shooter without the adult themes.”
Players can not only use spells that fire projectiles at enemies but give them special abilities, too. These range from the power to levitate objects, an invisibility cloak for sneaking around or confusion spells that cause other enemies to attack each other.
“If you’re a parent and you want a high action title that is safe, with no death, murder, killing or blood – we’ve provided it,” says Potter.
“This is a game that kids will enjoy playing and won’t be embarrassed by just because their mum bought it for them. It’s a deep, dark action title that people of any age can enjoy.”