Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is a third-person shooter video game based off of the Harry Potter franchise released to coincide with the theatrical release of the film of the same name. It was published by Electronic Arts and was released on the Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 3.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione start their quest to find the Horcruxes, which allows Lord Voldemort to maintain his immortality.
The PC and console games allow players to control Harry Potter in a third-person over-the-shoulder camera and was a third person shooter with cover system. There are multiple spells to use to combat Death Eaters and other enemies in the game. There are also stealth elements where you can use the Invisibility Cloak to get to certain areas.
The DS version uses the stylus to control Harry and was more puzzle based.
Why it Sucks
- Most spells have little to no use, except for Confringo (which destroys rocks) and Stupefy (your basic attack spell). Given the game's third person shooter style ala Gears of War, the spells also behave more like guns than what they do in the books and films.
- Harry Potter constantly says the name of the spell you are using (likely to be Stupefy due to it being the only useful attack spell) throughout the entire game, which gets tedious VERY quickly.
- There is a leveling system, but it is nearly pointless since there is almost no improvements made to Harry's spells.
- The boss battles are very hard such as the one with the locket Horcrux. It even doesn't look like what it was in the movie.
- To hit someone with a spell while using the invisiblity cloak, you have to get real close to them to guarantee the stun or else the enemies will start attacking you.
- The camera can be very claustrophobic when taking cover during combat.
- The Four-Points spell is not really useful, making it hard to figure out where you're supposed to go.
- At times, Hermione or Ron will leave Harry behind which makes the game start side missions for him to complete. The side missions are forced and must be played in order to advance the game. Some of these missions happen at times that can clearly conflict with the narrative such as Harry going back into the Ministry of Magic after just escaping it.
- Harry can simply run past enemies most of the time to progress, making combat almost unnecessary.
- Combat is also incredibly repetitive.
- The Wii version of the game has the camera rotate when you move the Wii Remote cursor on the screen even if the cursor is not on the edges of the screen.
- The game has Kinect side missions on Xbox 360 where you cast spells through hand and body gestures.
- Very short, at about four hours long.
GameSpot awarded the game 5 out of 10 and said "While the third-person shooter aspect of Harry's latest adventure can be fun, the game's story elements fail to live up to those of its literary namesake." IGN gave the PS3 and Wii versions of the game an even lower score of 2 and the Xbox 360 version a 2.5, citing various gameplay issues, as well as the storyline being loosely related to the film and novel. Official Nintendo Magazine awarded the Wii version of the game 60% and called it "An engaging attempt to apparate Harry into action gaming, but also a flawed one." Game Informer awarded it 5.5 out of 10 and said "Like a Quidditch player falling from a broomstick mid-match, this installment loses all forward momentum and goes plummeting toward a faceplant at top speed". VideoGamer.com awarded it 5 out of ten and said "It's a impressively dark film tie-in, and an ambitious one at that, but don't expect anything more."
The Guardian gave the game a score of two stars out of five and said that "when you play [Deathly Hallows Part 1], you get the feeling that everyone involved with the franchise will be secretly relieved when the whole juggernaut finally grinds to a permanent halt." The Escapist also gave it two stars out of five and said, "If you want to stare at the back of Harry's head while he shouts "Stupefy!" forty times a minute, this is the game for you. If not, then you'd better look elsewhere."
Angry Joe gave the game a 2 out of 10 rating along with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 citing that these games were not meant for any kind of fan.