'OotP' video game screenshot
Additional images from 'OotP' video game
April 11, 2007 at 2:43 PM ET
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Additional images from the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video game have appeared online. These new images include one of Dumbledore and Voldemort at the Ministry and one of the trio in the Gryffindor common room.Thanks to Matthew for letting us know that you can view the packaging for the game here and a larger version can be seen here, courtesy of UHP.
The game will be released a week before the movie and will be available on the following platforms: PSP, GBA, Nintendo DS, PS2, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and the Nintendo Wii.
UPDATE: Thanks to Jon for letting us know that IGN has posted a report on the Wii game console that mentions that "EA UK opted to implement the sandbox-style mission structure of the latest GTA games. Littered throughout the game are "discovery points," which function as milestone markers. These discovery points can be activated by completing various challenges, and reward the player with spell and level advancements."
Visually, the game is quite obviously a port of the PS2 version. That's not to say that it looks ugly -- far from it -- but there are some aliasing issues, as well as some blurry textures. Still, the project runs at a fairly consistent 30 frames per second throughout and looks impressive nevertheless. It also supports 16:9 widescreen and 480p. From a visual design perspective, though, the game is quite striking. Hogwarts and its environs are brought to life flawlessly. We took the rare opportunity to turn on the game's debug mode and fly through the levels, and we came away really impressed. All of Hogwarts is connected seamlessly, creating a palpable sensation of being in the famed wizardry school. Technical shortcomings aside, the team at EA UK did a remarkable job of recreating Hogwarts and all of its many inhabitants.
UPDATE: II: Additional images can be seen here.