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Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Released

Just in time for the Holiday Season, the video game that allows players to take on the challenges that they saw on the big screen with the recent release of the last but one movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, has arrived on the small screen.

The game, released with versions for Microsoft's XBox 360, Sony's Play Station 3, the PC and Nintendo's Wii Entertainment System is the first of a two-part action-packed adventure video game developed by EA's Bright Light Studio, chronicling the adventures of Harry Potter, boy Wizard, and his mates, who are battling the evil Wizard Voldemort, who has plans to take over the world.

Released worldwide on 16 November, in order to coincide with the release of the film, the game follows Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they set out to destroy the seven Horcruxes that contain pieces of Voldemort's very soul.

The game developer took a different path this time, adopting the third-person point-of-view for the next game in a series that, while it was originally released for teen gamers, has caught the attention of a much wider adult gamer audience.

"The game is pretty close to the being there," James Phelps, who plays twin Fred Weasley in the films, told a reporter at the recent opening night showing of the latest film. A big fan of console gaming, the Phelps' lent a hand to the unveiling of the game at the official game announcment event, where it was revealed that the game would be Kinect enabled.

Both twins are thought to have infected their fellow cast members with the video game habit off-set, though their gaming on the set of the movies never became a problem for producers.

"Making films is really hours of waiting around broken up by minutes of excitement when you shoot," one of the twins explained when asked about on-set gaming at the event. "Some people like to read, others spend time on their mobile, we like to game!"

The enhancement to the game brought by Microsoft's new Kinect controller means that Wizards will be able to waive their wands rather than twiddle their thumbs to make the magic happen, a fact that the twins demonstrated at the event, after their firework-punctuated entrance, when they waved their imaginary wands while playing the XBox 360 version of the game.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 has been rated 12+ by PEGI, and T (for Teens) by the ESRB.

Posted: 25th Nov 2010 by CMBF
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, PlayStation 3, PC, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS,

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