Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling's world comes alive in Electronic Arts' Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. With access to the movie's blueprints, the developers built Hogwarts from the ground up, modeling famous locales such as Hagrid's Hut, the Great Hall and the Grand Staircase. Players explore at their leisure, uncovering secrets, interacting with characters and solving puzzles. In addition, EA licensed music from all of the movies as well as hired most of the film's cast to voice their characters. Casting spells using the right analog stick feels natural (as opposed to physically maneuvering the PS3's SIXAXIS) and the three wizard games (Gobstones, Exploding Snap and Chess) offer a fun distraction from adventuring. It suffers from a couple glitches, but this is without question EA's greatest Harry Potter, as well as one of its best movie-based games.
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