LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 DSi and DS Lite
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Product Details
Released on 25/06/2010
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 combines two of the most beloved franchises to deliver a magical, fun-filled adventure. Based on Harry's first four books and films - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire- fans can experience Harry's first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in a new an exciting way. Players will build the adventure from Privet Drive to the Triwizard Tournament in an interactive journey that takes them through some of the most detailed and expansive environments ever created for a LEGO game. Featuring potion-making, spellcasting, puzzle-solving, and more, players of all ages can relive the adventures like never before with the humor and creative customization that is unique to LEGO videogames.
- LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 transports players to iconic environments from the Harry Potter books and films and introduces a fun, new way of experiencing the magic of Harry Potter through hilarious cut-scenes and new to LEGO gameplay elements such as magical building and spell-casting.
- Experience the wonder of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: attend lessons, interact with the professors, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to collect LEGO studs.
- Players have the freedom to select from over 100 playable characters including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as many other fan favorites.
- Explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, the village of Hogsmeade and, of course, Hogwarts castle. LEGO Hogwarts is a grand, immersive 3D environment and the largest, most detailed LEGO game location ever built for everyone to explore and enjoy.
- LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 is family friendly gaming at its best. Conjure up fun with a friend and play through Harry's first four years at Hogwarts as a team with easy drop-in/dropout co-op play; online co-op is also available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 gamers.
- Nintendo DS gaming features stylus based movement and spell-casting, as well as two-player ad hoc co-op
It's more good news for Assassin's Creed fans after yesterday's revelation of a May announcement of the next game in the popular franchise. BAFTA has released its list of nominations for this year's videogame awards, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood has received the most nods of any game, featuring in a total of seven categories.
It seems the members of the BAFTA panel were big fans of Ezio's latest adventure, as it scooped nominations for Action, Artistic Achievement, Gameplay, Multiplayer, Technical Innovation, Use of Audio, and the biggie: Best Game.
In the latter category, Ubisoft's game faces some stiff competition from FIFA 11, Heavy Rain, LIMBO, Mass Effect 2 and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Call of Duty: Black Ops missed out in that category, but was nominated in six others. Mass Effect 2 also had six nods in total, with Sony's gritty thriller Heavy Rain picking up five, while Super Mario Galaxy 2 and indie darling LIMBO both got four. Surprisingly, Halo: Reach only featured in two categories: Multiplayer and Technical Innovation.
Meanwhile, the mass-market success of Microsoft's Kinect ensured a strong showing in the the Family category, with nods for Dance Central, Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports and Kinectimals. Flying the flag for more traditional control are LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and the terrific Toy Story 3.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 16, which will be streamed live on the BAFTA website.
This week's new GAME releases see you time shifting, demon slaying, spell casting, bone crunching and shape shifting.
Singularity (PS3, X360) puts you in the shoes of a US Air Force pilot sent on a mission to investigate a mysterious research base on an island off the coast of Siberia. You soon find yourself drawn into a Russian conspiracy as you fight to stop the ingularitywhich fractured time on the island from spreading to the wider world. To do so youl have to battle through a constantly shifting environment as time waves throw you back and forth between the Cold War era and the present day. Can you unravel the mystery behind this top-secret military project before time runs out?
With a sword in one hand and a shield in the other, Demon's Souls (PS3) challenges you to slay an evil force that threatens to destroy the fictional kingdom of Boletaria. Youl venture across six worlds, ridding stone castles and dark caverns of the demons that lay within their walls, nurturing your stats as you go to build the combat and magic skills needed to defeat the more challenging bosses in this beautiful, immersive and challenging role playing game.
Based on the first four Harry potter books and films, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 (PS3, X360, Wii, DSi, DS Lite, PC, PSP) lets you experience Harry first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Choosing from over 100 playable characters, youl get to make potions, cast spells, solve puzzles, fly on broomsticks and explore iconic environments in this humourous, family friendly title. You can even play through the game as a team thanks to a simple drop-in and drop-out co-op feature.
Fast-paced and gritty, Backbreaker (PS3, X360) aims to set a new standard for in-game animations in the American football genre. Developer NaturalMotion technology - also featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - lets your console calculate each bone-crunching tackle on the fly, meaning every challenge is unique, realistic looking and feeling. Promising to put an end to canned animations, Backbreaker real-time technology aims to ensure the gameplay never becomes stale, leading to plenty of replay value.
Transformers: War for Cybertron (PS3, X360, Wii, DSi, DS Lite, PC) is an origins story set before the Transformers characters arrival on Earth. Taking you to their home planet of Cybertron, it focuses on the epic civil war that spawned the brutal rivalry between the Autobots and Decepticons, allowing you to experience the action from both sides of the conflict. Playable characters include shape-shifting favourites such as Megatron and Optimus, and you can battle through the entire campaign with friends co-operatively online.
Also out this week:
An Invitation to Hogwarts!
I’m minding my own business at GAME HQ when a special envelope lands on my desk. Inside, there’s an invitation in the shape of an owl: “You are cordially invited to take a first look at LEGO Harry Potter Years 1–4”. How could I refuse?!
The venue is perfect. It’s like a mini version of Hogwarts! The Ironmonger’s Hall in Barbican, London, has a grand staircase, aristocratic portraits on the wall and a banqueting hall reminiscent of the one in the Harry Potter films.
“You haven’t been talking to any portraits have you?”
I am greeted by a wizard who introduces herself as Professor Margoyles and invites me to hand over my travelling cloak. Up the staircase the very convincing Professor Snedly uses a sorting hat and sorts me into – uh oh – Slitherin! Still . . . it’s often more fun being the evil one.
I am told to wait with the other ‘students’ in an atmospherically lit room with a beautiful white owl sitting patiently on his perch. The Harry Potter music is punctuated by exclamations from Snedly outside, “Don’t dawdle in the corridor”, he demands of one student and, “You haven’t been talking to any portraits have you?” he sternly enquires of another.
Finally Slitherin House is called to the banqueting hall where we get our first look at LEGO Harry Potter Years 1–4 . . .
Introducing LEGO Harry Potter Years 1–4
I’m expecting something good here. After all it’s LEGO and it’s Harry Potter! How could you go wrong?
Harry Potter Years 1–4 gives you a good mixture of gameplay, including story levels, collecting, building and puzzle solving.
Unlike other LEGO games, Harry Potter Years 1–4 gives its characters the opportunity to grow, which is a welcome new dimension to this popular format. So how exactly do the characters grow? Wizard school!
Yes, you, too, can go to Hogwarts and learn spells!
Yes, you, too, can go to Hogwarts and learn spells! Interspersed with the play, the wizardry classes will help you grow in power and learn new abilities that help you solve puzzles, and unlock new parts of the game.
The more you learn, the more your character grows, so when you revisit a location there might be more things you can do – or maybe the prefects will let you go where they wouldn’t let you go before . . .
Become All Your Favourite Characters
You’ll find all your favourite Harry Potter characters in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1–4 as well as a host of minor characters. You can switch freely between available characters at any time depending on the challenges you face. You can also choose to play good or bad – and learn good spells or bad!
Even though they are built of bricks, the personality of characters like Ron really comes through.
Each playable character can have up to 8 abilities by the end of the game and you can customise them with purchases from Diagon Alley.
One of the nicest touches in the game is the humour, and even though they are built of bricks, the personality of characters like Ron really comes through. Even the paintings will talk to you – in their own special way – but will they help you out or get in the way?!
Experience Harry Potter’s World
As well as having characters that grow, Harry Potter Years 1–4 pushes the LEGO format further with the Hogwarts environment, which promises to be the largest and most detailed LEGO game environment yet.
You’ll step into iconic locations from the Harry Potter books and films, and be able to take part in the story from the start: Find platform 9 ¾ . . . discover Diagon Alley with Hagred . . . buy your first wand . . . cast your first spell . . . and learn how to ride your broom!
You can step into this world alone or choose multiplayer mode and play in split-screen view. The split-screen view lets you explore in your own time and in your own way.
The Element of Surprise!
Wherever you go in LEGO Harry Potter Years 1–4, there is always an element of surprise!
As we watch the developer demonstrate the game, he actively encourages us to ‘trash the place’ and ‘fool around’! By interacting with items in each scene you may find special rewards or a LEGO stud or two, and once you’ve trashed some sections, rebuilding them might help you solve your next challenge.
The largest and most detailed LEGO game environment yet.
Spells can also act in a way you don’t expect! Spells can act differently depending upon which character you are and who (or what) you’re casting them on. You can also create you own spell potions . . . if you make one right, you could have a powerful tool! If you make it wrong – BOOM!
There are lots more surprises in store and I won’t spoil them here, but what version will you choose?
The Wii version lets you use the controller as a wand and immerses you in the Harry Potter world. The DS version is more of an adventure, complete with cut-scenes and the opportunity to talk to the characters. Both send you into a wonderfully colourful, magical world with all the things LEGO game fans love.
Preview by: Amanda 'Hermione' Hepburn
Preview Published: 11.05.10
It's the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, which means we all get an extra day off. So with the weather being predictably unpredictable, why not spend it in the company of some great games?
Here's our handy guide for some of the best games to enjoy this bank holiday weekend, with ideas for children, for friends and family, or for getting some serious single-player gaming done!
Games for the kids:
If you have a kids and a Kinect, there's really only one choice - Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, giving the chance for the little ones to play along with all their favourite Pixar characters, like Woody and Buzz, Remy the Rat, Lightning McQueen and the Incredibles. Kids will love using the Kinect to interact with their Pixar friends, lifting, steering, flying, swimming and smashing their way through a variety of fun games that will keep them occupied for hours, and feeling like they're part of the story.
For more quirky fun with their favourite characters, it's hard to go wrong with our wide choice of LEGO games. Kids can take a trip to Hogwarts and help Harry Potter and chums defeat Voldemort, set sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean, use the Force in Star Wars, or hero-up alongside Batman or Indiana Jones. With classic adventures recreated in LEGO's trademark building blocks, and delivered with LEGO's trademark sense of humour, there's plenty for kids of all ages to enjoy - and for parents to enjoy once the children have gone to bed!
Skylanders continue to be a big hit with the kids, and you'll be a big hit with your kids if you bring Skylanders home! The age-old battle of good versus evil is brought to life not only through the video game itself, but enhanced by the collection of character toys that interact with the game. There's a whole host of cool characters to collect and who join are brought to life in the game via the Portal of Power, so the opportunities for new games and new challenges are endless!
Games for friends and family:
When's the plenty of people round, a little friendly competition always goes a long way. Where better to find out who's best than at the Olympic games? And who better to play with than Mario and Sonic? Well, as luck would have it, Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games is chock full of fun contests that test a wide variety of skills, with unique ways of interacting with the action. There's everything from sprinting to table tennis, canoeing to show-jumping, as well as some imaginative twists in the 'Dream' events, like a long-jump that takes you flying from cloud to cloud. And all for a lot less than a ticket to the real Olympics!
If you - or your party - starts to get a bit more active, then there's always Just Dance 3. The latest chapter in the hugely successful dancing game series continues to challenge all to bust their best moves. This time there's an even wider variety of dancefloor-classic songs from almost every era and a range of different game modes to keep the party fresh and four-player action for the ultimate dance-off! It's compatible with Wii, PlayStation Move and Kinect, and pushes motion controls to their funky limits!
Games on your own:
Looking for a game to put some serious single-player hours into? Well, you can always journey into space with Mass Effect 3, one of the biggest and most talked-about games of the year. This sci-fi adventure is as much an in-depth role-playing experience as it is a third-person shooter, promising a journey where you choices really define the way the game is played. Thousands of people all over the world have committed almost as many hours following Commander Shepard across the Trilogy, so why not spend this weekend finding out just why?
If you prefer your role-playing a little more traditional, then the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Pandora's Tower are two fantastic offerings. Questing in fantasy worlds, battling mythical beasts, swords, sorcery and an ending based on how you play - the whole RPG experienced wrapped up in a complete package! Skyrim offers a first-person adventure and dragons, while Pandora's Tower gives you classical music and a very personal quest. Either game will take up your entire weekend!
For time consumption of a different kind, Minecraft has finally made its way to Xbox 360 thanks to Xbox LIVE. This 8-bit phenomenon has become a global cult classic, with it's simple sandbox gameplay: mine things and then build things. What sounds so simple becomes perilously addictive as your skills and ambitions become greater and greater still, and the long weekend is ideal to get settled into a time-sucking game like this!
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