Wonderbook: Book of Spells PlayStation-3
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Released on 16/11/2012
Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience.
J.K. Rowling expands the wizarding world from her Harry Potter stories with this exciting new adventure for budding witches and wizards as they turn the pages of the "Book of Spells", a two hundred year old book by Miranda Goshawk and found in the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library. It is an advanced textbook for students, which will assist them on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard.
Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment in which to read, discover, learn and practise spells they already know and love, such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students, and humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells. J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into the values a witch or wizard has to learn, and inviting you to journey through the book to unlock new content, rewarding successful students along the way.
Book of Spells exclusively for PlayStation 3 Features:
- Discover the magic - Wonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before.
- Learn the art of spell-casting - Chapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practise 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way - as well as House Points - just like a student at Hogwarts.
- Original content from J.K. Rowling - From the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells reveals new and exciting content by the world’s best-loved author. Offering backstories to the famous spells, valuable lessons and brand new creatures, student wizards can unlock more writing with every chapter test.
Wonderbook is the fantastic new way to play games on PlayStation 3. This book-shaped accessory works with the PlayStation Eye camera and PlayStation Move controller, using augmented reality to bring the pages of the book to life on your TV screen in fun and interactive ways.
Wonderbook is included with your copy of Book of Spells
Please Note: PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera will be required to play this game. Sold separately.
Although it may have wobbled in the early running, the PlayStation 3 approaches the end of the current hardware generation as one of the strongest and most eclectic gaming systems in history. Whether reviving and refreshing its big franchises for new fans, or supporting the more artistically inclined indie end of the development spectrum, a large debt of thanks for 2012's sterling games line-up is owed to SONY. Uniquely among the big platform holders, you could easily fill a list of the PS3's top titles with SONY's own first party exclusives.
Also uniquely among its peers, SONY has done a superb job of dipping into its past without exploiting fans. High definition compilations of classic PlayStation 2 series such as Ratchet & Clank worked both as loving tributes to classic gameplay of yesteryear, and as highly polished introductions for generations of new fans. At the same time, new games featuring the same characters ensured they'll endure into the next generation, with Ratchet & Clank: QForce combining the crisp and humorous platform jumping of old with a frantic tower defence strategy twist.
Also making a comeback was the mighty Twisted Metal. SONY's ferocious vehicle combat game is a representative of a genre that has faded from popularity, but the combination of fantastic multiplayer mayhem, addictive arcade driving physics and the sheer visual punch that the PS3 delivers makes this bratty, splattery action game one of 2012's unsung gems.
Twisted Metal succeeded because it brought back classic gameplay that had been forgotten, but other SONY hits this year worked because they took popular characters and concepts off into new directions. LittleBigPlanet Karting, for example, found Sackboy reinvented as a cuddly textile version of Jenson Button. The introduction of kart racing into the LittleBigPlanet world was exciting enough, but when you factor in the boundless creativity that the game offers - allowing players to use the developer's own design tools to create their own tracks and mini-games - then you've got a game that is a more than worthy addition to the LBP lineage. Even if you never create anything of your own, the fact that the community is constantly producing new, free content is enough to keep you playing for months.
SONY's roster of characters got an even more unlikely make over in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. This multiplayer fighting game pitted such unlikely stablemates as Parappa the Rapper, Sackboy and Sly Cooper against the likes of Nathan Drake, God of War's Kratos and Bioshock's Big Daddy. It's an insane mash-up of the whimsical and the fearsome, yet it works beautifully. The larger arena-based battles are frantic and hilarious - perfect party game fodder - yet the systems underneath are much closer to the classic fighting game standards you'd expect to find in hardcore genre titles. With former Street Fighter spokesman Seth Killian as the lead designer, it's perhaps no surprise that All-Stars is actually a seriously good fighting game that just happens to have some silly modes for everyone to enjoy. If you haven't picked it up yet because you thought it was just for kids, correct that mistake as soon as possible!
SONY continued to innovate in other areas as well. The PlayStation Move controller found its perfect realisation in Book of Spells, the first in a planned series of Wonderbook augmented reality experiences. Produced in conjunction with JK Rowling, it sees players using an actual book which is transformed on-screen into a dusty old tome from the Hogwarts library. Casting spells and interacting with this magical world is genuinely spellbinding.
Just as magical, in a more abstract way, was the critically acclaimed Journey. Created by esoteric designer Jenova Chen, this thought-provoking experience sets you down in a strange desert with only a distant mountain peak to guide you. As you wander, solving puzzles and navigating the ruins of a lost civilisation, you'll gain the power to float and fly, as well as meeting other players who can collaborate with you to find more secrets. Absolutely gorgeous to look at, and inviting all kinds of gentle emotional responses, it's a true work of art.
Even far away from the arty indie scene, the PS3 had a cracking year. Fans of Assassin's Creed III, for example, were treated to exclusive bonus missions on SONY's console that wove legendary traitor Benedict Arnold into the game's Revolutionary War narrative.
And, remarkably, 2013 looks like it will be even better. Intelligent blockbusters such as The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls will be available exclusively on the PS3, along with a new God of War and a new Sly Cooper adventure, and that's all before the summer arrives. The news may be full of rumours and guesswork about the next hardware generation, but there's plenty to be excited about on the consoles we do have!
J K Rowling? Magic? Spell casting? Hogwarts? All accessible via PlayStation Move? If visiting GAME then, expect Wonderbook: Book of Spells to suddenly fly off the shelf and right into the hands of your children through the power of their pestering alone...
Before Rowling got all grown-up and wrote Casual Vacancy, she consulted and wrote for this spellbinding attempt to bring the magic of Hogwarts into your living room. Using the PlayStation Eye and Move peripherals, you'll flick on your PlayStation 3 and quicker than you can say "J K Rowling is worth 560 million quid", you'll be learning 20 of Harry Potter's most beloved spells, while goggling at the game's augmented reality which sees you projected slap bang into the middle of the action.
Most importantly, the package comes with the Wonderbook, a book-like peripheral with turnable pages. Boot up the game and this humble device clutched in your hands turns into a dusty tome onscreen, its pages now ancient parchment while your Move controller transforms into a spindly and quite frankly awesome-looking wand; and as for how you look in-game, well, you look like you always do. Sorry but there's only so much technology can do.
The core gameplay is the spell learning and casting but you won't have to learn phrases of gobbledegook; just move your, erm, Move to match the onscreen prompts. And abracadabra, you'll soon be casting legendary Harry Potter spells such as Incendio, Expelliarmus and Canihavesomecontactlenses!
As you traverse through the book's many chapters, you'll come across freshly minted copy from the world's most successful author, fight duels with wizards, help baby dragons, head to famous locations and generally be left gobsmacked by the onscreen action. Indeed, Wonderbook: Book of Spells represents something of a milestone for Potter fans; a literally hands-on experience that looks and feels truly magical to kids. So SONY, please consider your hourglass filled to the brim with House Points. You swots.
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