Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game has Wii wand controls

15 April 2007
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The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix game release date is between sometime in June and July 6th, before the fifth Harry Potter movie comes out on July 13th. The game will be released for the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and PC.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix gameGame maker Electronic Arts has given the game a sandbox-style mission gameplay similar to that in the Grand Theft Auto games, but without any “Crucio” or “Avada Kedavra” violence of course. The theme of the game will still be to explore Hogwarts and follow the story from the book and movie.

But thanks to the new free-roaming, you can do many unexpected things. In the game are many “discovery points,” which can be activated by completing various challenges, and they reward the player with spells and level advancements. For example: When you get a group of Snitches together in a room and set them loose on some levitating books, you can win discovery points.

The Wii controller is used as a wand!The Wii-specific controls for the game are well put together. Once Harry’s wand is drawn, the Wii controller can be used to directly control the spells you cast. Everything is handled through accelerometers; there is no pointing in the game whatsoever. Any of the game’s spells can be cast quickly and easily, merely by a flick of the wrist. Thrust the Wii controller forward, and Harry will propel an object away from himself. Motion upward with both the Wii controller and nunchuk, and Harry will cause an object to levitate in the air. Once you have an object floating, you can move the Wii controller around in 3D space to reposition it.

IGN also describes that walking through the castle as the myriad of portraits shift around and the staircases revolve is easily as impressive in the title as it is in the movies. You really feel like you’re at the wizards school.

While most of the game’s missions are still a mystery at this point, what is known is that it will have a Quidditch mini-game and playable versions of Sirius Black and Dumbledore.

Since the game follows the story of shown in the movie, here’s the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix trailer:


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