Friday, April 13, 2007

Wingardium Leviosa!

OK, I usually don't read the reviews on Penny Arcade, but this one caught my eye. It's for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for the Nintendo Wii:

The Wii-specific controls for the game seem remarkably well put together. Once Harry's wand is drawn, the Wiimote 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 Wiimote forward, and Harry will propel an object away from himself. Motion upward with both the Wiimote and nunchuk, and Harry will cause an object to levitate in the air.

How cool is that?! (he interrobanged) Now you can work on your leet wand skillz in the comfort of your living room!

I also liked the reviews discussion of the similarities between HP:OotP and the Grand Theft Auto franchise:

For this latest entry in the Harry Potter series, EA UK took a cue from Grand Theft Auto, astonishingly enough. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix actually has a whole lot in common with that beloved franchise. That's not to say that Harry is going to be beating down hookers with a baseball bat or anything. Rather, for this adventure, EA UK opted to implement the sandbox-style mission structure of the latest GTA games. Littered throughout the game are "discovery points," which function as milestone markers. These discovery points can be activated by completing various challenges, and reward the player with spell and level advancements.

Almost makes me want to buy a Wii. Almost.