E3 2003: Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup Hands-on Impressions:
If you were expecting Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup to only be for children, you may want to reconsider your proposal. Although the gameís main appeal are those people who love the Harry Potter books and movies, and want to experience the game of Quidditch on their consoles, the title can also provide an amount of entertainment for almost anyone. If the game didnít involve flying around on broomsticks, you may actually consider Quidditch World Cup as an actual sport. The game controls with ease and has a very simple learning curve. Almost every feature of the game can be immediately learned, which makes it appealing to anyone hoping for a sense of entertainment.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup can become quite easy at times, so I presume there are different difficulty settings to increase the level of play. Usually when games are displayed, they are made extremely easy for the player. I was able to dominate in the game within minutes and achieved goals in succession once I familiarized myself with the different abilities. I was pleased with the titles graphics, even though they could have been sharper with heavier distinction. The cut scenes and special moves are a nice segment of the game and the titleís sound provides a sense of atmosphere and excitement that differentiates itself from being strictly a kiddy game. It is understood that fans of the Harry Potter series will really enjoy the game, but even people who have never heard of Harry Potter (which I find completely impossible) may also appreciate the title for its sport atmosphere and gaming qualities. In the end, although Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup is certainly not a flagship title for EA, it is greatly appreciated that they didnít just whip this title together with no respect for itself.
5/14/2003 Matt Stensrud