As a lot of you already know, Kinect is set to hit store shelves very soon (November 4th to be exact). It will be sporting a nice supporting cast of games at launch as well. One little gem that I’ve had my eye on for awhile now is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Providing it is done correctly, this has the potential to be an extraordinarily fun game to play.
First off, let me say that you do not need Kinect to play Harry Potter. However, if you do happen to own Kinect, the Xbox 360 version will have exclusive side missions that can only be experienced with Microsoft’s hands-free controller. With Kinect, you can use your own hand motions to wave your magic wand to cast powerful, magical spells or to throw potions at Voldemort’s evil minions. How cool is that? Come on, I know most of you have a little bit of magic inside just dieing to come out.
Speaking of magic, this past week EA announced the full list of magic spells to be found in the game. This is what they had to say:
Spells for consoles and PC
Use combat spells such as Stupefy and Expulso to fight off attacks from Death Eaters, Snatchers and deadly creatures. Harry’s signature spell Expelliarmus packs a powerful punch against enemies, but you’ll need great timing and accuracy to master it. And send shockwaves through anyone who gets in your way with Confringo.
Wingardium Leviosa is more powerful than ever before, allowing you to lift objects in the world and use them as portable cover from attacking enemies; and, you can even use the spell offensively to throw levitated objects directly at your enemy.
The full list of combat spells also includes Petrificus Totalus, Confundo, Impedimenta, Protegoand expecto patronum – that’s ten in total. Your spells will be upgraded as you progress through the game and earn experience points – making you a more powerful and knowledgeable wizard. But watch out for the Death Eaters, as they can cast the Unforgivable Curse Crucio.
Finally, Wingardium Leviosa doubles as a utility spell, helping you clear pathways, whileFour-Points and Finite Incantatem help guide you on your way and assist with rescues.
Spells for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® missions
The Kinect motion sensor gives you a whole new hands-free way of casting spells in a series of specially developed single player and multi-player side missions. The five combat spells you can use to defeat your enemies in these missions are: Stupefy, Confringo, Expelliarmus,Expulso and Protego.
Spells for Nintendo DS™
The combat spells Stupefy, Protego, Wingardium Leviosa and expecto patronum are all available on this platform. However, exclusive to this version of the game are Incendio,Multi-shot capability and Cascading Jinxes – all available to help you defeat multiple enemies.
After immersing myself in the movies, diving head first into the books, and even playing through some of the previous EA games, I am ready to take my Harry Potter experience to the next level. Playing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on the Xbox 360 seems like a no brainer. The question is, will I take the plunge and become an auror to rid the world of Voldemort once and for all, or will I just live my happy, little muggle life blind to the magical world surrounding me? Yes I say! What about you?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is set to release on November 16th for an MSRP of $49.99.