Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire Review

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The fourth adventure has been aimed at younger gamers.

★★★★★

J.K. Rowling’s fourth Potter novel adopted more adult themes to hook readers growing up with Harry, Ron and Hermione. Ironically, though, the console spin-off dumbs down Harry’s moody, magical adventure.

Unlike the free-roaming worlds of earlier Potter quests, Goblet opts for linear levels that steer players down a narrow route, preventing fans from exploring the worlds they grew to love in the books.

Worse, the clever puzzles of other Potter games have been ditched in favour of kid-friendly hack-and-slash combat and shallow broomstick-flying missions, and the spell casting — surely a crucial element of any game featuring wizards — is now context-sensitive, only allowing players to weave magic when the situation dictates it.