The boy who lived continues to get new life this holiday season with two new Harry Potter video games, each with unique new ways to play. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells
Sony is kicking off a new line of what its calling Wonderbook titles, games that come as virtual, augmented reality books users flip through and play through using the Playstation 3's Eye camera and its motion sensing move controller. In other words, while looking at your TV, all the action takes place right at your feet in your living room.
The first Wonderbook out is "Book of Spells". Just mentioning that this one was written, with some unique content and back stories, by J.K. Rowling is enough to motivate any Potter fan to run out and get it. But on top of the new insight you'll get, you also learn and cast spells about 20 of them, use those spells in a whole bunch of mini-games and adventures, and even earn house points for jobs well done.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells is, again, only for the PS3. It costs $40 for the game alone and $80 for a bundle that includes the Eye camera and one move controller.
Harry Potter for Kinect
To relive the story that's already been told there's perhaps no better way to step into the shoes of a Hogwarts student than "Harry Potter for Kinect".
Again, this time using your arms and your voice, you learn and cast spells. You also punch, kick, and grab your way to the snitch in Quidditch matches and live out pretty much every one of the major scenes from all eight movies, from the battle with the troll to all the showdowns with He Who Must Not Be Named. Plus, once you pass certain challenges, you can then take on friends in multiplayer or co-op mode.
Harry Potter for Kinect is for the Xbox 360 and costs $50.