Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince PS3 game is not for everyone, even though it is rated so. It is for people like me, I guess. Let's see...I really like the Harry Potter movie series to the point of seeing them multiple times each. I also like the occasional video game playing, but the game has to either a) have a cheat code that allows me to live forever, because I don't like having to start all over again, or b) be relatively easy enough that someone who doesn't like failing too often and having to start all over again can not get frustrated. Does that make sense? Basically, I only enjoy playing games where the difficulty is in some of the puzzles that require the brain to work and not so much in the combat. This is not a 'shooter' or fighting game, and thank goodness. There are plenty of those to choose from in other ways. This is a story adventure and, so far, the one and only chance for a fan of the world of Harry Potter to roam around the ENTIRE Hogwarts grounds and buildings.
Very similar to the Order of the Phoenix game, HBP follows that same format. You go through the story (of the film) and there are little tasks you must do here and there and things to collect if you want to do that. The things to do in this game, as mentioned in the description, are such as making potions. This one can be tricky once in a while but it's a timed kindof 'mini-game' where you have to use various ingredients and ways of boiling them in your cauldron all within a time frame. There is also the Quidditch practices and games. These are not as difficult as they sound. The path to follow is set out for you with these giant stars you must fly through. It gets to be fun after you get the hang of it. Finally, there are wand duels. These can get annoying if not repetitious. As you progress in the game you will learn new wand combat spells and you get to face not only other Hogwarts students in dueling practices, but such folks from the movie as Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Greyback, and of course Draco Malfoy.
But, for me, and hopefully many others, the fact that this game does not compare with shooting smugglers, zombies, or other humans with guns, is the draw and charm for me. I don't like games where I have to shoot, I just don't. But that's another story. Yes, Harry has to use a wand to inflict semi-damage on someone but they always get up and run away when defeated...they don't die in a pool of blood. Again, thank goodness. So, if you don't like playing games with those things HBP (and Order of Phoenix) will delight you. The best part being....you get to walk around ALL of the buildings and grounds of Hogwarts, just like you see in the movies. It is fantastic and well worth it. It's all there in glorious detail and you can go just about everywhere. The only place I can think of that's really missing is Moaning Myrtle's bathroom!! Maybe one day they'll have a game that has ALL of the areas from ALL of the books..so you can explore the Chamber of Secrets, the dark forest, and dive to the bottom of the Black Lake? Hmmm? Would be great.
In Half Blood Prince PS3 you also have a couple moments where you get to play as someone else. You get to be Ginny Weasley during one of the Quidditch games. But, the most hilarious and almost absurd moment in the game is when you get to play as the love-potion struck Ron Weasley and 'follow' Harry to Professor Slughorn's office to take an antidote to the love potion. While playing Ron you walk all slinky and the music is sassy. If you stop Ron and don't move, after a moment he will do a "all the girls love me" kinda dance which is absolutely hilarious the first time you see it. Kudos to the EA person who put that in there.
So, all in all Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince PS3 game is wonderful for not so serious gamers and fans of the series. The Playstation games for the first four movies are completely different not to mention a lot harder than Phoenix and Half Blood. In fact, in all four of the first games I can't get past the first quarter of the game..they are that hard. With no cheat codes, I just give up, frustrated. Thank goodness with HBP you can enjoy playing with ease. Yes, there is a little challenge here and there in some areas, but overall it is a grand time to be had.