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Old 03-18-2005, 06:31 AM
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Post Exclusive: Quidditch 3D preview - 4 of 6

Here are links to some video footage of the upcoming game:

Hit by a bludger

Oliver Wood - keeper

And the trailer is finally out! You can see it here. Note: The trailer is just under 6mb and so may take quite a while to load. However, if you continue to have problems viewing the trailer, you can download it directly from this link:
http://www.dissendium.com/gamma/trailer.mov
Right-click the link and choose 'Save link as' or 'Save target as.' Save the trailer to a convenient location on your desktop, and view! Note that you'll need Quicktime in order to watch the trailer.


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Quidditch 3D Review by Cassirin

Admittedly, Iím not a gamer, but I love my Harry Potter games. I could spend long hours getting a cramp in my arm from playing the EA computer game, but Quidditch has always been the part of that game I like the least. More than any other part of that computer game, you needed a pretty fast computer to be successful. I was really concerned as I downloaded the game, because I figured this would be another time that my computer would freeze constantly, not allowing my reaction times to be really consistent.

Fortunately, our friends at dissendium.com must have seen me coming, because they created their game with computer-friendly graphics that are realistic and fun but also manage not to make an older computer agonizingly slow. The slowest part was downloading it, actually. Once I had that puppy on my computer, it was smooth sailing.

A Brief Overview:

Training was actually much harder than actually playing the game. I really struggled with the first course and figured Iíd pretty much stink at the whole game. However, after playing some of the specific trainings and then getting into a match, I had no trouble. In fact, even though I failed miserably in all the training sessions except Chaser TrainingÖ I bet I could play those positions on the field with no problem.

As Jan said before, the game is set up to allow you to choose any number of players from the series to ďplayĒ as. I, being a true blue Ravenclaw, opted to play as Roger Davies for my first real match. I wanted to play chaser specifically because it was my most successful training session and because I figured I could see more of the game that way. Perhaps its just me and the way my mind works, but I really enjoyed picking out the character to play simply because someone took the time to research the characters and add several amusing tongue-in-cheek references. Hooray for a delightful laugh out of the blue.

I also enjoyed having the chance to pick my own broom and set some other controls. I donít know at this point if the broom I chose matters, but it made me FEEL like I had a lot more control. The quaffle, bludgers, and snitch are all marked as you play, making it easier to find your target from a ways off. Sadly, theyíre all marked the same color, which sent me scrambling off after bludgers as a chaser more times than Iíll admit.

The other controls I changed allowed me to play either with my mouse or with the keypad. I have a touchpad on my laptop which in theory would give me a LOT of mobility, but in actuality only confused me. Iím not a gamer, as I said. I also didnít change the inverted flight, which means when you arrow UP, you actually fly down. Some people prefer to play that way, but I ended up being confused for a bit.

The game is easy enough to play in theory. I found that controlling my character was much easier than in many other Quidditch computer games, but that didnít mean the game wasnít challenging. Learning the controls, finding the quaffle which is constantly in play and always moving, and not getting hit by the demon bludgers all make this game a lot of fun. Iíve only ever played as a Seeker in a computer game. Itís a whole new game from the Chaser or Beaterís viewpoint.

In conclusion, the game was completely fun and I would probably play it even if I WASNíT reviewing it for all the lovely Snitchseekers out there. The only bummer for me was that it doesnít seem to keep track from one game to another and thereís no list of your high scores. I played as a Ravenclaw against Hufflepuff and WONÖ but I think Iíll always play against Hufflepuff if I choose Ravenclaw. I could be wrong, especially since this is the beta version and I have no idea whatís in store. Only time will tell. Regardless, the game is a lot of fun and a gargantuan effort. Dissendium.com should be commended for finding yet another high-quality way for us to wait on that next book.
Emma, also a non-gamer, has tried the game and will post her review of it below this post.

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Old 03-22-2006, 02:26 AM   #26 (permalink)
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It sounds like an awsome game, I cant wait to have it! I just love playing Quiditch games on my computer!
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I can't wait till i get to play this game!! it looks like a lot of fun!
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cool i have 2 play that
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I have downloaded it but the conrols are quite hard and thety could be better otherwise its alright
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Old 04-05-2006, 11:37 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I've been waiting for a Quiddich video game, I am psyched
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