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Tech & ScienceHarry Potter: Wizards Unite bests Pokemon Go every way but one

17:05  23 june  2019
17:05  23 june  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Pokemon Go was an instant hit, but Harry Potter : Wizards Unite does AR far better overall. And personally, though I don't like the live camera in either game, which by default constantly reorients you on the map based on which way you're facing, the one in Harry Potter feels especially confusing and

With Wizards Unite , Niantic is going full RPG from the get- go , without wasting any time gradually building it up. That could give players who are hungry to make this their new Players who just want to dabble in an AR Harry Potter world may find themselves intimidated by the class system and skill trees.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite bests Pokemon Go every way but one © Niantic

I'm standing on a street corner next to a tall inn, whose smoking chimney signals something's cooking inside. In the distance I can see squat greenhouses and pointy fortresses. Owls and colorful paper airplanes glide by, and every so often an object pops up next to me, including a bit of frog brain and powered dragon claw. I've just started playing the new AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and I'm immersed in the world of Harry Potter, Newt Scamander and other familiar wizards -- along with Muggles and No-Majs.

It's not unlike standing on the same corner in Pokemon Go, next to a blue Pokestop, where I could see red and yellow gyms in the distance and Pokemon spawning at my feet. I've played Pokemon Go on and off for three years and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite for a few days, but in the time I've spent with Niantic's newest mobile game, it already feels different, because of how it makes use of AR on Android and iOS.

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I've had fun with Harry Potter : Wizards Unite , from what I have played of it so far. Tracing glyphs with your finger to cast spells is a genius touch that adds an extra level of difficulty and expertise to the game, but at the moment there's one big problem: Running out of spell energy has a way of sapping a

Yesterday Harry Potter : Wizards Unite , a mobile game based on augmented reality technology debuted in the United States and Great Britain. The production was developed by Niantic, known for its hit Pokemon GO . Many people wondered whether the latest work by the devs would repeat the

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite bests Pokemon Go every way but one © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. hpwumoon

While AR in Pokemon Go brings you into the game as a trainer, in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, it serves a much broader function of immersing you in a new and wondrous magical world, seeing it almost like Harry Potter does after learning he's a wizard. Here's how Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pokemon Go compare in their use of AR and whether being more deeply immersed makes for a better gaming experience.

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Just based on looks, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite runs circles around Pokemon Go. The Harry Potter game map is busy and alive: Owls and colorful paper airplanes glide around your phone screen, clouds slide by, a moon rises in the evening, chimneys smoke to indicate an inn is replenishing its food supply.

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Many will remember the summer of 2016, when Pokémon Go took the world by storm. The augmented reality app had millions of people scouring the real-world, hunting out the cute pocket monsters at local landmarks and capturing them on their phone screen.

Witches and wizards donned their robes and started casting spells Thursday when the Harry Potter : Wizards Unite mobile game launched in the US and UK. Why Harry Potter : Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one .

And if you play in a car -- don't drive while playing! -- you fly over the road on a magic broomstick. The game looks whimsical, like the Burrow, the house of the Weasleys, and it's wonderful.

Pokemon Go's map feels less lively. The map isn't static -- Pokestops spin when you tap them, Pokemon slowly rotate around the tops of gyms, your trainer breathes in and out when resting -- but it has fewer items to attract your attention.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite bests Pokemon Go every way but one © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. harry-potter-ministry

On the upside, Pokemon Go's map also feels far less distracting. It has fewer structures and objects to interact with and fewer items and events that require your attention.

And personally, though I don't like the live camera in either game, which by default constantly reorients you on the map based on which way you're facing, the one in Harry Potter feels especially confusing and I turned it off as soon as I could. (To do that, from the suitcase, tap settings in the top-left corner, scroll down and  turn off Map Camera Idle.)

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The mobile game is a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go , coming straight from the minds at Niantic and Warner Bros Entertainment. It goes way beyond just clicking a 'brew potion' button though, if Having friends feels good anyway, but one of our Harry Potter : Wizards Unite tips is to make sure

We're taking a look at some of the most efficient ways to gain Spell Energy in Harry Potter Wizard 's Unite ! This is a bit different than something like Pokemon Go , because you are using this You can gain up to 10 Spell Energy per Inn you visit, and you can head back to these every five or so minutes.

Winner: The map in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite feels rich and more immersive. It also feels cinematic, which might be too much. I'm going with Pokemon Go because it's a nice balance of immersion and usability.

Gyms or greenhouses: Structures in Harry Potter give you more to do

The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite map is dotted with inns, greenhouses, fortresses and even banners warning of dark-arts traces, and they all provide jumping-in points to the game. Tap an inn, for example, and you're whisked into an AR dining room to gather food and replenish your energy to cast spells.

Inside the structures, dinner platters float, potted plants rotate in front of you, and you feel a bit like you've entered a magical room. And when you place a Portkey, you're transported to a room in the Borgin and Burkes shop in Knockturn Alley. In this AR room, you can move around, walk up to and examine objects and gather five Wrackspurts to earn rewards.

Pokemon Go, with its pokestops and gyms, has fewer structures to engage with, and of the two, only gyms really feel like you've entered a room, to battle Pokemon. I can spin pokestops in my sleep.

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" Harry Potter : Wizards Unite " pushes players to explore outdoors in the same way " Pokemon Go " " Harry Potter : Wizards Unite " uses a lot of the same data from " Pokemon Go " and "Ingress," two " Harry Potter : Wizards Unite " lets players create their own profile, where they choose a house, wand

Harry Potter : Wizards Unite , as befits a game inspired by the goings-on at an imaginary elite school, requires learning so many extra features that it That’s only a touch of the increased depth Wizards Unite offers over Pokémon Go . By far my favorite the way its AR encounters bid you trace out spells

Winner: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite offers a more diverse AR experience and feels more realistic. If the only new bit of AR the Harry Potter game offered was the room you reach via a Portkey, it'd be worth it.

Wizards versus monsters: Greater challenge, greater reward

Unlike Pokemon Go, Harry Potter isn't about catching them all. It's largely about exploring the unexpected magical world around you and interacting with the various characters and creatures you encounter. The way you deal with characters is much more challenging and rewarding too, from casting spells to collaborating with other players to contain dark magic.

In Pokemon Go, the sameness of tossing -- and tossing and tossing -- pokeballs at pocket monsters you encounter can quickly feel like a chore.

Winner: Once again, Harry Potter gets the nod, for variety.

The real reason Harry Potter: Wizards Unite wins

I'm not surprised that Harry Potter Wizards Unite does a better job of implementing AR: You'd expect its maker, Niantic, to build on all it learned from its Ingress and Pokemon Go games to create a rich, refreshed experience for your phone.

But does that make it a better AR game? Harry Potter has an expansive backstory to pull from -- between the original Harry Potter books and movies and the more recent Fantastic Beasts movies -- and the game's AR experience goes a long way toward creating the charm and richness of Harry Potter's magical world on your phone.

I wonder if Pokemon Go would benefit from such an immersive experience. With the goal of catching them all, Pokemon Go is in some ways much more about tossing pokeballs and battling for gyms and not about exploring a new and charming magical world, and that's the game's true strength.

In thinking about the game like an epic, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite weaves the AR tightly into a universe you want to return to again and again.

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