Picked up a copy of this game for PS2, and while I can't comment on the other platforms, I can say that this game is a lot of fun.
It does play similar to Legend of Zelda in that you acquire things and spells as you move through the game to help out.. lots of side games and other tasks included to give you a breather from regular gameplay and rack up points for Griffindor.
The only downside to this game (and the reason it gets 4 instead of 5 stars) is the frequent and lengthy load times as you move between parts of Hogwarts.. sometimes 15-20 seconds of loading for every couple minutes of moving around. A "warp" feature similar to Zelda would have helped out here and taken away the need to always go back and forth through frequently-used parts of the castle.
Great graphics, good level of difficulty and LOTS of fun.. highly recommended!
Pros: Challenging levels, fun side-quests, exploration of Hogwarts, Quidditch games... Cons: ...load times can take up to two minutes! The Bottom Line: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a great game from the Harry Potter franchise. Kids will love it, and even the adults will find themselves playing. The Harry Potter franchise continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The second in the series (based on … more
Take the role of Harry Potter in his second adventure with more friends, danger and magic. Learn new spells, go on new adventures and make new friends. Harry's world is rendered in beautiful next-generation graphics. Challenge new adversaries as you confront the powers in the heart of the Chamber of Secrets. Use greater magic control than ever before and use spectacular advanced second-year spells. Journey with all of your favorite Harry Potter characters like Gilderoy Lockhart. Participate in Quidditch leagues, wizard duels and power-up spells. Be a part of the action at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.