Conclusion: It's delightful for anyone of any age. There's plenty of extra replay value and its' something that families can enjoy together. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go and start saving up to buy Voldemort.
Excerpt: Harry Potter's innocent days are over. The boarding school antics have trickled to a halt, classrooms have gone silent, and even Quidditch matches--once the mark of happier times--have fallen by the wayside. In their place, a much darker picture has taken shape, marked by isolation, unpredictability, and the ever-increasing fear of death. As far as stories go, it's not exactly a walk in the park, but it's nothing that a good Lego sense of humor can't handle.
Pros: Diverse, entertaining gameplay with lots of replay value, Effortlessly charming, Great reinterpretation of the original text and films
Cons: A couple of disjointed moments between story and gameplay
Conclusion: For those who aren't ready to say good-bye to Harry Potter just yet, Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 is a charming way to stay inside J.K. Rowling's magical world a little bit longer. Despite the occasional slipup, the game successfully builds on the original story to offer a simple yet satisfying experience that has depth and replay value. There's enough to engage and have fun with here to appeal to fans of Harry Potter as well as fans of previous Lego games.
Pros: Diverse, entertaining gameplay with lots of replay value, Effortlessly charming, Great reinterpretation of the original text and films.
Cons: A couple of disjointed moments between story and gameplay.
Excerpt: If you’re looking for a family-friendly adventure that nets you plenty of bang for your buck, you can always turn to a LEGO title. Traveller’s Tales has delivered plenty of great adventures for all ages; the developer has tackled everything from “Star Wars” to “Indiana Jones” to “Batman,” and the latest is the immensely popular (and seemingly endless) “Harry Potter” series.
Conclusion: While the core gameplay is still very much intact (stud collecting, puzzle solving, etc.) LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 is an improvement over previous LEGO titles from Traveller's Tales Games. A bit more balance, better level design and just a more even flow makes this a better game than the previous installment of the series. Hopefully Traveller's Tales Games can continue this upward trend.
Excerpt: In the interests of saving everyone some time, I'd like you to answer the following questions as honestly as possible. Believe me, it's better for us all this way: If the answer to either or both of those questions is yes, then thank you very much for your time and don't let the door hit your curmudgeonly backside on the way out. You may as well move on, as there's nothing here to change your opinion. As for the rest of you, it's away to Hogwarts we go!
Excerpt: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7 takes players through the last three years of the Harry Potter story in that unique LEGO manner that only TT Games can pull off. Like always, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7 really captures not only the LEGO sets you can buy in the real world, but also the locations from the movies and the personalities of the characters, and all in those non-verbal, but highly expressive cut-scenes.
Excerpt: Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 shines by not taking itself too seriously. By being allowed to poke pantomime fun at the films and books, and focusing on local co-operative play, it turns a good game into something rather special...