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.
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: When discussing the myriad Lego titles released over the past few years, it’s tempting to dive straight into a harsh critique of their formulaic nature and cynical lack of ambition. To an extent such criticisms are justified; Traveller’s Tales’ take on the world of colourful bricks is nothing if not modest. But say what you will about the Lego games, they are in and of themselves worthy of their own kind of praise.
Summary: Put on your robe and wizard hat, it's time to play Lego
Pros: Maintains the classic Lego humor from the previous games; gameplay is more streamlined and less frustrating; tons of collectibles; wide assortment of spells to utilize; exploring Hogwarts is a blast.
Cons: No online co-op; story could be confusing for those new to Harry Potter.
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...