Reviews and Problems with Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
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Replay value 8
Lego Harry Potter Years 1 - 4
Family Friendly Gaming
16 April 2013
Excerpt: The Lego franchise has been a big one for families for many, many years now. Harry Potter is a controversial franchise that families love or refuse to have any association with. Why not? Well Harry Potter revolves completely and totally around magic. I know a lot of people who want nothing to do with magic in any way, shape or form. I respect them and their beliefs. So mixing Legos with Harry Potter presents a conundrum for me as a reviewer.
Summary: Parents need to know that LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 covers the stories of the first four Harry Potter books (and movies ). Those stories get darker as they go along, but in the world of LEGO video games, even that which is scary or violent is depicted with colorful block characters. A spooky LEGO ghost still looks like a toy. Even among the growing library of LEGO video games, though, Harry Potter is less violent.
Conclusion: Like the cut scenes, the entire game seems to improve as players delve deeper through the years and as Harry ages. The source material allows for more action and larger set pieces, which translate well for a game experience. So even with a slow start and frustrating bugs, Traveller’s Tales manages to create a rather delectable potion for the first part of LEGO Harry’s journey. Hopefully, the developer perfects the formula for the final three years.
Traveller’s Tales Casts Another Charming Spell Over Old Mechanics
29 June 2010
Conclusion: Concept: Paste the LEGO skin over another beloved franchise
Graphics: Ninety-five percent of all the characters look alike except for their tie colors
Sound: It’s always fun to hear mumbled versions of the characters’ voices
Playability: Spell targeting is iffy at times
Entertainment: Co-op fans will have to keep it local until a free patch opens up online play shortly after release
Excerpt: If you're familiar with developer Traveller's Tales' previous Lego games, you might think you know what Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is like even before you've played it--and you'd be partially right. In this game, just as in Lego Star Wars and its ilk, you (perhaps along with a friend on the same console) experience a witty and wordless rendition of a famed tale, with your favorite characters replaced by blocky Lego re-creations.
Pros: Funny and charming, Tons of variety and replay value, Downplays combat in favor of coin collecting, Lots of hidden nooks and crannies
Summary: This may be the best virtual incarnation of both the LEGO and Harry Potter worlds so far, but the experience might still fall short for some. It's a ton of fun to watch and explore and full to the brim of amusing animations, and its world is charming, immersive and presented beautifully, but most of your interactions involve holding down the Z button down while Wingardium Leviosa does all the work.
Excerpt: LEGO Harry Potter then, is the sixth stud collectathon in the series. It may be based on the Harry Potter films this time instead of Star Wars, Batman or Indiana Jones, but despite the magical makeover, the gameplay is very much the same as it has been for the past six years. Of course, this isn't a bad thing. The LEGO games are often praised for their ease of use, great drop-in and drop-out co-op and sense of humour and this latest edition in no different.