Reviews and Problems with Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Review (Xbox 360)
5 January 2012
Conclusion: Boasting wonderful atmosphere and locales that mirror the movie script perfectly, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is a game perfect for children with its simplistic gameplay and limited options for failure. A great offline multi-player mode adds more value, but efforts to make the game fun for all ages could have been achieved if only more options for imagination and a form of free-play with the LEGO blocks were emphasized.
Summary: This time round, Harry’s Lego adventures were definitely less offensive than before. But, with a lack of online play, some obtuse puzzles, and the disorientating Hogwarts levels, it still seems like a step back from the last Star Wars games; and I feel that the Warner IPs so far have been somewhat poorly used in comparison to the Disney & Lucasfilm properties.
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: I like LEGO. I like Harry Potter. I like games. Put it all together and you get LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5 – 7. Which I like. This is the sequel to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 – 4 and is a great romp through the imaginary world of J.K. Rowling including Diagon Alley, Hogwarts, Platform 9 and other venues fans of the series have come to know and love. There are even scenes set in the dark recesses of Snape’s mind during Harry’s lesson in Occlumency.
Conclusion: A series, and a game, that seems to have lost a remarkable amount of lustre and just doesn’t feel as interesting to play through as some of it’s peers. The story is drab and drawn out, plus the tasks that litter the game are overly simplistic even for a kids title. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is still better than any number of kids titles and movie tie ins, but otherwise this is a major disappointment for fans of LEGO games and Potter alike, and just doesn’t have that...
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review: Harry Graduates With Relatively High Marks
22 November 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Wrap up the Harry Potter saga with LEGO bricks and minifigs
Graphics: This is the best-looking LEGO game yet, with bustling environments and detailed backgrounds
Sound: A symphonic score is a great accompaniment to the characters’ mumbles and grunts
Playability: Traveller’s Tales addressed most of the control issues from Years 1-4, though there are still a few rough spots here and there
Entertainment: If your family has burned through the stack of LEGO games,...
Excerpt: As Harry Potter closes in on adulthood, his struggle to outwit evil Lord Voldemort grows ever more taxing. But who says fulfilling your destiny means you have to abandon your favorite childhood toys? Years 5–7 benefits from the usual appealing LEGO trappings: you can bash snapped-together props to pieces, gather the studs that explode from them like confetti, and rearrange scattered remains to form new objects. Be prepared for a bit of disappointment, though.
Pros: + New spells and abilities; fun boss battles; familiar kid-friendly charm., + Long campaign saves the best for last; lots of characters and collectibles
Cons: - Greatly diminished thrill of discovery; few puzzles require any thought., ? What happened to the first game’s Builder Mode?
Excerpt: TT Games has their formula down and since their first LEGO games back on the PS2, not much has changed. So why, after all these years, do I sit down to play every LEGO release to this day? With the new release of LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7, a follow up to LEGO Harry Potter yrs 1-4 you better believe I was there - still questioning why it was so much fun to play a series that has remained fairly unchanged for so long.