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: 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.
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.
Conclusion: However that’s just one minor disappointment in an otherwise well made title. The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is strangely short compared to the other available movie levels, and the range of spells and their use could have been improved. However LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 is another fantastic LEGO title which will keep you occupied for hours and which can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages.
Pros: Easy to pick up for all ages. Fun and enjoyable. The old TT humour is evident once again. Duelling club offers something different.
Cons: Video quality is really poor. Lack of depth in spell use. Bit on the short side.
Summary: Whether you're dealing with Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman or - as here - Harry Potter, there’s always a certain charm to the Lego games. While each one can broadly be described as a re-skinning of the last, each offering the same assortment of brick-destroying, stud-collecting, puzzle-solving platform adventures, they’re all a pleasure to play.
Conclusion: With last years Lego Harry Potter release it was inevitable that we would see the final books recreated in Lego at some point in time. Now it is here, it once again shows that the Lego titles are unmatched when it comes to their humour and easy to pick up gameplay.