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|DR.co.uk reviews LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 video game|
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|Written by Red|
|Friday, 16 July 2010 11:21|
This review took weeks to be written because of the LEGO Harry Potter game’s sheer addictiveness. In the three weeks of playing the LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 video game, over 80 percent of the character tokens and gold blocks have been found, and all the red boxes and true wizards were attained. Most of the extras came after going back to play the levels after completing the 24 levels that make up the four-year storyline of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s earlier days at Hogwarts, and the challenges they faced. The game, and the Wizarding World – especially Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – are so immersive and engulfing that it truly feels as though the player is walking around the castle with the trio, and living out their adventures with them.
With the exception to the seven books themselves, nothing offered with the Harry Potter name attached – and this includes the eight-film franchise – has felt as true to Harry Potter’s journey and wizarding education quite like the LEGO Harry Potter game has. Players get to take Charms, Transfiguraton, Potions, Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, and - unfortunately for the trio, but wonderful for the player – Divination. New spells and potions are unlocked, and with the added magical powers gained over the years, it feels more like the characters are growing, rather than just being throw extra powers here and there because they found it in the game. It feels less like a game and more like an adventure and excursion through Hogwarts, and the Wizarding World, including Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.
The details are so astonishingly rich, down to most insignificant graphics in a classroom or corridor that it almost comes across as real, despite it being LEGOs. There are so many new places that fans never got to see from the books and films, including the Hufflepuff corridor and common room – delightfully pleasant and accurate with its plants and food themes, and the underwater setting around the Slytherin common room (glass walls around the common room give a window into Hogwarts lake and the many creatures and fish found in it.
And, for those Harry Potter fans who love characters outside of the trio, the LEGO game gives the option to play from well over 100 beloved and not-so-liked characters from the first four books, ranging from Lord Voldemort and Severus Snape down to Muggles like the Dursleys and Masons. Each character is equipped with specific strengths and advantages; those characters with pets – Ron, Hermione, Filch – can use them to get into tight pipes; and the older and stronger the wizard, the more spells they can use (there are over a dozen that can be bought in Diagon Alley). There are also a few special perks that come with being dark wizards and especially Death Eaters, but rather than spoiling the fun, simply find and unlock their character token to see what exactly can be achieved with them. Especially Lord Voldemort.
The game’s storyline follows that of the first four movies rather than the books, so the changes seen from book to film adaptation especially in Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire are noticeable. It does not deter at all from the game play, because the player is still getting the chance to be Harry, Ron, Hermione, and an assortment of other characters as they peruse through the WIzarding World and find all sorts of secret passageways and crack corners.
The storyline may take a few days to complete, but the need to walk around Hogwarts and look for all the secret rooms and unlock character tokens and gold coins lures the gamer back into action. In that instance, the LEGO game can take several weeks to complete, and is well worth it. How often will the average Harry Potter fan get to walk through Hogwarts and visit its many classrooms, dorms, corridors, library, offices, courtyards, and forests? For that experience alone, it is the ideal game for a die-hard Harry Potter fan.
|Last Updated on Friday, 16 July 2010 11:37|