Game Name: Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Developer(s): Traveller’s Tales
Publisher(s): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Release Date(s): November 11, 2011
ESRB Rating: E10+
Harry and his friends are back and setting out to finish what they started. Be it joining the Order of the Phoenix, uncovering the secret of the Half-Blood Prince, or stopping Lord Voldemorte once and for all. Unfortunately, Voldemorte has allies as well, and they are built just as good as Harry and his friends.
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is the follow-up to the hit Lego game adaptation Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. The game adapts the film version of J.K. Rowlings novels and contains the events of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2. The game was released for PCs, the DS, 3DS, PS3, PSP, Vita, Wii, and Xbox 360.
I enjoy Lego games. The only problem with the games are that you can play them for a while and then they become tedious. The goal of each release by Lego is pretty much to keep the game interesting enough to keep you playing and not get bored before you are finished with it. Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 isn’t the best at it, but it is better than many of the other entries.
The gameplay of the game remains like most Lego video games. Your two character team can be used to play through the story mode of the game with a hub based in Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron. Once a level has been played through, the level becomes free play in which players can choose a “team” of Lego characters to unlock the full level.
This is Lego’s games adds a few wrinkles. Unlocking the characters can be sometimes tricky and locating all the add-ons. It is the repeat playing however that burns you out on the game and to unlock the game’s full potential, it can take hours…and by then you are genuinely sick of the game.
The controls of the game follow the previous game and differ from other Lego games in the magic wheel which you select the spells. Some characters have specialties like keys and strength and there is of course the “Dark Power” characters which are always the last to unlock. The game also contains “duels” which have characters facing off against their enemies…the duels however are quite easy once you learn how to it.
Lego games have also never been about the graphics. Lego games look about the same on every system with a few detail differences. The gameplay scenes aren’t very graphic, but many of the cutscene movies are fun for fans of Harry Potter (I also especially love how Lego games deal with movie deaths…sometimes even colder).
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 isn’t the best Lego game nor is it the worst (I still contend Lego Indiana Jones gets that title). Having played Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7, I feel that I’ve explored the world of Harry Potter enough. Kids will like the game which generally involves playing through the game since death isn’t really on the table in the game. Lego followed Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 with Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
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