Review: Lego Harry Potter

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Review: Lego Harry Potter

If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

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My girlfriend wants this game. It's a way for us to bond on a video game level.

What kind of hub system do we have going on this time? The original or the Indy 2 or is it something completely different?

Lego games have always had that little bit of fun, and good times attached to them...having there own unique charm which makes them odly fun

Susan Arendt:
Review: Lego Harry Potter

If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

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When I saw the review up I was hoping it'd be you. Your style of review lends itself well to Lego (Insert Franchise Here). By the way, when the hell am I getting my Lego Ghostbusters? It would fit so well. Act 1, the movies, act 2 the cartoon, act 3 extreme. Walter Peck comes with the special power of shutting off power.

Susan Arendt:
Review: Lego Harry Potter

If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

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Nice review, this may be the first LEGO game I'll actually buy, instead of just telling myself that I should.
Still Ms. Arendt I'm surprised: not a single mention of there being unicorns in the game???

Viruzzo:

Susan Arendt:
Review: Lego Harry Potter

If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

Read Full Article

Nice review, this may be the first LEGO game I'll actually buy, instead of just telling myself that I should.
Still Ms. Arendt I'm surprised: not a single mention of there being unicorns in the game???

I'm actually all about Hedwig.

squid5580:
What kind of hub system do we have going on this time? The original or the Indy 2 or is it something completely different?

The Leaky Cauldron acts as your hub. From there, you can head back to Hogwarts to continue the story, replay levels in Freeplay, visit Diagon alley, or watch the cinematics you've unlocked. You start there when you first fire up the game, and can return there at any time.

I DONT KNOW. WHATS THE THIGN AT THE END IM SUPPOSE TO KNOW. AGGHHH!!

Also, i love lego and HP. So i loved this game :)

I'll pick it up. I was gonna get Blazblue 2...but I suck at fight games, so what's the point?

Looks awesome, though not gonna play it, i already played too much lego games and already didn't like the last indiana jones and batman game.

@DAVEoftheDEAD same here.haha.
I guess I can shell out 50 for it to be a good b/f

standokan:
Looks awesome, though not gonna play it, i already played too much lego games and already didn't like the last indiana jones and batman game.

Indiana Jones was just plain bad, and I didn't personally care for Batman. This, however, I adore. Granted, a lot of that is simply because I love the source material so much, but I also just plain think it's a better designed game.

DAVEoftheDEAD:
My girlfriend wants this game. It's a way for us to bond on a video game level.

That's why we got it on Monday. No work for us so we started it. This game is surprisingly long for a Lego game. Most do have you trudging through levels (standard children's game stuff with a lot of time used by destroying everything in an area) and of course, once beaten, replaying them to gather all of the collectibles. But, after 10 hours of play which has been enough for us to get through Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga, we are only at the halfway mark of Year 4.

Gotta take it back on the 12th, so we're starting to rush a bit more.

Susan Arendt:
If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

Good review, sounds like I'd imagine a Lego Harry Potter game would. My question, though, is how the game's story handles cycling through four full years at Hogwarts. That's a TON of things to happen in one game.. is the game really long, with each year feeling like a definitive section of the experience? Or does the game use those events as a backdrop, and instead has Harry and friends more wandering around than anything?

I used to think that the best Harry Potter game would be one that could encompass all seven years, but now I'm not so sure.. giving each year it's due seems to work best in terms of narrative to me.

Six Star Wars movies, three Indy movies, and four Harry Potter films. Total word count: 0.

Well, I've got every other Lego game so far, so I might as well pick this one up. This one looks like it's bigger and better than Indy, which was also crazy fun.

sooperman:
Six Star Wars movies, three Indy movies, and four Harry Potter films. Total word count: 0.

Well, I've got every other Lego game so far, so I might as well pick this one up. This one looks like it's bigger and better than Indy, which was also crazy fun.

+1 batman

xavi:

+1 batman

I'm sorry...? +1 Batman what?

sooperman:

xavi:

+1 batman

I'm sorry...? +1 Batman what?

........../facepalm
lego batman? the game?

The game is awesome. That is all

*Gets wand and starts zapping everything*
*Zaps Trees*
*Zaps DoorKnobs*
*Zaps Atoms*
*Zaps A black Hole*

ranger19:

Susan Arendt:
If you've ever once wished you could visit a Hogwarts made of plastic bricks, now's your chance.

Good review, sounds like I'd imagine a Lego Harry Potter game would. My question, though, is how the game's story handles cycling through four full years at Hogwarts. That's a TON of things to happen in one game.. is the game really long, with each year feeling like a definitive section of the experience? Or does the game use those events as a backdrop, and instead has Harry and friends more wandering around than anything?

I used to think that the best Harry Potter game would be one that could encompass all seven years, but now I'm not so sure.. giving each year it's due seems to work best in terms of narrative to me.

Great question. The main events of each book are covered, but naturally a lot of the nuance is lost. The game follows the movies pretty closely if you just consider the big sequences and ditch most of the dialog. (After all, there's no speaking in Lego games.) It's broad brushstrokes, certainly, but the game covers the most important events. You're not just wandering around doing whatever, you're definitely on a course working towards a goal....and zapping everything in sight along the way.

Love the review, Miss Arendt, and I gotta ask: are you gonna be doing Crackdown 2? I'd like to see your thoughts on that game :)

Benjeezy:
Love the review, Miss Arendt, and I gotta ask: are you gonna be doing Crackdown 2? I'd like to see your thoughts on that game :)

Mebbe. We've got a bunch of neat games coming up, and I'm not entirely sure who's doing what just yet.

xavi:

sooperman:

xavi:

+1 batman

I'm sorry...? +1 Batman what?

........../facepalm
lego batman? the game?

Yes I have it for the 360.
I suppose I forgot to count that one. Hmm... Well, our audible word count now totals zero, so I think we can agree here, yes? And please use more than two words. I do need a morsel of context.

Susan Arendt:

Viruzzo:

Nice review, this may be the first LEGO game I'll actually buy, instead of just telling myself that I should.
Still Ms. Arendt I'm surprised: not a single mention of there being unicorns in the game???

I'm actually all about Hedwig.

"The Deathly Hallows" must've been a traumatic experience for you.

Susan Arendt:

Viruzzo:
Review: Lego Harry Potter

What kind of hub system do we have going on this time? The original or the Indy 2 or is it something completely different?

The Leaky Cauldron acts as your hub. From there, you can head back to Hogwarts to continue the story, replay levels in Freeplay, visit Diagon alley, or watch the cinematics you've unlocked. You start there when you first fire up the game, and can return there at any time.

That's interesting. You'd think they'd use the Gryphindore common room as the hub for this one? I haven't played it yet, but I'm guessing that the first real area you're in is Diagon Alley so I guess it makes sense.

Also, does anyone know what she said at the end of the review? Not like it matters a whole lot but I must have listened to the end of that twelve times now and I still don't understand? "No matter what character you play... mumble, mumble, gaffuddle?" Huh?

Well, either way, it certainly did NOT detract from the review. You're still my fave and I must say, my wife LOVES you Ms. Arendt! My wife is the local Queen of Nerd and, I suppose, that makes me the local King of Nerd? Sorry. Lost my train of thought there...

We both, eagerly await the next review from our fellow member of royalty :P

Tarrker:

Susan Arendt:

Viruzzo:
Review: Lego Harry Potter

What kind of hub system do we have going on this time? The original or the Indy 2 or is it something completely different?

The Leaky Cauldron acts as your hub. From there, you can head back to Hogwarts to continue the story, replay levels in Freeplay, visit Diagon alley, or watch the cinematics you've unlocked. You start there when you first fire up the game, and can return there at any time.

That's interesting. You'd think they'd use the Gryphindore common room as the hub for this one? I haven't played it yet, but I'm guessing that the first real area you're in is Diagon Alley so I guess it makes sense.

Also, does anyone know what she said at the end of the review? Not like it matters a whole lot but I must have listened to the end of that twelve times now and I still don't understand? "No matter what character you play... mumble, mumble, gaffuddle?" Huh?

Well, either way, it certainly did NOT detract from the review. You're still my fave and I must say, my wife LOVES you Ms. Arendt! My wife is the local Queen of Nerd and, I suppose, that makes me the local King of Nerd? Sorry. Lost my train of thought there...

We both, eagerly await the next review from our fellow member of royalty :P

I know exactly "what she said" a the end of the review: I made a joke about "well...you know", implying that since I'd already told you twice to just "shoot everything," you'd probably have figured out by then that I was going to tell you to do it again.

Is there any way I can buy this without having to look the clerk in the eye?

The King of Nerd now feels like the King of Stupid. I admit everyday humor tends to go right over my head, so, it's no fault of yours. Thank you for responding. LoL! I'm sure my wife will revel in the fact that there's another woman as skilled as she is at making me feel as stupid as I look and sound :-D

Spaceman_Spiff:
Is there any way I can buy this without having to look the clerk in the eye?

Dude, there's no shame in loving this game, and if anyone treats you otherwise, that's a them problem, not a you problem.

Good gaming is good gaming, whatever wrapping it comes in.

Susan Arendt:

Spaceman_Spiff:
Is there any way I can buy this without having to look the clerk in the eye?

Dude, there's no shame in loving this game, and if anyone treats you otherwise, that's a them problem, not a you problem.

Good gaming is good gaming, whatever wrapping it comes in.

Yeah, I'm still going to proclaim as loudly as possible that it's for my little sister when I'm buying it though. It's my tactic whenever I "accidentally" wander into the childrens section of a book shop.

Susan Arendt:

Spaceman_Spiff:
Is there any way I can buy this without having to look the clerk in the eye?

Dude, there's no shame in loving this game, and if anyone treats you otherwise, that's a them problem, not a you problem.

Good gaming is good gaming, whatever wrapping it comes in.

Strong words miss Arendt, Strong words.

*rolls up the world in the biggest Katamari ever* I feel no shame!

xavi:

sooperman:
Six Star Wars movies, three Indy movies, and four Harry Potter films. Total word count: 0.

Well, I've got every other Lego game so far, so I might as well pick this one up. This one looks like it's bigger and better than Indy, which was also crazy fun.

+1 batman

Isn't the fourth Indy film in the second Lego Indy game?, and there is also a Lego Rock Band, but nobody wants to remember it exists XD

This looks a lot like Lego Star Wars. I can't imagine how Lego Indy played without any force or magic to solve puzzles with.

Tharwen:
This looks a lot like Lego Star Wars. I can't imagine how Lego Indy played without any force or magic to solve puzzles with.

It was more like using the different abilities of each character (ie Shortround could climb into small crevices) to obtain the items needed to build something, rather than just playing around with the items already at hand, until you've figured out the puzzle

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