posted by redpandavfx (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Nov 3, 2011
Member since Aug 2011
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This is basically a playable movie/game... About 70% is cinematic sit-through-sequence-that's-basically-the-original-movie and about 30% of participation, and quite limited at that. There are many many missed opportunities for great gameplay, which is unfortunately filled with movie playback. Very disappointing, as graphics are fantastic and the entire package feels like it has so much potential.
posted by BeenInRealLife (FLORENCE, SC) Jul 23, 2011
Member since Jul 2011
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
Being a huge Potter fan I had to play the last game after seeing the videos for it and I was not disappointed. Though the cut scenes vaguely followed the movie, the overall cut scene portion of the game was short, almost too short, but decent to say the least. The things that I really enjoyed about this game were the different spells you can cast, the characters, and the graphics. The only negatives I hold to the game are the voices for some of the characters. Bellatrix and Snape's were horrible. And the overall shortness of the game. It's only about 5 hours long if that. One thing that was pointless in my opinion is the character collectibles. There are 20 throughout the story, but you can't use the character or anything except look at them in the menu. I wish that they would have made it to where you could use any character you wanted to make a trio and play through the story mode a second time. Great game, fun gameplay, but short.
I like to keep these things brief. So here goes. I tried to play the last Harry Potter game, Deathly Hallows Part One. I didn't get too far before I got bored with it. I liked the ideas, but not the execution. So what possessed me to give Part Two a rent? Not really sure. But in some ways, I'm glad I did. The gameplay is much tighter this time around. I should clarify, "Wands of War" this may try to be, but it isn't. Yeah, it is now a cover based shooter, but it is a far cry from the polished experience you get from a Gear of War game. But it is fun just the same. I enjoyed slinging spells and well, slinging more spells. Then it was over. I finished this game in about three hours on normal difficulty. And in one setting no less. That is criminally short in my book. The trimmed out any and all puzzle elements or exploration bits. It is all combat from start to end. The result is a fast paced, fun action romp through the final acts of the epic Pottor franchise... but in the end, you still find yourself wishing for more. I don't feel to bitter as I only rented the game. But I imagine if I bought it and finished it in about the amount of time it would take to watch one of the films, I would be upset. You don't spend $60 for a three hour experience. Or at least I don't know anyone who would.
But if you want to give it a rent for a quick action packed romp and some easy Achievements (I scored 400 easily in my three hours), you could do worse. Lastly, the game is very spoiler heavy (if you are a Potter fan who has not read the books or seen the final fim yet), so be warned.