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GF Rating
7.4

4303 ratings

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

An Instant Family Classic

posted by flyboy8498 (ELIZABETHTOWN, KY) Jul 3, 2010

Member since Aug 2009

20 out of 25 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

As with all LEGO games, the basic game play is destroy everything & collect the LEGO pieces. With LHP being the 7th game of the LEGO series, it could have become very old to follow the destroy/collect idea. However Travelers Tales (Herein TT) made sure that wasn't the case. Except for a really good twist, LHP follows the same basic premise of destroy/collect LEGO's. The twist is spells. To interact with different items in the game, characters cast spells. TT made sure that casting spells was easy. For the most part, all I had to do was aim & the correct spell was cast for me. There were times that I had to scroll through the spells to find the right one, but it was rare enough that it wasn't an issue. There are the same old issues with poor AI partners and poor platforming. With that said, there were no frustrating moments like past LEGO games.

The story is told through cut scenes & follows the movie version for the most part (with a lot of humor added). TT has taken some liberties with the story. TT did an extravagant job in doing so. 99.9% of the time it only adds to the experience. There was 1 time at the end of the Prisoner of Azkaban that what TT did made no sense to me in the big picture of the story. But overall the story & presentation was excellent. Also, the learning curve is slim to none.

The graphics and sound are top notch. TT won me over with stunning detail to Hogwarts. And I nearly had convulsions watching the cut scenes so many times because they are that good. The sound is grunts w/ the characters & the soundtrack will be familiar to fans.

The lasting appeal in this game is there is SO much stuff to do. LHP provides 10-11 hrs of game play without 100% completion & a WHOLE lot more with 100% completion. LHP is easily one of the best LEGO & HP games, which is saying a LOT. Now the wait is on for the rest of the LEGO Harry Potter story.

LHP is definitely worth renting, if not out right buying. Harry Potter fans will rejoice in the splendor

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Best Lego Game Yet

posted by Wess25 (SYRACUSE, NY) Jul 7, 2010

Member since Dec 2009

7 out of 9 gamers (78%) found this review helpful

I have played all the Lego games of this style since Star Wars and this is the best one yet. I was never the biggest Harry Potter fan but I have seen the movies and playing this game only deepens my interest in the franchise.
After playing the last Lego game (Indiana Jones 2) I was a little disappointed, as were some critics, because it wasn't up to par with any of the other Lego games. Well after a slight bump in the road that was Indy 2 the developers have actually surpassed my expectations and made a wonderfully crafted game.
To give you an idea of the length of this game I have put in 5 hours and am only 10% done with it. I am strongly considering keeping this game because I can see it being fun to play even after I have completed it. If you have ever enjoyed any of the Lego games of this type than give this one a shot.

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GF Rating
7

Good

glitch filled title

posted by jdizzle23 (Cottonwood, CA) Jul 31, 2010

Member since Mar 2004

2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I enjoy all the lego titles and look forward to their release, this title is no different.
The only real problem with this game as with all lego titles is the glitches that either enable you to get achievements easier then was planed or won't allow you to get all available achievements. The latter being the case for me in Lego Harry Potter years 1-4. There is a glitch that won't allow for you to get all students in peril which will keep you from attaining the last five achievements. This isn't always true for everyone but I played through 2 times and both times there is a student who I save and the game makes its chime but the happy face doesn't come across the screen and no gold brick is awarded.
Like I said I know this isn't happening to everyone but there are numerous glitches that are.
Overall I enjoyed this game. It is great for my kids and achievements are really only important to me so I would definetly recommend this game to everyone.

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