Harry Potter and his friends, family and enemies are back in the last installment of the LEGO Harry Potter franchise, LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7
There are four sections of the game (Year 7 has two sections in it), and if you have played the last version of this franchise, then you know what you’re going to get this time around.
You wander around Hogwarts School for most of the game doing side quests or following the transparent LEGO pieces that will lead you to the next part of the main quest.
Every now and then, you will have to do a simple level where you go from point A to point B, solving puzzles by destroying objects, casting spells, and making new objects from the LEGO pieces lying about. Just like in almost any other LEGO game.
But once again, the biggest headache is the single player mode – the AI doesn’t really do much to help you get through the game, so a second player is most welcome.
Another problem I had with this game is that there are far too many dark sections of each level, making it hard to see items that you can hit with spells. This really becomes a problem with the parts where you cut out a figure from a red block (the block can almost be covered up by the lack of light in the area).
Still, this game is a lot of fun, most of the levels show of great design, and the cut scenes are just as funny as I’ve seen in any other LEGO game (unlike the movies, which is far, far darker than this game).
LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 is definitely worth a rent, and fans of the LEGO franchise may end up buying it.