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Lego Harry Potter: Years 5 - 7 - Nintendo DS
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
Harry Potter Years 1-4 is my favorite Lego game. I really enjoyed playing the entire game using the stylus. That being said, why they didn't stay with a good thing for this 2nd Harry Potter, I can't figure it out. This Harry Potter Years 5-7 has poor graphics and what little touch screen that is used is kinda confusing. I'm somewhat disappointed and don't even feel like finishing the game. It's probably an okay game, lack-luster compared to the first Harry Potter.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
It's not THAT bad, but it does take some getting accustomed to. Compared to HP Years 1-4 for the DS, it is VERY different. The controls are completely different (instead of using the stylus for spells like you did in HP years 1-4, you select the spell you want to use on the touch screen and then cast the spell using the Y button), and you rarely use the stylus. There are new characters to play with and they introduced a dueling mode (which can be annoying, but it's not too bad).

If you expected this game to be just like HP Years 1-4, then yes, you will be disappointed. I admit that I was sorely disappointed at first. However, the longer I played the game, the more I got accustomed to it and I actually started to like it. However, I don't like it nearly as much as HP Years 1-4 for several reasons:

*Controls can be difficult to use, especially when switching between characters/spells
*Graphics during the "movie" scenes leave a lot to be desired
*When flying on the broomstick, it is nearly impossible to see where your character is going
*Some dueling battles feel excessively drawn out and it is almost impossible to defeat the other character
*Some levels (Gringott's Break In, Great Hall when Fred/George are leaving Hogwarts, etc.) need more directions so that you actually know what to do. I shouldn't have to run a Google search to figure out how to defeat a level...

Overall, I give this game 3 stars. I don't like how it was such a drastic change from HP Years 1-4, but as stated earlier: once I got accustomed to it, it wasn't too bad.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Let me start by saying that I loved Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4. Using the stylus like a wand was genius. My 3-1/2 year old daughter saw me playing one day and wanted to play too, and she ultimately took over and played through the entire game with very little help from me. (Not to say that the game was so overly simple that a three-year-old could play it; just that the controls were very intuitive and fun for all ages, including a very smart 3 year-old.) We conveniently finished the main storyline of years 1-4 just a week before years 5-7 was released. The day it came out, we bought it, excited to continue our Lego Harry Potter adventure together. I thought the sequal would be similar in play to the first. I was very, very wrong.

I was/am *massively* disappointed in the sequal. Here's just a few things that are wrong with this game:

1) There's pretty much NO stylus use in this game. (I must have wasted 5 minutes trying to cast my first spell with the stylus, as you did in the first game, before I figured out the hold-charge-release button technique required to cast spells.) There is no fun in casting spells in this game. Just push and hold a button and the computer does the rest. BORING. And I'm very sad to say I don't think my daughter will be able to play this one, since the controls are NOT intuitive or easy to navigate. I suppose it's similar in control to the other Lego games (like Indiana Jones), but after playing through using the stylus for everything on the first HP game, this seems like a major step backward.

2) I miss having a map on the top screen and playing/controlling on the bottom screen. The new bottom half just displays your spell options and seems a waste of the second screen.

3) The cut scenes are so blurry and fuzzy you can't hardly tell what's going on (the first game's cut scenes were low res too, but not this bad!) I realize the non-DS games have hi-def movies, but just because this one's a hand-held system with limited memory doesn't mean the videos have to be completely unviewable. Maybe I'll try renting the PS3 version just to compare the play controls and cut scenes quality.

4) I've yet to completely understand how the saving works. It seems to take FOREVER to finish a level and get back to the main Hogwarts room. The game also seems to jump around to different scenes a lot, rather than a level being just one location (like Hogsmead). One minute you're playing in Hogsmead, then you "warp" to Platform 9-3/4, then another warp to the Room of Requirement, then another warp somewhere else, etc. all in one "level." I haven't been playing for very long, but I'm a little confused at the sequence of events so far. Again, not intuitive play through. I like having shorter levels so I can play for a few minutes and save/quit.

All-in-all, this is a HORRIBLE DS game, and I truly hate to say that since I love the Lego games in general and the Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is my very favorite. I don't know what the developers were thinking with years 5-7, but they've taken a major leap backward in my opinion. It's really not fun to play, which is such a shame, since 1-4 was such a fantastic DS game. I would love to see the developers re-do Years 5-7 and rerelease it where it makes better use of the DS's dual screens and stylus. I still just can't believe how awful this game is compared with the original! =(
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I am hugely disappointed with the DS version of the HP 5-7. I loved years 1-4 and in fact it got me hooked with other Lego DS games. My family also got the WII HP 1-4 but as we all know it is not quite the same game. Which was part of the appeal to having a DS version. They were different games... This new versions is very much like a low grade Wii version. So if you loved the Wii, maybe you will not care. However, I loved the DS version and this is nothing like it. As the previous review the graphics are nowhere close, its not as classy and plays just like all the other Lego character games (Radars, Pirates, Batman)... So what was the point... Once I completed HP 1-4 I tried other games but none were as much fun as the HP so I looked forward to the new one thinking it would be formatted as a continuation. It is nothing like it and I hate to even pick it up again.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
If you loved the first DS Lego Harry Potter game (as I did), prepare to be disappointed with this one. I just got this game today and have just started, so perhaps I should give it more time, but thought I would give my first impressions. This game seems inferior in every way to Harry Potter Years 1-4. It is hard to believe that it is put out by the same company. The graphics aren't as clear and the controls are horrible. What I thought was fun with the first game was being able to do spells with the stylus. In fact, being able to use the stylus for everything. With this game, for example, you have to hold the Y button to "charge" your spell, then the A button to use it. You move the characters around with the control pad, not the stylus. The whole reason I use the DS gaming system is because I like using the stylus, it is what makes the games unique, in my opinion. I remember I heard about the first game, and it seemed like it took forever to come out, but it was worth it when you played it. This game seems rushed, like they wanted to get it out by Christmas or something, so they just threw it together for the DS without using any of the components unique to the DS. It might be a great game for Playstation. Again, I have just started playing this so maybe it will get better, but I wish I had read a review or two before getting it. I would have gotten it used instead of buying it new.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DSVerified Purchase
There are so many things I dislike about this game. The images are really poor quality. I dislike having to use the buttons for everything, I very much like using the stylus. I also have HP Lego 5-7 for the Wii and while I haven't played that much some of it is exactly the same as the DS game. This was not the case with the 1-4 games for DS and Wii, they were two totally different games. I am pretty disappointed because the HP Lego 1-4 is by far my favorite DS game, it wasn't too easy or too hard and it had a lot of content. This is just a disappointment overall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I have to say as soon as I started playing this, I was also severely disappointed. It is no way near as much fun as the original. As mentioned in another review, the whole point of HP Lego 1-4 was using the stylus to cast all the spells, and in this one, you don't even need the stylus. You can use it to change characters, spells, and during dueling, but it's not necessary since they provide you the keys for use of the use.

The graphics are quite poor, and with the concept of the stylus gone, this game just isn't as fun. The concept is basically the same though, go through every level trying to collect as many studs, do spells to unlock new areas, and collect the hats, red legos, and unlock characters. I guess the only thing I do like more about this one is that the game allows you the option of saving more frequently since each section is broken down into multiple sections. You can also leave some areas by choice, not because the game moves on. This can be helpful if you still want to explore.

Otherwise, this game is a huge disappointment compared to the first, although I don't think it's as poorly done as Pirates of the Caribbean Lego, but probably about second since I have both Indiana Jones and both Star Wars Lego on top of the original Harry Potter one. In the end, if you're a fan of the original, you probably won't like this one as much.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I bought this game for my 8 year old son since he so loved playing the previous one. The game is a huge disappointment. I don't have anything good to say about this game and neither does he. The controls are awful, the graphics are awful. Just save your money. I had a good pre-order deal so I only paid 9.99. But it is not even worth that!!! What a let down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Very let down with this game. After playing the first one (1-4) this one is just plain awful! No stylus use what so ever. I enjoyed drawing the spells in the first one and this one you really don't have to think too much. Waste of (Santa's) money and time IMHO. This game is BORING. The first Harry Potter I have replayed a few times but this one will go back in the box and traded in at some point. I wouldn't even give this game away it sucks that bad.
Peace out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
The first lego DS game I ever played was Lego HP years 1-4. It was the best, most enjoyable game I'd played in a long time. I immediately ordered the sequel off ebay, along with Legos Indiana Jones DS and Star Wars DS. Due to a bad transaction I didn't get the HP game, but the others came and while the control mechanics are different from HP 1-4, they are still awesome games that I've fallen in love with.

I say all this because after reading reviews here, and elsewhere, on HP 5-7 DS, I was expecting a lousy game. When I finally did get the game, I was upset, but not because it's a bad game. I was upset because it's a great game that has recieved unfair pans.

No, this game isn't as good as the first one, mainly because you don't use the stylus. Yes, it's true the "cutscenes" are of horrible quality, but that's not the end of the world. This game follows the same formula as the other Lego DS games, and controls like them. If you only compare this game to HP 1-4, that's unfair. Because to me, HP 1-4 DS broke the mold on all Lego DS games. But if you love that game, yet also love all the other Lego DS games, then you have nothing to worry about if you buy this one. It has all the charm and enjoyability of all the other Lego DS games. Plus a huge bonus is that your party only consists of one on screen character, so that means there is no tag-along character to get in your way. That was my only peeve about the other Lego DS games.

In conclusion: I seriously love this game.
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