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Great game and best LEGO game yet.,
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This review is from: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 [Online Game Code] (Software Download)
First off, this game activates on steam when purchased as a Digital Download. No intrusive securom DRM or anything else so you just need to put in your code, download, and play. The physical-disc copy of this game DOES use securom as do several other websites offering it as a digital download, so this is something to bear in mind when deciding what way to purchase.
Having played older LEGO games on consoles, it was very nice to be able to play in true HD (1920x1200 in my case) instead of 720p or lower. The benefits of a decent machine w/good hard drive etc.. are very fast load times and better graphics. I have not tried the keyboard support, but game works fine with an xbox 360 controller. The game also has local and multiplayer co-op which are nice pluses.
This game is the start of a new trend to streamline LEGO games and make them more cinematic. What this means is that the puzzles are still there, but less intentionally obtuse and won't have you running around scratching your head trying to figure out what you're supposed to do next. They're still there, they're just better integrated to flow with the storyline better instead of slow you down. Everything is intended to move you along quickly. There are plenty of cut scenes, which are stock full of typical LEGO humor. It manages to keep the feel very well that you're both playing a game and watching the movies (especially if you know the movies well already).
I was able to play through the whole game without any bugs or glitches (good thing since PC versions of games don't necessarily get the same care as their console counterparts).
Some things that could be construed as negatives, but that I didn't mind:
*Hogwarts is the same as Years 1-4. There's different classroom activities, but the castle and layout in game are same as the first one. Some small differences, but basically the same. What's different are the story missions, which follow the plot of the movies very closely so you never feel like you're wandering around aimlessly like in some prior LEGO games.
*Little to no use of broomsticks. There's a "racing scene" as one of the first missions using the broomsticks, but it's basically nonexistent after that and the Quidditch pitch is closed off. I was a little disappointed they didn't do anything with the Gryffindor/Slytherin match in Half-Blood Prince, as that was a powerful scene in the books. The movie added the match as an afterthought though, so they can't be faulted too much for leaving it out.
*Spells are largely similar to those in the previous game. There are a few new mechanics, but it's more like a continuation of the previous game for the rest of the movies than a sequel in that sense. And it is very focused on making you feel like you're in the movies (a good thing for me at least).
*There are a few things that aren't well documented (like ability to roll be pressing A+X in the direction your character is facing - important in one mission), but mostly you should be right at home if you played the earlier game.
*A little shorter than Years 1-4, but a large part of that is better design so that puzzles aren't distracting from the plot progression. Every puzzle has a clear story-based progression goal, where in some earlier LEGO games the levels didn't necessarily have much to do with the plot beyond basic level look. Some people may not like this, I personally found I enjoyed the game a lot more this way.
They're taking the LEGO/movie thing a step further in their upcoming game, LEGO Lord of the Rings by using the actual vocals from the movies, which should be very impressive.
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Initial post: Oct 22, 2012 8:24:26 PM PDT
Thanks for the review. I've been looking EVERYWHERE to find out if this game supports the xbox 360 controller for PC. Steam says it doesn't and these Lego games just aren't designed for a mouse and keyboard.
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