Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Action Builds in this Final Potter Movie Game
What It Is
Don’t worry about movie spoilers in this review of the new game based on the final Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part 2. I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’m holding off completing the game until after seeing the movie. Fortunately, I have played through enough of the game to tell you all about it.
As mentioned, it’s the video game based on the movie of the same name. I was a little surprised at first that this game didn’t do what other movie-based games have done lately and create a prequel to the movie it is tied to, but I guess since the movie picks up right where Deathly Hallows Part 1 left off, it would have been difficult to create an original story. In the action-shooter style game, we play through the movie’s most memorable and pivotal scenes (which is why I’m holding off completing the game for now) as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and a bunch of other characters including, surprisingly, the biggest butt-kicker of them all, Professor McGonagall! Each level takes place in a different location from the movie and gives fans the ability to jump into the world and action of Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Why It’s Fun
Unlike previous Potter video games (before Deathly Hallows Part 1), DH P2 is a third person shooter, which means, you see your playable character from behind and move through the game shooting at enemies. There aren’t any guns or violent weapons because this is the world of Harry Potter and characters have wands with spells that can do way more damage than a pistol while sounding far less jarring.
At the beginning of the game, you have one stunning spell (Stupify) and one defensive shield cast (Protego) but as you progress, you unlock more spells. The game does a great job of rendering the spells and even though they basically accomplish the same goal — shoot the enemy — they each possess their own unique ability. One of the earliest spells you unlock, Expelliarmus, allows you to break an enemies’ Protego shield so that you can quickly follow up with a stunning spell. Each spell is assigned to its own button on your game controller so it is easy to switch between and use spells in the heat of battle.
Who’s Going To Love It
You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to love this game but chances are good that if you don’t like Harry Potter, you aren’t going to have any interest in playing this game.
The game has three difficulty settings with the easy and moderate levels available at the start of the game. I’m guessing the advanced level is unlocked at some point but it was not available at the start. Playing on moderate is somewhat challenging. I encountered two different areas in the first level alone that took me two attempts to get through. The game allows you to adjust control settings, including an aim assist, which, when used with the easy setting, should allow Potter fans as young as six to play this game.
What To Be Aware Of
As I mentioned earlier, this is an action game that pulls you through the movie’s storyline. While the action is great, I would have liked to be able to explore the settings a little. Unfortunately, there is little to no opportunity to explore and instead you enter each area, run through from cover to cover and shoot spells at enemies. Each level follows this same pattern so the game-play quickly becomes predictable and the only thing to look forward to is seeing the settings of each new level for the first time.
When you kill an enemy, there isn’t any blood or mutilated corpse left behind. Instead, enemies vanish in a poof of smoke.
This review is based on the console version. The DS version might be slightly different.
There is very little reason to return to this game once you have completed it. In fact, the only feature aside from the main Story Mode is a competition mode that has you trying to beat time limits and rack up hit counts.
2 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Rated: Teen, Everyone 10+ (DS)
System: DS, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
SRP: $49.99 (PS3, Xbox 360, Wii), $29.99 (DS, PC)
Launch Date: July 12, 2011
Date of Review: July 27, 2011