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LEGO Harry Potter Game

In games on November 9, 2010 at 11:24 am


LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is the seventh chapter in a saga particular managed by the guys at Traveller’s Tales Games, saga, which incorporates brand known and renovates them with bricks and an irony all its own. Before Harry Potter this review has touched on the movie Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Batman as well as the video game Rock Band.
Despite the weather and almost continuous stagnation when it comes to game mechanics, these reinterpretations have not yet tired of it and this seventh chapter, TT Games appears to have come up with its best axes. Then you about some of the lightest and darkest sides of this LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 PC Game.

The first four episodes REVISED TO BRICKS

Let’s start first with the title, Years 1-4 PC is not the recommended age of the game, but it indicates the time period in which this LEGO Harry Potter is based, namely the first four chapters of the series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire – obviously the game is not designed for mature audiences, unless this is not a fan of LEGO and not least, the adventures of boy wizard created by Rowling. The history of the game is therefore based on plots magazines and “summary” of the film and as usual, the characters tend to be much more entertaining and humorous than the reality, all while maintaining their distinctive characteristics from the fears of the strengths and via so on – the references adventure narrated in the first four movies are so many that still require that the player has seen or is aware of the adventure of Harry Potter, on pain of not understanding the many ironic and amusing moments. With their particular facial expression, therefore, we will have to deal with objects to be recovered, by calling into sixth gear, bosses to be faced and lessons to learn new magic powers, all navigating the multitude of characters that give life to series, both literary and cinematic gaming.

LEGO Harry Potter PC Game: Years 1-4 we will be facing a third-person action title, however, most aspect platform that voted for combat. Much of the adventure, unlike previous episodes LEGO Officially licensed, we will find employment in the magic school of Hogwarts. This closure of the setting – although there are still areas outside the villages as Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade visit you at specific times – in addition to providing TT Games to the right excuse to further the care of environment and waters, has removed the ‘excessive linearity of the previous games thanks to a component free roam now because the player can rotate almost freely around Hogwarts with the only limitation to specific areas, un lockable mini-games or steps are only the continuation of the story. The variety of game play is another area on which TT Games was more focused, though in the past it was always different settings a bit to change ‘the way in which the levels needed to be addressed, now this sense of change is given by magic, that feature has allowed the title to lose much of the monotony of the series suffered. With the release of more new spells through the lessons that face between one level and another, the players are new and important weapons information that can then be used at will during the levels facing the same passage in a different way not only using different characters but also with different abilities. As usual the game is in fact divided into levels that are unlocked one after the other and which are based on the ability of a specific character or the magic that has just learned. In a few moments then a step will serve to overcome the force of Hagrid, while on other occasions will be the ability of Hermione the right key to bet on, without forgetting, however, that the imagination and talent of the weapons that Harry will almost always lead us forward. As in previous years, the change of the character that is interpreted is immediate thanks to the system developed by TT Games, which allows us to change our flight to the alter-ego at the touch of a button (of course the characters will be available only those already released from over two hundred – too many similar, only the main fact, are the most detailed and decidedly unique abilities).
With about eight hours of play the story of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will close, a few more hours but it will be necessary if you will enter the full title of completing all the minigames, discovering all the magic and the secrets and acquiring countless unlockable obtained by accumulating washers through the repair of machinery, the destruction of the enemy and any aspect requires a different action from virtually walk.

In the story mode and all the various secondary objectives, the developers have revived the editor of the levels introduced in the second chapter of LEGO Indiana Jones, nice and fun feature, but due to the absence of a function of sharing with the community makes the ‘ editor almost useless – but the examples of what may become a title thanks to an editor, the sharing and a good community are clearly visible, Little Big Planet in the first place. Still absent so the online co-operative sector, it remains the co-op locally and puts two players on the screen only when the two are neighbors to switch to a vertical split when shared with the two characters are far away from them – the transition from single to shared, as in the past is fluid and is not in any way annoying.

Good results with little effort

On the technical side LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is a rethink of what we have already seen from previous LEGO incarnations based on official licenses. The difference lies in the fact that the title seems to have been treated in more detail, by characterization, not to mention their unique abilities and IA biggest flaw of the previous titles, namely the repetitive gameplay that now, thanks to the magic, is much less mechanical. From the graphical point of view the work of TT Games was more than adequate with good attention to detail even at locations and depths and not only to the characters.

Excellent soundtrack, thanks to the license uses the music of films made by John Williams. Likewise the sound effects sector is more than enough with the songs that change tone depending on the events in which we will be involved – the usual characters do not express in words, but leaving with guttural sounds more like understanding the signs.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, what makes more LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 compared to the previous titles of TT Games is the work input made by Rowling, and Hogwarts in general the world of Harry Potter have given way to the variety of fund up to hours had not yet been able to get the LEGO games. Certainly remain those characteristic defects of the series as the lack of a sector and some aspects of the online gameplay is not fluid, but these defects on which you can safely turn a blind eye so as to fully enjoy the title and everything it offers.

The game is available for Sony PS3 and PSP systems, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and DS and PC. Platform PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii game also offers a collection of movies with “Making of” four magnets with the crests of the four houses of Hogwarts.
RATING: 8 out of 10

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