Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part two Game Review

Once again, the latest and last edition to the successful Harry Potter franchise has produced another video game: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two. The developpers of the video game, this time like many times before, has stuck to the plot and storyline of the film. Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione finish their search for Lord Voldermort’s horcruxes and take him and his followers on in the final epic battle for Hogwarts.

Having played Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, as well as previous editions, I was fairly disappointed, along with many other gamers. The gameplay was disapponting, as you seem to walk through level after level, stunning and defeating wizards and death eaters. The game has become more of a combat game, almost a third person shooter. There are no puzzles to solve, but instead endless combat and running away from packs of Werewolves, fire and death eaters. Spells do not do what they are meant to: Expelliarmus does not disarm your opponent, and when using Expulso, Harry or other characters’ wands seem to turn into machine guns, shooting out spells at ridiculous rates. What is more, opponents take many hits before being incapacitated. This may seem pedantic, but for avid Harry Potter fans, it is a serious issue.  Their are many playable characters once the game finished, but they have no personal abilities, just different looks. It is also hard to cast spells as you are required to double tap buttons as well as unpractical controls. However, despite these many issues, the gameplay is still enjoyable as you are able to replay your favourite moments of the film for the last time.

It is also a great shame that their is no multiplayer. Not even a co-op mode has been included to add to the length of the game. It is solely a single-player experience, with only challenges and online leaderboards presenting objectives to try and achieve once the story comes to an end. Even these challenges present little to play for, and the online leaderboards compare the speed at which the levels are finished.

The presentation is only half-decent too. The graphics are good, but not to die for, and cut-scenes respect the plot of the film, making sure the gamer knows what is going on, not just casting many spells at enemies.

In conclusion, however many flaws and disappointing aspects of the game there are, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two remains a relatively enjoyable game that lasts about 5-6 hours. I would rate it at about 6.5/10, as the developers have squandered their last chance to make a good Harry Potter video game, to be bought by many as a type of souvenir.