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LEGO Harry Potter Collection

Posted by GG Goblin On November - 13 - 2018

You’re made of LEGO, Harry.

 
It may sound a bit obvious, but there is something magical about Harry Potter. It’s been some seven years since the last of the Harry Potter movies came out and the cast have moved on to other things. Hermione has fallen in love with a beast, Ron became a posh, loveable criminal and Harry, well, he grew horns and became a human multitool. But still, people are obsessed with Harry Potter. Sure, the Fantastic Beasts movies look fantastic, but people are still rushing out to buy Hogwarts pyjamas.

 
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The LEGO Harry Potter games were on to a good thing when they launched, being split into two volumes to deal with the mass of content available in all eight films, and with the latest Fantastic Beasts movie hitting the cinemas and the ongoing love for all things Harry, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment would have been total Muggles if they had not re-released the entire collection for the current generation of consoles. And so they did.

 
Well, sort of. The LEGO Harry Potter Collection turned up on PS4 more than two years ago, to coincide with the launch of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. Xbox One and Switch gamers have had to wait for the second Fantastic Beasts film for the collection to make an appearance on their consoles. Maybe when the third movie in the series comes out, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection will launch for mobile? Who knows. Still, at least Xbox One and Switch gamers can now enjoy two complete LEGO Harry Potter games spanning all eight movies.

 
As already mentioned, the LEGO Harry Potter Collection comprises of two previously released games, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 and, as with all of the licensed LEGO games, they were developed by TT Games. For those who passed on a bit of Harry last time around, the LEGO games all follow a very similar formula, and the Harry Potter ones are really no different. Off the back of more recent LEGO games, players may find a few quirks where the formula wasn’t quite perfected, or the developers chose to try something new. But realistically, if you have played a LEGO game, you will know what to expect in the LEGO Harry Potter Collection.

 
Players will get to experience Harry’s entire time at Hogwarts by playing through key moments from all eight of the movies in the story missions. Packed with locations and characters that players will recognise, players will cast spells, solve puzzles and fight with bad guys through to the final battle with good old Voldemort at the end of the last movie. It is pretty epic stuff, and while large chunks of the story may be missing, it is easy to follow what is going on and, for the fans, knowing what will come next.

 
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And playing through the story is great and all, but there is so much more to do besides. There are the regular special bricks to find, there are pupils to be saved, and there is a massive cast of characters to be unlocked. And of course there is the freeplay where the player can go back into previously completed levels to look for more secrets or maybe access new areas that require a character with a particular skill. Oh, and there are loads of things to smash up and studs to collect, but no surprise there.

 
The LEGO games are known for their silly humour, and the Harry Potter games are no different. There are plenty of chuckles to be had right the way through, in a family friendly way. It is always easy to overlook how much detail goes into these games in keeping them with the source material, but it is so obvious with Harry Potter. Everywhere the player looks, there is something that grounds the game firmly in the Wizarding World, and it really is a joy to watch.

 
So, for LEGO or Harry Potter fans, this really is a no brainer. The amount of content from two full LEGO games is substantial, especially for those who like to collect everything. To top it all off, there are tow DLC packs included that bring a host of new characters and spells for the player to mess around with.

 
When it comes to the visuals, the LEGO games have had a certain style for such a long time that I don’t think the Harry Potter games would have looked out of place untouched. But sure enough, the developers have done a little bit of their own magic and enhanced the graphics and lighting and such to make the game look quite slick. I honestly can’t say that the LEGO Harry Potter Collection looks old or dated in any way, but then I was enjoying myself far too much to care about any graphical anomalies. It looks great, that’s all that matters.

 
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While Warner may be frowned at for making Xbox One and Switch players wait this long for the LEGO Harry Potter Collection, I am pretty sure all is forgiven. Those who played the games before may not feel that bothered about this release. But for the LEGO or Harry fans, having the two games in one place, and on current consoles, including the Switch, this is pretty cool. Relive Harry’s time at Hogwarts in LEGO form, and smile all the way through.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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