Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 Reviews

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DulleNL
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DulleNL
TA Score for this game: 1,548
Posted on 19 July 11 at 20:04
This review has 17 positive votes and 2 negative votes. Please log in to vote.
This is a small disclaimer
First of all, I'm a Harry Potter fan. So maybe my opinion is slightly biased. But on the other hand... I was one of the first to admit that Part 1 was a turd of gigantic proportions, so I'm not completely blind for the crappy quality of the games.

I at least tried to review this one fairly.

Unfortunately I've never written a proper review before (maybe my Half-Blood Prince review), so I'm sorry if it's too short, or all over the place. Or maybe even too long?

What kind of game is this?

If you're hoping this game goes back to the open world style of the earlier games.. .Well... you'll be disappointed. This is, like Part 1, a Third Person Shooter. Lots of chest high walls and blind fire.

Doesn't need to be a bad thing though! Although it was in the first game! ;)

The importance of relevance

Well. Part 1 controlled ok, it didn't look afwul, there was a nice variety of spells, I got to shoot Umbridge. Looking back at it it doesn't seem that bad. Until I think some more and remember the biggest downfall for the game (besides the stealth sections): It had almost nothing to do with the book/movie.

The key moments were there, sure, but the most of it was awful, awful filler. Boring forests, boring ruins, boring missions etc. And suddenly the controls didn't seem just ok, they were afwul. Suddenly there wasn't a nice variety of spells, they were dumb and you only really needed one spell. And what did they do with the faces of..everyone?!

What I'm trying to say is that for a game like this it is very important that it feels like it's source material and stays true to it. Part 1 didn't do that and thát was it's biggest fault.

Only 6 months to improve. Did they succeed?

Are you asking me? Then the answer is yes. Absolutely. This time it followed and felt like the book/movie (haven't seen it yet though). The game feels so much better when you are visiting familiar places and are doing stuff that's actually part of the original story.

I'll touch on the most important subjects and give my opinion about it:

Controls

I feel like it has been tightened since Part 1. It controls just fine and if you hate the game, this isn't the reason why. Very responsive.

Graphics

Looks fine. Nothing really bad about it. Just the faces...They look like their real life counterparts, but it's like they had a car accident or something. There is just something wrong with the faces. So maybe it isn't bad on the technical side, it's bad on the artistic side.

Sound

The music has it's moments, but most of the time it never really stands out. The voice acting is decent when you consider most of it is done by sound-a-likes. Although it sometimes sounds like they are trying a bit too hard.

Gameplay

Ah, the big thing...Well, for most people anyway. It's a bit repetitive, but functional. Most of the time you're fighting Death Eaters and Snatchers with sometimes a boss battle thrown in.
When you're not fighting, you're running from stuff. Chairs, fire, water etc. Scary stuff. Cinematic moments.
No puzzles unfortunately. But this game wasn't right for it I guess. Climactic ending and all that jazz.

But what keeps this game fresh is the fact that you'll get to play with a total of 8 characters. No, they don't have radically different gameplay, but just the fact that you're playing with mother effing McGonnagal is enough to give the game a jump in it's fun factor.

There are a total of 8 spells and 2 abilities which they throw at you right until the end of the game. Another method of keeping it kind of fresh. It's only too bad they give you the apparate ability so late. It's pretty fun to use. But I guess I can use it some more when I start my Expert playthrough. Yes, this game has New Game+ !

One thing I noticed while playing is that the levels somehow felt more open than Part 1. It isn't, but it feels like I wasn't beeing pushed down a corridor as much.

Replayability

The game is very, very short. But there are challenges to unlock, and after finishing the game you'll unlock the Expert difficulty. So... If you happen to like the game there's at least reason to keep playing.

There are also collectibles which will get you the character models of the main characters to marvel at (or laugh at) and some music tracks for your listening pleasure.
Given 3 stars by DulleNL
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CRAZE KILER
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CRAZE KILER
TA Score for this game: 921
Posted on 29 January 12 at 21:51
This review has 7 positive votes and 1 negative vote. Please log in to vote.
After seeing how much people hated Harrp Patter: DH1 I never cared to look and see what people thought of the sequel. I eventually crumbled and rented this game because my Blockbuster has a small selection. The question is was it a terrible experience or was it worth my time?

The game follows the movie closely, which was a lot of fun but the game was only about an hour or so longer than the movie was. Throughout the entire game, with one exception, there is non stop action. The view is in third person and the game is cover based.

To try and create some replay value there is the addition of challenges, which is time based. The few challenges I played I had to replay the entire level. There are several factors that will either increase or decrease your time. For example if you have a good of you spells connecting you will get a decrease in score.

The controls worked well, the only issue was that a few of the wizards you play as cannot run. There are a total of six spells you can use when you fight. They each have their purpose and are very useful. I enjoyed switching between them just to get a variety.

The main issue with the game is the graphics. To me the graphics were like Call of Duty 2. With the exceptions of the boss fights there were only about 3-5 different people to fight (everyone looked the same). The mouth movements during cutscenes just ruined the cut scenes that you are forced to watch during your first playthrough.

The achievements are simple but you'll have to play the game three times, which takes 3-5 hours. There are a bunch of kills with a specific spell achievements as well, I was able to get all of the kills achievments but one during my first playthrough. The one I didnt get was the kill 1000 enemies.

At the end of the day I was able to enjoy the game and I did not feel like it needed to be much longer. It covered many key parts to the movies, there are several different boss fights. The only glaring issue with it is the graphics. Even though the game was fun I wouldnt spend more than $10 but this game is a perfect weekend rental.
Given 3 stars by CRAZE KILER
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