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LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 (PS3)
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Platform: PlayStation 3
Based on the last three Harry Potter books and final four films, LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 takes players through Harry Potter's heroic adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds. From Privet Drive in Little Whinging to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts - plus new locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric's Hollow - players will encounter new faces, new challenges and new magic, preparing them for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort.
LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 builds upon the magical gameplay, lessons and potion-making skills learned in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to equip gamers with the tools necessary to challenge a host of new foes and some familiar ones (including He Who Must Not Be Named). The upcoming title is action-packed from start to finish, including loads of new lessons, spells, and bonus content for hours of family friendly gaming.
- New locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic and Godric's Hollow
- Learn new spells and meet new characters
- Bigger, more challenging puzzles
- Experience the epic conclusion to one of the most successful movie franchises in history with LEGO's priceless sense of humour
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Newt Scamander and his Beasts
Newt Scamander is a Magizoologist who has been traveling the world to find and document magical creatures, hoping to educate the wizarding world about why they are important and need to be protected. In his travels, he has rescued a wide variety of beasts, great and small, which he keeps in a case that magically provides more than enough room for the menagerie he cares for and protects. Newt is an outsider, a bit awkward, and more comfortable with creatures than his fellow wizards and witches. Hailing from England, he was once a student at Hogwarts but was expelled for endangering human life with a beast. Yet there was one professor who fought for him, a certain Albus Dumbledore. No one could have imagined then that Newt would someday write one of Hogwarts’ most important textbooks: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The mischievous Niffler is small, furry and black with a long, rounded snout, making it look like a cross between a mole and a duck-billed platypus. With an irrepressible predilection for anything glittery, this burrowing but remarkably fast and agile little beast will snatch or steal whatever shiny object catches its eye. The Niffler stores its treasures in the pouch on its belly, which holds considerably more than seems possible. Though gentle and even affectionate, the Niffler can be quite destructive in its pursuit of sparkly things, so, word to the wise: they do not make good house pets.
The sprig-like Bowtruckle can be immensely difficult to spot in a natural environment as it is not only very small but also can easily blend into any foliage. It is a maximum of eight inches in height and appears to be made out of a tree stem with roots, tiny leafy _branches and two brown eyes. Newt has at least six of these little beasts—named Pickett, Titus, Finn, Poppy, Marlow and Tom—though he can’t help but play favorites with Pickett, whom he keeps safe in his breast pocket. The Bowtruckle, which eats only insects, is a peaceable and intensely shy creature.
The Thunderbird is a large, regal avian creature native to the arid climate of Arizona. Its head is similar to that of an eagle or, in the wizarding world, a Hippogriff. Its multiple powerful wings shimmer with cloud- and sun-like patterns and their flapping can create storms. Thunderbirds can also sense danger. After rescuing a Thunderbird from traffickers in Egypt, Newt named him Frank and promised to return him to his natural habitat in Arizona. Sadly, one of Frank’s legs bears the wounds of having been chained, but his gratitude to Newt for having rescued him is evident.
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i was bought as a xmas present but ended up just letting him have it before as he was desperate for it after finishing the first one. it arrived the next day and true to the description, - brand new - still sealed - never used opend or re-packaged - so was very pleased with it when it arrived.
the game itself is great quality and can be played for one or two players - yes i have had a shot at the game im not afraid to admit it and surprisingly i enjoyed it haha - theres plenty different levels and varies from hard to easy the wee one has asked me a few times to help on a few levels hes stuck on and i have found some of it hard but i suppose that's the aim of the game really.
all in all i have been really pleased with everything, the price, the packaging and the description of the game when i bought it no fault on anything :) and ollies been glued to it not sure what im going to do when he finishes this one haha
Harry Potter Years 5-7 brings nothing new in terms of gameplay and overall style, but you can't have too much of a good thing, right?
Once again, the player has to navigate through six levels for each film, with challenges to learn spells and find extras in the Hogwarts 'hub.' Like the previous Harry Potter Lego, Hogwarts is a vast, sprawling location that can be difficult to navigate, but they've also made it different. No lazy programming of the same rooms - we can now explore London and the various campsite locations from the seventh film.
There are a couple of new spells, and the way Harry and crew are stripped of the spells they gained in the previous instalment actually made sense, and didn't rely on the gamer suspending their disbelief as sequel characters show up at most basic level.
Of course, nothing is particularly challenging. The puzzles usually involve blowing stuff up using the right spell and the rebuilding it using another. There's nothing that stretches you too hard, with even the new duelling system amounting to little more than pushing buttons at the right time.
But that's not really the point of Lego games - they are meant to be entertainment. And entertaining it is, with stacks of the trademark humour, and glorious character design.
Menu systems for buying spells and characters have been somewhat updated, I'm not convinced if it's successful, though it's massively less annoying than the 'find the character and fight them' system of Lego Pirates. Lots of characters and items seem to have been hiked up in price, though that's never really a problem in Lego games - as always I found I had no money at all, then suddenly several billion studs that I couldn't do anything with.
Red Brick upgrades were in a more logical order, the ones you could get early on being cheaper and helpful for the progression of the game. I wish I'd spent more time exploring Hogwarts as I progressed through the game, but as is usually my tactic, I left it to the end, after I'd unlocked as much as I could playing through the levels on story mode. I don't think it really matters though - no matter how you approach Lego games, there's an inevitable amount of replay involved, as you go back through the levels to pick up things you couldn't access before with the characters you've now unlocked.
Which is all a very roundabout way of saying that Harry Potter Years 5-7 is everything you should expect from a Lego game, with nothing particularly stunning or innovative. But, as the saying goes: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And the Lego formula certainly isn't broke.
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