LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Review for Xbox 360

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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 screenshot
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 screenshot

In the interests of saving everyone some time, I'd like you to answer the following questions as honestly as possible. Believe me, it's better for us all this way:

1. Does the idea of playing a Harry Potter video game for literally hours on end sound unappealing to you?

2. Do you think that, in spite of the fact they're enjoyable, the LEGO series of games has been getting away with a lot, and the fact they're inherently cute isn't a good enough excuse for essentially putting out the same game since LEGO Star Wars?

If the answer to either or both of those questions is yes, then thank you very much for your time and don't let the door hit your curmudgeonly backside on the way out. You may as well move on, as there's nothing here to change your opinion. As for the rest of you, it's away to Hogwarts we go!

There's something I find comfortingly familiar about TT's LEGO series. Each new license the franchise tackles has resulted in a game - or games - with a core experience that hasn't really deviated from a set template over the past six years. Players still move cute little figurines around different environments, smashing things up, collecting studs, platforming, solving the occasional puzzle and fighting the odd battle.

But, for all of its repetition, there has never been a LEGO game released (since TT started making them, anyway) that could ever be described as boring. The British developer always adds just enough new features to make each experience feel fresh. It also assembles every game with a love and understanding of the license it's tied to that is evident in every pixel and frame.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is no different in this regard, and it's also easily the best game tied to a Warner Bros. film franchise since... well, since the last time TT made a LEGO Harry Potter game. Players take control of the bespectacled wizard and his Hogwarts pals (along with some of the nastier characters around him) and work their way through the latter three entries in Potter canon; the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows.

As with the books and films, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is far darker in tone than what's gone before it, although the good humour of the LEGO series takes a little of the edge off the proceedings. Not too much, mind, and it's a testament to TT's extensive knowledge of the source material that it manages to absolutely nail the different characters in terms of their individual personalities with just a couple of noises and gestures.

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guyderman

Lego SyFy movies \0/ FTW!
Posted 13:24 on 25 November 2011
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draytone

It must be in the pipeline. I bet they sat down a few years ago over lunch and wrote a huge list of movie franchises they could tie in with.

I'm still waiting for Lego Blade Runner, Lego Alien and Lego Centipede.
Posted 09:38 on 25 November 2011
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guyderman@ K3RT

Lego LOTR would be AMAZING!!!!
Posted 09:32 on 25 November 2011
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K3RT

Nice review I've got to admit I'm pretty fond of Lego games and the misses is a major Potter fan so I have no doubt I'll have to get her this for Christmas.
I would like the next Lego games to be the lord of the rings I think it would work really well.
Posted 08:21 on 25 November 2011
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guyderman

My lads are playing the hell out of this at the moment and loving it! Thanks to Skyrim I haven't had a chance to look at it myself yet, but as always with the Lego games I look forward to playing this one!
Posted 08:01 on 25 November 2011
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SexyJams

First review I've read on my iPod Touch using the VG app. This app is bloody awesome!
Great review by the way.
Posted 22:22 on 24 November 2011

Game Stats

Technical Specs
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
8
Out of 10
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • Best storylines in the canon
  • Ton of replayability
  • Adorably cute
  • Could have done with a few more new features
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Release Date: 18/11/2011
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , 3DS , PS Vita , iPhone , Wii , DS , PSP
Developer: TT Games
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Adventure
Rating: PEGI 7+
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