You have to hand it to Harry Potter; it’s the first LEGO game series to be for current-gen home consoles. That’s an immense achievement considering the magnitude of some of the other franchises.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, this edition prances down the catwalk, looking like a million bucks on the PS4 and comfortably like it belongs amongst the next-gen LEGO games. The crisp environments, brighter lighting, and modern graphics will undoubtedly please gamers, but it’s the DLCs that’ll have the tongues wagging – who wouldn’t want more characters and spells?
The gameplay is similar to other LEGO titles,with a focus on collecting, exploring and solving puzzles. Set in the Harry Potter universe, the game follows the same storyline as the film and book series – with the additional LEGO humor, of course – and fans should be familiar with many of the environments and characters beforehand. There are certainly a few liberties taken with the game, but it’s still a faithful adaptation overall.While the version looks great on the PS4 and throws all the goodies onto one disc, the problem is other LEGO titles have evolved leaps and bounds since the release of these two games. Take LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham as recent examples: both games added much more to the gameplay than previous LEGO entries. As a result, it becomes difficult to go back to the older games and enjoy them as much as the newer ones due to these game-changing (pardon the pun) enhancements. Also, LEGO games aren’t renowned for being the most challenging around, and playing two games that were essentially released five and six years ago isn’t the most rewarding exercise.
If you’re a Harry Potter fan or someone who hasn’t played the two games from 2010 and 2011, then this title will definitely appeal to you. However, if you already own the originals, there’s no real point in picking up this collection unless you’re a serious collector