Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Review
Developer: EA Bright Light
Platform: Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PlayStation 3
After a decade of Harry Potter games we have finally reached the end. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 The Game, the series has concluded. For the most part, this could be seen as something like a blessing. The Harry Potter game series has never been able to truly tap into the creative element that the movie and book counterparts so entertaining. Simply put, the series has been a shining example of why movie-to-game adaptations have such a bad rap. They just suck. But one would think that with the series finally reaching an end, the developers at EA Bright Light would step up their game a little an come out with a better product. One would like to believe that the company would attempt to release something to end the series with a bang. Sadly that’s just not the case.
I won’t beat around the bush: Deathly Hallows Part 2 is not a good game. But on the other hand it isn’t terribly tragic either. It straddles the fence between high and low quality, gladly embracing all that is “meh.” From the ugle, last-gen graphics, to the unexciting audio and down to simple gameplay, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a very mediocre adventure.
The game is built like a third-person shooter with plenty of walls to hug and shoot around or over. The game can be somewhat compared to Gears of War with spells taking the place of standard weaponry. The starting spell, Stupefy, fires like a pistol and must be shot slowly to avoid losing accuracy. I won’t provide spell names but over the course of the game Harry and friends will gain spells similar to that of a machine gun, rocket launcher, sniper rifle and homing missiles. Protego is a shield spell that can be used in order to advance in position against heavy spell fire.
Split into chapters, Deathly Hallows Part 2 lets players experience important segments of the movie. The game doesn’t provide much transition between levels or much explanation as to why Harry needs to be there in the first place. The game assumes the player has already read the book and exists only to let said readers to play the role of a favorite character in a specific part of the movie. The game switches from Harry to several supporting characters such as Ron, Hermione and others. But the spells learned before the character jump are are the same as Harry’s, and if the other character learns a new spell Harry will have it when he takes the reins again. It would have been nice to see some character-specific spells or skills, but instead the game feels the same no matter which spell wielder is being played.
Deathly Hallows 2 is a pretty short adventure coming in at barely three hours long. For the amount and quality of the content included in the package, it really is not worth the trip. The game is also extremely easy, no doubt intentional to please the younger audience. At normal mode I found the game so easy I simply walked up to most enemies and took them out one at a time without even needing to jump into cover. Later, once I reached the amount of acquired spells, I did have some fun during the fights. There are a decent amount of spells available near the end, and using them with mixed with some strategy can provide some enjoyable moments. But those moments are few and far between, stuck in the mud.
With a short campaign, low-quality graphics and generally boring gameplay, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 The Game is a game that just needs to be skipped. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, I promise you that no one will question your devotion to the franchise if you don’t play the game. Really, I swear. There are some enjoyable moments near the end but they aren’t good enough to warrant a purchase or even a rental. If you do pick it up, there is a little fan service trailer that plays after the ending credits – a short montage of trailers from the decade’s worth of Harry Potter games from EA. It’s about as close as you can get to some fan service from the team, but it’s hardly worth the price of admission.
[xrr label=”Rating: 5/10″ rating=5/10]
+ Some fun moments near the end…
– …but not worth the ride to get to them.
– Low-quality graphics.
– Mostly boring, easy gameplay.
– Short at only around three hours.