LEGO Harry Potter Collection14/11/2018
As I’m sure you can guess from the name, The LEGO Harry Potter Collection charts Harry Potters entire school career at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. That’s a whole lot of wizard-y goodness.
I’m a massive Harry Potter fan and have been since I first picked the books up when I was about 11. I have Potter themed PJ’s, wall art and cushions dotted around my house. So, obviously, I had the LEGO Harry Potter Collection way back when it released as two different volumes (Years 1-4 and Year 5-7) on the Xbox 360/PS3. I flew through them and have had fond memories of them ever since.
Now though, us LEGO game fans are pretty spoilt. I have to admit I hadn’t even considered how much LEGO games have come on since these games were first released when I went into this review. How does it feel to go back to an older LEGO game now that we are used to the characters having something as simple as voices?!
Well I have to admit that it took me by surprise at first. I’ve gotten so used to the voiceovers in LEGO games that I didn’t even consider that this one wouldn’t have them, but back when these games were first released LEGO games relied on facial expressions and slapstick comedy to tell the story.
I always really enjoyed how the LEGO games told stories back then, and I can honestly say I never felt like I missed voiceovers. In fact I was a little worried when the first LEGO game that included a voiceover was announced that the games might lose some of their charm – luckily they didn’t. I enjoyed playing them while my children watched when they were younger but now my children are big enough to enjoy these games with me and my son and I regularly play LEGO games together. We stick to the ones available on Xbox One which means that he hadn’t played one that didn’t feature voiceovers and at first he was really struggling to get on board with the silence from his favourite Harry Potter characters.
He soon got into the swing of it though and really loved being able to freely explore Hogwarts and all of it’s hidden secrets. Not everywhere is accessible straight away though, but keep going to your classes like a good wizard and you’ll soon learn more spells to help you get into more areas of the castle.
LEGO games have always been great to play as a pair and this is no different. In fact LEGO Harry Potter Collection has given me some of my fondest co-op memories with my kids. The LEGO Harry Potter games, in my opinion, are still the best Harry Potter games we’ve had – with the possible exception of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I had on GameCube. The game just exudes magic. And the way that LEGO games split the screen for two players is still the most perfect way I’ve ever seen. I’m sure you’ve all played a LEGO game in co-op at least once in your life, but just in case – when you play co-op you share the screen when you are stood close together, but when you need to venture further afield the screen splits down the middle and moves with each character. It really is so well done.
LEGO games are always jam-packed with characters to collect as you travel through the game and LEGO Harry Potter is no exception, there are hundreds of characters to collect. In all honesty though, there is so much story content in this game that my son and I haven’t really delved into the collectables yet. We probably will, as we just love exploring the castle and grounds but for now the story is keeping us busy enough.
If you have already played these games it is hard to give you a reason to buy this collection. The graphics are ever so slightly better and there’s a bit of DLC thrown in for good measure, but honestly, if you feel like you can live without playing it through again then it isn’t for you. This Collection is for people who want to play it (or replay it) on current gen consoles, especially given that the DLC only includes extra characters and spells.
It does stand well against the newer LEGO games though and if you haven’t played them before then this collection is really a no-brainer. It’s a fantastic foray into the world of Harry Potter and a hell of a lot of fun.