LEGO HARRY POTTER: YEARS 5-7
PS3 (also on Xbox 360, Wii, PC, DS, 3DS)
been a long time coming, but finally Michael Caine has been
immortalised in LEGO. Whassat? We got the wrong Harry? Oh, bugger.
Right, so we’ll have to keep waiting for that one. We won’t,
however, have to wait for any more Harrys of the Potter variety, for
this is it folks – the end, finito, a-riv-er-doi-ci even. Yep, the
final three books – or four flicks - given the blocktastic treatment
as the bespectacled half hoggle from Mugwarts heads towards his
ultimate showdown with the smushy-schnozzed bloke that can,
apparently, be named nowadays, Mouldyvort. Or something.
If you played the last LEGO
Harry Potter – or, indeed, any of the LEGOfied series (save
perhaps for the criminally shunned
LEGO Rock Band) – you’ll
know the score. A wonderful mix of faithfulness to JK Rowling’s
spell-casting yarns, exploration, puzzle solving and humour, with
oodles of areas to explore, and whatever the word is for something
that makes oodles seem like stuff-all in the way of different
collectibles to find – if you can stop obsessively gathering studs.
Seriously, you could do your damnedest to plough through and still
get caught up for yonks, there’s that much to do.
There are improvements over the last outing, and not just the
darker, more sinister tone of the story. New spells have been
introduced, as well as duelling, Ron Weasley’s funk-laden
gloop-gloop-gloop wall-walking shoes and venturing into (and over)
London – punks and all. Hogwarts has also been given a spring spit
If you’re not down with the Potterverse then you’ll have NFI what’s
going on here, but if you dig on other LEGO games it won’t really
matter. It speaks volumes that it took toy blocks (and plenty of ’em)
to deliver the best ever Harry videogame... well, until Mr Brown
gets his shot.