Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Review - PS3
Harry Potter games have seen tons of changes over their 10 years of development. The first game in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released way back in 2001. It received a low response from the fans as it gave a cartoon like feel. Since then EA made tons of improvements, and the result is in-front of all of us, recently titles in the franchise are gritty and dark, there has been a radical shift in gameplay.
Harry Potter movie franchise have grown stronger with each release, however Harry Potter video game franchise does not have the similar fate, and have gone from bad to worse.
Fans rated Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as terribly, as it featured sloppy storytelling, as well as broken, boring and incredibly repetitive gameplay. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is surely EA's last chance to conclude the franchise on a high note.
Can the latest installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" manages to escape the criticism of its predecessor?. The good news for the fans is that the last game in the series is the best video game adaptation, but still there are some flaw and it does not stand tall in comparison to its silver-screen counterpart.
Fast Paced Gameplay:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 begins where the last game and the film left off. Harry along with his friends are off to find ast remaining Horcruxes of Voldemort. This journey of Harry and his friends carries lots of action and move at a much faster rate. It is the pace of Deathly Hallows 2 that sets it apart from the last game.
The first part was full of frustrating stealth sequences, very confusing and unwanted side quest. But Deathly Hallows 2 is all about action at a rapid speed. The second part does not feature side tracking, no lengthy cut scenes and most pleasing, no stealth sequences.
The pace of at which the game moves has only one major disadvantage, it makes the game pretty short. The total story campaign length is about six hours long.
PS Move Support:
We bought PS3 version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, and the only reason behind this was it features PS Move support. After playing, i will only say that using the game with Move is the best way to play it. The only reason Move fits the bill here, because Deathly Hallows 2 does not require whole lot of accuracy, but Move provides many more options as compare to the normal controller. PS Move provide gamers with the ability to point at target, and it also allows them to lock on like they were able to do in Killzone. This possibility is not their when gamers play the game with the controller. Also, since Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is not very difficult, players never get frustrated once Move becomes uncooperative or out of sync. This is rarest of rare case.
Deathly Hallows - Part 2 gameplay is really very disappointing and it also feels ill-fitting. Players will spend most of their time in cover-based third person battles, and guns and bullets will replace wands and spells. Deathly Hallows - Part 2 feels like a an unashamed rip-off of Gears of War and other similar games that dominate the market. Looking at the details, its easier to say that developer took a cynical approach in developing the game so that they can capitalise on an in vogue genre.
Lack of Variety:
The other major drawback about Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is that the game lack variety. EA has done each and everything possible to inject bit of variety factor to the game by adding odd chase sequence, but much like past stealth sections, these sequences are poorly executed and also very frustrating. The developer has added a challenge mode for gamers who want to have a break from relatively short campaign, but it's more more of the same, only slightly trickier.
Overall Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is an average game with graphics, character animations and voice acting are all distinctly average. The game is too short with repetitive and dull gameplay. Lack of variety and fresh ideas also goes against the game. Well this is what we discovered when we played the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Its up-to you now whether you should go for the game or not.
- Graphics Visual and Character likenesses of the actors
- Fast paced gameplay
- Repetetive and very Dull gameplay
- Campaign length too short only 4-5 hours
- Very little replay value