Electronic Theatre Preview: LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

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Electronic Theatre ImageThe forthcoming LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is perhaps on of the most highly-anticipated family videogame releases set to launch this winter. Familiarity is both a blessing and a curse for many when considering the LEGO franchise videogames, but while the core videogame demographic may have become bored with the coin collecting platform antics of the series, there’s no denying that the family audience will readily lap it up. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

LEGO Batman, LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean, a previous LEGO Harry Potter title and countless LEGO Star Wars releases, any of these videogames would be almost interchangeable with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7. As stated above that can either be a very good thing or an immediate turn-off for manyElectronic Theatre Image gamers. The formula of the LEGO franchise videogames has arguably grown stale, refusing to move with the times as many of it’s once fantastic innovations have since become commonplace in videogames throughout the industry.

The storyline is what grants LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 its uniqueness, wrapping up the Harry Potter saga in the same manner as the related books and motion-picture releases upon which it is based. Fans will already know how this pans out, and the delivery of the story wasn’t integral to Electronic Theatre’s preview of the videogame in any respect aside from the humour: there is that typical LEGO franchise charm sprinkled over many aspects of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, offering a more light-hearted approach to the final days of Hogwarts than in any other medium. The story does however lead to many different gameplay presentations. Just as with any other LEGO franchise release, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is lead by its story, meaning that many areas and objectives are created for the videogame simply by way of accurate retelling.

The preview build Electronic Theatre experienced began in a graveyard, with Harry and Hermione working as a team, attempting to identify a symbol upon one of the many graves. The players had to work together to solve puzzles regarding melting the snow piled atop the graves in order to allow Hermione to view the symbolsElectronic Theatre Image on each. The typical LEGO franchise formula of simply interacting with every object available provided the clues needed for solving the puzzle, but anything more complex at this point would have been defeating the object: the LEGO franchise videogames have been – and will always be – designed for immediate, uncomplicated fun.

Another sequence experienced by Electronic Theatre culminated in a boss fight, which demanded a little more skill as opposed to a simple trial-and-error set-up. Still managing to avoid becoming too demanding, the boss fight saw players wait for objects to land near them before hurling them at a beast filling the room. A simple battle of attrition that presented challenge in the vein of dodging incoming attacks and timing your return, if this small sample is anything to go by LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 will offer plenty of variety in its gameplay presentation.

The videogame features the familiar drop-in/drop-out gameplay, legions of playable characters with differing special moves, coin collecting and hidden object hunting that players of previous LEGO franchise titles will be more than familiar with, and securing that 100% completion looks set to take most well beyond that upcoming family holiday period. To say that LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 packs plenty of bang for its buck is understating the fact considerably. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 is set for release on 18th November 2011, and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on this latest LEGO franchise videogame.


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