MANY Harry Potter games have been released, but we were skeptical about Hogwarts Legacy due to numerous delays and rumours.
Many games that end up in this cycle of delays are often stuck in development hell, and the end product is more than likely a disappointment.
However, the latest game promises freedom to explore in our own way, and that’s exactly what Hogwarts Legacy offers.
Hogwarts Legacy brings the school to life in a way the other Harry Potter games haven’t done before.
Magic fills the air and your classmates chat in a way that makes the lesson seem real.
You can see students from different houses mingling in common areas, which was not elaborated on in the books.
The castle feels alive. Hogwarts breaks free from the limitations that the movies have given it and creates something more exciting to live.
We pushed against a wall only for it to spin and reveal a chest on the other side.
You’ll feel the joy of exploring while learning about the history of the school.
No matter how alive the world feels, it’s nothing without the ability to cast powerful spells.
Older Harry Potter games allowed you to try different spells in class, but in combat you would often get stuck with a standard damage attack and then be able to cast a different spell or two when prompted.
In Hogwarts Legacy, you can use a variety of spells in battle, balanced by different cooldown timers.
We didn’t see all of them in our preview, but the ten we saw had noticeably different effects on the opponent.
They can also anticipate oncoming attacks, but lack a disappointing lack of defensive spells to counter that. However, spells like Expelliarmus could be later in the game.
However, quickly switching spells can be a little fiddly, and the lack of defensive moves might help with that.
We were thrown in at the deep end somewhere in the middle where we already had some spells at our disposal.
If we played from the beginning and learned the spells one by one, maybe it would have felt more natural.
In the short time we’ve had with Hogwarts Legacy, we’ve been positive about our experience.
Whether this wears out over the length of a full RPG, however, remains to be seen.
There were a number of features we didn’t see, such as classes that affect your magical abilities, which gives us hope.
You can also apparently build relationships with your teachers by completing additional quests that grant benefits.
So far, Hogwarts Legacy feels like the Harry Potter game fans have always wanted.
The closest you come to is the letter from Hogwarts explaining that you were special all along.
If you want to catch up Controversies surrounding the game and the books’ author, JK Rowlingyou can read our statement at this link.
Written by Ryan Woodrow and Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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