Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is the epic final to JK Rowling's magical franchise.
Every Harry Potter film has had a tie in game to go with it and whilst some are better than others, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is unfortunately one of the weakest ones. The game does follow the movie very well though and there's not side quests to break up the story like Part 1 did. Like it's predecessor, part 2 is a third person cover shooter and works well with the games theme. You can simply duck into cover, peak from side to side and even blind fire if you wish. It works well enough and is enjoyable for a while when blasting away at your enemies. The problem is the repetition becomes the better of it and is nothing more than a mediocre experience.
Starting with only your Stupefy spell you can take down enemies very efficiently and the lock on system gives you a more accurate shot. Soon after you gain a block spell called Protego. This makes the game a little more interesting when having to switch between the spells in larger battles. Certain enemies also use block shields and you must use the Expelliarmus spell to break it. You also gain a spell called Petrificus Totalus, which acts like a sniper rifle and is best used on enemies at long distances. Each spell corresponds to a simple button tap and is very easy when switching different spells. I soon found that I only needed to use one spell in particular. That's the Stupefy spell which you begin with. It's the only one you need as the other spells do nothing much better to be worth using.
The game does become tiresome fairly quickly once you use all the spells. You find yourself doing the exact same thing. Defeat some enemies, move on and defend a door, whilst Hermione or Ron unlocks it. There are some sections when the gameplay changes to a front view angle and you must run away from danger. It gives the game a little more excitement and sense of urgency but it doesn't make the game anymore fun than it already is. The best idea from the game is the ability to apparate, which only Harry can use. This lets him teleport from cover to cover and whilst it's fun to use it's only available near the end of the four hour game.
Something new to Part 2 is that you don't just play as the boy who lived. You get to play as all your other favourite characters from the film. From Ron, Hermione, and more. Playing as each one doesn't give anything new to the game though, apart form their objective you still use the same spells. The likness and voice work to each character is great though and is true to the movies. Whilst it's the best looking Potter game yet it does have stiff animation still and out of sync dialog.
It's hard to give a reason for picking up this game. It does looks good and keeps true to the film but it's not enough for a purchase. It's repetitive, too short and little replay value to recommend this to Potter fans or not.
Review by Gareth Smith