[Review] Hogwarts Legacy

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In Hogwarts Legacy, a vast open-world game that surpasses expectations, players can realize their Harry Potter fantasies.
Fans have been daydreaming about receiving their Hogwarts acceptance letter and traveling to the magical institution for their adventures since the Harry Potter franchise went viral in the late 1990s. Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter action RPG that sends players to Hogwarts as fifth-year students with exceptional skills, has made that feasible.

With an intriguing opening cut-scene that sets the game’s central mystery and introduces some key characters, Hogwarts Legacy players are immediately pushed into the Wizarding World after creating their character. Players in Hogwarts Legacy assume the role of a fresh Hogwarts student with an odd tie to a potent form of prehistoric magic. Professor Fig takes them under his wing as a mentor, hoping to help them unravel the puzzle of their extraordinary skills. Players must attend Hogwarts classes in the interim, deal with the prospect of a goblin uprising, and learn a variety of useful spells.

Players of Hogwarts Legacy are quickly introduced to their first spells, which include the fundamental Lumos to illuminate dim locations and Levioso to levitate items. Attacks can be very effective in combat, but their best utility is solving puzzles. Finding the right spell to overcome obstacles in Hogwarts Legacy can be rather enjoyable, whether it is Repairo to restore a broken bridge, Alohomora to pick locks, or Revelio to find hidden routes. Players must keep track of all the spells they may use because the game’s dungeons contain a variety of challenges that call for using various bits.
Although there have been some worries that Hogwarts Legacy’s comparatively few spells compared to previous games might be an issue, that is not the case. There are 23 spells in Hogwarts Legacy, and players can have up to 16 equipped at once. Players now have a wide range of options when casting spells during duels and other types of combat. Combat in Hogwarts Legacy is an intense test of quick thinking and strategy, requiring players to react quickly to avoid oncoming blows and maintain their combinations. It’s fun to play with the spells and see which ones combine the best. For instance, in a matter of seconds, players can use Levioso to make an enemy float, Accio to draw them forward, a few elemental spells to attack them, Bombarda to launch them into the air, and Descendo to pull them face-first to the earth. While casting spells nonstop can win fights, individuals who branch out and aim for clever combos are likely to have joy in most combat situations.
Most of the time, Hogwarts Legacy fighting is enjoyable, but it could be more flawless. While the troll encounters in Hogwarts Legacy are annoying, the boss fights are tedious and repetitious. Troll combat in Hogwarts Legacy can last 10 to 15 minutes because they are spell-sponges with ridiculously high life bars, especially later in the game. Hogwarts Legacy features a variety of troll varieties, but because most of them use the same movements, battles with them rapidly get mundane and monotonous. Fortunately, there is a method through which Hogwarts Legacy players can significantly speed up these troll confrontations. Once familiar with Avada Kedavra, often known as the Killing Curse, gamers may end troll fights in just two seconds.

In addition to the typical spells that students at Hogwarts learn from their instructors, Crucio, Imperio, and Avada Kedavra are among the three Unforgivable Curses that can be learned in Hogwarts Legacy. Imperio allows players to command their foes, while Crucio enables them to torture their opponents. Unforgivable Curses have no practical repercussions, and in fact, Avada Kedavra is required to make some of the games later encounters more bearable. Although the creators didn’t wish to include a morality system in Hogwarts Legacy, it might have given players’ decisions to employ these strong spells in combat more context.
One of the companion quests in Hogwarts Legacy must be finished if the player wants to acquire all of the Unforgivable Curses. The representative companion characters for three of the four Hogwarts Houses have their side quests and unique stories to explore. These tasks are worthwhile because they frequently grant players new weapons and spells, but it’s strange that Ravenclaw isn’t included in the list of houses with proper companion side quests.

The companion quests in Hogwarts Legacy are side quests, though. Hogwarts Legacy is jam-packed with side tasks, most passable, but the game’s quest design is unquestionably its weakest link. Unfortunately, many of Hogwarts Legacy’s studies need you to quickly move from one location to another while talking to folks and waiting for the action to begin. Most of Hogwarts Legacy’s side quests are merely busy work, and it is evident that the developer prioritized number above quality. Although to a lesser level, the same issues also affect the primary quests, and in general, the main plot path provides far more variation.

The excessive amount of talking throughout the Hogwarts Legacy tasks slows down their pace. Most of the time, the voice acting is excellent, but the conversation is too much. Hogwarts Legacy is a game that might have benefited from having a silent lead character because the protagonist lacks much in the way of personality and cutting out their pointless dialogue (which typically amounts to “Yes, I agree” or “No, I don’t agree” with more words) would have sped up the game significantly.
Although the repetitious boss fights and mediocre quest design of Hogwarts Legacy are disappointments, the game is nevertheless a must-play for Harry Potter lovers. The game gets impossible to put down once players in Hogwarts Legacy have their broom and are free to roam about in the open environment. The developers of Hogwarts Legacy did a fantastic job with the flying mechanics, making it simple to use and, more importantly, enjoyable. Nothing beats riding a broom across the schoolyard and swooping above the trees.
The open world of Hogwarts Legacy is far more extensive than many people might have thought. Players can explore every inch of Hogwarts, the expansive grounds around the school, and the Hogsmeade village, which has several internal spaces. Players have a distinct “wow” moment when they grasp just how large the map is. The Hogwarts Legacy area is dotted with activities for players to accomplish in a classic open-world fashion. While only some of these activities are engaging, one can’t complain about having too little to do in the game.

In Hogwarts Legacy, players can engage in dungeon crawling, removing spider nests, and even catching magical creatures like Pokemon. Players eventually get to see monsters, which can be sold or retained for breeding and resource farming once they have access to their personalized Room of Requirement.
While some magical animals in Hogwarts Legacy can be used as mounts, they all have different uses. In Hogwarts Legacy, players can take care of their magical creatures by feeding and brushing them to obtain crafting materials for bettering their armor. The ability to equip garments with things that dramatically boost spells and offer other advantages makes these upgrades crucial in late-game battles.
Hogwarts Legacy’s equipment works the same way in many looter games, with items being color-coded according to rarity and players frequently discovering new gear to upgrade their inventory. This approach in Hogwarts Legacy might have the drawback of forcing players to wear clothing that does not correspond to what a typical Hogwarts student would wear, which could ruin the immersion. Hogwarts Legacy offers users the chance to use their stats and equip stuff without actually having them appear on their character. This way, players won’t have to wear silly hats just because they have better stats and can complete Hogwarts Legacy while still wearing their school robes.

In the game Hogwarts Legacy, players can improve their equipment, take care of their magical animals, produce plants, make potions, complete missions, race brooms, look for collectibles, explore dungeons, and much more. The game has so much content that it seriously ran the risk of becoming overwhelming or coming across as unfinished, yet everything still needs to be meticulously polished. Unlike many open-world games rife with bugs and technological difficulties, we saw no significant problems while playing Hogwarts Legacy.
Although Hogwarts Legacy is enormous, it should be noted that the plot could be shorter than anticipated. When we first played Hogwarts Legacy, we spent roughly 20 hours doing all the main plot quests and numerous side quests. Hogwarts Legacy can be beaten in less time than the 35 hours reported, but anyone who plays it will still have difficulty finishing it.

Another point that needs to be made clear is that Hogwarts Legacy is not a student simulator, as some may have thought. The experience of attending lessons, studying spells, and generally spending one’s life at Hogwarts is relatively linear and controlled. Players spend a lot of time away from Hogwarts, and their enrollment there is mostly a plot mechanism. Although some Harry Potter enthusiasts may find this strategy frustrating, it’s still a top-notch gaming experience.

Players will enjoy visiting the castle and its surroundings even if they sometimes feel like they are students at Hogwarts. The Hogwarts castle was brilliantly brought to life by the developers, who flawlessly nailed the Harry Potter film series look. Avalanche has created a unique environment that will thoroughly engross the property’s fans when combined with the familiar Harry Potter musical theme. Walking about the campus and admiring the surroundings could take hours. Players should make sure to visit the Great Hall whenever possible because it is beautiful in the fall and winter of the game.

With Hogwarts Legacy, Avalanche has produced something truly exceptional. It fulfills the expectations of many fans of the Harry Potter series and, if nothing else, establishes a robust platform for future Wizarding World games. We can confidently claim that Hogwarts Legacy lives up to the expectations and is the best product from the Harry Potter property since the original books and films.
April 4 for PS4 and Xbox One, February 10 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, and July 25 for Nintendo Switch are the release dates for Hogwarts Legacy.

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