Monday Gaming Diary: Harry Potter all the Way!

Harry Potter all the way!I know I said I feel the need to finish what I start, and I’ve left about three games hanging, but since I started LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 last weekend as well, I couldn’t leave such a light-hearted game hanging! Everything else is pretty heavy handed, and with the review season in high form, I NEEDED SOMETHING LIGHT. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

So happy to say though that I’m super close to Platinum-ing the game. I’m really close to wrapping the game up to 100% (only one Gold Brick left), which will give me all of the remaining trophies except for a couple of bronze. Those last bronze are the most annoying out the bunch–they require reenacting random fights between characters, which wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the one that requires Voldemort to Avada kedavra ALL of the versions of Harry Potter, of which there are like 20. Going to be hanging out at a cauldron and forcing Harry to sip lots of Polyjuice potion for 15-20 minutes at some point. Tedious tasks like these make earning a Platinum trophy kind of not worth it. At least it’s something that is easy to do and doesn’t require a ton of skill on top of being tedious.

Although, it’s not like I haven’t abandoned a Platinum trophy pursuit before due to monotony. I bailed on LEGO Batman 2 just because I couldn’t take doing the same stuff over and over and over in that massive hub world. I didn’t even finish playing all of Free Play modes because I got so sick of the tediousness.

You can argue that the Harry Potter LEGO games have the same amount of tedium, but it doesn’t bother me as much with this one. I have too much fun running around Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and even Hogsmeade with the Harry Potter characters. I’m a bigger fan of Harry Potter than I am DC Comics, which I’m sure has some to do with it, but I think it also has to do with the fact that the characters don’t talk. I’ve said it before, but I really did not like the LEGO characters talking in LEGO Batman 2. I know they talk in LEGO LOTR, and the only reason why I’m not as hesitant about that game is because all of the lines are copied (literally) from the movie. It’s not a fresh script, and what is different from the movies does not have spoken lines from what I understand. God I hope that’s true.

I’ve also been exorbitantly pleased at how much the console version of LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 has NOT been like the Vita version. I couldn’t even finish the Story Mode of the Vita version since I hated the gameplay so much. I don’t understand why they’re so different either. I understand that the handheld versions can’t include the large hub worlds that the console games have, but does the actual gameplay have to be so different? Case in point with this game, the dueling for the Vita and the console versions were so incredibly different, and after playing the game on both, I don’t understand why.

After this experience and the experience I had with playing LEGO Batman 2 on both, I’m definitely not playing any future LEGO games on the Vita. The 3DS, yes, absolutely, especially after I found the absolute gem of a version LEGO Star Wars III on the 3DS over the consoles. I wonder what joys I’ve missed with not playing either LEGO Harry Potter game on the 3DS? Hmmm…maybe another time…way after I finish playing this current Harry Potter game. When you play these LEGO games to completion, they kind of suck a lot out of you and you don’t want to think of playing them again for a long, long time, if ever.

However, playing this last game has really made me want to watch the last three movies again.

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