A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Collection of previously released Lego Harry Potter games; promotes same values as movies: power of love, self-sacrifice, friendship.
Positive Role Models
Initially, you play heroes in Harry Potter universe, but you can also unlock, play other characters, including evil characters. Those familiar with the books, movies will have a better sense of these role models, but game doesn't provide much background information.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Fair amount of cartoon violence; weapons are magic-based -- you use a wand to blast enemies -- against spiders, ghosts, snakes, trolls, wizards. Enemies may cry out in pain as they break apart into Lego pieces; some cut scenes show violence (such as a sword impaling a dragon), but it isn't graphic.
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No foul language, but toilet humor: A creature drops brown pieces out of its body; a human character makes reference to a bad smell.
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Products & Purchases
Fuses two popular brands: Lego, Harry Potter. Features same locations, characters, storylines as movies, books. Includes previously released downloadable content (DLC).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Lego Harry Potter Collection is an action game that's a collection of previously released titles and downloadable content. Players control characters from the books and movies and can engage in combat against humans, animals, and fantasy creatures, mostly using a magic wand to zap enemies into pieces. The violence is frequent but cartoon-like. One cut scene shows a dragon that gets a sword through its mouth. You can unlock and play as the "bad guys" from Harry Potter lore. There's some toilet humor.
Is It Any Good?
Between the two full games, extra downloadable content packs, and upgraded visuals for the PlayStation 4, there's a lot of bang for the buck here. Especially for fans of Harry Potter books and movies, this bundled collection will appeal to casual players and hard-core gamers alike, for its charming presentation, engaging gameplay with high replayability, and exhaustive lineup of familiar and not-so-familiar characters from all the books and movies. But if you've already played one or both games on an older console, you may not need to pick up this disc.
Along with the story mode, it's great to be able to free-play any level you complete, at any time. Plus, with purchases made in Diagon Alley, whatever you've acquired can be used in the main solo campaign, including disguises, studs collected by ghosts who dropped them, and more. These old games look great on the PS4, but it's too bad Warner Bros. couldn't offer voice acting over the years -- whether it was for the original cast from the movies or soundalikes. But overall, Lego Harry Potter Collection is great for kids and kids at heart -- especially if they haven't played the originals.
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