Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Common Sense Media says

Dull shooter fails to capture the magic of Rowling's story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though focused almost solely on combat, positive themes similar to those found in the game’s movie and literary counterparts manage to seep through in both the narrative and action sequences. The most prominent of these is the dogged pursuit of righteousness in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Positive role models

While the lead characters use violence to solve most of their problems, they show courage, perseverance, loyalty, compassion, and strength of will. They are clearly fighting for a noble cause: to save their friends and the world.

Ease of play

Three levels of difficulty allow players to set their own level of challenge. However, while the easiest of these skill settings makes standard combat a breeze, some special sequences -- such as a frantic chase across a bridge -- leave little room for error and could even cause veteran players some frustration.

Violence

Players spend the majority of their time in magical battles against enemies. Combat feels a lot like a third-person shooter, with players aiming their wands with a joystick and casting spells with the right trigger. Magical attacks cause enemies to grunt, fly through the air, fall down, and freeze. There is no blood or gore, and it is implied that most defeated characters survive. Should one of the game’s heroes fall in battle he or she will stagger and begin to drop as the screen fades to black.

Sex

Players see a brief kiss shared between Hermione and Ron.   

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is a tie-in for the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and the book upon which it is based.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is a third-person shooter game that substitutes wands and magic for guns and bullets. There is no blood or gore, and very few characters truly die, but players will nonetheless defeat and make disappear hundreds of enemies while casting spells in much the same way shooters see players dispatching foes with guns. Parents should also note that, as a promotional tie-in with the new film of the same name, this games feeds into the cycle of merchandising surrounding J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular franchise.

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What's it about?

The obligatory interactive spin-off of the final film in one of the biggest movie franchises in history, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 is a magic-themed third-person shooter that closely follows the story of the final film. Players get to control several of the series’ most popular protagonists -- including Harry, Hermione, Ron, Professor McGonagall, Neville Longbottom, and even Seamus Finnigan -- as they work through familiar events that range from a trek through Hogsmeade to the final showdown with arch-villain Voldemort. Our protagonists’ repertoire of magic quickly grows throughout the game to include a variety of recognizable offensive spells including the weak but speedy \"stupefy\" and the much more powerful (but slower to charge) explosive spell \"confringo.\" Story missions can also be played outside of the campaign in the form of challenge levels, which see players attempting to complete objectives as quickly as possible.

Is it any good?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 loses some of the broad appeal enjoyed by other installments in the series by focusing almost solely on frenetic action and fast-paced shooting. Earlier entries had players solving puzzles and working through platform-style challenges, but this game is simply about shooting spells at enemies, taking cover when necessary, and slowly advancing toward objectives. The magic of J.K. Rowling’s franchise is lost.

And while the controls feel fine and everything looks okay -- dynamic lighting effects allow individual sparks from spells like "expulso" to each act as a source of illumination as they twirl down dark, murky caverns -- there's just not a lot here. The campaign can easily be completed in a day, and the only reason to replay the game is to find any collectibles you may have missed the first time through. Even die-hard Harry Potter fans are likely to be disappointed by this one. Gamers would do better to wait for the upcoming Lego Harry Potter sequel.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Do you view this game the same way you would a typical third-person shooter? How does it differ from other shooters, and do these differences significantly change the tone of the game?

  • Families can also discuss the depiction of love in games. Do you feel the same kind of emotions while watching romantic scenes in games that you do when viewing romantic moments in films? How do game romances feel different than those seen in other forms of media, and why are they different?  

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Windows, Nintendo DSi
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA
Release date:July 12, 2011
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:T for Fantasy Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bygbboone July 21, 2011
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11
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THREE HOURS!

THREE HOURS LONG. You can complete this game in three hours. This is not some $10 bargain bin game. This is a $50 release. Way overpriced. What's the gameplay like? It's like every other game in the past 4 years, a gritty FPS. This is less like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and more like Harry Potter: Call of Duty. Replace wands with guns and you have a FPS. Under no circumstances should you get this. It won't satisfy Harry Potter fans, it won't satisfy COD fans, it won't satisfy RPG fans, it is a game without a target audience. Go see the movie 5 times if you want a better (And longer) experience.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byJulia from Sweden July 13, 2011
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12
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Reviewing the movie (13/7-11)

I watched the movie at the world premiere (not possible to comment on it yet on this page) and here's what I have to say: 3D is well worth your money, effects are excellent and actors are doing a good job. The movie looks very good throughout its entirety and Alan Rickman is convincing. A very, very good movie and the best in the series for sure. Some cursing "bloody" "b*tch" (an epithet well worthy of that person, who died in an awesometastic way). IMPERIO: GO SEE IT!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old July 17, 2011
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8
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