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Based on the conclusive chapters of the final book (and movie), depicting the internationally famous boy wizard’s epic battle to defeat his archenemy, the evil Dark Wizard Voldemort,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 video game fails to live up to the expectations of gamers.

Naturally, a few references to the story is made and so here’s a big and fair *SPOILER* warning.

Plot in brief :
Harry Potter and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, in a quest to destroy the last remaining pieces of Voldemort’s soul, encounters a partially blind yet vicious flame breathing dragon, wild giants that smashes iron knights to smithereens, deadly acromantula spiders that chage in packs, and a lot of bad guys (the Death Eaters) as they fight their way through the Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the village of Hogsmeade and finally their good old Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Voldemort attacks the school with his army to capture and kill Harry, and the teachers and most of the students put up a brave defense. Harry, Ron, Hermione pursue the remaining Horcruxes (objects containing the pieces of soul) while their classmates contribute to the school’s defense.
Important characters for both sides die and Harry endures much pain and suffering till he finally faces his foe and destroys him forever. He takes the Elder Wand and destroys it, keeps the Invisibilty cloak with himself while the Resurrection stone lies somewhere in the Forbidden Forest, which he would not bother to retrieve. In case you are wondering why I mention these three items, they are the Deathly Hallows which are important to the story but not to the game.

Nineteen years later, Harry, Ron, Hermione and Ginny see their children off on the Hogwarts Express hoping that their time at Hogwarts will be less eventful than their own, thus ending the Harry Potter Game Series.

In a post-credits scene, Harry is seen putting his face into a Pensieve, and many cutscenes and gameplay from the previous games are shown.

Gameplay :
The  gameplay of this 3rd person shooter differs from its predecessor and the story progresses through cutscense in a focused manner without any side missions as in the previous game. There's no motion-control with this game like there was in Part 1.
Spell casting differs from the first 6 games where the movement of the wand mattered. Here, one just chooses a spell from a variety and clicks to cast it at his opponent. This speeds up the attacks during a fight but it rather feels like shooting bullets from the wand. As one progresses through the game, new spells are unlocked. The Impedimenta spell locks onto 3 targets and hits them simultaneously, which is cool! The Shield charm is retained as a defensive measure.
The player can take cover behind rocks, ledges etc. to regain health.
A new feature in this game is the Apparition (ability to vanish into thin air and reappear at a different spot). Only Harry has it though, and he acquires it during the battle at Hogwarts.

The player takes control of several characters from a third person over-the-shoulder camera including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Minerva McGonagall, Seamus Finnigan, Ginny Weasley and Molly Weasley.

Once the story is over, one can search all the levels for collectibles, which unlock challenge levels, new music tracks, and characters. Challenge levels are simply timed levels from the campaign, keeping score of things like the number of headshots you get compared to your other players (online). That’s pretty much all of it.

          Thumbs Up for : 

  • The storyline is more focused than Part 1.
  • The music is nice and reminiscent of the movies.
  • The graphics has improved; the characters and environment look more realistic.
  • Rupert Grint keeps up his great voice acting!
  • There's no HUD scrambled all over the screen.

    Thumbs Down for :

  • Same level designs. So the action gets a little boring after sometime.
  • The animations are stiff and the mouse movement isn’t very smooth.
  • I missed Hogwarts. The free movement in the Castle and the grounds, potion making, Quidditch, the Owlery, etc. all of it.
  • Short game time.
  • Not all the voice actors (Snape, Voldemort) are good.
  • It's titled Deathly Hallows yet not much importance is actually given to them.

Conclusion : 

This game is of average entertainment to a gamer. Priced at $11.59 on Amazon as of today, I'd say there are better games for that money or cheaper. However, if you really want to give it a try, or are a Harry Potter fan, words of encouragement for you - I liked it better than most of the previous games in the series. Its more action-packed, and fun while playing for the first time.

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