Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is a third-person shooter game published by Electronic Arts based on the Harry Potter franchise and was released for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Wii, and DS. It was the final mainstream Harry Potter game made to coincide with the films release.
This is the sequel to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 video game which was also based off the movie of the same name.
Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue the hunt for the Horcruxes, ultimately leading to the final battle with Lord Voldemort.
The gameplay is similar to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, but offered some improvements due to complaints from the previous game. All the spells are improved allowing for frequent spell switching for strategy. Harry is also able to apparate during battle to get to cover spots. You are also able to play as different characters during the game.
Why it Sucks
- Despite being able to play as various characters, they all play almost exactly the same and have the same selection of spells.
- Very repetitive gameplay.
- Extremely short (even more so than the previous game) at just under 3 hours long.
- Heavy focus on Escort and Defense segments, where you must protect an NPC as they take down a barrier or door, this was due to the developers wanting to make the game seem longer.
- It cost $50 on release.
- While spells are more useful than in the previous game, they still act more like guns and nothing like they do in the books or films.
- For example, Expulso makes things explode in the book and films, yet in this game it acts more like a machine gun.
- The accuracy of the spells constantly reduces as you use them, which early on in the game forces you to stop using the spell like if it was a turret that would overheat, and later in the game forces you to constantly switch spells to combat the reduced accuracy of the spells.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 received mixed to negative reviews from critics, though some critics found Part 2 an improvement over Part 1. Lowest ratings on Metacritic came from GamesRadar, stating, "This is the absolute nadir of the series. Harry Potter has finally devolved into a total cash-in and we can't score it low enough." GamingXP gave the Xbox 360 and PC versions positive reviews, saying "Where graphical aesthetics, thrilling atmosphere and a cinematic soundtrack celebrate their marriage, the gamer always wins."
The Escapist gave it two-and-a-half stars out of five and said of the game, "The shooting mechanics and levels are getting better but the encounters themselves are too repetitive. I hope someone takes the basic idea and does something more with it. The absence of basic storytelling and scene transitions make it hard to enjoy on its own." Digital Spy gave it two stars out of five and said, "The gameplay remains a weak imitation of a third-person shooter and the enemy A.I. is extremely poor. The lack of variety in the set pieces and the sheer number of dopey Death Eaters makes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 a tedious experience, riddled with repetition." The Daily Telegraph also gave it a score of four out of ten and called it "a bland, unimaginative shooting gallery that lacks the thing that matters most: magic."
Like Part 1, Angry Joe gave Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 a 2 out of 10 rating, saying that both games are not for any kind of fan.