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Hogwarts Legacy review
by zNeverSleep

Alright, I was caught by surprise with this game.

When it was first announced, I didn't care much for it. Fantastic Beasts was a flop, and even though I'm a big fan of Harry Potter, I don't trust the games industry anymore. I thought the release date was much further away, so I only discovered it one month before release, and my interest started to grow slowly. After getting my hands on it, here are my thoughts:

The beginning of the game is not its strong point, especially if you expect something like the movies. But the more you play, the better the game becomes.

The main story was okay, but what really got me into the game were the relationship quests and how they were connected to the main storyline. Unfortunately, the influence of these quests - in the consequences factor - was literally irrelevant, but the atmosphere was there. The development of the characters could have been better, but following them on their journey was good enough. I also loved the way the developers approached the houses. In the movies, besides Gryffindor, most characters were one-dimensional and behaved according to the stereotypes of their houses. That's not the case here. As a critic, I must say that the conclusion of those side quests could be more unpredictable. Actually, I could say that about all of the main quest storylines.

Is the game difficult? It depends. It can be, but it's up to you. I played on hard and chose to use the minimum amount of potions as possible, including life. That way, three hits and I was dead. After getting used to the spells and the enemies, it becomes okay. All I needed was to understand the weaknesses of my opponents and pay attention.

Hogwarts is beautiful. Not as magical as in the movies, but pretty good. Exploring it is rewarding, and the way the developers placed chests and challenges was amazing. The open world surprised me a lot. I didn't expect such a huge place, with so many possibilities for exploration. Another thing that made me love this game was how much content is in it. A good example is the Room of Requirement. I lost count of how many times I thought it was over, but no, they just throw more and more content at you - and that happened even in the last stages of the game. Amazing. You know when you're playing a game that was made with love.

But there's something I still haven't talked about, and it can be a game-breaker for a lot of people: the optimization.

It's broken. I had to spend hours looking for mods to fix the game. After trying many of them, I found one: Ascendio 3.0. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't be writing this review, so a huge thanks to the modders. With the mod, I played the game with 45 fps locked at 1080p, with most settings on high. And it was beautiful - but obviously not as much as the requirements to play it suggest, since 16GB of RAM is not enough without a mod. Overall, I'm happy with the game. There's so much to talk about, but I'm getting tired of writing. I do recommend it, but be aware of its optimization problems. Maybe in a year, it will be playable without mods - but if you have a console, you can disregard this.

First playthrough date: 03/2023
«Can’t stop playing»
«That ending!»

Other reviews18

«Waste of time»
«Oh God i managed it»
Blew my mind
«Blew my mind»
A must have for HP fans.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
I’m 2 hours in and I probably could have waited a bit longer to see if it went to Gamepass or PS+. It’s not bad. It looks like it will be fun. But it’s also a bit more of a kids game than I thought. Maybe. Too soon to tell but I think it’s going to be quite simple. I was expecting a Ubisoft open world style game but this looks like it might be a bit more about just walking around seeing the different hogwarts places and all that. The gameplay feels like it’s going to be light. But again, I’m still really in the tutorial I think so I could be way off. But it has taken me a few sessions now and I’m still not out of the “tutorial” part of the game. So it’s obviously feeling slow to me.

The graphics feel like they are funky. I try to test out fidelity ray tracing and it looks bad to me and performance is so choppy. So I go back to performance mode, which also doesn’t look as good as I thought it would but at least it’s smooth. 

I’m not sure how far I’m in because I’ve mostly been playing semi short sessions, but I only just unlocked the skill tree. So I’m clearly still very early on. It’s picking up though. It has a slow start but I’m thinking the “good part” is right around the corner. Once all the systems are introduced and it’s more natural open world exploration I wonder how I’ll feel about it.

I am finally finding this game pick up some momentum. My save file says 8 hours but I know I’ve left it running a lot so I’m probably closer to 6 or 7 but still that’s a really slow start. Many RPGs and big open world game are guilty of this, But I found this one particularly slow and kind of boring to start. I hope that I start to enjoy it more now that I’m exploring the world more.

Much more fun once I have a dozen spells and I am flying around the cool world on a broom. Early thoughts are I actually like the cosmetics so far. And the word is detailed and pretty great. The gameplay is so-so but getting better. The graphics for people and animals kind of stink but the world and environment look pretty good.  It does seem to be made with care and I found it funny they added a trans character as a fuck you to JK. 

15ish hours in. Im liking it. It’s a low B+ currently. I don’t anticipate it climbs too much higher, probably a bit but it feels like a low ish B+ kind of game for me. It’s fun to explore the world, which seems to have a lot of love and care put into it, but the game mechanics and progression are just so-so. They are serviceable.

Took like a two month break as I wasn’t feeling it. Now I’ve jumped back in and I’m around 20 hrs ish. I do like this game. It took awhile to get going. And also its peak isn’t that high. But it is fun when I am in the right mood. It’s mostly a vibes game so I’m not always feeling it.

I’m not done yet but I’m fairly confident I can provide my final review thoughts. The game does a good job capturing the spirit of the world. The cosmetics and vibes are well done. The game does a bad job at having character progression and upgrades. The gameplay is so-so. It’s a fine game overall and I’m not shocked it would be a huge hit for kids, but it’s a low B+.

Beat it. I’m ashamed to say I lowered the difficulty to easy on the last mission. I was over it. I didn’t find the combat to be that fun and I was ready to be done but I wanted to see the end because I was so close.

Final Score: B+
Worked on many levels, had slight issues with trails being repetitive then they helped pull that out. Really enjoyed my time in the world!
«Can’t stop playing»
«Sit back and relax»
great game
«Can’t stop playing»
It looks great and I loved the atmosphere. Main story is mediocre though and the open world outside of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade is not that interesting. The fighting may not be the most complex, but is fun. Overall pretty decent
4/10 VERY BEAUTIFUL GAME, but the extra quests, character animation, game optimization, dialog variation, etc. leave a lot to be desired.
No way this game has so many exceptional reviews. It was so boring and repetitive after the first 2 hours. Too overrated.
«Disappointment of the year»
«Waste of time»
what a great game! As an avid fan of harry potter, this was a gift and it's possible to see that it was made with such a passion. 100% it.
«Blew my mind»
«Just one more turn»