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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

released on July 12, 2011

Platforms: PCDSPS3WiiWii U360
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Publisher: Electronic Arts
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 reviews

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  • 86

    GamingXP

    (platform: PC)
    Where graphical aesthetics, thrilling atmosphere and a cinematic soundtrack celebrate their marriage, the gamer always wins.
  • 76

    GamingXP

    (platform: 360)
    You play as Harry, Hermine or one of Harry's friends to defeat the dark lord, but with a total play time of 4 hours I would have expected a better gameplay.
  • 74

    Nintendo Gamer

    (platform: DS)
    Even non-Potter fans may find they get some enjoyment out of this. [Sept 2011, p.72]
  • 68

    GamingXP

    (platform: Wii)
    If you were ever looking for a Harry Potter-themed shooter, this is your game. Otherwise, it's just too different from the other games: No more riddles, no more sneaking, and only four hours of gameplay. Ouch.
  • 65

    Game Informer

    (platform: 360)
    Gamers will be bored by the mechanics and fans of the lore will be disappointed by the ham-fisted depiction of the series' climax. While saying goodbye to Harry in the final book was bittersweet, I felt nothing but joy as my time with this tedious exercise finished.
  • 65

    GamingXP

    (platform: DS)
    Even though the developers have tried correcting some of the mistakes that were made in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, they did not manage to make Part 2 a triple-A title.
  • 64

    Game Chronicles

    (platform: PS3)
    It's cool to see how the character models and graphics have changed through the years, and makes the entire series feel less like a movie game cash-in, and more like a separate journey for Harry that went alongside the films and books. It was touching in an odd way and a nice farewell to the game franchise. After all is said and done though, I'm still glad to see it end. It's still a way to sell a video game with Daniel Radcliffe on the cover, and unfortunately no touching montage is going to change that.
  • 61

    PSM3 Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    A decent enough wand-shooter that represents a wasted opportunity for both Move and the Harry Potter series. [Oct 2011, p.103]
  • 60

    Official Xbox Magazine

    (platform: 360)
    The game still falls far short of modern shooters, and the boss battles often fail to add new gameplay tactics to the mix. But when the game rises to the occasion - like during the battle against giants, and in a sniping section set on a bridge - it's a fine conclusion to the franchise.
  • 60

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: DS)
    It's not a terrible game but it's not really impressive in any way whatsoever. [Sept 2011, p.99]
  • 60

    Vandal Online

    (platform: PS3)
    It is a shame that the game is not as good as the movie it is based on. This is a simple and repetitive shooter that offers little incentive for those players who don't follow the adventures of the young wizard.
  • 60

    GamingXP

    (platform: PS3)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is maybe okay for shooter fans, but I bet the main part of Potter fans would have liked a game full of riddles, sneaking and maybe a skill system. There is no variation, no freedom and not enough content to satisfy.
  • 60

    Multiplayer.it

    (platform: Wii)
    The Harry Potter videogames saga comes to an end with a fun third person shooter in which you'll use your magic wand in a lot of different ways. The game is sincerely enjoyable, but it's also way too short and simple.
  • 55

    Official Nintendo Magazine UK

    (platform: Wii)
    Fun while it lasts, but you can finish the whole game before your bottle of Butterbeer gets flat.
  • 55

    MondoXbox

    (platform: 360)
    A mere add-on to the previous game, short and without any improvements to the first game, even losing features like Kinect support.
  • 55

    IGN

    (platform: 360)
    The short development cycle still hurt the end product. Shooting can be fun, but it gets old when you realize that the game doesn't offer interesting level designs.
  • 54

    GameTrailers

    (platform: 360)
    EA's Harry Potter series unceremoniously bows out in this final game. While the previous games were also disappointments, this one sinks even lower to full-on cash-in status. What you're left with is a confused mess parading around as a barely-competent third-person shooter.
  • 54

    3DJuegos

    (platform: PS3)
    Part II has new characters and new enchantments, but overall the game falls short of all expectations.
  • 50

    X360 Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    It's all just very basic and uninspiring. [Issue#75, p.78]
  • 50

    The Escapist

    (platform: 360)
    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.
  • 50

    VideoGamer

    (platform: 360)
    Dull combat.
  • 50

    Meristation

    (platform: 360)
    Harry Potter's latest adventure is basically a nice try to fix everything that didn't worked at Deadly Hallow's first chapter. The shooting scheme is nothing more than a waste of the original atmosphere, but nevertheless, it's still a worth-try-for-rental game if you're looking for something connected to the movies.
  • 50

    Absolute Games

    (platform: PC)
    A more experienced studio could have made lemonade from these licensed lemons and turn the final chapter into a good action shooter. Unfortunately, the team at EA Bright Light had neither time nor experience.
  • 50

    Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)

    (platform: PS3)
    Factor in the uncontrollable camera and this third-person shooter is firmly mediocre. [Oct 2011, p.85]
  • 50

    ImpulseGamer

    (platform: PS3)
    In conclusion, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is another movie game that is cursed.
  • 49

    GameStar

    (platform: PC)
    We didn't expect part 2 to be better than part 1, but it scores 49 instead of the 48 points of the predecessor. Only 33 more Harry Potter games to go to be as good as the first one from 2002.
  • 48

    GameFocus

    (platform: 360)
    They made a few improvements, but overall the game falls short of all expectations.
  • 46

    Cheat Code Central

    (platform: PC)
    Single-player is short, and beyond a score challenge mode, there's nothing to really do with this game.
  • 45

    Everyeye.it

    (platform: 360)
    New characters and new enchantments aren't enough to save the second part of this sleazy tie in.
  • 45

    CD-Action

    (platform: PC)
    Battle for Hogwarts is the most game-suitable fragment in the whole Harry Potter saga. Unfortunately Electronic Arts' vision is bland and uninspired. There's no feel of grandiosity and significance whatsoever. Just like in the predecessor the gameplay was boiled down to ducking behind covers and zapping enemies with spells. The saga is over. We can only regret the style. [August 2011, p.60]
  • 40

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: Wii)
    This third person shooter is a pure action game, with no adventure or exploration elements like in previous Harry Potter games. No problem about that, but the result is still very repetitive and short (about 4 hours of gameplay). The fans will still be glad to find the young sorcerer and his friends well modeled in 3D. It is a faithful adaptation, but not a good game.
  • 40

    Official Xbox Magazine UK

    (platform: 360)
    Rubbish. [Oct 2011, p.103]
  • 40

    Digital Spy

    (platform: 360)
    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.
  • 40

    Eurogamer

    (platform: 360)
    Devotees may still play along, through fandom obligation if nothing else, but there's no spell that can change the fact that Harry Potter's videogame saga ends with a whimper rather than a bang.
  • 40

    GamePro

    (platform: 360)
    There's no exclusive content, just a new way to struggle with already poor combat.
  • 40

    Gameplanet

    (platform: 360)
    Both Deathly Hallows titles are a disappointment, and it's abundantly clear that there was never enough quality content to fill two instalments from the outset. Again, the poor collusion between a game studio and official licensing channels has produced a weak platform to support such a vibrant fantasy as Harry Potter.
  • 40

    Telegraph

    (platform: 360)
    Sadly we'll have to do with this for now, a bland, unimaginative shooting gallery that lacks the thing that matters most: magic.
  • 40

    Game Chronicles

    (platform: 360)
    This is not a game worth buying for anything other than the amusing oddity of having a Harry Potter-themed cover shooter. It's a short game, but it still doesn't have the variety in environments that a shooter needs to avoid becoming unacceptably repetitive.
  • 40

    LEVEL (Czech Republic)

    (platform: PC)
    Second part follows the "quality standards" set by Part One makes it boring and ugly looking B-grade shooter in movie scenery. [Issue#207]
  • 40

    PC Games (Germany)

    (platform: PC)
    Even hardcore fans of Harry Potter have to admit: This adventure is not only boring and without highlights, it's also designed without any love for videogames or the Potter franchise.
  • 40

    GameSpot

    (platform: PC)
    The Harry Potter film tie-ins end on a low note with this short, tedious, and conceptually vapid cover shooter.
  • 40

    PSFocus

    (platform: PS3)
    Year after year the Harry Potter games were getting more worse and this latest game is the best in being the worst Harry Potter game ever. The game is boring, way too short, repetitive and a lot more? in a negative way. The only good part about this game is that there will be no more Harry Potter games from EA. Avoid this one and wait for LEGO Harry Potter that is coming out later this year.
  • 40

    Playstation Official Magazine UK

    (platform: PS3)
    A ham-fisted cover shooter with sloppy controls and dully weaponry (read: spells). [Sept 2011, p.116]
  • 40

    Gamer.nl

    (platform: PS3)
    Offers little variation and hardly requires strategic input, which leaves a mindless third-person shooter. The well-executed story and great looking characters make it a tad more interesting, but these elements can't hide the fact that the four-eyed magician often turns to his wands for simple and selfish needs.
  • 40

    Gamereactor Denmark

    (platform: PS3)
    It improves a bit on last year's game, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an uninspired shooter that feels like the Harry Potter license has been forced upon it.
  • 37

    Play UK

    (platform: PS3)
    A subpar cover shooter. [Issue#208, p.92]
  • 36

    Games Master UK

    (platform: 360)
    Rather than end with a big bang, this videogame series goes out like a damp squib. [Oct 2011, p.92]
  • 35

    GRYOnline.pl

    (platform: PC)
    If you like Harry Potter - don't buy this game. If you like TPP shooters - stay away from this game. If you like good music - buy yourself the official movie soundtrack. If you're the parents of a young teenager - choose anything but this game. You'll hurt your child with it. Don't buy this game because you are voting with your wallet. By paying for this game you allow more of THAT to be developed in the future.
  • 35

    Strategy Informer

    (platform: PC)
    For fans of gaming, stay well clear. Even as far as movie-tie-ins go, this title is the biggest crime to the Harry Potter franchise since Emma Watson decided looking like a public schoolboy is sexy.
  • 33

    Nintendo Gamer

    (platform: Wii)
    Another lazy cash-in. [Sept 2011, p.64]
  • 30

    GameOver.gr

    (platform: 360)
    Harry's last venture in the realm of videogames is plagued by a game not only very short, but boring, repetitive and quite broken.
  • 30

    Metro GameCentral

    (platform: 360)
    Harry's film tie-in career ends with an inappropriately bland third person shooter, that is severely lacking in any kind of magic.
  • 30

    PC Games (Russia)

    (platform: PC)
    Not only the worst, but also the last Harry-Potter-Movie game ever created. Thank God. [Sept 2011, p.99]
  • 30

    Gamekult

    (platform: DS)
    Quotation forthcoming.
  • 30

    Gamer.no

    (platform: PS3)
    Slow and unexciting firefights with never-ending waves of enemies, a general lack of variation and a horrible form of storytelling resides at the top of a long list of problems.
  • 30

    Level7.nu

    (platform: PS3)
    A horrible action game with lousy control and graphics. A sad end to a series of games that EA has treated embarrasingly bad.
  • 30

    Gamereactor Sweden

    (platform: PS3)
    Terrible AI, boring levels and no finesse whatsoever. Avoid this one.
  • 30

    Eurogamer Sweden

    (platform: PS3)
    The Harry Potter videogame franchise goes out with a whimper, not a bang. Where the series could have ended on a satisfying note, this is a short, linear and ultimately unsatisfying ending that not even the most hardest core of Potterophiles will enjoy.
  • 25

    Xbox360Achievements

    (platform: 360)
    A stripped down version of the last game, which wasn't that hot either, and removing the pointless XP system and terrible Kinect experience just makes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 even more bare bones. Save your money, or spend it on seeing the film or reading the book as they would both offer a better experience and waste less of your valuable time and effort.
  • 20

    Games.cz

    (platform: PC)
    One of the worst movie add-ons of today. This linear, soulless, and ugly action shooter is wrong in almost every aspect. Because of the fact it does actually have some tolerable music and of the fact we will not see another Harry Potter in a very long long time, we give it at least the second worst rating from our scale.
  • 20

    Gameblog.fr

    (platform: DS)
    On the DS, this new episode of Harry Potter offers action but also puzzles. That's a good point, but unfortunately the game is way too simplistic... The puzzles are too easy, the action sequences are primitive, and above all the game is visually awful.
  • 10

    GamesRadar

    (platform: 360)
    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. Honestly, if you're a fan of the movies, avoid this and just go to the theater. Don't spoil the end for yourself with this half-baked mess.

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