Since the late 1990s, Harry Potter enthusiasts have dreamed of obtaining their Hogwarts letter and attending the magical institution. Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter action RPG, lets players become fifth-year students with special powers.
After establishing their character, Hogwarts Legacy players enter the Wizarding World with a thrilling opening cut-scene that introduces the game’s main mystery and characters.
Hogwarts Legacy participants play a new student with a peculiar link to powerful ancient magic. Professor Fig helps them figure out their special powers.
Players must attend Hogwarts classes, deal with a goblin uprising, and learn useful spells. Hogwarts Legacy quickly introduces Lumos to light-dark areas and Levioso to levitate items.
Spells are effective in warfare but excel at puzzle-solving. In Hogwarts Legacy, figuring out which spell to employ to overcome a problem, such as Repairo to fix a bridge, Alohomora to pick locks, or Revelio to locate secret passages, is entertaining. Players must recall all their spells to conquer the game’s dungeon puzzles.
Hogwarts Legacy’s low spell count isn’t a problem. Hogwarts Legacy includes 23 spells, with 16 equipable at once.
Players have many spell-flinging options in duels and combat. Hogwarts Legacy fighting requires quick thinking and planning to avoid assaults and maintain combos.
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Exploring spell combinations is fun. In seconds, players can float an adversary with Levioso, draw them forward with Accio, hit them with a few basic spells, send them flying with Bombarda, and then yank them face-first to the ground with Descendo.
It’s possible to win battles by spamming spells, but those who try creative combos will enjoy most combat encounters.
Hogwarts Legacy lets players learn Crucio, Imperio, and Avada Kedavra. Trolls are spell-sponges with abnormally high health bars, making battles tedious.
The game’s main character has little personality, so removing their meaningless speech would have sped things along.
The developers prioritized quantity over quality, making most side tasks busywork. Hogwarts Legacy’s open world exceeds expectations.
Players can tour Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and the surrounding grounds. Activities include dungeon delving, spider nest removal, and Pokemon-style magical beast catching.
Hogwarts Legacy users will gain better armor, care for their magical beasts, produce plants, brew potions, complete quests, hunt collectibles, explore dungeons, and more.
Hogwarts Legacy is not a student simulator, as some may have thought. Players spend most of their time outside Hogwarts, and their student status is mostly a story device.
It may disappoint Harry Potter aficionados, but it’s still a great game. The developers have recreated Hogwarts castle in the Harry Potter style.
Hogwarts Legacy comes on February 10 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X, April 4 for PS4 and Xbox One, and July 25 for Nintendo Switch. GameRant received a PS5 code for this review.