Hogwarts Legacy, the review: here is the video game inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter

Hogwarts Legacy, the review: here is the video game inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter

A feat, given the context in which it arrives, anything but simple.

Hogwarts Legacy, the review: here is the video game inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter

Hogwarts Legacy: fans against the author of Harry Potter

A few months later, Hogwarts Legacy, the new Avalanche Software game set in the Harry Potter narrative universe, pays the price. announced at the end of the summer of that same year. Players and fans of the saga were immediately polarized: on the one hand, in fact, there are those who have decided to boycott the purchase of the title immediately openly clashing with JK Rowling's positions, despite having loved the literary series; on the other hand there is, however, who with that franchise grew up with it and he has no intention of giving up on the dream of living in the shoes, albeit virtual, of a Hogwarts student.

The writer admits that talking about Hogwarts Legacy in this context is not easy. Because, if on the one hand we are talking about a video game that is the result of an external development team (or in any case, not directly implicated) to the author's statements, on the other hand we live in a world in which being totally above the parties is no longer tolerable.

Here we only discuss Hogwarts Legacy as Consumable product, which is born from the creativity of a development studio that has been working on the project for several years. And that, indeed, he immediately distanced himself from JK Rowling's statements, even confirming the possibility of users creating transgender avatars within the experience. this because the author himself is not directly involved in the project in question, but received a fee related solely to the use of the narrative universe during the early stages of development.

Therefore, it will be the users, with their different degrees of sensitivity, who decide if and how to relate to Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy, the review: here is the video game inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter

Hogwarts Legacy: Welcome to Wizarding School

No Harry Potter, He Who Must Not Be Named, or Muggles. Hogwarts Legacy It is set during the XNUMXth century. (and thus in a very different timeline than the bespectacled wizard) and puts players in the shoes of a student at the start of their fifth year at Hogwarts. Our arrival at the prestigious school of magic is accompanied by a goblin rebellion led by their leader, Ranrok, allied with Victor Rookwood and a large group of dark wizards.

In the early stages of the game, the character played by the player discovers that he possesses an ancient magical power, coveted by Ranrok and Rookwood, so a showdown with the two villains soon becomes inevitable.

Although narratively it is separated from the saga created by JK Rowling, Hogwarts Legacy however, it remains very faithful to the source material.. There is no shortage of quotes and references to the entire Potter universe, which soon triggers a greedy search for references to the unprecedented film and literary series, including its spin-offs.

Another interesting aspect of Hogwarts Legacy is that the user has the ability to choose what type of wizard to be throughout the story. Based on the choices he makes along the way, the player can decide if he wishes to be a good or bad sorcerer. But on this aspect, we will not add anything more.

Legado de Hogwarts: ¿Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff o Ravenclaw?

One area where players seemed adamant for Hogwarts Legacy was the possibility of choosing the house of belonging within the magical school. Just like in the books and the movie, Avalanche Software allows users to determine which of the four houses to join during gameplay.

Obviously, it is the Sorting Hat who decides when we arrive at Hogwarts who, based on some questions and our relative answers, will advise us which one is Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. It is the house that best reflects our magical nature. However, if we are not satisfied with the result, we can still independently decide which house to join.

Even before we started our apprenticeship in Hogwarts castle, the player can customize his avatar. The available options are many and allow you to forge your own alter ego with different aesthetic opportunities. no restrictions in the creation of the characters, leaving the user as much freedom as possible to express themselves within the experience.

Hogwarts Legacy: With the wand (and more)

Regarding duels (with creatures or other wizards), the gaming experience is very lively and varied. You never have the feeling that one combat is the same as another, and this is thanks to the possibility of accessing the rich inventory of spells and potions available to the user. Learning to master all the techniques, whether attacking or defending, becomes essential, especially in the advanced stages of the game, when the experience becomes more demanding.

In addition to the enchantments available, we recommend players always keep their clothing up to date. This, in fact, does not have a purely aesthetic function, but rather boosts or improves the attack, defense and health statistics, especially necessary when the confrontations become more heated.

Hogwarts Legacy, the review: here is the video game inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter

Hogwarts Legacy: an open world full of opportunities

But Hogwarts Legacy doesn't end within the walls of the wizarding school. The game offers quite a big map, which also offers several opportunities. Along with the missions that allow you to advance in the main story, Hogwarts Legacy -as a good RPG- also offers a large number of side activities and minor tasks, which fully satisfy fans of the saga.

Whether to do some purchases or sales from traveling merchants or take a course to refine magical technique within the castle walls, Hogwarts Legacy allows players to catch their breath between fights, perhaps exploring the lore of the Wizarding World universe more closely. In addition, the game's open map also offers numerous opportunities to farm (in technical jargon, performing repeated actions in an area to level up a character) and always keep your wizard trained for the next battle.

Precisely because the game world is quite large, the technical expertise of Hogwarts Legacy not perfect in all aspects, at least not in the review copy we reviewed. If on a graphic level the new game from Avalanche Software shows the interesting potential of next-generation consoles, from an exclusively technical point of view the title limps a bit.

Hogwarts Legacy: When It Arrives

Hogwarts Legacy will not be available on all platforms immediately. Avalanche Software has decided to prioritize next-generation consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S) and PC, on which the game debuts digitally starting February 7 and in physical version of February 10. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will see Hogwarts Legacy starting next Abril 4, while Nintendo Switch players will have to wait until Abril 25.

In general, it can be said that the Hogwarts Legacy experience designed for fans of the Wizarding World, where references and citations to original works abound. Avalanche Software's adaptation and writing work, which seamlessly integrates with the massive narrative universe invented by JK Rowling, is valuable, despite some obvious missteps in the technical sector. For those who have been waiting for the release of Hogwarts Legacy and have not decided to boycott their purchase for the above reasons, you will not be disappointed in any way.

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