Avalanche Software’s Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action role-playing game distributed by Warner Bros. Games. This game is highly anticipated, and it takes place in the Harry Potter universe. Hogwarts Legacy allows players to immerse themselves in Harry Potter’s Wizarding World. This includes Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they can study magical spells and take classes.

The game is “mid at best,” according to Jaina Grey of Wired, who gives it a score of 1/10. Claiming that the game lacks the magical elements that one would expect from an IP of this caliber as well as having unavoidable real-world issues. The critic also points out that the game does not give the Harry Potter books enough credit. Additionally, the setting gives players the uncanny impression that this is the franchise’s swan song. A place for players to say goodbye to a beloved IP.

Controversial Legacy

Further touching on how real world problems has affected the game, a review written by Brittany Vincent for NPR says it all. Brittany states that the game is an open-world magic game, but it is unable to avoid the controversy that surrounds J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series. In the review, the game is criticized for the way it presents certain characters and for the lack of diversity representation throughout the game.

On a slightly positive note, Gabriel Zamora of PCMag, states that the game is a Steam Deck Certified product. Which indicates that it can be played while on the move. Also that it worked better on a Linux-based handheld PC than on a desktop rig. The reviewer also draws attention to the game’s fighting system. Remarking on Avalanche excellent job with the system for casting magic spells and that the game was fun to play in general.

In conclusion, the reception that Hogwarts Legacy has received from critics has been varied. Some have praised the game’s fighting system as well as the portability of the game. Others have criticized the game for its lack of magic as well as its problematic representation of certain characters. While taking into account the many different compliments and critiques regarding the game, it is up to the individual player to decide whether or not it is worthwhile to play the game.

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Hogwarts Legacy: A Magical Open-World Adventure Set in the Wizarding World