After the dreadful outcome of Deathly Hallows Part 1, I didn't have much hope for EA Games Deathly Hallows Part 2. In fact, I wrote it off. But, thought I'd give it a try anyway. As soon as I started playing it I was certainly surprised. It turned out that I actually couldn't put the game down. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is hands down the very best of all the Harry Potter video games.
This game has everything that Part 1 did not. Gameplay was topnotch since aiming and casting spells was easy. You could feel what was a good shot and there was an obvious difference between each of the spells you could cast. Stupify is for close ranged shooting, Confringo for long range explosions and Expelliarmus was used for getting rid of an opponents Protego. That may sound weird to the non-potterhead, but I'm banking on the fact, that if you got this far you must have at least read the books.
There was a great variety in the villains in this game. There were still the Snatchers and Death Eaters from the first game, but there was a great difference in how each villain fought. Death Eaters take longer to defeat than Snatchers since they would have a higher education in the Dark Arts than regular snatchers since they graduated from Hogwarts. Aside from the Snatchers and Death Eaters, there were also, guards, trolls, spiders, Death Eater characters from the book (Draco, Bellatrix etc) and of course Lord Voldemort.
The scenery was especially beautiful in this game, especially when you play as Seamus Finnigan and get to blow up the viaduct. You get to see the landscape of Hogsmeade and sadly, Hogwarts burning in the night. The best part is that EA Games definitely improved the graphics in this one and I didn't wind up with a headache from continues geek gameplay.
The best part was the variety of tasks. It wasn't just shoot the bad guys. It was running across a burning bridge as it explodes and having to shoot enemies behind you. It was defending your comrades. It was dodging a dragon's flame and much more.
This game seriously was amazing. Skip Part 1, you won't miss anything and play Part 2. In fact, this game is compatible with the Playstation Move so that's a plus. I'll have to replay it once Gerred and I get one.
Oh and another cool thing is you can hold both games up to your webcam and Harry and Voldemort will pop out and duel one another. Then you'll unlock a spell that's never used in game 1. Clearly I am amazed in the photo Gerred screen-capped while I wasn't looking.