Wizarding world comes to gaming, satisfies gamers


Graphic by Marcus Ludes.

Kent Pham and Marcus Ludes

Hogwarts Legacy, a highly-anticipated open-world role-playing game (RPG) based 200 years before the events of the Harry Potter series, was released on Feb. 10. It features a completely different character list than the movies; however, there are some recognizable last names, such as Weasley and Black. Any fans of the books and movies would find it in their best interest to check out this game, as it’ll grant fans a unique experience that can’t be found anywhere else. 

Both of us have time played in the game and would say that it was time well spent. We found ourselves immediately immersed in the wizarding world, ecstatic to explore Hogwarts and the surrounding area. Once we discovered we could travel around the world to places our childhood-self dreamed of traveling to, we couldn’t put the game down.

Playing the game is almost like walking through a Harry Potter museum. Almost every iconic area in the movies, including Hogsmeade, the Forbidden Forest and Hogwarts, can be explored. Wandering through the endless corridors of the castle, with living paintings, enchanted books and lively student life, it is easy to get lost within the walls. The castle itself is enough to be a full game, but once the player steps outside the castle walls, a new surprise is waiting at every step. Players are able to live out their wizarding dreams, including riding a broomstick and repelling giant spiders with newly-learned spells.

Senior Campbell Carlberg remarked on his experience playing the game. 

“I have about 30 hours in the game, and it’s pretty swell. I’d say that the gameplay is pretty fun, and the storyline is very interesting.” 

As someone who isn’t a super fan but more casual, only having watched the movies, Carlberg still thinks that Hogwarts Legacy was worth getting and playing.

 Avalanche Software, the parent company behind Hogwarts Legacy, ensured that this was a game that would be accessible to every person. With difficulty ranging from easy to hard, hardcore gamers and newbies to the scene alike can find themselves with an enjoyable experience. Whether or not you play video games, we strongly believe that Hogwarts Legacy should find itself in any Harry Potter fan’s hands.