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A Skeptic Tries Hogwarts Legacy

  • Опубліковано 6 лют 2023
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    Hogwarts Legacy is an action role-playing game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under its Portkey Games label. The game is set in the Wizarding World universe, based on the Harry Potter novels.
    Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. For the first time, experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.
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  • @LukeStephensTV
    @LukeStephensTV  10 місяців тому +85

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    • @mathewpercy3292
      @mathewpercy3292 10 місяців тому +5

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    • @Unsustainable_Games
      @Unsustainable_Games 10 місяців тому +1

      But is it worth it to support JKR?

    • @akashbhullar
      @akashbhullar 10 місяців тому +3

      @@Unsustainable_Games Absolutely

    • @goranstojanov1160
      @goranstojanov1160 10 місяців тому +1

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      UE4 had some questionable coding aproaches wich caused lots of headace that after patching it for years UE devs decided that its just better to start again and make a new one UE5 with a bit more tidy coding practices and much more.

  • @loudimes5502
    @loudimes5502 10 місяців тому +2163

    The opening sequence on the way to Hogwarts sealed the deal for me.

    • @alexdredge655
      @alexdredge655 10 місяців тому +94

      Agreed, it was amazing

    • @mattcollins3591
      @mattcollins3591 10 місяців тому +182

      Can’t believe I’m about to say this but… it’s one of my all time favorite video game intros

    • @MikeIntrovertedBeardo
      @MikeIntrovertedBeardo 10 місяців тому +15


    • @jordy703
      @jordy703 10 місяців тому +9

      Exactly 💯

    • @CharlieD.706
      @CharlieD.706 10 місяців тому +53

      It gave me a heart attack 😂.. shit came outta nowhere

  • @TakeARideWithMe
    @TakeARideWithMe 10 місяців тому +479

    I started this game up and I was blown away from the beginning, but the real “okay, this game is IT” moment was when I was running down a hallway and swung a door open, two “knights in shining armour” were goofing around on their stands in the corner, and when they saw me, they panicked and stood upright and acted as inanimate objects like they weren’t just animate.. That was basically it for me 😂 I love this game.

    • @rileysowersray
      @rileysowersray 10 місяців тому +14

      Broooo i fucking laughed my ass off when I seen that I literally thought the knight in pieces on the ground was dead forever but he just responded lmao

    • @TakeARideWithMe
      @TakeARideWithMe 10 місяців тому +3

      @@rileysowersray dude, later on when I saw one knight beat the other? I lost my f***ing shit 😂🤣

    • @andrewtheking3188
      @andrewtheking3188 10 місяців тому +1

      @@TakeARideWithMe bro them mement the other dude got fed up with the other one I was like " yep this game is awesome "

    • @xlxfx
      @xlxfx 9 місяців тому +3

      Is that all it takes. That. Which happens all throughout the castle throughout the game. Wow

    • @soulxtheory3173
      @soulxtheory3173 9 місяців тому +2

      Seeing those same two knights having an absolutely war in the middle of the corridor had me ROTFLMAO

  • @Tessa_Ru
    @Tessa_Ru 10 місяців тому +29

    I am one of those unfortunate nerds that lived and breathed the books and movies while growing up, and the game is honestly everything I've ever wanted as a fan. Which after so many years of modern remakes and adaptations actively ruining things I love, has me a bit emotional lmao. I just want expansions for year 6 and 7 so badly.
    And yeah, there are so many silly and amazing Easter eggs too. Like there's a dumb side quest called "follow the butterflies" and they lead you into the Forbidden Forest. And I was instantly transported back to Chamber of Secrets and Ron Weasley going "follow the Spiders- Follow the Spiders!!! Why couldn't it be Follow the Butterflies!? If Hagrid ever gets outta Azkaban, I'll kill him." 😂

    • @rochelimit55555
      @rochelimit55555 3 місяці тому

      This is me. Huge potterhead, this game is everything. I wished they would add triwizard tournament

  • @improbablyyourdad8458
    @improbablyyourdad8458 10 місяців тому +2021

    I need a Avatar the Last Airbender game like this.
    I’ve never seen a Harry Potter film but I’m glad that a fanbase is getting something that authentically captures why they love the IP. I’m definitely buying this once I watch the saga.

    • @thelastcobra306
      @thelastcobra306 10 місяців тому +126

      Imagine u can create your own avatar character would be insaneeee

    • @dj_m1999
      @dj_m1999 10 місяців тому +171

      LOTR also deserves a game of this caliber

    • @R3TR0J4N
      @R3TR0J4N 10 місяців тому +10

      same thoughts.

    • @dreamingflurry2729
      @dreamingflurry2729 10 місяців тому +22

      Oh...there's so many great worlds out there that would work well for a (good!) video game adaption, including Stargate (the Gates would connect a lot of open world areas...with more being easily added!)! I'd play avatar, of course (but in another era at best after the two shows!) if it were good!

    • @anarchyintheusa4443
      @anarchyintheusa4443 10 місяців тому +27

      @@dj_m1999 I mean the middle earth games are pretty great imo

  • @ramaset1
    @ramaset1 10 місяців тому +573

    Greatest little “side” thing I’ve seen so far…I was running through the castle and saw 2 suits of armor. One turned to the other and just kicked its ass until it was laying in pieces on the ground. I just stared at it and laughed

    • @cfc3924
      @cfc3924 10 місяців тому +63

      I ran by a painting and two ghosts popped out and started fencing lol

    • @sneezydeezymcdeluxe7015
      @sneezydeezymcdeluxe7015 10 місяців тому +23

      I witnessed that today! Also Peeves sliding down a bannister then diving through the floor. I just love how much detail and effort they put into these interactions.

    • @TheExecutorr
      @TheExecutorr 10 місяців тому +17

      @@sneezydeezymcdeluxe7015 Peeves is in the game? Say no more, gonna buy this day one unless the PC version turns out to have serious issues.

    • @sneezydeezymcdeluxe7015
      @sneezydeezymcdeluxe7015 10 місяців тому +11

      @@TheExecutorr Sure is. And I'm positive I saw nearly headless nick, or at least a ghost who looked exactly like him.

    • @thefilmpost2686
      @thefilmpost2686 10 місяців тому +7

      Literally saw this just earlier today when I was playing. That kind of stuff just makes me want to walk around and see what the environment does. Fantastic attention to detail!

  • @crashboredom2
    @crashboredom2 10 місяців тому +264

    Best way I can explain it. Is that this is the Harry Potter game I have always dreamed of. And so, so much more. The little details add up, and the combat is so much more fun and challenging then I thought it would be.

    • @vnzntszn
      @vnzntszn 10 місяців тому +4

      it really is a dream come true!!

    • @dylanstephenson3892
      @dylanstephenson3892 10 місяців тому +4

      Winning that Dueling club final challenge on the hardest difficult was super great. This game manages to pull elements from combat systems I like while also doing it's own thing. Very cool

    • @Matt-Kin
      @Matt-Kin 10 місяців тому

      Matt Kin
      il y a 1 seconde
      Yet you can't interact with NPC, in the older games you could send spell at them, can't do air tricks on the broom, no quidditch, subpar story and characters with 0 charisma, invisible walls...the game is far from being the game fans dreamt of. Maybe a sequel will be.

    • @vovindequasahi
      @vovindequasahi 10 місяців тому +1

      @@dylanstephenson3892 Yeah I was getting too big for my britches and then the final challenge kicked my ass several times and I was like "Oh wow this is challenging for real!".

    • @dylanstephenson3892
      @dylanstephenson3892 10 місяців тому +1

      @@vovindequasahi I stumbled on a battle arena in the South Highlands and I still can't beat it haha. But I'm not upset about it because the combat is so crazy deep.

  • @divanbuys1484
    @divanbuys1484 10 місяців тому +219

    One of the things I really appreciate in the game is how they give narrative reasons for things like why you can't play quidditch or why the character can see thestrals. They could have just left it out as a no brainer but they actually included it

    • @ryanmorris986
      @ryanmorris986 10 місяців тому +45

      The way he was able to see the thestrals was wild just threw you into that cold water real quick

    • @Void6-
      @Void6- 10 місяців тому +27

      Funny story. I tested this game for the last 2 years. When I first was able to experience the intro cinematics I thought it was a bug that you couldn't see what was pushing the carriage lmao

    • @ChessPlease
      @ChessPlease 10 місяців тому +25

      The thestral reveal was so smooth and such a nice simple nod to people that the devs are really invested in making it a pretty faithful wizarding world experience.

    • @divanbuys1484
      @divanbuys1484 10 місяців тому +4

      @@ChessPlease when I saw it happen I was like, AAAAAAAAH very nice. Subtle, but nice.

    • @mistedscript2722
      @mistedscript2722 10 місяців тому +4

      And thinking about it, it then makes sense as to why the player has a visible Thestral mount.

  • @nikohoffman678
    @nikohoffman678 10 місяців тому +214

    Agreed, this game is something special and I wasn't expecting it at all. The attention to detail is insane

    • @randomuserame
      @randomuserame 10 місяців тому +9

      detail of this game surpasses most AAA games in the past 10-15y and it's going to be understated becuase half the stuff in the game wont even be discovered for like years from now lol. JUST exploring the castle is enough entertainment (admittedly pulling on nostalgia AF) to justify getting deluxe. I've learned 2 spells from classes and I feel like my money's already well spent if i died tomorrow and could never finish it.

    • @nikohoffman678
      @nikohoffman678 10 місяців тому +1

      @@randomuserame yea it's really impressive. I was joking with my brother and was saying just the amount of exploration and hidden secrets in Hogwarts alone could have been the game..

  • @mandrews6282
    @mandrews6282 10 місяців тому +423

    The amount of love and passion put into this game is evident. The rich atrention to detail, the seemingly unending puzzles or secrets you come across, the great characters, a world that feels alive and lived in, a game that doesn’t hold your hand and has you figure out a lot yourself especially when it comes to puzzles or secrets. And it looks visually stunning. This is a great open world and it does a lot right. I was skeptical as the dev had never made a triple A game before, and they seem to have nailed it. I’m 6 to 8 hours in, feel like I have barely scratched the surface and am still encountering tutorial stuff, and I can’t get enough of the world. They actually pulled it off and the game has actually exceeded all expectations.

    • @quincylinder9738
      @quincylinder9738 10 місяців тому

      The im[restive thing is that this studio has made nothing even remotely close to this in the past. However the plot is you put down a slave rebellion.and this is apparently a good thing? Like excuse me?

    • @JorgeRodriguez-xz5ec
      @JorgeRodriguez-xz5ec 10 місяців тому +8

      @@quincylinder9738 not a slave rebellion, a goblin rebellion 🤣

    • @ahsanahmad6663
      @ahsanahmad6663 10 місяців тому +4

      @@quincylinder9738 cry

  • @maxjerry8973
    @maxjerry8973 10 місяців тому +91

    I’ve been playing this since midnight on the early access release… it’s already one of my favourite titles EVER. I am absolutely in love and blown away. I feel so immersed

  • @Labyrinthfox
    @Labyrinthfox 10 місяців тому +16

    It really is astounding how much they passed the bar. Genuinely one of the first games I’ve played in a while where I can’t wait to get back into it.

  • @dannygrover595
    @dannygrover595 10 місяців тому +9

    I love the fact that this can now act as a base line they can build off and make many other stories in this world now that the world has been built ☺️

  • @danf6513
    @danf6513 10 місяців тому +269

    So pleased one of these big 2023 releases has lived up to the hype. Big congrats to Avalanche Soft and Portkey for their efforts 🙏

    • @husix8876
      @husix8876 10 місяців тому +3

      graphics still look like they belong to the ps3
      the visuals are a joke for a ps5 console

    • @Peepbrother
      @Peepbrother 10 місяців тому +49

      @@husix8876 Visuals look great 🤷‍♂️ idk what ps3 games that look like this

    • @Yo_mama-yx2tn
      @Yo_mama-yx2tn 10 місяців тому +22

      @@husix8876 Bait

    • @DV-ou1yu
      @DV-ou1yu 10 місяців тому +10

      @Peepbrother2813 People must forget what ps3 games look like think Hogwarts looks like a ps3 game lmfao

    • @drawmelikeafrenchgirl
      @drawmelikeafrenchgirl 10 місяців тому

      @@Yo_mama-yx2tn it’s not bait at all, and I agree. I wouldn’t say they are “ps3” graphics per-say, but they’re definitely nothing special, and the facial features are comically bad in some places.

  • @Guruthosa
    @Guruthosa 9 місяців тому +3

    I love the detail and the professors' unique characters. The dialogue and story can be a bit clunky, but the exploration is top notch. The first game in a long while I have actual relaxing fun with.

  • @rutherhood5961
    @rutherhood5961 9 місяців тому +2

    It’s way better than I expected, I was worried we’d get the typical “looks great” until it comes out, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised, I’m loving it

  • @ThatCroewGuy
    @ThatCroewGuy 10 місяців тому +127

    The fade to black is generally to hide them "popping" you into the right place without doing it naturally when it comes to interactables. Other games do it relatively often, depending on how intense the interaction is.

    • @Void6-
      @Void6- 10 місяців тому +6

      Exactly, some games will just slide the character into the position for the animation or make them do an awkward walk into it without player input which can sometimes take a long time (this happens sometimes in RDR2 for example). Also it lets developers raise the Level of detail on characters faces for conversations without it being noticed

    • @jesusblanco7657
      @jesusblanco7657 10 місяців тому +1

      @@Void6-rdr2 also has the “cinematic” borders which helps them with keeping those frames

    • @Void6-
      @Void6- 10 місяців тому

      @@jesusblanco7657 ah yeah, forgot about that great technique to cut off the amount of rendered frames. Very smart one

    • @Void6-
      @Void6- 10 місяців тому

      @@baconaoa_yt oh definitely, but it takes more effort to pull off yeah

    • @ThatCroewGuy
      @ThatCroewGuy 10 місяців тому

      @@baconaoa_yt It definitely takes more effort, but I'd rather have that effort put elsewhere personally. Now comparing it to RDR2 is bad because that's one of the games I consider closest to 'perfect', but for a more 'normal' game I'd rather have that effort in say gameplay or combat rather than something small like that.

  • @graces-uk6bn
    @graces-uk6bn 10 місяців тому +30

    your take on this game was the one i was most interested to see, and i'm so happy that it's impressed you. i've only played a few hours so far but i feel like a little kid again reading the books for the first time. what a gift this game has turned out to be.

  • @Dtaysche
    @Dtaysche 10 місяців тому +6

    As someone who had no hype for this, went in totally blind, and isn’t even a Harry Potter fan- this game is awesome.

  • @dignam8943
    @dignam8943 10 місяців тому +78

    I really like this game so far. So much to explore. It may seem like an unimportant detail but it would be kinda cool to chill in a chair or sofa from time to time. You know, lounging in common rooms by the fire or sitting down within the library. It would be a fitting addition to the cozy atmosphere this lore provides.
    It's normal stuff within open world games nowadays and can't be that difficult to add. It's also kind of weird that you can place your own furniture within the room of requirements and can't sit on it afterwards. :D

    • @carolinhierse3752
      @carolinhierse3752 10 місяців тому +10

      I definitely agree! Especially because we can eat apples, drink tea and such. would be so cute to sit with others

  • @GigaChaadam
    @GigaChaadam 10 місяців тому +40

    It’s fantastic… I’m already on my way to hogsmede to get my supplies after completing the first 2 quests. Perfect opening, Hogwarts is beautiful the classrooms the hallways the attention to detail. So stunning. It’s so good.

  • @YourDadYoda
    @YourDadYoda 10 місяців тому +12

    Really looking forward to what this studio does next. If they make a sequel and improve on some of the criticisms, it could be amazing.

  • @mattcollins3591
    @mattcollins3591 10 місяців тому +52

    The entire first 40 minutes was immaculate.
    I was under the impression we would start either at diagon alley or already be in Hogwarts and get sorted RIGHT after the character customization.
    Having this new yet familiar story (as well as some dark stuff that I wasn’t expecting) makes this one of my all time favorite game intros.. probably up there with the introduction to rapture in the very first bioshock. I knew this would be good but not THIS good.
    Early GOTY contender for sure

  • @MBEG89
    @MBEG89 10 місяців тому +5

    I never cared about harry potter, but as a gamer i love that this world was fully realized for the fans and i look forward to playing it myself soon.

  • @Lazer-bp9lf
    @Lazer-bp9lf 10 місяців тому +11

    I love the little attention to details this game has (Red Dead 2 spoiled me a lot on trying to catch every single insignificant detail as possible). Really makes the whole open world feel more lively.

  • @chainuser1774
    @chainuser1774 10 місяців тому +3

    So far I am impressed. Hogwarts Castle is absolutley HUGE and exploring it makes my head spin but the attention to detail is astonishing. Loving the atmosphere and gameplay along with the music of course!

  • @FlorentRubio
    @FlorentRubio 9 місяців тому +1

    The fade to black is a HUGE time/money saver for transitions. If you go for something as simple as petting a cat, you can approach the cat from any angle and at any moment of the cat animation loop. You'd need to blend and move both characters into alignment to play the petting animation. That's it's doable but it's tricky and expensive.

  • @liamobrien9186
    @liamobrien9186 10 місяців тому +16

    I love how downright inspired this game feels, with the emphasis on exploration in a detailed environment, the grandness of the world and the mechanics that you can use to interact with the world. I was fairly sceptical ever since the release of the first trailer but this seems like something I would play regardless of its affiliation to the Harry Potter Series.

  • @Adam-to2no
    @Adam-to2no 10 місяців тому +84

    I’m buying this game thanks to you, out of all the reviewers I trusted you most because you were skeptical. When you said about it not having the Ubisoft affect, that really put me at ease

    • @TheGravityShifter
      @TheGravityShifter 10 місяців тому +8

      The Ubisoft Syndrome is a big turn off for me in most games. I'm happy about this revelation too.

    • @TheGravityShifter
      @TheGravityShifter 9 місяців тому

      @@distantraveller9876 Okay, then who'd you say is not a paid shill reviewer?

  • @arthursupremacy
    @arthursupremacy 10 місяців тому +11

    Hogwarts legacy is much more than i ever wouldve imagined the level of detail everywhere is very impressive, I'm absolutely loving it on PC. Havent had any bugs or performance issues its amazing. Thanks for your Impressions even tho i preordered its still nice to hear your impressions. Have fun u all in Hogwarts Legacy a true adventure.

  • @mattfarr137
    @mattfarr137 10 місяців тому +23

    I’m like 2 hours in and I’m loving it so far. My tiny critiques are just the animations and voice acting is slightly “eerie”, leaning towards uncanny valley but not terrible. Story wise, I think they missed out on having us start as a first year and playing through it fresh with the other first years, but they can always do that in another game and it’s definitely not bad the way they did it

    • @jcleme26
      @jcleme26 10 місяців тому +7

      I felt the same way about the voice acting. Just slightly off but everything else I enjoy so far

    • @thisisagoodidea4681
      @thisisagoodidea4681 10 місяців тому +2

      I don’t think uncanny valley is the right word. That means it looks so good that it triggers something in our brains. While this isn’t animated very well and just doesn’t look good

    • @SethKyros
      @SethKyros 10 місяців тому +8

      The problem with starting as a first year is that it would make 0 sense to have a 10 year old kid running around dueling and fighting dangerous animals, poachers and dark wizards. Heck, if you go back and watch the first movie again, Harry and Ron casted maybe 2 spells in the whole thing, only Hermione was casting a bit more often, and even then, most of it was utilitarian stuff, not combat spells. They mostly got by on wits and luck alone, not their spells. Even movie two isn't all that different, it isn't until the third year that they start actually using magic more often and incorporating it into fighting.
      So, for a game like this to start you off as a first year, it would have to move through the years, which in itself would be a massive undertaking in terms of narrative, pacing and the open world, since having people go through a few boring hours of years 1 or 2, with a very limited selection of spells and exploration, could just kill any fun, but then again, if you make them go by super quickly, then you might as well just skip them altogether. Also, programing the growth of your character, along with the changing FoV and hit-boxes as the years pass and the child becomes a teen and then an adult, would also probably be rather hard to pull off right.
      So yeah, it might be super cool in theory to have a game where we can have the full Howarts fantasy from year 1 to 7, but in practice, it sounds like a nightmare to do right. Maybe one day.

    • @jonnygraham2372
      @jonnygraham2372 10 місяців тому +1

      They definitely took a risk making it a 5th year experience, but with what we have come to expect (or lack thereof) since the Witcher, I’m just STOKED to have a game like this released at all tbh. It’s been all Apex, warzone, Fortnite and NBA 2K for so long that I’m simply jazzed that I can go be a mystery hunting hog warts student for the first time since 2004!

    • @thekillerprawn
      @thekillerprawn 9 місяців тому +2

      It's clear they didn't use much performance capture if any at all, hopefully with their success their next game will have fully captured faces, at least for the main character and other bigger roles

  • @shanewright9489
    @shanewright9489 10 місяців тому +10

    There is nothing wrong with being skeptical of a new game. Most often we are let down by games and it’s good to have some skepticism

  • @dlaroc
    @dlaroc 10 місяців тому +2

    It definitely looks like a game of the year contender. Thank god someone finally released a game that is worth it. We needed this game to be good. To show other companies that releasing games broken on day one isnt the normal. This is how games should be released. Watch the sales go well over expectations.

  • @user-xh4yx3cf6y
    @user-xh4yx3cf6y 10 місяців тому +5

    For me it totally delivered! I've been playing for like 8 hours now and it's easily one of my favorite games of all time. Well worth the money. I grew up with the HP books/movies and this did not dissapoint.

  • @PrimedSnake
    @PrimedSnake 10 місяців тому +4

    This game is absolutely amazing so proud of Avalanche for delivering this making it a instant success for all of us harry potter fans, the atmosphere, gameplay, exploration everything is all I wished for.... enjoy everyone! 😃

  • @danilthorstensson8902
    @danilthorstensson8902 10 місяців тому +5

    Love Love Love this game. A couple issues are that you don't have that same exciting competition between houses that you saw in HP and I feel like we're missing those deep partnerships/friendships HP had. But then again, I'm only ~7 hours in so that could definitely change. Runs amazingly on PS5 with some annoyances with pop-ins and 3-second loading when exiting the castle.

  • @suhzaful
    @suhzaful 10 місяців тому +2

    40h in. it is magnificent. going to start a second save soon. this is the game i have been waiting for since i was 5yo. and it met at least 90% of my expectations. it is the game of the year

  • @direnova6284
    @direnova6284 10 місяців тому +3

    I've only played for a couple of hours on the PC and things are looking really good, I'm really into the story already and the atmosphere is great. It feels like Hogwarts and the art direction is 10/10 for me.

  • @MightyManotaur22
    @MightyManotaur22 9 місяців тому +1

    I was pretty skeptical going into this as well. I knew it would meet my Harry Potter fanboy expectations when it came to the world and running around Hogwarts. But the combat is legit super fun and varied and I'm mostly enjoying the story and characters. There are definitely flaws but they absolutely exceeded my expectations. And based on sales, I'm excited to see how they improve on things in the sequel. More enemy variety, better story pacing, and hopefully better technical performance.

  • @thomasbraithwaite8829
    @thomasbraithwaite8829 10 місяців тому +2

    The intro was phenomenal but realistically it only has gotten better since then. After being sorted into your house (I got ravenclaw), and after a couple of missions to help set the tone of the game you get the reigns taken off you and I've already spent a good 6-7 hours just appreciating the work that the devs took into crafting hogwarts/hogsmeade and hogsmeade station alone. There's so many other locations I'm yet to dive into but it's a game I'm taking slow and that doesn't happen often, if ever for me anymore. I'm happy that there's so much to do.
    Now I have my broom! I'm now enjoying hogwarts externally as well as internally (and vertically!).
    In terms of a team making a game world based on the books and movies, this is a true and faithful addition to the franchise. honestly, until now the games i enjoyed was only order of the phoenix, half blood and prisoner of azkaban. I was growing up at that point and loved (and still do) the harry potter franchise. I liked those games at the time because of the exploring of the castle you could do... but this truly is next level. Even though it's set before harry potter, I'm falling in love with the whole open world here and honestly I'm not even thinking about harry potter. The games good enough as just an overall RPG that even if you weren't or aren't a fan of the potterverse you could pick this game up and have a damn fun time playing it.
    Combat is like arkham knight with wand combat.
    Exploration is magical and always encouraged (pun intended)
    Story is pleasantly well told and engaging
    Locations are fun, inventive and faithful to the lore
    Side missions and activities let you really take the atmosphere of the world in more
    Regardless of how you play- slow or fast. There's weeks worth of content to explore and no doubt there's some serious opportunities for great dlc.
    This game is as close to a masterpiece for someone whose been waiting for THE game set in this fantasy world. Of course there are things that you can't do and it does have its own limitations, but there's enough there for this to still be considered a 10/10 experience and that's why I'm sticking with my opinion on that. To me, it's everything I ever wanted, and now that I have it if they ever make a follow up this is the foundation for them to be even more creative!

  • @LoveGamingNewtro
    @LoveGamingNewtro 10 місяців тому +15

    ‘Because I simply want to play it now’ That line killed me 😂😂😂 Cannot wait to play this

  • @andrewcosta5001
    @andrewcosta5001 10 місяців тому +2

    I'm so happy and proud of the developers, that had absolutely nothing impressive under their belt, imo, and this game is much better than it should be. Goes to show what a passionate studio can do when given the opportunity

  • @Ketzer1973
    @Ketzer1973 10 місяців тому +6

    The developers nailed it absolutely to implement the Ubisoft formula into a game,much better than Ubisoft ever did😂. I haven't been very deep into the "Potterverse" ever,I watched the first three movies and read the first two books,but this game is absolute fun to play and I'm literally laughing my ass off while I'm discovering crazy and funny things back to back to back😂👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • @tonybleau6219
    @tonybleau6219 10 місяців тому +7

    Having an absolute blast so far. Amazing dedication by Avalanche studios. This is a masterpiece.

  • @jtothac5364
    @jtothac5364 10 місяців тому +1

    I was skeptical and it blew me away. I read the first few books when I was a kid and wasn’t really even that into it but this game is amazing. A must buy

  • @aidenbyrnes7076
    @aidenbyrnes7076 10 місяців тому +1

    i like how in the opening part you dont see the thestrals but later on immediately after someone dies then you can see them. They really put in so much detail

  • @Red_Rebel
    @Red_Rebel 10 місяців тому +1

    One that gave me chills is the sound effects. When I cast “Lumus” and the sound came out of the controller, I gave my whole to this game. It’s one of the games where you have this rare connection with. It’s like the same reaction from the “Ratatouille” taste scene! That’s how powerful this game influenced me.

  • @rakeshraja6549
    @rakeshraja6549 10 місяців тому +192

    Yeah,it's the perfect start for a year with 3 great games (dead space remake,hifi rush,hogwarts legacy) and forspoken to make sure we don't get our hopes high!!!As i said perfect starting for the year!

    • @gmorgcyborg
      @gmorgcyborg 10 місяців тому +3

      I'm still hurt by forspoken cause that pc performance. Makes me feel that game had a chance to be as good as hogwarts with the idea u got powers in this new world smh

    • @yosemitesam9576
      @yosemitesam9576 10 місяців тому +9

      Forspoken hard crashed my pc I gotta wait at least a year to play it lol

    • @ItsSomeDeadGuy
      @ItsSomeDeadGuy 10 місяців тому +1

      Four great games.
      Play Pizza Tower.

    • @bradcastlebrry9396
      @bradcastlebrry9396 10 місяців тому +1

      dead island 2 is coming

    • @suki7759
      @suki7759 10 місяців тому

      Four (including fire emblem engage)

  • @SpacedAug
    @SpacedAug 10 місяців тому +188

    I'm just gonna say it. I was not expecting an immersive sim out of this experience. Colour me impressed.

    • @mattcollins3591
      @mattcollins3591 10 місяців тому +37

      I’m impressed too, I think people were expecting it to be “fun and okay” but… this is on another level I wasn’t expecting lol

    • @cloverraven
      @cloverraven 10 місяців тому +12

      Seems role playable so far too. Though I haven’t heard anyone talk about choice and consequences yet.

    • @AhbibHaald
      @AhbibHaald 10 місяців тому +19

      Immersive sims are a completely different thing. It doesn't mean what you think it does. Immersive sims are dishonored, prey, Deus ex, system shock and so on

    • @cloverraven
      @cloverraven 10 місяців тому +1

      @@AhbibHaald Ahha

    • @sexyjon589
      @sexyjon589 10 місяців тому +12

      Don't disrespect immersive sims like this

  • @stevesmith5883
    @stevesmith5883 10 місяців тому +1

    So glad this game is as good as it is, I'm not the biggest Potter fan by a long shot but the series has always been a major nostalgia/comfort thing for me despite not being heavily involved in the general fandom, so finally having a HP game of this quality is great to experience now just to order some more RAM so that I don't need to do my entire playthrough with heavy stutters as my laptop currently only has 8GB's and it's struggling!

  • @JimMulvaney
    @JimMulvaney 10 місяців тому +1

    The only real differences other than coming out of the "witch" or "wizard" section of the dorm are the houses. Each house has it's own experience and their own exclusive quest revolving around the name "Jackdaw".

  • @coolremedy6969
    @coolremedy6969 10 місяців тому +13

    Jacob absolutely killed it with that instant replay.

  • @Imp3riumGG
    @Imp3riumGG 10 місяців тому +2

    Jacob is having loads of fun with the editing. That KO bit had me in stitches.

  • @AndersLiljeblad
    @AndersLiljeblad 10 місяців тому

    It is truly amazing! I've basically waited for a game like this for over 2 decades and suffice it to say.. It's everything I wanted it to be! 😀

  • @arkiljohnson668
    @arkiljohnson668 10 місяців тому +3

    This game is extremely packed with content I’m 10 hours in and still on level 6 quests and I’m level 15 and just acquired my broomstick for flying GAME OF THE YEAR MOST DEFINITELY

  • @boze7180
    @boze7180 10 місяців тому

    The sheer size of this game is crazy. Hogwarts is massive, the area surrounding it, plus hogsmeade and a few other towns in addition to that? I’m blown away by the quality of this game so far

  • @tobiasbeniston3951
    @tobiasbeniston3951 10 місяців тому

    The immersion is insane, the dialogue changes depending on what you do in game. I captured a certain magical beast just off my own back exploring (not part of a quest) and NPCs I spoke to knew about it ahah

  • @RaijinKaze
    @RaijinKaze 10 місяців тому +1

    This game ticks all the boxes needed for a HP game. You can clearly see where the game tries to be a jack of all trades game with a little bit of everything. However the fact that the setting, lore and overall *love* put into this game just elevates the gameplay so much. The implementation is masterful. You can clearly see that the people who made the game love the Wizarding World.

  • @TNTspaz
    @TNTspaz 10 місяців тому +6

    They really captured the feeling of the movies well

  • @withoutthejuice7193
    @withoutthejuice7193 10 місяців тому +18

    Beyond thrilled to see a lot of extremely critical youtubers enjoying the game. Helps me know the game is actually good, not just talked up by all the big companies

    • @liyannah
      @liyannah 10 місяців тому


  • @jonaspetty8767
    @jonaspetty8767 10 місяців тому +102

    I think the fade to black is not a big problem because it happens quickly, the problem with Forspoken was that during those fades to black the screen would stay dark for 1 to 2 seconds, it is too long and very frequent. While in Hogwarts Legacy it's as fast as the blink of an eye. It doesn't bother me here at all, actually,y a hadn't noticed it until you said it.

    • @hussainwaseem5108
      @hussainwaseem5108 10 місяців тому +8

      Yea, but it's obvious why Hogwarts Legacy had done so. Its just cheaper and easier, which is completely understandable. I would rather have quick fade to blacks than a transition that looks very wrong or is very buggy.

    • @teeman7137
      @teeman7137 10 місяців тому +4

      I also think this game need a fade to black with all the details the game has to offer. It need to take optimization somewhere no matter how easy people think it is to implement

    • @chrisperry4014
      @chrisperry4014 10 місяців тому +4

      I agree, and I understand why they do it. Being an open world game instead of pathing your character (locking them into an unbreakable animation for however long it takes to get into position) to the intractable animation, they instead cut to black to load your character in the proper position to reduce clipping and produce a an immersive interaction with an NPC or creature.

    • @SuaveDgy
      @SuaveDgy 10 місяців тому +1

      @@chrisperry4014removing the interaction action with an NPC in favor of a fade to black results in more immersion 💀💀????

    • @chrisperry4014
      @chrisperry4014 10 місяців тому +2

      @@baconaoa_yt arguably, phasing your hand through a cat while it walks through your legs is also immersion-breaking. Can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

  • @joesousa8481
    @joesousa8481 10 місяців тому +2

    Thanks for your objective thoughts on the game throughout the hype, can't wait to play it!
    I hope there will eventually be a first person pov mod for pc. Would use it just for exploring the castle! It's massive!

  • @unjustace12
    @unjustace12 10 місяців тому

    I was blown away by how good it looks as well. It’s one of those games that really let me notice the difference between my old console and my gaming pc. Buttery smooth frames and just overall great graphics.

  • @mattp994
    @mattp994 10 місяців тому +1

    The fade to black is likely because the cutscene animation has your character in a certain position, and it's hiding the 'animation vacuum' that would pull your character into position.

  • @doomsday5286
    @doomsday5286 10 місяців тому +1

    I was highly skeptical myself, glad to see game is actually nice can't wait to play it, overall looks great.

  • @Frosted_Method
    @Frosted_Method 10 місяців тому +1

    I hope they continue to support this game with dlc stories,and sequels.

  • @landrysooner2015
    @landrysooner2015 10 місяців тому +58

    As fun as so many rpg/open world games are (RDR2, Skyrim, AC, BOTW, Witcher 3), this is the first time in awhile I feel genuinely excited to experience an open world. All those games I mentioned are amazing and are some of my favorite games of all time but Hogwarts Legacy offers lore that I love and have loved for so many years. I really hope this game does well and incentivizes studios to adapt other book series and universes into video games. I'm largely thinking of Brandon Sanderson's fantasy universe the Cosmere which has many series (Stormlight, Mistborn) and it would be awesome to see a game adapted from a universe like that. Experiencing new worlds is fun but seeing a world that you already know and love and getting to walk around in it takes the cake for me.

    • @NakulKrishna
      @NakulKrishna 10 місяців тому +6

      This isn’t mentioned nearly as much as it should. Mistborn would be glorious as a game, I guess there aren’t enough people who game read lol.

    • @randalthor6771
      @randalthor6771 10 місяців тому +3

      Mistborn and stormlight archive would so freaking cool

    • @juancorzo5081
      @juancorzo5081 10 місяців тому +2

      You can not interact with almost anything...

    • @DV-ou1yu
      @DV-ou1yu 10 місяців тому +2

      Add HZD andGhost of Tsushima to that as well

    • @thesnipingspider3852
      @thesnipingspider3852 10 місяців тому +1

      @@DV-ou1yu I just finished ghost of Tsushima rn. Games beautiful

  • @Luz4SiKio
    @Luz4SiKio 10 місяців тому +1

    I am so impressed. The character creation is awesome (only critique is if they had more voice options. I'm Latino and the voice sounds so white/English) Other than that, OMG! This game is amazing,
    I'm also playing with all setting on Ultra with ray tracing off, and I have to say the graphics are breathtakingly beautiful. I'm finding myself constantly stopping to admire the view like I do in the Witcher 3. I was worried cause this is the first time I've ever paid full price for a game. I usually wait for a sale, but I am so glad I did. Dios mío! This is going to be fun. Wish you all the best fellow witches and wizards.

  • @LisaMariavanHarmelen
    @LisaMariavanHarmelen 10 місяців тому

    I’m really happy your channel is growing! You deserve it so much! Love your video’s and the vibe you give it ❤

  • @smhht
    @smhht 10 місяців тому +2

    Yeah, the fade to black is to hide player animation and/or location changes. Hence why it fades when you start petting a cat, because if you're behind the cat or not in the right location, you would need to move to that location before the animation plays. They took the easy route and just teleport the player behind a black screen. It doesn't fade when you finish petting, because you're already in position. You just need to do the animation to stand up.

  • @fuzionaxes5744
    @fuzionaxes5744 10 місяців тому +1

    Also for any viewers wondering about what he said at 18:07 every house has its own unique side quests and missions, ravenclaw has the least amount so keep that in mind when choosing your house. But yeah you can essentially play the game 4 times over and have different experiences, although the main story remains the same of course (as far as I know.. I’m still on my first play through. But my buddy chose ravenclaw and he fucked up😂

  • @Ibsmokin
    @Ibsmokin 10 місяців тому +1

    The moment I saw a night slap his partner and then straiten back up I was intrigued. Then I saw the opening scenes and I was sold. Well done.

  • @Gamespud94
    @Gamespud94 10 місяців тому +5

    I honestly didn't expect to see Peeves in this game. Nice to see it's full of details from the books as well as the movies.

    • @loganedom3160
      @loganedom3160 10 місяців тому

      I love how they added the passageway from Hogwarts to the cellar of honey dukes that was in the prisoner of Azkaban book. Such attention to detail astounds me

    • @loganedom3160
      @loganedom3160 10 місяців тому

      @@cactusmalone they didn't just do that tho they added so many little details that 99% of people won't notice

  • @StewNWT
    @StewNWT 10 місяців тому

    Re: this game it really looks like, aside from combat having the potential to be better, the devs really did a fantastic job at the world building, the UI and the stylistic comprehensiveness like the menu formats etc. Really a lot of great finishing touches as you mentioned

  • @Toga__
    @Toga__ 9 місяців тому +1

    Luke being a ravenclaw like me is the best thing, so many people picked slythrin but LAW OF THE CLAW 🦅🦅🦅will prevail

  • @punkybubblegum
    @punkybubblegum 10 місяців тому +10

    I grew up with Harry Potter. My family and I went to midnight releases of every single book fully dressed up in costumes. We went to every single midnight first release for the films (also dressed up). The shitty sorcerer's stone pc game was the first video game I ever played, and the only one to date that my mom has ever played with me. No joke, Harry Potter was literally the only time that everyone in my family came together, ever. This game has fulfilled everything I could want and more. I could cry honestly, lol.

    • @erwinl.8152
      @erwinl.8152 10 місяців тому +1

      That’s the part that JK Rowling being a garbage person can’t take away from this world that she (and a million creators) have made and so many have truly enjoyed.

  • @Fartylipjuice
    @Fartylipjuice 9 місяців тому +1


  • @levijustice6742
    @levijustice6742 10 місяців тому +2

    OMG I was gonna wait for more reviews and Steam Deck performance info but with how (rightfully so) skeptical you've been this positive view of the early game is VERY encouraging. I might just pay the extra ten damn dollars to start playing it today!

  • @MajorDookieJuice
    @MajorDookieJuice 10 місяців тому +33

    Jacob's edit for when you pet the cat was the highlight of my morning 🤣

  • @vinyziks8437
    @vinyziks8437 9 місяців тому +1

    An awesome The Last of Us tv series adaptation and now an awesome Harry Potter game adaptation. Good times for games/gamers lately

  • @KaaproDeJoker
    @KaaproDeJoker 10 місяців тому

    Hearing you talk about it as a fellow skeptic sealed the deal for me. My interest for this game has increased and i have decided to get it next paycheck. I even decided to see the opening sequence and as someone who never really got into Harry Potter it actually got me interested. And yes the cancel culture bs going on is also a factor in building up my interest for this game.

  • @Shinjo_Ms
    @Shinjo_Ms 10 місяців тому

    I absolutely fell in love with this thing. Went in with no expectations, but was impressed by how many gameplay streams the team did.
    This game really needs a photomode. The world really deserves it. It's like living through a fairytale lens. The atmosphere is absolutely incredible.
    The lighting, the absolute attention to details on the architecture, the small assets scattered around in the right areas and the music is oh so epic, the common rooms and the clothing..
    Such a beautiful creation! Hats off for all the love the creators poured into this!

  • @nuckchorris3054
    @nuckchorris3054 10 місяців тому

    It's so enjoyable to play. Great game so far, one of the best i've played in a while

  • @Sylentmana
    @Sylentmana 10 місяців тому +3

    I got to play this game for around 3 hours this morning before work and I have to say, it is SO nice to have a game come out that plays this smoothly and is this fun at the same time on day one. Not even Elden Ring was this smooth for me the first day. Its all just so refreshing.

    • @juancorzo5081
      @juancorzo5081 10 місяців тому

      Don't compare elden ring to this "thing" please.

    • @andreichetan4694
      @andreichetan4694 10 місяців тому +2

      Im an elden ring fan, HG seems like a game to play after the sweat of fromsoftware games.
      Kinda reminds me of Fable, looks awsome

    • @Sylentmana
      @Sylentmana 10 місяців тому +1

      @@juancorzo5081 What do you mean? I didn't compare Elden Ring to you mom.

  • @JamesOKeefe-US
    @JamesOKeefe-US 10 місяців тому

    Really appreciate your quick review Luke!! Always trust your takes and can't wait to play!

  • @SfinxVid
    @SfinxVid 10 місяців тому +16

    Those landscape shots with Hogwarts shining in the background. My gosh, those visuals are amazing

  • @CxerRy96
    @CxerRy96 10 місяців тому +2

    I can't fucking wait for this game to release so that I can try it for myself...it's one of those games that doesn't have to be perfect, as long as it's good it's long overdue for this fictional universe

  • @jaysonlee4601
    @jaysonlee4601 10 місяців тому

    This game is amazing. The attire is straight 🔥. I wish they made some of the cloaks and scarfs in real life.

  • @bewee
    @bewee 10 місяців тому

    I wasn't a Potter fan before this game . I love this game . I'm normally not a wizard in games ,I like melee combat best . The combat is so much better than I thought . It is addictive and keeps getting better . Once I got the broom ,I got Elden Ring vibes while exploring . It's freaking great

  • @rhas20
    @rhas20 10 місяців тому +3

    totally agree with you on the fade to black thing. Kinda breaks the immersion for me. Nevertheless I can’t wait to play this game on Friday. It looks incredible

  • @RedDed228
    @RedDed228 10 місяців тому

    I'm a few hours into it and so far it's amazing. The artowkr the way you think of Hogwarts and have seen in the movies and read in the books is there. It's all there. It's insane the amount of detail in the smallest damn thing is insanely cool. This game is great and I do recommend this game highly. It's fun, it's Harry Potter in the best way possible. I love it. And I'm not even the biggest Harry Potter fan either. This is a great game get it. Just buy it. Even if you aren't into Harry Potter just get it. As I said it's grand.

  • @diego750
    @diego750 10 місяців тому

    Your comment about it being easy to play, is exactly right - everything feels very natural, very quickly. The control system, the feel of the world, the way you learn new spells/potions in a believable non-nannying way. Looked forward to this release ever since it was announced, and for once, the product delivered has lived up to expectations. Playing this between a desktop rig and my Steam Deck is a nice experience, and while the fast travel system works well, quite happy to just explore the world and take it all in at my own pace, which says everything you need to know about this game.

  • @teeheeteeheeish
    @teeheeteeheeish 10 місяців тому +1

    It reminds me of older games where the goal is exploration, immersion, and mini challenges. Not hyper violent shock value.

  • @kilomike5788
    @kilomike5788 9 місяців тому

    Probably the most FUN I’ve ever had playing a video game. My wife got me into the Potterverse. I can’t imagine how great it is for people who grew up loving this franchise.

  • @WuhSuhDood
    @WuhSuhDood 10 місяців тому +1

    one of the greatest games i ever played, no-lifed it for 3 days, 30 hours, to beat the main story. will continue to play it until 100%, will probably take 100+ hours

  • @jasongreen6826
    @jasongreen6826 10 місяців тому +1

    This was the one game in my life that I pre ordered with no doubts that it would be good and now about 20 hours in I’d say this lives up to the hype man, it took me longer in this game to get my own broom than it did for me to platinum Spider-Man ps4, this game is truly insane

  • @kiekeyz
    @kiekeyz 10 місяців тому +6

    Polar opposite to a game like Forspoken. It's actually a fun game and the open world activities doesnt just feel like a chore. AVALANCHE did an AMAZING job.

  • @yourturn5059
    @yourturn5059 10 місяців тому +1

    Been very good with keeping away from spoilers and now started playing this game together with my partner. She's in Ravenclaw and I'm I Huffelpuff and so far it's already been worth the price of pre-ordering. She notices the little bugs/technical issues more than I do because she's playing on a proper gaming pc with everything fully maxed out, but so far nothing major yet.

  • @TheNewThrone
    @TheNewThrone 10 місяців тому +1

    This is the best open world game I've played since red dead 2 tbh. Games like this, rdr2 and botw have something where you just get absolutely lost and absorbed into the world they created. Hogwarts has so much attention to detail its crazy, when I think I can't find any more hidden rooms in hogwarts I take some stairs and I'm in an area I've never even explored before. Exploring hogwarts could be its own metroidvania. Anyways just saying this game is very immersive and very good. I wish the map was better for hogwarts though

  • @MaxTrash01
    @MaxTrash01 10 місяців тому

    With the current state of gaming the fact I’m playing this early before the day one patch and I’m not getting anything but some lighting glitches is refreshing. The developers were under a microscope with all of this and came out in stride