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  1. Positive: 81 out of 93
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  1. Feb 13, 2023
    So prepare your wands, put on your wizard robe and start exploring this incredibly magical world of Hogwarts which is an amazing homage to Harry Potter universe which set the bar so high, that not even Levioso could put other games on the same level.
  2. Feb 8, 2023
    If you’ve ever wished you could get that acceptance letter to Hogwarts – or even if you want a fun fantasy game you can sink yourself into for hours and hours and hours – this is what you’ve always dreamed of. It’s hard to imagine another game topping this one in 2023.
  3. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy lives up to fans' expectations and gives us an immersive experience with its vast map full of riddles and mysteries to find. The innovative challenges and fun combat makes the world even livelier with activities in every corner. Magic has never felt more real.
  4. Feb 6, 2023
    Warner Bros. announced this game with much fanfare a long time ago, but Hogwarts Legacy lives up to all expectations. You can lose yourself for hours in the world where years later Harry Potter will also have his adventures. If we could take two weeks off just for this game, we would do it in a heartbeat. Hogwarts Legacy has us spellbound and we never want to go back to the Muggle world.
  5. Feb 6, 2023
    Masterpiece, Meisterstück, chef d’œuvre, Magnum opus. It is a word with a broad meaning, whose origins are not well defined. It may be an apprentice's first noteworthy work - 'first work'. It can be a work of art of exceptional value. In the case of Hogwarts Legacy, it's both. The best compliment you can give Hogwarts Legacy is: I want more. I want more of this world, and I want to see other universes I enjoy (like Star Wars and Dune) get this kind of treatment. Rarely does an RPG manage to remain not fresh, expansive and frankly surprising from start to finish, but Avalanche Software did it. Hats off – but not the Sorting Hat, as I'm already starting a new save.
  6. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a video game monument! In line with Zelda Breath of The Wild and Elden Ring, it offers a great adventure, where freedom, possibilities and a sense of travel are at the rendezvous. The game universe of Avalanche is concocted with immense care, rich, full of mysteries, where we will meet well-written characters at the heart of a thrilling story. It’s an unforgettable epic.
  7. Feb 6, 2023
    If you grew up a Harry Potter fan and still keep Hogwarts in your heart, this is probably a dream come true. Hogwarts Legacy is exactly what you'd expect from an open-world RPG within that universe. Immersive, beautifully done, with plenty of spells, challenges, beasts, quests, combat and also nice storytelling. It's such a fun ride that you could go for 100+ hours and not even feel it. It's like taking a sip of Felix Felicis.
  8. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is the video game I've always dreamt of. I didn't even think something like this could be made out of the Harry Potter franchise. Avalanche has dared to create something completely new, yet at the same time, It has preserved the very essence of the source material. It is one of those entries that puts everything else in a difficult position, first because it is miles ahead of everything that has been done before and second because the video games after will have quite a tough time to match its quality. Hogwarts Legacy is the video game that Harry Potter fans deserve, and one for which I was not ready at all.
  9. Feb 21, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is one of the all-time great surprises in my 25+ years of gaming. I love everything about it. The world is stunning. The combat is both satisfying and challenging. And it’s reignited my love for something seemingly lost to space and time. Overnight, Avalanche Software has cemented itself as a triple-A developer, delivering a game that belongs in conversations with the very best. Class is in session, folks.
  10. Feb 17, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is, without a doubt, the lost heaven for Harry Potter fans. Its incredible art design matched with a solid story, polished gameplay, and magical environments easily make it one of the main contenders for the awards season and with the sales nothing but guaranteed, we can expect to see it becoming a big franchise in the future.
  11. Feb 14, 2023
    The bottom line is that Hogwarts Legacy is fun. Exploring the school, Hogsmeade and the surrounding hamlets is rewarding. The spells feel like they’ve come alive from the pages of the books. Combat is exciting and very challenging on the higher settings. But it’s not without some faults. Glitches are encountered frequently, and some parts of the game can be frustrating. On PS5, Hogwarts Legacy looks and runs great. If you’re really into the world of Harry Potter, or open world games in general, you are going to love Hogwarts Legacy.
  12. Feb 13, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy provides an expansive world of magic and mystery. With a main story that is both whimsical and gritty, and over a hundred side quests, there are countless reasons to ply out an enchanting life in the game. Occasional graphical issues are noticeable but overall negligible to the abundant sense of wonder. Hogwarts Legacy is a spellbinding and enchanting experience not to be missed.
  13. Feb 7, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is an extremely beautiful game that features a not-so-open world, full of life and places to explore. The fighting system is very original. The fighting system is very original and it is extremely deep, it allows you to perform some great combos, defend yourself in multiple ways and it is also quite fluid. It has a beautiful soundtrack and very good performances. Sometimes I feel that the game guides us too much and that it lacks a bit of challenge in its activities. Hogwarts Legacy is definitely the game we were promised and expected.
  14. 95
    Hogwarts Legacy is a compelling fantasy-RPG packed with stunning scenery, memorable characters and fantastic combat. Not only is it a brilliant love letter to fans of the Wizarding World, it excels as a game in its own right, so even non-Potter fans will find themselves immersed in its great story and characters.
  15. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy fully lives up to its promise to take you on the role of a new student at Hogwarts and introduce you to the famous Wizarding World immortalized in the Harry Potter movies. However, the experience continues beyond there. The narrative values of the story are high. The progression does have significant development. The characters always have something to tell you about the adventure. Avalanche Software developed an experience that fans will love and those outside of the Magical World will want to know.
  16. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a dream come true. Despite not being a perfect game, is a very special experience for all the Harry Potter fans and also, a great open world title.
  17. Feb 6, 2023
    A beautiful transposition of the Wizarding World, Hogwarts Legacy is both a tribute to the Harry Potter universe and a litmus test largely passed by Avalanche Studios with their first, big and delicate project.
  18. Feb 24, 2023
    As we near the end of this review, I have a small secret. I'm not someone you'd call a "fan" of the Wizarding World, at least not in the sense where I've got my own wand or want to down a butterbeer. I enjoy and appreciate the world that was built and the characters in it, but it's not like I got fully sucked in. That changed a little after a few dozen hours of playing Hogwarts Legacy. If you're a fan, you're in heaven, and if you're not ... well, this game might not make you love magic, but you'll certainly want to like it.
  19. Aside from a few bugs and a bit of dodgy writing, Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most enjoyable open-world games I’ve played. Not quite Elden Ring, but it embarrasses the Assassin’s Creed games when it comes to mission variety and a sense of exploration.
  20. Mar 9, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy brings the world of Harry Potter to life, more than we could ever hope for. A weaker main story and some unpolished elements can’t dent the armour of a mind-blowing atmosphere built through a world that feels truly alive. When it comes to world-building, this game is a true monster - a beast that will engulf you until every last corner of it is explored, and every story brought to its end. Undoubtedly a masterful experience.
  21. Mar 9, 2023
    Apart from small glitches and occasional copy-paste character models, Hogwarts Legacy is truly something else. The magic is alive, and it is finally time to explore Hogwarts castle. Adding in a great battle system, interesting story and characters, and a magical masterpiece is born.
  22. Feb 17, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is the game we were promised with smooth gameplay and gorgeous graphics of a world of magic. While there are moments of choppy fighting mechanics, this game opens up the possibility of sequels and DLCs exploring more of this magical environment.
  23. Feb 15, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a detailed open world game focused around magic. It completely fulfills the dream of enrolling in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While the game has its fair share of problems in terms of UI and performance, it isn’t just for Harry Potter fans: Its casual nature also makes it a great game for newcomers to open world games.
  24. Feb 14, 2023
    It's hard not to be fascinated by the magical world of Hogwarts Legacy, so much the game has been made with passion. The first steps in this adventure are enchanting, especially when it comes to Hogwarts Castle, Hogsmeade and all the interiors in reality. It's beautiful, it's alive, it's teeming with details and contemplation is indeed there. Of course, not everything is perfect, but the game invites so much exploration with its ultra generous open world that we manage to close our eyes to certain flaws.
  25. Feb 11, 2023
    Thanks to its sprawling world and plethora of engaging ways to play, Hogwarts Legacy manages to set itself apart as the best Harry Potter related game of all time.
  26. Feb 10, 2023
    I encountered several minor technical issues over the course of my lengthy playthrough, such as pop-in while moving fast or long door-opening loads. And some of the game systems are more successful than others; a flood of useless low-quality gear rewards is one notable, if minor problem that sometimes stalls the fun. But for those who have long wished for a rich interactive playground to live out your own Harry Potter fantasy, Hogwarts Legacy casts an incredibly mesmerizing spell.
  27. Feb 10, 2023
    Avalanche Software has managed to turn a once far-fetched dream into a reality for many Harry Potter fans, as Hogwarts Legacy is simply a masterful fantasy experience. Despite a few hiccups here and there, this is still, hands down, the most authentic and immersive Wizarding World video game out there. My time with Hogwarts Legacy has been nothing short of remarkable, and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the franchise from Warner Bros.
  28. Feb 9, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy has a fun and exciting combat system, and its visuals are simply beautiful. The school and other locations are full of life and details. Without a doubt, it's an amazing, huge and magical game; a charming journey that transports us to the world of Harry Potter.
  29. 90
    The best Hogwarts experience ever made is finally here. Though it's not without its flaws, Hogwarts Legacy is a phenomenal game that has a lot of great "somethings for everyone." This is by far the best Wizarding World video game to ever come out and stands with a select few games that prove more is more.
  30. Feb 8, 2023
    Despite a few downsides like the annoying loading times when you open a door or lack of enemy variety, Hogwarts Legacy is truly a great game that cast its spell on me from the very first few minutes.
  31. Feb 6, 2023
    Avalanche Studios has managed to develop the ultimate Potter game, without bringing in the famous wizard. Now that you can experience for yourself what it's like to be in a wizarding school and experience adventures similar to those of the famous wizard is a dream for any fan of the Harry Potter franchise. This dream is provided with a wonderfully beautiful world, which is also full of varied things that you can do and experience. The different spells you get to learn make for great fights and the wide variety of enemies keeps the fighting fresh. Hogwarts Legacy is just one big party for Harry Potter fans. The only thing that is negative is that it sometimes has to load during gameplay and that two graphic modes cause ghosting. However, this will not spoil the fun.
  32. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy's wonderful world makes it one of those games that you'd just love to keep experiencing for the first time - forever - and we envy anyone who's yet to step into it. Even if it's just a regular, open-world game underneath all the magic, it truly is an excellent one.
  33. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy has the same structure you've seen in any other modern open world game, but, at the same time, it fills you with memories from long time ago... When a Flipendo was all you needed to push a block. It may no do anything different or relevant than those games, but it has something they lack: magic.
  34. 90
    Hogwarts Legacy is the wizarding adventure in the Harry Potter universe that fans have been waiting for for so long. A title that even those unfamiliar with the series will be able to enjoy if they let themselves be carried away by magic.
  35. 90
    Hogwarts Legacy is the game Harry Potter fans have dreamt of since the first book was released. It puts you firmly in the shoes of a student and turns you loose to find your place in the world of wizardry. Unfortunately, its biggest issue is that it often feels like you’re just visiting.
  36. Feb 6, 2023
    Pushing the J.K. Rowling controversy to the side, Hogwarts Legacy is a true celebration of the magical universe that she created which perfectly transitioned to film. Her universe has equally been adapted well into this game courtesy of Avalanche Studios with its gameplay and story. Whether the story will become canon is yet to be seen but again this is as close as you can get to the core of what the extended universe of Harry Potter can be that not only plays well on the PS5 but looks fantastic.
  37. Feb 6, 2023
    Avalanche has created something truly special with Hogwarts Legacy. It succeeds at being the dream Harry Potter game that many fans were hoping for, and if nothing else, it creates a rock-solid foundation for future Wizarding World games to be built upon. Hogwarts Legacy lives up to the hype, and we can confidently say it's the best thing to come out of the Harry Potter franchise since the original books and movies.
  38. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is filled with so many mechanics that nothing feels arbitrary, with so much joy to be found within its story and spell books.
  39. Feb 6, 2023
    What an adventure ! Hogwarts Legacy is definitely the game all Harry Potter fans have been waiting for. Beautiful, lively, exhilarating and surprising, it drips with passion and magic and is a real pleasure to browse. But that's not all ! With its very good ideas, its world just waiting to be explored, its art direction to die for and its combat system as addictive as it is magical, it is quite simply an excellent action and adventure game. We would have liked choices with more impact or a proposal a little off the beaten track. As you will have understood, there are many things to say about Hogwarts Legacy. But to leave you the surprise, we let you discover the magic of this game which will very clearly mark the year 2023. And, who knows, it may be a potential good candidate for the GOTY...
  40. Feb 6, 2023
    In nearly every way, Hogwarts Legacy is the Harry Potter RPG I’ve always wanted to play. Its open-world adventure captures all the excitement and wonder of the Wizarding World with its memorable new characters, challenging and nuanced combat, and a wonderfully executed Hogwarts student fantasy that kept me glued to my controller for dozens of hours. It’s certainly weighed down by technical issues, a lackluster main story, and some poor enemy variety, but even those couldn’t come close to breaking its enchanting spell over me.
  41. Feb 6, 2023
    Avalanche Software made us wait a long time for the effects of their efforts, but today I can only take my hat off to the team behind the game and admit it was worth it. Hogwarts Legacy is not just an amazing gift for Harry Potter fans, but above all an excellent action RPG that provides many hours of fun. It brilliantly fulfills a child’s dream of a journey to the world of magic, for which the credit goes primarily to the gameplay and world designers, because what the writers delivered is sadly no better than fan fiction.
  42. Feb 6, 2023
    The hugely anticipated Hogwarts Legacy does not disappoint. An early GOTY contender offers interesting storytelling parallels with the Harry Potter franchise, beautiful and glorious fan favourite locations, and an array of exciting combat and collectibles for hours of entertainment.
  43. Feb 6, 2023
    A gigantic love letter to one of the most beloved and relevant universes of youth literature, and one of the best games of the year.
  44. 90
    Hogwarts Legacy is the Wizarding World game that fans have dreamt of for years. It offers a dense and rich open-world to explore complemented perfectly by a surprisingly robust and engaging combat system unlike anything else. While the story does live in the shadow of its predecessors, and managing gear can be repetitive, Hogwarts Legacy is a truly magical experience and utterly bewitching from beginning to end.
  45. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy tells a great story of the wizarding world, with a beautiful audiovisual work and solid mechanics to the lore of this universe. Its greatest quality, however, lies in making all of this contribute to the fantastic experience of immersion and belonging that every fan has always dreamed of.
  46. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is the most definitively accurate and exciting wizarding world adventure people could hope to experience, short of getting a real-life invitation to Hogwarts. With hours of content and a wealth of wizarding wonderment, you’d be hard pressed not to enjoy yourself to an impressive capacity.
  47. Feb 10, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a magical role-playing game for Potter fans that enchants us despite minor quirks and its formulaic open world.
  48. Feb 7, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy has succeeded in presenting players a huge, mysteriously beautiful 'Hogwarts'. While the game expands the franchise's thrilling, magical experience throughout the Highlands, it did not forget the delicate touches for the original fans. It is safe to say that this is the game where the Wizarding World you've dreamed unfolds right before your eyes.
  49. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is an experience of mammoth proportions, really difficult to summarize in a few words. A meticulous reproduction of Hogwarts, its intricate labyrinths, its infinite secrets, is accompanied by a rich and multifaceted game structure, which will make you feel like real Hogwarts students for the first time. The game is to all intents and purposes what a Harry Potter fan has always dreamed of. Even those who have never followed the adventures of the wizard, however, will find an engaging adventure, with a game world that is nothing short of fascinating. We really hope this is the start of a bigger project, because it would be a shame to limit such a successful formula to a single game.
  50. Feb 24, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is mostly everything it promised it would be. The main story is quite good, the side quests seem endless, and the magical mystery that most know in this wizarding world from books and movies is ever present in this game.
  51. Feb 23, 2023
    The best game ever to come out of the Wizarding World. Especially if you're still a fan of the series...It's an experience worth playing, even if it stumbles at times in the long run.
  52. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is the best game set in the Harry Potter universe.
  53. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is so extensive and ambitious that sacrifices have been made. It's not perfect in its finishing touches, but that's not a penalty: it's indeed the game that all potterheads dreamed of, but it's also a too classic RPG for those who are not familiar with the Harry Potter universe. If the gameplay is not always interesting, the scenario hides some remarkable surprises and the work done on the conception of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade is quite impressive. Visiting these two emblematic places of the saga will amaze you and will take you a long time, to add to an already colossal life span.
  54. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy offers *the* promised Wizarding World-simulation in an open game world, with a deluge of content that Harry Potter-fans can sink their teeth into.
  55. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy takes you on a magical journey full of classes, adventure and unlocking the mystery behind your protagonist's unique abilities in addition to mix and matching your learned spells to vanquish your enemy in style.
  56. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is the best Harry Potter inspired video game ever made. Avalanche Software managed to capture the magic of the Wizarding World and built a relaxing and satisfying safe haven for every potterhead. It’s not all roses, many flaws from the open world formula are still present and it remains a cross-gen video game, but it manages to keep its core promise: to give life to Hogwarts itself. And this, in our book, it’s already a big win.
  57. Feb 7, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is without a doubt the best Wizarding World game ever, but one that borrows a lot from other RPGs and contains a lot of technical flaws. For Potterheads, that won't spoil the fun, and a surprisingly action-packed game awaits that confirms that you don't need Harry Potter for a nice piece of magic.
  58. Feb 9, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy can be a manifesto of the heart that wins over reason. The one concocted by Avalanche Software is in fact an open world RPG that is not very stimulating in the dynamics of exploration and with a not entirely impactful role-playing formula, which could tire the most demanding players. However we believe that the flaws are well balanced by a good combat system, a great attention to detail and an impeccable art direction, which represents a true love letter to the Wizarding World and its fans.
  59. Feb 6, 2023
    But what separates Hogwarts Legacy from others of its kind is being Hogwarts Legacy: the stunning recreation of the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the world around it. Walk through the lines we read. Entering the rooms that we could not see in the cinema seat. Hogwarts Legacy has its flaws, but when dreams come true they always do.
  60. Mar 19, 2023
    Much like modern Assassin Creed games, Hogwarts Legacy lives and dies on whether you get captured by its spectacular worldbuilding. There are clear and concrete bloatware issues and concerns, but for a Harry Potter fan it can be quite easy to ignore most of them and just dive in its impressive world, chockfull of activities and Wizarding World experiences.
  61. Feb 25, 2023
    Whether you’re a diehard Potterhead or casual Wizarding World lover, you’ll have an epic time no matter what level of fan you are. Even though there is optional padding, it’s optional nonetheless. The core experience of Hogwarts Legacy is still not only the best game in the entire franchise but a seriously fun RPG that will take your breath away in its pinnacle moments.
  62. Feb 16, 2023
    Harry Potter fans will hardly find Hogwarts Legacy a forgettable experience. What really sets the game apart, though, is its ability to entertain and engage a wide audience with its unique combat, superb world-building and enchanting interactions. It does have edges that need refinement, but the game’s charm is powerful enough to make it one of the most memorable gaming experiences in recent years.
  63. Feb 15, 2023
    There have been movie tie-ins and LEGO games but until Hogwarts Legacy, out Friday, no studio had attempted to make a big-budget, prestige experience based on the franchise. It was well worth the wait — developer Avalanche Software exceeded expectations.
  64. Feb 14, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy isn’t perfect, but it’s successful in capturing the magic of the franchise and setting a solid foundation for any future games set in the Wizarding World. Hogwarts Legacy thankfully follows in the footsteps of Harry Potter, not Fantastic Beasts.
  65. Feb 13, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy fulfilled a long-standing childhood dream of mine: the dream of receiving my Hogwarts acceptance letter as a kid, and waving a wand around to do all sorts of cool magic tricks. Bad fanfic or not, it’s hard to ignore the amount of pure, unbridled joy I got out of the game simply by being present in its immersive world. Hogwarts Legacy gave me the rare opportunity to be transported back to a time that was harder in some ways, but also simpler in many others. The fantasy of what could’ve been was sweet and lovely, but also devastatingly fleeting. Then again, perhaps that’s really all I could ever ask for.
  66. Feb 12, 2023
    Though not without design and story issues of its own, Hogwarts Legacy ultimately comes across as a densely packed and well-made RPG that players will find incredibly easy to enjoy.
  67. Feb 9, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a genuine wizarding adventure from beginning to end. There’s no mistaking that the writing and world-building lend so much to the experience that it overshadows the repetitive battle system and unintuitive menu designs. There’s a true sense of discovery provided that stems from the freedom given to players to take on this game the way they want. The jury is still out on the target audience, but I had a magical time.
  68. Feb 8, 2023
    Vaguely stale combat and an open world with little to offer beyond the castle grounds aside, it’s hard to consider Hogwarts Legacy as anything other than a success for the Harry Potter fans who have waited this long for their letter. This is a strong adventure with more than enough magic to ensure players will be attending classes long after the credits roll.
  69. Feb 8, 2023
    This is a must-buy for Potter fanatics and a very good game for those less fussed by the lore of the much-loved kids books. It’s got strong combat, depth to its open world, plenty of character and a decent storyline.
  70. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is probably the best Harry Potter game out there. Hogwarts and the wizarding world are very faithful to the original, and each quest is designed to make the content rich, but not deep enough.
  71. Feb 6, 2023
    Atmospheric, in love with detail - but in the end too concerned about safety: Hogwarts Legacy is a really good wizarding adventure, which leaves room for improvement, especially in the story.
  72. Feb 6, 2023
    The magical adventure around Hogwarts and the Scottish highlands excites almost all along the line. Gameplay and story contradict each other in some moments. The performance problems at the start are forgivable, but spoil the fun in rare occasions. A must for fans.
  73. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a fine action-adventure game with slight RPG-touches. I say "slight" because most of the game mechanics are nowhere near as deep as they have the potential to be. But the spellcasting, atmosphere and hours upon hours of quests, missions and things to do makes up for it.
  74. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy isn’t the perfect game, with the main story falling short in areas and technical issues providing some frustrating moments. However, it achieves a level of immersion that grips you into the wizarding world and doesn’t let you go. Whether it’s attending classes, getting lost in the mysterious hallways of Hogwarts, or visiting Ollivander’s to pick out the perfect wand, Avalanche has crafted a magical experience that takes you back to the day you first encountered Harry Potter, recapturing all the feelings that came with it.
  75. Feb 6, 2023
    Avalanche Software and Portkey Games have done an impressive job of creating something original within a much-loved franchise. Hogwarts Legacy is the closest any of us are ever going to get to actually attending Hogwarts, and what a magical experience it is. It’s clear that it’s been created with love, and the attention to detail here is phenomenal. It’s not without its issues, of course, but there’s few that get in the way of the overall experience. It looks gorgeous, it’s a joy to play, and being a wizard is just about as fun as we’d always hoped it would be.
  76. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy has turned the hopes and dreams of Harry Potter fans into reality. Finally there is a proper simulator of the school of witchcraft and wizardry, allowing you to create your own student, attend classes, and explore the vast landscape outside. It's not without its issues — side quests prove far too basic, the menus are poor, and annoying timers hurt the player experience — but they don’t get in the way of something that so blatantly comes from a place of extensive love for the source text. Almost 26 years after Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hit bookshelves, video game fans finally have a magical title to be proud of. It's everything we’ve dreamt of.
  77. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a very good game with a few weaker features that do not match the rest. However, the game is made with great care and, as a result, guarantees a fantastic adventure in the well-known world of magic. I would even let someone cast Obliviate on me, just to forget this game and be able to experience it again.
  78. Feb 6, 2023
    Classic and heavily focused on collecting stuff, this Harry Potter game by Avalanche game still offers solid arguments to immerse fans in a gripping and magnificent story of the Wizarding World.
  79. 80
    A truly wizard RPG, whose historical setting frees it from the limitations of the books and films, with an open world experience that entertains no matter how much you care about the source material.
  80. Feb 6, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy brilliantly captures the magic of the world of Harry Potter with its beautiful open world, engaging characters and exciting combat. While the open-world elements of the game make it feel more dated than we'd have liked, it's otherwise the best the Wizarding World has been in a video game.
  81. 80
    The chips might have been stacked against them, but Warner Bros. and Avalanche Software have delivered on their promise. Hogwarts Legacy is the game that fans have been waiting for, laying down a solid foundation to build off of moving forward.
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  1. Mar 22, 2023
    The wait has been worth it, and we are facing the definitive game that every Harry Potter fan would want. Hogwarts Legacy is not only a great video game, it is a work that looks in the face of movies and books of the saga. [Recommended]
  2. Feb 7, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy evokes the same magic as the first book's opening chapter, letting you explore a beautifully realized world, meet a fascinating cast of characters and embark on your own wizarding career. It's the Harry Potter game fans have been dreaming of for decades.
  3. Feb 6, 2023
    While it doesn't do everything perfectly, Hogwarts Legacy stimulates the imagination with a rich world to explore and gameplay that empowers and thrills the player. The Harry Potter films had the tough task of taking words on a page and creating a visual language for them. Hogwarts Legacy had the even tougher task of taking that visual language and making it interactive, ultimately expanding it all into something that is fun to play and immerse yourself in. Although there's still a long year ahead of us and tons of great looking games on the horizon, Hogwarts Legacy is already one of the best games of 2023.
  4. Feb 23, 2023
    In one delightful moment, my historical knowledge was used to mislead me, as the game both conformed to and subverted my expectations of what I expected a character to do based on her actions in actual history. Games often reward players for knowing their lore, and it was exhilarating to be punished for it. I’m not saying that you need to have a dozen Japanese history tabs open like I currently do. But playing the game while knowing the history gives you a unique experience.
  5. Feb 17, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy is a game that relies entirely on your nostalgia to power your enjoyment — it’s a piñata with nothing inside.
  6. Feb 9, 2023
    Hogwarts Legacy sometimes accomplishes its goal: To embed the player, more than any other game ever has, in Rowling’s universe of magic and mandatory whimsy. Clever touches abound—like a moment in the opening cutscene when a dragon devours a man right in front of your character, causing the death-sensitive thestrals pulling your carriage to suddenly pop into visibility—as does a rock-solid dedication to the series’ tone. This is, bar none, the most faithful Harry Potter game ever made. Stripped of the context in which the series now grimily floats, and even accepting the many flaws enumerated above, it’s what fans have spent years hoping for.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 2910 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Feb 8, 2023
    Amazing game that i have always dreamed of playing growing up, and now it's finally here.
  2. Feb 8, 2023
    Dull writing, dead in the face characters, and boring missions. If this would have came out in 2012, maybe it would have been something. IfDull writing, dead in the face characters, and boring missions. If this would have came out in 2012, maybe it would have been something. If you're a fan of the franchise, then you may enjoy it, but otherwise just another mediocre RPG that hopes it's name recognition will sell. Full Review »
  3. Feb 11, 2023
    mediocre rpg carried by nostalgia, it has so little spells and enemy diversity