We've got a long way to go yet, but after the recent Hogwarts Legacy gameplay showcase, we reckon it could be one of the biggest games this year.

The upcoming Harry Potter RPG — which is actually set decades before Potter and his crew show up — was fully unveiled for all to see at Sony's State of Play show. We were expecting big things admittedly, but we didn't quite expect to be this impressed.

First off, the game's world just looks marvellous. It seems pretty expansive, covering not just Hogwarts itself but plenty of surrounding, outdoor terrain. The tone also gets things just right, feeling whimsical and magical but also distinct, with its own unique flavour compared to the Harry Potter films it takes inspiration from.

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It is a little disappointing that we won't see the main Harry Potter crew, given the game's time period, but we're quite excited to get to know this version of Hogwarts' cast. The little quips and remarks we heard in the trailer nail that classic tone once again, and hopefully their overarching stories prove something to write home about.

Naturally, we also can't wait to spend way too much time creating our own character, using the game's customisation tools. We're not sure how robust they are just yet, but we spotted them in the gameplay demo and we'll make sure our character fits right into our chosen house.

Then, there's traversal and combat, which look equally liberating. Riding around on that speedy broom outside of the school grounds looks like it'll add some pace to navigating the world, and we noticed you can even take part in races too. Within the grounds there's all sorts of dungeons, hidden quarters and hallways to explore; Hogwarts looks truly massive. Oh, and we'll be visiting the Chamber of Secrets ASAP!

Combat involves spell casting and hand-to-hand fighting, and with learnable spells scattered throughout the Hogwarts curriculum, there'll probably be a lot to go at. There's a combo system in place too, which should let us chain together some pretty remarkable magic.

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The nearby village of Hogsmeade contains vendors for all sorts of gear, hinting at a robust economy within Hogwarts Legacy. We're not exactly sure how you'll earn currency, but we love a good secret vendor and will probably be dipping out of class often, to grab some goodies.

All in all, this just looks like the proper Harry Potter game we've wanted for years. If Hogwarts Legacy is as deep and content rich as gameplay suggests, we could be in for a proper treat later this year. Oh, and the gameplay reveal already has about 2.5 million views in less than a day, so this is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of 2022.

Will Hogwarts Legacy be 2022's biggest game? Or is it overhyped? Let us know your thoughts below.

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