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I Feel Scammed by Hogwarts Legacy's Deluxe Edition

I Feel Scammed by Hogwarts Legacy's Deluxe Edition

Hogwarts Legacy is officially out, so now it's time to complain about it: I feel scammed by the game's Deluxe Edition "bonus".

Now, I'm going start this off by saying that I'm a total goody-two-shoes; I've come to terms with that — I feel uncomfortable being mean to in-game characters, and I feel morally disgusting if I even consider committing a heinous act in a game. Despite there being several endings to some games, one of which is usually an evil run, I often don't feel comfortable enough if I don't have a halo and a holy light shining from above naming me an honorary angel.

So, naturally, the Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy is something that I personally didn't much care for: Dark Arts are things I'll likely never touch because I'll feel morally disgusting if I do. The only allure for me and the Deluxe Edition was really the 72-hour early access (and the Thestral mount — I love you).

 Hogwarts Legacy screenshot 6

My idea was to jump into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry on the 7th of February, and I even cleared my schedule as much as I could to be able to do so. So when I launched the game, started on my quest with Professor Fig, and then lagged to hell and back, I just tried to ignore it and figured it would go away — surely, my old PC just needed a warmup.

But the lag never went away. I arrived at Hogwarts, went through the lacklustre sorting-hat ceremony, and continued to lag. Opening doors took forever as I couldn't reach the other side until it loaded, and even then, I walked in and endured the lag spikes and stutters.

"Fine!", I said defeatedly as I went into the settings and reduced the graphics from Ultra to High. "Blasphemy!", I thought about how my several-year-old computer couldn't run a new-generation title ultrawide in ultra settings — how dare it?!

 Hogwarts Legacy screenshot 7

After all the shenanigans had come and gone, I started to realise that it wasn't my PC struggling to run the game but the game itself (how could I ever doubt my PC?). High settings didn't work, so I went to Medium... and then low. By this point, I had given up on Hogwarts Legacy, and I wanted to see just how much I would have to make the game look disgusting before it stopped stuttering. The answer? Never.

I set DLSS to ultra performance and I set the graphics to the lowest-possible setting — the game looked terrible with its textures due to the DLSS setting and still I lagged whenever I walked or encountered anything new at all. Ultimately, Hogwarts Legacy was unplayable.

By the second day of fiddling with settings and seeing if I could get it to run, I decided I was going to wait for a Day One patch — one that should have been released and addressed for the more than half a million gamers that bought the game's Deluxe Edition. I didn't get to enjoy the single bonus I actually cared for, and for that, I feel scammed.

 Hogwarts Legacy screenshot 8

Now, if this was an issue isolated to me, I might have felt embarrassed and silly, but my RTX 2080 computer with an i7 9700k processor more than meets the minimum requirements. But when that can’t run a game on low settings with DLSS and 1920x1080 resolution, you know you have a problem at hand. And the worst part? It was a widespread issue that I saw several people complain about.

Thanks to Hogwarts Legacy's atrocious early access launch, I'm not likely to pre-order a game for a bonus like this any time soon.

Artura Dawn

Artura Dawn

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Nikki - 04:16am, 2nd April 2023

Well op at least you got to try the game at release my laptop is so old it lags web surfing so I no longer even play games on it I preordered the physical deluxe for ps4 which was supposed to be able to be picked up gebuary 7th same day as the digital deluxe but the older consoles got delayed on the game sadly and the 72 hour early release was the only reason I considered getting the digital deluxe edition as the only other part that interested me was the thestral mount which I couldn't justify the price different for just a mount however cool