The queen regent Cersei Lannister once said, when you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. Telltale’s Game Of Thrones series is defnitely a winner, immersing the player into the George R R Martin’s grand yet wicked vision of the nine realms and doesn’t let go until the end credits roll.
Telltale games has already established itself as the lords of RPG adventure with titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us and it doesn’t disappoint in its latest venture.
Like other Telltale games, GOT also comes in episodes. The game is planned to be released in six episodes. So far, the first two episodes are made available. “Iron From Ice” is the first release, followed by “The Lost Lords”.
Story: Of lords, ladies and murder
GOT-the game does not follow the novel’s storyline. You don’t get to play as the leading characters like Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen. That’s not a bad thing either. We will tell you why.
Telltale’s storyline revolves around the House Forrester. The Forresters are a family of the minor nobility from the Wolfswood in the North, bannermen to House Glover – who are in themselves major vassals sworn to House Stark of Winterfell. The seat of House Forrester is Ironrath, an imposing stronghold in the forest surrounded by ironwood trees.
You play the game from five different viewpoints, each of characters intricately associated with the novel’s leading characters. This gives a fresh new outlook to the series, as you get the opportunity to choose how the game progresses.
You will come across important characters like Tyrion, Cersei, Jon Snow and many others as you play along. What you say, or do, decides how they respond to you. An excellent voice cast, which includes the original actors from the TV series, makes the dialogue sequences memorable.
The outcome of the game depends on the choices you make on your way. So, if you choose to end your foe’s life, your story might be entirely different from whay might have happened, had you spared his life. The game gives an overwhelming sense of control to the player, yet keeping the anticipation high, as you never know what the consequence of your choice might be.
The game starts from the ending of Season 3 of the HBO TV series, follows the events of Season 4 closely and leaves you at the beginning of Season 5. Sadly, the game might be a little confusing for someone who doesn’t follow the Game Of Thrones series, or have no idea what the ‘red wedding’ is all about. It is always advisable to do some homework on the series to truly immerse yourself in the game.
Gameplay: Be quick or be dead
The gameplay is mostly based on decision making and simple puzzle solving. Your decisions, or your dialogues, decide how your game progresses. Characters in the game remembers each move of yours. So, you will be responsible for their allegiance or their treachery. The game remembers your decisions through out an episode and they are automatically carried over to the next episode, if you are using the same Save Game file. This assures a great continuity and the player feels he truly is pulling the strings around.
The dialogues are broken by taut and riveting quicktime events. Although it sounds easy to press the right key at the right time and evade a horrible death, the suddenness of these sequences keeps you on the edge of your controller, as you never know when a knight will jump on you and before long you may find yourself at the wrong end of his longsword.
It is the Game Of Thrones after all and Telltale doesn’t hold back when it comes to blood and gore. Even George Martin will find a wicked satisfaction in the gruesome violence of the game.
Graphics: Devil lies in the details
The game engine is smooth and effective. Which means that you don’t really need a hi-end machine to play the game. Although, the look and feel of the game gets better with better specs.
The player gets to visit familiar locations such as King’s Landing and the Wall, as well as unfamiliar locations such as Ironrath. Each location is finely designed with utmost attention to the details. Each banner, sigil, uniform and natural vegetation remains loyal to the novels. So, when you visit the cold grey barracks of the Wall, or the iconic grandeur of the Throne room, you feel like you are on the sets of the TV series.
If you are a true fan of George R R Martin’s epic saga and don’t want to wait till April to visit the nine realms, we recommend you try Telltale’s Game Of Thrones. The only drawback of the series is that its not for someone who is new to the series. Telltale has designed the game as a sideplot to the HBO series. However, a tense storyline, unpredictable twists and no-holds-barred gameplay makes Telltale’s Game Of Thrones a must try for all RPG lovers out there.
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