Review: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series
Oh boy, Game of Thrones is a series that is close to my heart and the hearts of many geeks worldwide. If you are unfamiliar with the HBO sensation, it is a fantasy series regarding an iron throne, various nations that want the iron throne, chaotic forces whose sole purpose is to destroy the realms of men and so much more. Jumping on this craze is a company called Telltale, they are famous for their story driven games that involve soul crushing moral decisions that will drive you to tears. Their two games of The Walking Dead is some of their more popular work that gained them a bulk of their current fanbase. It’s no surprise that they would create a Game of Thrones series, but the real question is: Would it be worth playing?
Gameplay is often the weakest aspect of Telltale games as their mechanics focus on quick time events, times responses, and a point and click adventure. In Game of Thrones, this is no different, if you expected an action RPG where you would take on a legion of White Walkers then this game may not be for you. The game play sits on the sideline for a majority of the game and yet forces players to keep their hands ready due to unannounced quick time events. Although responding to questions seems dull and uneventful, this is the feature that turns your hair grey and introduces you to PTSD. Though simple, the gameplay works in all the right ways.
Based on HBO’s award-winning television drama, Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester, a noble house from the north of Westeros. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom. Via
The story for Game of Thrones is where this game shines. A trademark of Telltale game is being able to make a series of choices that will dramatically alter how the game ends. Saying something in the beginning may help/hinder you down the line. Making promises always comes back to bite you in terrible ways and pleasing everyone is never an option. This is the aspect that will have you on the edge of your seat. I love playing the diplomacy game in many RPGs, so attempting to balance matters of the heart with rational choice was a terribly fun gamble that either had me standing and cheering at my victory or facepalming in defeat.
It was a great choice in my humble opinion to focus on another house, rather than the main characters of the show. Characters like Jon Snow, Margaery Tyrell, Tyrion Lannister, Cersei, and the Khaleesi herself make appearances throught out the game to offer impossible choices to the player like “Never kill this guy” and then 15 minutes later, that guy is charging you with a sword and you must choose terrible injury/death or defending yourself that result in him being accidentally killed.
As always, the art work for Telltale games are fantastic. They use a cell-shaded cartoon style that still gives the realistic detailsof the characters while making you feel as though you are reading a comic book. From The Walking Dead to The Wolf Among Us, this style has worked out and it is no different in Game of Thrones. Everything about the art style screams originality and beauty. My only complaint is that often in the background for this game, certain areas will be blurred with a water color type effect that slightly takes away from the rest of the style. I did not notice this blurred effect in other games so it may be a new feature the studio is trying out.
Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series is fantastic and worth every penny. If you enjoy the role playing aspect of games and are entertained by Game of Thrones then you will fall in a love/hate relationship with this game. Currently there are four episodes available with the final two coming in the following months.