Reviews and Problems with A Game of Thrones: Genesis
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Game Of Thrones – Review (PC, 360, PS3)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: You’ve read the book, watched the TV series, now it’s time to play the video game you just knew would turn up sooner or later based off of George R. R. Martin’s work. A Song of Ice and Fire is probably one of the most saturated pieces of literature out there; even the spoken dialogue between major characters had to be savagely cut for the TV show, Game of Thrones.
Conclusion: If you’ve played through The Witcher 2 and are hankering for another similar experience, and don’t mind a budget-feeling title, then Game of Thrones is well worth considering. It may screw up a few major things, but I definitely ended up preferring it to Risen 2: Dark Waters (even though they share the same score). That was made by veterans of the RPG genre – this is from a team whose most notable title is Pro Cycling Manager . I’d call that an achievement.
Excerpt: I was a late-comer to the whole Game of Thrones phenomenon. I had never even heard of the books (I stopped reading medieval fantasy novels in Junior High) and even when there were blogs and articles with Sean Bean's somber form plastered all over the Internet, my attention was never grabbed. When I finally did settle down to run through season one of the HBO series, I found it to be good but not great.
Excerpt: You have to wonder sometimes. I mean, I wonder if sometimes a development studio will beaver away on a game while the marketing bods tout for business, and then if a nice piece of intellectual property comes their way, they fit their game around it? This would explain a couple of random and wacky (but ultimately successful) games like Puzzle Fighter and Lego Star Wars .
Pros: Interesting new idea
Cons: Poorly executed, Too much going on, Rather plain combat
Excerpt: George R.R. Martin wrote in his fantasy novel A Game of Thrones , "Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it." It is unfortunate that fans of that author's A Song of Ice and Fire series must face one such truth: A Game of Thrones: Genesis is as mediocre as real-time strategy games come. That a budget-priced licensed game didn't turn out to be great isn't surprising; what makes Genesis so disappointing is that it had the potential to be great.
Pros: Fascinating fundamental mechanics that prize political maneuvers over action, It's satisfying to pull off sneaky strategies
Cons: Poor single-player campaign, Combat is a mess, Lacking interface and automation features that could have made it more fun
Excerpt: If you’re a fan of A Song of Fire and Ice, you’ll find plenty to like here. Similarly, if you like strategy games, this is a nice take on the RTS. Just don’t go into it expecting it to have much replay value unless the multiplayer community picks up.
Pros: Different take on the standard RTS, great narrative backdrop
Cons: Needs more polish, dead (for now?) multiplayer component
Excerpt: With its promise of presenting seven centuries' worth of key conflicts in Westeros and suiting them in a fairly innovative coat of armor, Game of Thrones: Genesis would appear to offer a uniquely rewarding RTS experience for fans of George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series or its HBO adaptation. But does this ambitious title sit easily on its throne, or does it leave fans waiting for a usurper?
Excerpt: A Game of Thrones ? Genesis is adaptation of the fantasy saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George RR Martin. Filled with more double dealings than you can possible shake your sword at, the game mirrors events that take place in a time line long, before the happenings in the books or the HBO hit TV show. Dailey political intrigues falls amongst the ruling houses of Westeros, it's all designed to take the player through the Kingdom shaping events that is Westeros.
Excerpt: Understatement of the year: I'm a fan of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga. His fantasy novels are easily among the best I've ever read, and that's primarily because of how unique they are. At first glance, it's low medieval fantasy at its best, a dark, violent, political story that often eschews black and white morality in favor of gray ambiguity. But the characters and conflicts...
Conclusion: So Game of Thrones features an engrossing story underneath all its decidedly average layers and it’s the mechanics and gameplay that hold back the overall experience from being one worth recommending outside of the series’ most stalwart fans. It alternately hits the tone and feel of the series with the story being presented and then proceeds to squander all of this good will.
Pros: A story that fits in tone with the series, Decent dialogue system that is reminiscent of those found in superior Bioware RPGs
Cons: Gameplay mechanics feel dated and worst of all, average, Character interface screens feel clumsy, Voice acting quality varies wildly throughout the game, No ability to kill Joffrey