Game of Thrones brings the pain…and not in a good way (review)
25 July 2012
Conclusion: Once again, if this had been something like a short spin-off novel, it might have worked. It would have ruined the reader’s entire day, but it might have worked. It also would have gotten its business done a lot quicker. Instead, the interactive version stretches all that doom and brutality over 15 or 20 hours, and the gameplay filling space in between doesn’t do much to ease the pain. Somebody may one day make a fine game out of the Song of Ice and Fire.
Pros: Well-crafted side-story plot Despite the obvious logo and stirring theme music from the HBO TV adaptation, this is a production for fans of George Martin’s novels. The plot and even some of the gameplay systems hinge on dozens of details from the books that the TV version’s writers either cut out or simply haven’t gotten to yet. Some bits won’t fully make sense to players who haven’t read all five, although by and large you can get away with having just read the origi...
Cons: Unpolished combat, interface, scenario design… Unfortunately, this is not that better game. Start with the combat system, a massively-multiplayer-style scheme that takes place in not-quite real time. Players can pause in between dealing out automatic attacks to slow time down to a crawl, access a sub-menu, and queue up special attacks. Well and good in theory but not so effective in this particular execution. Battles here need much more feedback of every kind. Visual ...
Conclusion: Even achievement hunters will have a good time with this title as almost none achievements require major effort. Overall, this is a good game which could have used some more polishing, but it's because of the great and gripping story that I can't complain much. Are you looking for some mature, fantasy entertainment? Than this game is for you.
Conclusion: I got used to skipping entire sets of dialog or checking facebook during the unskippable cutscenes. Did it grow on me enough to endorse it or play another game by Cyanide? No thank you. This game is for you if you like boring RPGs, easy GS, and shitty voice acting/graphics. Otherwise, run....or play it on an enemy's gamertag.
Conclusion: Game of Thrones is definitely worth a look if you have the patience to make it past the dull opening hours. If you're a fan of the books or the show, you'll enjoy the references to the wider lore, but you might enjoy the stilted combat, poor visuals and abhorrent voice acting a lot less. Hardened Game of Thrones fans need only apply.
Excerpt: Trigger warning: The Game Of Thrones video game often depicts violence against women and sexual assaults against both men and women. This review will discuss that violence. The accessibility review will not address any potentially triggering content, but if such things trigger you, you should avoid this game.
Summary: Full disclosure time: I love HBO’s Game of Thrones. I don’t like fantasy fiction that much, but the first season of Game of Thrones was amazing enough that it drove me into the arms of the arms of George R.R. Martin’s as-of-yet unfinished seven-book series, A Song of Ice and Fire (And it could grow longer. It was initially a trilogy, then a pentalogy, and now, appropriately enough given the main religion of Westeros, a septology).
Conclusion: Overall, Game of Thrones is an excellent addition to the world that George R. R. Martin has created. The original characters mixed with the new characters come together quite well. The game feels faithful to the material, and because of its devotion, the story line is excellent. You’d expect nothing less from the master himself, and thankfully, we get a quality product. Unfortunately, there are just as many issues holding this game back from living up to its potential.
Conclusion: The story in Game of Thrones is its main strength and weakness. It's a strength because with fixed characters, Cyanide was able to link the past and present together to give events more depth, and they also did an excellent job of giving you motivation to kill the bad guys. I can't remember the last time I played an RPG and wanted to kill the last boss so much.
Excerpt: Middle ages are filled with chivalry, knights and heroes but there is also a darker side. Plots to overthrow the throne, sellswords killing people for a few coins and vagabonds lurking in the woods for their next target. Game of Thrones shows the grim side of that era and does it with amazing attention to every aspect of politics and bloodlines than any other game to date.
Pros: Very well written, Skinchanger ability, Plot twists