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Game of Thrones ReviewReview


Game of Thrones - Telltale Games Series
Game review on Xbox One
Callum Corcut / Thu 10th Dec 2015
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When you play Game of Thrones you either win or you die of frustration

OVERVIEW Game Of Thrones is an iconic series in every sense imaginable and award-winning developer Telltale Games have taken a fair crack at it.

Instead of taking a unique angle on this universe, Telltale have instead opted to follow the same footsteps as the source material too closely. What is meant to be unpredictable is suddenly becoming the predictable.

STORYLINE The main plot follows five unique characters from the northern House of Forrester. The ability to play as members of different genders and social classes across the realm add a robust texture to the game.

The primary focus is to save House Forrester from complete destruction. This requires secretive political maneuvering, brutal violence and general Game Of Thrones badassery.

The problem here is that despite having a multitude of different situations/characters to work with, there are very few choices which work in favour of the player. The shock value of morally good characters dying and continual backstabbing occurrences is definitely a part of the allure of GOT; but does not necessarily translate into a compelling gaming experience.

What works for the television series does not exactly work in a video game format and the lack of respite in regard to player choices can be frustrating.

GAMEPLAY The gameplay mechanics are largely similar to other games of the genre. Action is played out through quick time events and conversations are done through the traditional dialogue wheel.

If you have enjoyed this in previous point and click titles then you will undoubtedly feel the same here. The action is gritty and intense (which is exactly how GOT should be done) while the exploration is generally linear with the option of finding items and background lore.

GRAPHICS Throughout the entirety of the game, the graphics were one of the lowest points. Textures littered throughout the environment as well as the outlines of character models blurred and were out of focus.

I experienced several FPS drops on the Xbox One and noticed dialogue disappearing on screen during conversations at seemingly random intervals.

This is disappointing coming from a studio that has proven it can provide memorable graphic styles as shown in the neon-noir style of The Wolf Among Us.

AUDIO The voice acting present in Game of Thrones is one of its most redeeming qualities. Several of the actors from the television show reprise their roles and produce notable performances that will surely delight avid fans.

Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) is particularly radiant and highlights why fans of Destiny were so disappointed when it is clearly shown here that he is capable of excellent voice work. Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) and Natalie Dormer (Margaery) all contribute to this title and embody their characters to an impressive degree.

VERDICT Telltale have the potential to make a prodigious interactive narrative here but the lack of player impact on the story can often leave you feeling like you are playing a bully simulator.

There are flashes of brilliance here and it is apparent that Telltale clearly understand the universe. With GOT season two already announced it is imperative that Telltale approach the next stage of the story with a fresh perspective and give fans of this engrossing license the game we know they can deliver.


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