Game Of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Review
When starting Telltale’s episodic Game of Thrones adventure, you can be sure that you feel right at home in George R. R. Martin’s universe. Instead of going over the events from the book Songs of Ice and Fire, which has already been covered in the television adaptation, Telltale’s Game of Thrones focuses on a totally original cast of characters, approved by George R. R. Martin, over the course of its six episode series. We learn of House Forrester, a clan of Bannermen which are loyal to House Stark, that find themselves in troubling events after their benefactors are betrayed and the Forrester Lord dies in the chaos of the Red Wedding.
As the game progresses, you will play as several different members of the Forrester family, who are located across the land from King’s Landing to The Wall and you’ll try your best to keep them alive as well as protecting your house, the Forrester House. In line with all things Game of Thrones, you can expect a tale rife with tangled political allegiances and brutal violence. Though, the Forrester’s story is very immersive, at the beginning the characters can come across as one-note, and quite rigid, but do develop in to genuinely likable characters based on your actions and decisions. The game also contains moments of true tenderness and nice moments, and also contrasting darker and more intense moments of doom and gloom. When the end of the game approaches, you want to keep the characters you play as safe, for reasons outside of the story, because they are interesting people, not just the best of a bad bunch.
The only downsides from playing Telltale Games’: Game of Thrones is that a lot of prior knowledge is required. You don’t need a lot of prior knowledge to play the game, and can go in to it totally blind on what has happened up to the beginning of the game. However, the games does heavily borrow from the source material in the books and TV show and doesn’t use much of it’s time to explain the reasons for it. This will leave players without any prior knowledge sometimes confused with what is happening around you in the game, or why it may be important. The game does open up at a significant moment from the TV Show, and it will leave some people feeling lost. The game is still playable to those who have no knowledge of the Game of Thrones universe, as the events revolve around the Forresters, but there will always be a sense that you should be more affected by some of the side characters and events that crop up in this game.
For those that are already caught up in the Game of Thrones Universe, it is a real treat to play. As you journey through the game, you will feel the pride and effort Telltale has put in to creating this game in creating a special Westeros experience. From detailed environmental and character designs, to far-reaching conspiracy theories and an unrelenting sense of unease constantly looming, it manages to keep the feeling of suspense during the less action packed moments, which is fantastic, because Telltale have managed to switch the character you’re playing as, to another character without the clunky stop/start that could provide frustrating for some. Instead, the story flows between characters, keeping the player constantly engaged. In addition to this, Telltale have added a very well worked second half to the series which build up so much tension in game, that it will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.
Telltale Games: Game of Thrones Series has all the working of a great drama, and knows exactly how to leave you wanting more, with series 2 being confirmed, I for one can’t wait to see what happens next.