[PS3 Review] Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron from Ice
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is an interactive game set in the Game of Thrones universe, somewhere between the third and the the fourth television seasons. It follows the story of House Forrester and its members in their struggle to save their heritage.
Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. 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.
Some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.
Game of Thrones – Launch Trailer
Since this is only the first episode of a series of six (the story was said to be too much for only five episodes, which is good for us!), it sets the foundation of the current situation and the different characters that will take place in this story. Like I said earlier, this story is linked to the television show, so if you haven’t watched it yet, or didn’t at least watch the third season, you’ll either be lost in the settings, or spoil yourself on some events of the TV show.
The game engine seems to be built on the same version as Tales from the Borderlands (which I reviewed a few weeks ago), and also includes the recent loading time enhancements that I mentioned. The backgrounds look as if they were an aquarelle painting, and the main locations are recognizable from the TV show. A lot of characters from the show also make an appearance, and the original actors from the show provide their voices to help players feel right at home.
It took me around two and a half hours to get through the episode, and I think that I had a good share of stress in doing so! Like in earlier Telltale games, the experience is tailored to the choices made in-game. However, this time, it felt that some choices will have bigger consequences as the season progresses. Trophies are all awarded automatically as you progress, which is a must in this case since I wouldn’t want to use a guide to select the “good” choices.
I loved this first episode, and I can’t wait to see how the story will unfold during the rest of the season.
[review pros=”Game story
Choices that seems to matter in future episodes
Game engine improvements” cons=”Having to wait for Episode 2
Season Pass cost: $24.99
PSN Game size: 1.2GB
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