[PS3 Episode Review] Game of Thrones Episode 5: A Nest of Vipers
The fifth episode (out of six) of the Game of Thrones episodic series, titled A Nest of Vipers, follows the ongoing struggle of House Forrester to survive. If you want context on the earlier episodes, check our reviews for the first espisode, the second episode, the third episode, and thefourth episdoe before checking this one!
In this penultimate episode of the season, the actions of every Forrester are vital to the survival of the house. Rodrik’s alliance with House Glenmore, and his defiance of the Whitehills, has drawn the ire of an even greater threat: Ramsay Snow. Far across the Narrow Sea in Essos, with Meereen now a free city, Asher is close to securing the army he desperately needs to return home, and save his family. In King’s Landing, Mira’s activities at Tommen’s coronation have not escaped the attention of Margaery Tyrell, and Cersei has realized that the handmaiden may prove useful in her political games. Finally, beyond the Wall, Gared’s unlikely allies are reluctant to help in the search for the North Grove… but this far into the frozen wilds, Crows and Free Folk have a common enemy; and winter is coming.
Game of Thrones – Episode 5 Trailer
(Be warned that, given the nature of the game, this review contains spoilers.)
A Nest of Vipers starts with Rodrik having a “conversation” with Ramsay Snow which, of course, goes very bad. Rodrick later has to deal with an issue in his own house that might seal the fate of the whole family.
At a faraway land, Asher returns from his mission in Meereen, and Daenerys is grateful for his efforts, but she refuses to provide him with the sellswords he desperately needs. He therefore must go back to Meereen to fight in order to earn the respect of the local slaves turned fighters.
Gared is still up north searching for the North Grove but has to struggle with his friends in order to prevent them from abandoning him. While he’s there, the group gets a surprising visit that completely changes the situation.
Finally, Mira has to answer some questions from Cersei regarding her past and depending on how players handle things, it might lead to solving some of the issues she’s been having.
On the Playstation 3 hardware, there were almost no graphical glitches on this episode, but while the loading times between each section aren’t that bad, the real issue still resides with the quicktime events. The framerate dramatically drops for a few seconds while it is loading the incoming events, so you’ll probably have to redo some of these events a couple of times.
All-in-all, this episode was quite short (clocking in at around 1 hour and 45 minutes) and its objective definitively seemed to be placing the different characters in the right event in order to prepare for the final episode which should be coming our way in a few weeks. I’m looking forward to the last episode to see where the story that started a while ago will end… at least for this first season.
[review pros=”Story is still great
Seeing the consequences of earlier choices is very fun” cons=”Loading and slowdowns issues are still present
Shorter than the previous episodes” score=82]
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PSN Game Size: 1GB
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