Games of Thrones: Iron from Ice Review

Games of Thrones goes from Screen to Game

December has been a great month for the fans of Telltale Games episodic gaming franchise. First up we had Tales from the Borderlands, which takes the players to Pandora, which allows them to tackle it from a different perspective. And now we are treated to probably the biggest project they have done to date. George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is the popular book series that is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros and became a TV adaptation by HBO. It will be interesting to see if Telltale Games can actually transfer the show from TV to videogame with the first chapter, Iron from Ice. Without delay let us join the families that inherit the kingdom to see how it plays.

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre: Adventure
Release Date: 3rd December 2014

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Nividia Geforce 8800 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 2 GB
DirectX: 9.0c

Nearly everyone has heard of Game of Thrones. And whether you liked it or not there is a good chance you have probably watch at least one episode to see what all the fuss is about. Well now the fans of the series can actually visit the Seven Kingdoms and in this first episode we meet four of the shows popular characters Ramsay Snow, Tyrion Lannester, Margaery Tyrell and the evil Cersei Lannister to name but a few. And in true Telltale Games tradition to keep it authentic, the main characters are voice by the corresponding actor/actress that plays the role in the series. As always with my reviews of these episodic games, I will keep it as spoiler free as possible. 

When the game starts, players will notice that as they progress throughout the chapter they play as various characters from the House of Forrester. Another thing that Fans will quickly realise is that the open scene takes at the infamous Red Wedding, where the majority of the Forrester’s are killed by the Freys, working in collaboration with House Lannister. That is as far as I will go so that I don’t provide any major spoilers for you all, as I am good like that. Unfortunately Telltales Games have not really brought anything new to this franchise that hasn’t been done in previous titles, which is not a bad thing as the mechanics works fine. Just something slightly different would have been a treat depending on how huge Games of Thrones actually is. 

While the storyline is good it is not mind blowing and sometimes feels as if it comes to a crawl. This is not necessarily a bad thing as I tended to treat this chapter as an introduction, laying down the foundation for the rest of the chapters and what happened after the massacre at the red wedding. This chapter has a lot of interaction and you will find yourself having to make some tough, moral choices which could setup how the rest of the chapters play out from just this first chapter. I know in The Walking Dead the decisions you made didn’t really make a lot of difference to the ending, but hopefully in Game of Thrones this won’t be the case. Visually the game looks stunning. The characters look realistic compared to their real-life actors. The world in which Games of Thrones is set looks great to. Following the typical TellTale Games visually style of cell-shaded graphics.

Final Thoughts 

Games of Thrones is the title that fans of the show have been waiting for. It is authentic and you feel as though you are interacting with the characters and the world in which it is set. There is not much action in this chapter and many may feel that it is dull. While that might be true, there is a lot of story being laid down and hopefully this will setup the future chapters nicely. Whether you are a fan of Games of Thrones or just TellTale Games in general, this is a worthy purchase.

The Verdict

8.5Great

The Good: Lovely Graphics | Voices of Actors from Show | Plenty to Do

The Bad: Story a bit slow


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