GAME NAME: Game of Thrones Ep.1 Iron From Ice
DEVELOPER(S): Telltale Games
PUBLISHER(S): Telltale Games
PLATFORM(S): Xbox One
GENRE(S): Graphic Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): December 3rd, 2014
Telltale has done many popular series justice by creating their own spin on certain games or TV shows. Game of Thrones is another successful push on their creative method with interactive storytelling. A word of advice, these games are meant to be played if you are already watching the popular HBO series or have read the books. If you have not done either then you might encounter some huge spoilers, especially at the beginning of the episode. The game has the same structure as the books and television series with it going from one character’s story to the next and back. In the first episode “Iron From Ice”, you will control three different characters to get the story started.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
The episode starts out with you taking control of the squire of Lord Forrester named Garred Tuttle. This first part is action packed and throws you into quick decision making right away with long term consequences. You will be met with a choice to sacrifice people and warn Lord Forrester of an attack or you can make an attempt to save who you can. There is a lot of QTE (Quick Time Events) throughout this section with Garred and build the tense, yet Game of Thrones style atmosphere. Upon achieving the choice you made, Garred will be given a secret that is only for “certain ears” and you are to either keep it safe until you meet the person or you can tell whomever and break the promise.
Ethan Forrester is the second character you take control of after Garred’s portion. In this section you are in a place to take the seat in Ironrath since your father is not there and are stuck with decisions to make. You will have negotiations to make with a rival lord from a different house and choose which adviser to side with. I have a feeling that which one you choose will have a significant impact in the later episodes and could call for a replay later on to see how the other decision could turn out. The biggest part in Ethan’s story is basically choosing whether you will be a more passive or aggressive leader depending on your response choices.
The third and final character you play as is Mira Forrester, who is Ethan’s older sister. In this section you are in King’s Landing and in the middle of siding with Cersei or Margaery Tyrell. Basically, you will be asking Margaery for things or trying to appeal to what Cersei wants. These decisions could presume more interesting once the outcome is shown in the next few episodes.
Graphically this game is the same coat of polish as most Telltale games, but at times the framerate has some issues and certain glitches can occur. The glitches are mainly tied to animations and some don’t seem to properly portray as desired. The voice-acting is top notch with most characters using their actual TV counterparts to voice that character. I feel that some of the acting in this Telltale game is a bit superior to most others, mainly since it holds true to the Game of Thrones atmosphere with the true actors jumping in for their characters.
Telltale has been on a role lately with so many great titles recreating worlds and stories we enjoy so much. Even with the minor animation glitches and framerate issues, this is a must play for anyone who enjoys the books or show of Game of Thrones. I can’t wait to see how my decisions unfold in the upcoming episodes and to experience the self-tailored story. Once again, if you absolutely love Telltale games or Game of Thrones then this is an easy purchase and if you don’t then “You know nothing Jon Snow”.