GAME NAME: Game of Thrones Ep. 2 The Lost Lords
DEVELOPER(S): Telltale Games
PUBLISHER(S): Telltale Games
PLATFORM(S): Xbox One
GENRE(S): Graphic Adventure
RELEASE DATE(S): February 3rd, 2015
HBO’s exclusive show “Game of Thrones” is rather addicting once you get into it and Telltale’s game is no different. As many already know, Telltale has created some memorable moments in gaming with their interactive story telling that lets you decide how events unfold. After completing Episode 1: Iron From Ice, I couldn’t wait to start the second episode to get some closure on the events that had happened.
(The review below may contain light story spoilers, though attempts were made to keep details as vague as possible.)
Episode 2 introduces some new playable characters and one of them being Asher Forrester since the events of last episode turned out a bit sour. Playing as Asher has you mainly exploring with your partner Beshka and has some quick time events as well. He seems to be overly confident and skilled, which is the complete opposite from Ethan. I didn’t feel as connected with Asher as I did with Ethan, but hopefully this changes as the episodes progress.
Later on you will gain control of a special new character in Ironrath, which lifts the story up well. It was interesting to see how everyone was handling the unsettling events from last episode and what it has changed. I won’t go into a lot of detail about this part mainly because it could ruin what happened in episode 1 if you haven’t played yet.
Finally, after much wait Gared Tuttle has made it to the Night’s Watch. This portion isn’t too appealing in action or interest and quite possibly a little boring for Tuttle. I know they have to set up what is to come with story filler here and there like the show, but I hope his part picks up a lot in episode 3.
Mira is still dealing with the situations in King’s Landing and this part is once again the most interesting in the whole episode. This time you are stuck with a vital decision to keep Margaery’s trust or lose it and this one decision had me stuck. I was trying to play out the scenarios of both decisions and still just had to go with my gut and hope for the best in the later episodes.
Visuals are just as good as the first episode with the same small frame-rate issues at random moments. The sound is top notch, especially the voice acting since it is taken from the TV show’s real cast.
Telltale has always managed to bring life into their games with decisions that can alter later events. Game of Thrones is a great chance for them to bring life into a world we are all so familiar with from the popular show. The frame-rate issues do seem to annoy at times, but it doesn’t hinder the overall experience you will get from this great series. This episode was a bit more dull compared to the first one and doesn’t seem to hold your attention that well at first. Just like the show, there are episodes that are story filler and keep you updated on current events and politics within the world from Game of Thrones and this is one of those episodes. The recommendation is definitely there if you’ve already played the first episode and it would make no sense to not continue the story and see how your choices unfold throughout the rest of the game.