In just five days Game of Thrones will be released in North America, and already the reviews are pouring in. Many have gotten their hands on a copy already, and, well, you just might want to cancel that pre-order.
In case you don’t know, Game of Thrones is a highly successful TV show based on the series of books (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin. It takes place in a fictional world where several high powered lords fight for the power of the iron throne to rule the kingdoms. Personally, I am a huge fan of the series in both forms, and hoped to be a fan of the third. Unfortunately, no matter how much it pains me to say it, I’m utterly disappointed.
In one of the most important aspects of the game, the story, Game of Thrones delivers surprisingly well. Game of Thrones follows two main characters, Mors Westford and Alester Sarwyck, one who has taken the Black (a small army that protects the north of the realm and is made up mostly of criminals and bastards), the other a man returning to his family after abandoning them 15 years ago. The stories twist and turns are quite incredible and much more epic than that of the average RPG. Unfortunately, the presentation of this story does not bode so well.
Game of Thrones has the potential to be a landmark RPG through its engaging story and characters, but almost all of them look and sound horrible, along with the rest of the game. The voice acting is laughable, the graphics usually look like they’re compatible with a Nintendo 64, and every once in a while you’ll find yourself having a conversation with a wall. So even though the story was written beautifully, it would take much dedication to get any enjoyment out of it due to the horrible presentation.
However, there is more to this game than just the story, but I wish there wasn’t. A quick look at the game shows a surprisingly deep combat system with a great number of ways to fight you’re opponents, but in reality it feels more like beating someone with a stick. Of course there are some cool magic powers like walking through walls and occasionally floating into the unknown as you defy gravity, but turns out that isn’t supposed to happen.
After seeing all this game has to offer, I felt like this was a quick game made for marketing purposes by a team of about five over the course of a few months, and I was fine with that. Unfortunately, that isn’t quite how it was made. It was made by a full dedicated team over the course of about 7 years. To be honest, other than the story, I have absolutely no idea how it could have taken more than one.
So, will you enjoy you’re experience in Game of Thrones? Unlikely. Perhaps you’ll be able to enjoy the story if you are that starved for more from A Song of Ice and Fire, but for the rest of us it’s probably best to stick to the books and the show. For anyone else, let this post be as close as you get to the game, unless of course you just need a good laugh.