If you know anything about TellTale Games, they operate in a kind of choose your own adventure strategy. They are known to release episodes periodically throughout the year, and then lump them all together for a season pass disc. This game is based off of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, and true to the show’s content, is rated M.
The story line follows the Northern house of House Forrester, starting with the Red Wedding at the Twins. You play as multiple characters throughout the game but you start out as Gared Tuttle, a squire to Lord Gregor Forrester. I can’t imagine this would be much of a spoiler seeing as it’s the Red Wedding, but Lord Forrester dies and Gared flees to the North, where Roose Bolton is named Warden of the North. The Forrester’s have a blood feud with House Whitehill who are bannermen to House Bolton. The story is essentially you making decisions to save House Forrester from ruin against the Whitehill’s.
The graphics are very good. I very much enjoyed the detail put into the game. The edges were a little blurry and not as crisp as I would prefer, but still enjoyable. The game seems to employ to different methods of viewpoints. FMV or full motion video where scenes are recorded before hand allowing only speech prompts, and third person perspective in scenes where you can move around and interact with the environment. For the audio, I was pleased to hear the characters were voiced by the actors who played them (some video games don’t do this for various reasons). True to TellTale custom, you are given a dilemma and asked to pick a response in a set amount of time. Unfortunately, going into the game, I decided to play the characters on the basis of what I would do in that situation, which would sometimes be multiple prompts or none at all, which was frustrating.
The game play mainly consists of pressing a button to indicate a choice given to each scenario. Occasionally, you get to interact with objects and participate in weapons fighting but even that is pretty straight forward.
The controls were very simple as all you had to do was press a button to demonstrate a response and I didn’t encounter any glitches.
In conclusion, I enjoyed the game but only when I wanted something simple to play that I didn’t have to pay close attention to. It was frustrating that no matter which paths you take, you can’t seem to win. Otherwise, I’d only play it a few times, and then never play it again. The episodes are also pretty long and some parts aren’t very interactive, which got a little tedious.