|System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One|
|Dev: Telltale Games|
|Pub: Telltale Games|
|Release: December 3, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language|
The graphics of Game of Thrones are interesting. Telltale has abandoned its cell shaded comic book style that has worked so well in their last few titles, for a more realistic look. It serves the game well, fitting with the Game of Thrones atmosphere, but there is still something undeniably animated about it. Some character models look very realistic, while others have these very expressive animated eyed. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it even all that inconsistent, but those of us that have stayed with Telltale over the past few years will feel a bit of disconnect as we take on a game of a completely different style.
On the other hand, the U.I. for this game is incredible. The text is all stylized, the cursor is easily viewable, the command ring around important items expands and unfolds like the text in the Game of Thrones opening, and even adjusts its orientation as you walk around key points of interest. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that there were no color coded icons, just text, whenever you came close to interacting with an important item, but that kind of makes sense. Bright yellows and greens don’t really feel at home in Westeros, and the muted whites and greys of the U.I. fit the tone much better.
I really wish I could tell you more about the plot of Game of Thrones, but I can’t. Suffice it to say, a lot of people die. A whole lot of people die. This is probably one of the biggest headcounts in any Telltale game, and we have been through the zombie apocalypse. In addition, this is another one of those games where there is no “right” choice, but rather a number of choices that you must make as you head toward a bad situation. It certainly feels like the HBO series and books…. Did I mention that a lot of people die?
Anyway, my final take on the game is that Game of Thrones fans will love it. They will probably like it less if they aren’t current, as the game will spoil a whole bunch of stuff for them. People who have only read the series might have some problems telling which character is which, and people who haven’t experienced the series at all might get lost in a huge pool of names and events that aren’t really explained. Even so, the narrative woven by Game of Thrones is a compelling one, filled with intrigue, conflict, and death… lots and lots of death. I’d highly recommend it to either fans of the books, the HBO series, or Telltale games in general.
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Date: December 2, 2014