As the first season of Telltale’s Game of Thrones nears its end, let’s take a look at what it has accomplished
They might have taken the easy route to making a Game of Thrones adventure game, but Telltale
have more than done justice to the franchise. Yes, their characters are very similar to those we’ve
seen on TV (some dead, some not), while the game itself is light on puzzle solving in a traditional
sense. But its episodic nature really seems to fit the bill—a formula that doesn’t stray too far from
the TV show as well as Telltale’s trademark storytelling techniques.
A game of words
You expect to pick up objects, maintain an inventory of several random items and get through tricky
situations by manipulating them. In Game of Thrones, even the rudimentary puzzle solving present
in The Walking Dead games is gone. So much so that all your characters’ battles are waged with
words, requiring you to make split-second decisions within a limited time window. While there’s no
‘game over’ scenario outside of QTE-filled combat sections, there’s enough and more tension in
story when interacting with other, more important characters. Said something stupid to Cersei?
Well, something bad is going to happen. Tried calling someone’s bluff? Well, you’d better be right.
Lied poorly to Tyrion? Become a better liar. This is what the show, books and franchise are built on,
and the games are a very good reflection of the importance of words in the world of Westeros.
A show of character
Not only will characters remember your choices, they will remind you of them when you do
something stupid, break a promise or say something unbecoming. In addition to being convincing
characters whom you’d see inhabiting King’s Landing, Ironrath or The Wall, you would find it difficult
to find one who is underdeveloped and not relevant to the main storyline. They’re all there for a
reason, and the game creators have even attempted to create a backstory for each of
them—something you were likely to see in the books. An understanding of each character will go a
long way to helping you manipulate them for your benefit.
If you’re a fan of the series, you probably want to check out the games—you can get them for every
platform. They’re a great way to fill the void between seasons.