Game of Thrones is a hit and a cultural phenomenon of our time. It's only fitting that it would get games in the list of media it is represented in. And who to hire to make a good game based on a TV show if not Telltale, the masters of interactive storytelling that brought us The Walking Dead episodes?
Game of Thrones - a Telltale Games Series follows the standard formula of episodic story with cliffhanger endings, twists and character-driven interactions. There are quick-time events sliced with lots of dialogues and a bit of primitive puzzle-solving and mini-games. All this is done on the level of previous Telltale titles with a gritty flare of the TV show's medieval brutality and wonder. The characters are relatable, the villains are scary, and stars of the TV show make cameo appearances.
Where the game fails is in the visual department. Telltale's engine is so obviously out of date that they couldn't even render some of the environments, having to use the clever artistic trick of making backgrounds look like purposely stylized matte paintings. Character models are sometimes laughably primitive, especially the ones belonging to live-action TV show characters.
Still, despite their refusal to upgrade to a new engine, Telltale have once again given us a great interactive episodic story that is worth checking out if you're a fan of the show.
- Interesting story
- Well-written characters
- Graphics are clearly obsolete