- Developer: Telltale Games
- MSRP: $4.99 per episode or $29.99 for all six
- Rated: Mature
- Released on December 3, 2014
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, IOS
- Review: ★★★★☆
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series – Ep 1 Iron From Ice
Note: Review based on a Xbox One copy.
Telltale Games, creators of the award-winning Walking Dead games have ventured to the HBO version of Westeros for, Game of Thrones a Telltale Games Series. Is their first entry into this new outing, Iron From Ice, worthy of the Iron Throne? Read on to find out.
TheGame of Thrones game is built on the engine that Telltale has masterfully used in both The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us among others. For those unfamiliar with their previous work, the game plays out like an interactive, choose your own adventure book. All of your decisions will change how the story plays out and will stretch over six two and a half hour episodes. Episode One, Iron From Ice, follows the Forrester line, a family sparingly mentioned in the books and TV series. The Forresters are known for controlling lands where iron wood trees grow. These trees are prized as being nearly indestructible. When something is indestructible in Westeros, everyone will desire it.
Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones series will find the setting instantly familiar from the digital recreation of the show’s open, to voices of the actors themselves. Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, and Peter Dinklage all reprise their roles in this first episode. All do fantastic jobs, as would be expected. Peter Dinklage proves he can indeed voice a video game character, fortunately making up for his horrid performance in Destiny. He is a fine actor and proves it in his time on the screen here.
The game throws you into the action in Westeros outside of the Twins as the Red Wedding is happening. You start out in the shoes of Gared Tuttle, the squire of Lord Forrester. Any fan of Game of Thrones, either print or small screen, know the tale of the Red Wedding. It is very rewarding to see another view-point of that massive event. Gared is forced to make some harrowing decisions right off the bat. These decisions really provide a great tension to immerse the player into the world of Westeros.
After playing as Gared, the player takes control of Ethan Forrester, the third born Forrester son. As Ethan you will be faced with some of the most difficult and story altering decisions in the game. I won’t go into to much detail about Ethan as his time really shapes the future of the game. The third playable character is Mira Forrester. Mira is the handmaiden to Margaery Tyrell. Mira introduces us to the digital versions of both Tyrion Lanister and Cersei Lannister. While the siblings have little screen time in here, the time they do have is pivotal to the story. You are led to believe that if you give the correct answers for better or worse, you will see more of Tyrion going forward and that’s a good thing.
While Game of Thrones Iron From Ice is a fantastic game and indeed one worthy of the Iron Throne it is not perfect. Our play through saw quite a few graphical issues, mainly jagged graphics and texture problems. The game also featured a few pauses after certain decisions were made. While not game breaking they keep the game from attaining perfection.
The opening chapter is amazing. While the second two characters portions are dialog heavy and are most definitely a setup for future episodes, they are a lot of fun in their own right. A game like this is tough to review without spoiling story elements since it is an ongoing series. The bottom line is the game is fantastic and worthy of a play through due to its fantastic decision based gameplay and story, even for those gamers who may not be a fan of Game of Thrones. Your time spent with this fantastic opening episode will not be wasted.