Minmataro Sep 4, 2012 @ 12:43pm
As bad as everyone says it is?
The game looks interesting. Seems to have combat similar to Dragon Age Origins. Is it really as bad as critics make it out to be? I like the IP and wanted to get some feedback on the game before I bought it.
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Ertefol Sep 4, 2012 @ 1:04pm 
I wouldn't say it is that bad. It's rather decent RPG with not so good graphics, more linear gameplay and is somewhat average when it comes to combat (yeah, it is like Dragon Age). But otherwise it's a nice game. The story is great, choices really do mean something (although they don't affect the endings), the rpg elements are great and I enjoyed even some original parts and skills of the characters (one of the two main heroes is a Skinchanger). For me it was a pleasant experience, great expansion of the IP and I would give the game 7/10 points.
Drunk In Space Sep 4, 2012 @ 9:05pm 
The game gets an unfair rap; it really is quite an excellent RPG. It's well written and features some powerful dialogue (poor voice acting in parts notwithstanding). I was especially impressed with how the stories of the two main characters gradually came together and intertwined, and how the choices you make in the game have meaningful consequences: an important hallmark of all great RPGs. I think they were also quite faithful to ASOIAF lore, carving out a story that feels like it fits into the series pretty well without ruining continuity, so fans of the books/show will definitely appreciate the game more the average player might.

I also enjoyed the character development immensely. The whole point of an RPG is to make you feel like you're "role-playing" a character (duh), and despite this central tenet of the genre, many RPGs don't actually do a very good job of pulling it off (MMOrpgs are particularly bad for it and have very little depth beyond "advance up talent trees, grind"). But in this game I genuinely felt like I could get into the characters' heads, understand their motives and behave the way I felt they should given their past, their personality and their present circumstances. For instance, playing Mors (the Night's Watchman) as this bitter, grizzled old veteran with an unyielding sense of duty, but then gradually softening him as events play out (I won't spoil too much of the story, but lets just say he comes to care for someone very deeply who reminds him of loved ones he lost) felt very natural and not just like some kind of gimmicky "good guy/bad guy playthrough" many RPGS try to do. This makes the main characters feel larger than life and adds greatly to the sense of immersion you feel when playing through the game.

Unfortunately it is let down by a number of bugs, dodgy production values, and some irritating design choices, such as the camera control, which forces a very close over-the-shoulder perspective that can bug out sersiouly during some of the indoor segments. Graphically the game looks to be several years behind the curve, especially regarding its character models, though I personally felt some of the environments (the godswood, for isntance) were visually stunning. Some of the late game armour also looks pretty sweet (I intend to upload some screenshots of the high level Lannister armour to show this). The combat system is best described as 'solid.' A lot of people compare it to Dragon Age's, which is largely true. As such, it's not as flashy as many modern titles (e.g. Witcher 2), but it gets the job done, is pretty easy to get the hang of and does offer you a range of interesting tactical options. However, even I have to admit that it feels bland and stiff, and to be honest, I would actually say it's a cut below Dragon Age in terms of its visual aspect (it doesn't look as nice), its flow (it feels clunkier) and its complexity (Dragon Age had more going for it).

It should be noted that the game is heavily cutscene and conversation-driven. For this reason, I think the best mentality to have when playing the game is that you're playing through an interactive ASOIAF book or several episodes of the show, with the combat elments being a mere diversion on the way to watching all the excellent plot twists play out. Anyone who has played Dreamfall: The Longest Journey will be familiar with the concept.

I think ultimately, and to Cyanide's credit, for a Game of Thrones RPG, they got the things they absolutely needed to get right SPOT ON: the story, the characters, the dialogue, the plot twists that keep you guessing, the immersive background lore and so on - all the things that make ASOIAF the experience that it is. Yes, it would have been nice if the combat system had been better, the graphics more advanced and the overall product cleaner and more polished, but those things are are by and large secondary for a game based on this particular setting. So, if you want a great Game of Thrones RPG experience and don't mind slightly janky gameplay and production values here and there, it's well worth the 20-something dollars they're currently asking for it.
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Bonham Sep 14, 2012 @ 2:00am 
I got it for the xbox, and I try to make myself to finish it but I cant. The story makes me yawn, the graphics are kinda meh, and the combat can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ sometimes. I wish I cound enjoy it more but its a very forgettable game
Wiking Sep 16, 2012 @ 5:55am 
I have the game for PC. playing with my xbox controller. It's really fun and a very good story. Loads of items and combat. I enjoy it very much.
hafgrimmar Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:16am 
Drunk in Space - loving the game and your reply! Saves me a lot of typing.. :D
darthsabre Sep 27, 2012 @ 3:07pm 
If you are into Story/lore and epic dialogue choices, this game is easily up there with Dragon Age and Masseffect. Graphics and combat arnt as good though, but still a fun game and you get used to the slow paced combat.

Infact, later in the game as you play, you'll be happy that the combat speed is quite slow as things do get intense.

Protip: If you find the game too easy or boring using the "active Pause" system, try playing without hitting space and using the number hot keys.

Bottom line is almost all game reviwers did not give this game a chance as It is easily one of the best RPG out there.
An0maly33 Oct 12, 2012 @ 5:50pm 
Was dubious about getting this one, but if you get the 2-pack that includes Genesis it's actually cheaper than buying this one alone. @ $16 I'd call it a decent buy. I have no major complaints about it yet. It may not be on the same level as a Bioware game, but that doesn't mean it's worthless by any means.

update edit:
Got to sit down and play a little more extensively and I have a much higher opinion of it now. If you're at all into this type of game you'll very likely enjoy it. I have a bit of an older PC, and it runs the game fine, but sometimes when I turn the camera, I get stuttering and I've spun 180 instead of a few degrees. That's my ONLY complaint so far and it's not too big a deal as it happens in one or two other games as well. That aside it's a great game and IMO well worth the sale price at least. Again, get the 2-pack that includes Genesis because it's actually cheaper.
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apfelstrudel Oct 13, 2012 @ 12:07am 
the game is amazing. the story is very well written and fits right in with the lore.
Gewehrztraminer 1664 Oct 13, 2012 @ 8:28am 
http://linethemup.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/do-that-again-a-game-of-thrones-1996-2012/

If you like A Game of Thrones in general, you'll like this one, even if not for the graphics or gameplay.
igorjanlunatique Oct 13, 2012 @ 1:35pm 
The graphic is not so up to date, and some camera bugs are just pissing me off. But the story is Game of Thrones indeed. I've played 10 hrs already and hardly managed to quit the game and take some rest :)
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Losse Oct 17, 2012 @ 8:22pm 
As much as I love the books and TV series, trying (attempting) to play this game will just lead to extreme frustration. There are some pretty bad bugs that will force you to take a lot of time scouring the google desperately hoping to get past them. Its ok at first but once you get to at least 3 parts that I can think of, its just not worth it. Its not worth the story, just watch the freaking youtube for free if you want the game story. I wish i did before spending the money (even at 66% off) and may have to. I am through over half of it at this point but havent even finished it.
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Matt Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:20am 
I know absolutely nothing about Game of Thrones outside of this game but I really like the game. The lore is heavy and I am sure if you have read the books or watched the show you'd appreciate it more but for the most part you'll have a lot of fun.
Bastardo Oct 22, 2012 @ 7:54pm 
Pretty upset I spent this much money for the game. It is too structured, and there is more dialogue than actual game play. It reminds me of the old choose your own adventure books which is fine, but not on a PC game. The stances and movements of the characters are terrible. It seems as though the game developers saw an opportunity to make a nice sum of money as quickly as possible and threw this together.
Had they spent some more time on it, the end result MAY have been better. Fan of the books and the series, not of the game. $60 for this???? Terrible.
igorjanlunatique Nov 7, 2012 @ 8:24am 
$60?! No kidding? Guess, I'd be upset too. But for $3.5 this game seems almost perfect.
HippoRustler Jan 19, 2013 @ 3:59pm 
Originally posted by Bonham:
I got it for the xbox, and I try to make myself to finish it but I cant. The story makes me yawn, the graphics are kinda meh, and the combat can be a pain in the ♥♥♥ sometimes. I wish I cound enjoy it more but its a very forgettable game

can only agree with this, in my opinion, it has huge potential, and falls short on pretty much every front.
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