Posted: December 19
The video game industry has received a great deal of attention from the Game of Thrones fans recently with the release of the Telltale's Game of Thrones game. It was the opportunity for me to test another video game based on the tv series/books. This one, developed by Cyanide, was released in 2012. Here's my review:
(See rating at the end of the review)
GAMEPLAY: Game of Thrones is a very classic RPG in terms of gameplay. It's a third person action game, which reminded me the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series. The offensive and defensive options are divided between melee attacks, magic powers and potions. Magic skills and sword attacks must be combined to be efficient, which forces the player to stay active during the fighting parts. In addition, it is important to use your companions as often as you can. In order to make this easier, it is possible to use an "active pause system", which on the one hand makes fights more tactical but on the other hand slows them down. So nothing new in terms of gameplay, but it works.
VISUALS, MUSIC & ATMOSPHERE: On this aspect, this could be way better. Cheap graphics and poor voice acting (except for some of the main characters) kinda ruin it. In a way, the game is close to the world of the books but it doesn't really recreate all its beauty. And it becomes quite annoying because the game is not focused on fighting but on the story of Westeros and its background. The soundtrack and some of the artwork are from the tv series.
STORY: This is the good aspect of the game. The story, which happens just before the death of Robert Baratheon, is fictional but totally fitting with the books. It is full of choking deaths, revelations and secrets, but also clear of manichaeism - in others terms, the good characteristics of the books. There are many twists until the ending scene, which serves as a narrative climax. The story is really the key point of the game, and while it is well written, the huge amount of dialogs could be disappointing for some players.
LENGTH: Quite good. It probably takes between 14/16 hours to finish the game without hurrying youself, which is neiter too short nor too long. You can probably add 5 hours if you want to complete all the extra quests.
|Gameplay ||3/6 |
|Visuals, music and atmosphere ||2/6 |
|Story ||5/6 |
|Length ||2/2 |
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|Global Rating ||12/20 |
Even if the game stays true to the books, it is limited by low production means and a lack of originality. The game is still entertaining but doesn't match the books's quality.