Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PC and iOS (more coming soon)
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
As a huge fan of both Telltale games and the Game Of Thrones television series (The books are ready to be read too, bear with me on that!) I was hugely excited about this new episodic game!
Telltale had proven themselves with their Walking dead & Wolf Among us games and even impressed with their very recent Tales from borderlands, a game not really associated with deep stories and a series that has never really gripped me. They took it and created one of the best written, humourous and intriguing stories ive played for a while so I knew the game of thrones brand was in safe hands.
The game begins in a camp outside a very famous wedding which, when the music begins to play, sends shivers down your spine. After that all hell breaks loose and the story of the Forrester’s begins.
The house Forrester is rarely mentioned in the books and not at all in the television series which gives telltale almost complete creative freedom for story and characters. It weaves into the television series cleverly with showings from a number of the main characters including Tyrion Lannister, Cersei Lannister and a number of others which I wont ruin, (Part of the fun is coming across them within game 😉 ).
House Forrester is caught up in the middle of a war, it becomes a political game, trying to work out whats best for your people, if war or diplomacy is the way to go and the struggle of keeping everyone happy. The decisions you make actually feel like they have a large impact on the game (more so than some of Telltale’s latest games) however a lot of the story so far has been a building blocks for the future five episodes. That’s not to say this first slice has some genuine surprises with one leaving me more than a little shocked to say the least.
Telltale knows its audience and it shows, a lot of effort has been put in to make this feel part of the world we have been engrossed in for a number of years now, It pulls you straight in. You find yourself linking the events up to the main story and seeing scenes from another prospective, making the rich universe that much more richer. If you have not seen the television series, it goes without saying that its a must watch before playing this. Spoilers about certain characteristics of main players are exposed and it would be best if you were introduced to these people through the show.
A few frame rate issues and some dodgy voice acting aside this episode has set up a great story, introduced us to a very interesting new House, expanded the world I love and has me well and truly hooked, The wait for episode 2 starts now!
Episode 1 Trailer: