Monday, 25 June 2012

VIDEO GAME REVIEW: Game of Thrones - Deep Silver, Cyanide

Release Date: 08/06/12



Experience an amazing adventure in one of the most complete and fascinating universes in medieval-fantasy literature. Game of Thrones is a Role Playing Game that puts you at the core of a thrilling plot. Your fate will be guided by vengeance, allegiance and honour.

Play as two very different heroes as you venture into the heart of mythical locations. Amidst a background of conspiracy and betrayal, try to survive the orchestrated machinations around the Iron Throne.

Develop your characters, learn powerful skills, and participate in tactical and spectacular battles; sharpen your diplomacy skills to sometimes favour speech over violence. But more than anything, beware... all your actions may have heavy consequences on your adventure!


OK, lets get this out of the way from the start, I’m a huge Game of Thrones Fan and having just finished watching Season 2 of the HBO show I was feeling a little lost on my Monday nights. This seemed a great way to spend more time in Westeros whilst awaiting the new GRRM Book.

What this game offers is a new story set before and during the first book of the series, Game of Thrones, written by George RR Martin, the tale blends wonderfully into the world and gives the players two interesting characters to play (at various times and then together), one, a member of the Nights Watch, the other a Lord that has returned for his father’s funeral to find himself thrown into a nightmare of espionage, double dealing whilst he seeks to recover his birthright.

It’s a game that takes a while to play and with various cut scenes its one that will definitely appeal to fans of the series. That said, we now have to deal with the negative side. The combat system is based more on the Dragon’s Age version of picking moves for relevant characters rather than allowing you to slug it out in the way a lot of players will be expecting. It does take time to get used to however the plot line is definitely gripping and with threads evolving to add a deeper sense of history it works wonderfully.

All in I did enjoy the game and spent many hours playing it, however as I said, the combat selection wasn’t to what I was expecting and with the modifying of the characters will leave you pretty much owning every option available for that character by the end, you really won’t feel like you’ve got as much variety or choice out of it as you could have done. Don’t get me wrong, it is fun but with these problems it may well disappoint a lot of other gamers.

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