Game of Thrones
My kind of game.
These types of games are pretty rare to come across, most companies are revolving their innovations around modern war games. It's nice to see classical RPG games are coming back to our time. I think this is a game I look forward to.
Great Concept and Storyline, Decent Game
Being a long time fan of the books, I found myself enjoying the storyline of this game. Most of the quirks of Martin's writing exist in the story: it is a dark, morbid story with multiple twists. While being a book reader or a viewer of the show is helpful to know the back story to some of the characters seen (only about 3-4 from the show) and places visited, it is very possible to play it without having known anything about either. The gameplay of the game is decent enough and provides a pretty ample challenge. The graphics aren't impressive, but are decent enough. The sound is where the developers really botched up though, there are a few scenes where the music cuts off and starts up again and can distract away from an otherwise intriguing scene.
Overall, this is a game with a great, memorable storyline and is definitely worth a try if you are a fan of the series, or rpg's in general.
Solid D&D style RPG, but NOT for Action lovers.
Like many games that are licensed from a movie or tv show, you have a be a pretty big fan to be able to enjoy these type of games. If you aren't already familiar with the story/world it really doesn't hold much appeal normally, and Game of Thrones the RPG is no different. However, if you are a fan of George R. R. Martin's ASOIAF series, this game does allow you a chance to see that world brought to life in a pretty decent video game setting. Don't come into this game thinking it's going to be Skyrim or KoA: Reckoning and you won't be disappointed. This game DOES use a real-time fighting system, but is more of a strategic based system like the one used in the console port of Dragon Age: Origins. You can use your one regular attack over and over with the X button if you want, but a lot of the fighting will be done by pulling up an ability wheel which slows time while you select a string of abilities that you customize depending on what class you want to play. It's a very robust fighting system, but it isn't made to be an action RPG, this game is definitely a more D&D authentic RPG experience. Some will hate it, and some will love it, but most I believe will fall somewhere in the middle. The combat isn't the main focus of this game though, this game is meant to allow you into the world of Westeros and see stories/characters that occur within the time frame of Book 1. You don't play as Jon Snow or Robb, but there is a lot of interaction with established characters from the series such as Varys or Cerci. This game is very authentic, and while isn't completely "Cannon" to the series, it was developed very closely with GRRM and it shows. I believe there is value to be had in this title if you are a fan of the series or an authentic RPG experience, but if you are looking for action I would look elsewhere. An absolute hidden gem IMO, 9 out of 10.
Action gamers beware. RPG all the way
Personally, I am a huge George R.R. Martin fan and was looking forward to a great story with an epic plot. What I got was just that. The classic RPG; choose your dialogue and what you choose can help or hinder you as the story progresses is present along with a great script and admirable voice acting. The combat system was not an action gamer button mash, but a real time with slow motion capability to decide what abilities to use as your enemies steadily advance upon you, still keeping the edge of your seat combat without the pause and walkaway feel. If you want to mash the buttons and shred your foes, this game will be a disappointment to you straightaway. I think the combat system is still very entertaining and gives you a feel of strategy as combat unfolds. The music takes me back to the show and was used well to build up the mood; although, there were cases where the music sort of ... ran out. The graphics are closer to a really good PS2 game and not really what is expected of a PS3, but considering I am going to replay the game with different character builds and try different story options to see how the game unfolds with the changes, speaks to it's replay value. By now, there have been a lot of really positive reviews and a lot of really negative ones. Personally, I would say rent it and give it a real honest shot. Love it or hate it, do yourself the favor and try it. A final note, I played this game on a PS3 and I did not have any noticeable glitches or bugs. I don't know what other gaming platforms other reviewers had to give such a negative review on bugginess, but they could be isolated incidents. Cheers.
Epic storyline with a poorly designed game
Love the books and definitely love the series (cause the author had a hand in it), but the game is less then desirable. The storyline for both characters you play are great and it would be fun to read about them vs actually playing through the muck that is the gameplay. Graphics are severely poor for today's technology. The designers were constantly recycling the cookie cutter minor characters (i.e.: non-playable, townsfolk, group mob scenes) over and over again. The combat just has you sit there and do the same combos over and over with only one style to cycle through. The voice acting is alright and they obviously made the main characters stand out (which is a given), but other major characters (even ones you don't play) look like they were thrown together at the last minute. Glitches like crazy if I might add. Doors go through you or vice versa, or people that you talk to may not be there (i.e.: bad rendering). The only thing this game has going for itself is the storyline, and if you are willing to muck through the horrible game design then more power to you. For me I will stick with the books and the stellar TV series.
Must play for fans of the book and TV show.
The game clearly feels rushed at times with unforgiving combat, glitchy graphics, and sometimes terrible voice-acting. Despite all these shortcomings, the story is its one saving grace. Taking place during the time period of the first book and season of the show. It features a story that is hard to not recommend for fans of the show or games like Dragon Age. It might not have the best combat system, but if you persevere and put strategy into your actions. You will find that it is a rewarding experience both in terms of gameplay and story.
Excited to play.
I've been reading these books, and they are absolutely amazing. The HBO series they've been doing has been done quite well, and I can't wait until this game is out for me to play.
Not so much
I was expecting the game to be bad when i preordered it with it being based on a book and series but what i got was a total flop. This game is much worse then expected even knowing it was a flop i hope my interest in the books and series would make up for a bad game, however the game is just boring. From the story line to the graphics it looks like they just rushed it out with little to no thought about making a good game just to get it out while the name is hot. Be warned do not waste your money on this game not even worth 20 dollars in my opinion. However i am forcing myself to play it as hard as it is for me i must suffer for making the mistake of buying it before checking reviews :( .
Honestly, the story is very good, but it's difficult to recommend to either series veterans or role-playing fans
Great game for a great series!
I was hesitant to purchase this game due to the initial negative reviews, but after playing the game I was pleasantly surprised. The combat system for this game is similar to that from Dragon Age. However, there are several distinct differences in the way you select abilities and the slow motion effect. This game is not the hack and slash RPG like what we have seen in Skyrim. The story behind the game is amazingly scripted. You gain a valuable insight to the back story of Game of Thrones. The voice acting is one of the best I have seen in an RPG. It lives up to the excitement I get from watching the television series. If you are a fan of the books and series, then this is a game you must have.