Now. I RARELY post reviews without finishing games, but, this is a game I cannot finish. That's both good and bad: it's good in that there's a lot here. It's bad in that there's a lot here that isn't that enthralling.
I know some people (IE, me) have seen the gameplay and have thought, "This looks similar to Dragon Age: Origins!" And to be fair, the combat is a bit similar. The storytelling is not.
Allow me to focus my review; the game is split between two characters: Mors, a brother of the Night's Watch, and Alester, a lordling (and Red Priest) of the riverlands.
You are able to customize the fighting styles of each of these characters--or, at least, you're able to choose one of three fighting styles.
Now, allow me to explain the deep details of the characters: Mors is the gruff-voiced guy. Alester is the optimistic guy. One would assume that they eventually team up, and kick butt together.
I normally would go into more detail, but here's my breakdown of the good and the bad:
+It's Game of Thrones.
+Combat is similar to DA: Origins
+Good voice acting
-Pacing is agonizingly slow.
-A lot of earlier fights (first 5 hours or so) are luck-based.
-Dated graphics (building textures and character models and textures are fairly bland)
The game is NOT a bad one; the storyline is actually quite good, if slow, and the characters are intriguing. However.. the combat is nowhere near as polished as Dragon Age's, and nowhere near as satisfying.
Let me say this though, I am a huge fan of the books (haven't gotten around to the TV series yet, but this game may be what pushes me into starting) and when I heard George R.R. Martin wrote the script for the game, I did expect more.
If you're a very patient person, you may get a great deal of enjoyment out of this game. If you're an impatient prat, like certain other "reviewers" on this site.. you will HATE this game. As for me, my patience ran out around Chapter 6 or so.
what a terrable game! The graphics are decent but not what you can expect for a ps3 game. The voice acting is O.K but not great, the story is not very captivating, and by far the worse and most painfull part of this game....the gameplay/fighting. Wow is it bad, its clunky its slow and definately the worse gameplay I have ever experienced. Its not turn base or action, its a terrible mix of both. It was like an action rpg mated with a turn based rpg and had the most crazy messed up birth defected baby that ever lived. Do not waste your time. If you are expecting a game like skyrim its not even close, not in the same ball park, state, country, world or even universe. This is why I have gamefly, so I dont have to waste my money on buying stupid games like this. Someday the rpg world of gaming will make a comeback, for now not even close.
Alright, Many people dislike the game, because it isn't up to par with some newer ones. Fair enough. However, this game is in no way horrible like people say. Their is a good story, that has a bit of variation and history. The two characters are pretty good, one being a brother of the Nights Watch, the Other a Red Priest Lord.
The voice acting was good enough. Not great, but more then enough to get the job done. The textures on the background were alittle disappointing, and the game was a tad linier for my tastes, but had some exploration and the like. There were hidden goodies laying around to be found as the dog AND Alestar.
It was not a great game, by any means. One of the problems I had, was that cut scenes were scripted, instead of using your character, they used one premade. So, in the end chapter, instead of me fighting a fully armed and armored Mors with a Valyrian mace and Shield (like I had), and his dog, I ended up fighting a lightly armored two handed fighter.... with completly different skills then I had. This was a bit disappointing.
Overall, It was a good game to play. I was even going to go through it twice, and change some of my options (Alestar an archer instead of a Water Dancer, and being a cruel heartless dude killing the peasents instead of subduing the rebellion peacefully). It is a good one through, maybe two through. I can't see it lasting more then that, however.