posted by Spidey223 (SIERRA VISTA, AZ) May 27, 2012
Member since Apr 2005
gamers (96%) found this review helpful
I don't understand the poor reviews, unless they are just written by impatient gamers who can't let a game develop and grow.
Storywise: The plot is what kept me playing. I really couldn't wait to find out what would happen next, especially considering I already had a background of the events in the books and series. Very interesting story.
Graphics: Not too bad. I'm sure they didn't have years and years of development. The backgrounds were excellent, and the environments were spot on in lighting, design and color. Character models were decent, if a little wooden. But I really like games like this that actually show your character change as they acquire new items, armor, etc...
There are a lot of glitches and screen tear... but you know what? I still completely enjoyed the game. Oh well.
Gameplay: Let's get some accuracy here - The action is in real time. However, if you 'pause' to set up your moves, you have 3 action moves, and your characters go into slowmotion during these pauses, so you can easily switch characters and decide between each act you choose for them. I don't see what everyone is complaining about? It works fine. In fact I thought it was cool that they continue in slow motion, so it forces the player to stay on task, even though it is in 'pause'. Worked fine for me.
The CHOICES in the dialogue bits were really interesting, because there were no obvious "good" or "evil" choices... They are all fairly dastardly, and really put you in a spot when you suddenly have to work together and team up with a character who just may be your enemy. I thought that was really clever.
Overall: For the average "shooter" or impatient gamer = I can totally see why this game sucks to them. In that case, perhaps a 4 is in order.
For those with an interest in story and have the time to nurture out a decent experience from a fictional world seething with deception and harshness = I'd give it an 7/8. A good rent.
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
I read all these negative reviews and almost decided to not rent this title. But I love the series and had to just give it a try. To be frank, most of what people said was true. The graphics were not great and the combat was annoying. But you only have to give it an hour to see that the story is pretty interesting. I'm only on the third chapter and I'm hooked. I fear there are a lot of people out there that will miss out on a fun game just because all the bad reviews and because, I can only imagine, they didn't get passed the first chapter.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Trying to capture the amazingness that is Game of Thrones on HBO I'm sure was a challenge. The show's excellent characters, story, plot twists, and surprises are hard to capture in a video game, but GOT the game is a decent supporting tie-in to the show, if you're a huge fan that is. If you're looking for a deep battle system, this is a pass, but if you want a good story with lots of talking, this is it for you.
This game takes place in 2 different stories that intertwine, and you play as BOTH Mors and Alestair, and you take turns playing their quests. As Mors, your story is based around the Night's Watch, as you are a master tracker/ranger. As Alestair, you are trying to take back your city as the true heir, and your quest revolves around King's Landing and such.
Both Mors and Alestair have very different fighting styles and stances, so you'll need to master both. They have skill trees and somewhat deep character progression, but it's hard to level up enough to really feel powerful, and that was annoying.
The combat system is a mix of real time combat and a turn based RPG. The game only slows down, not pauses, while you choose your attacks. So as you pick your attacks and spec. moves, your enemy is slowing moving in for the kill too. You can't move once your moves are in, but you can cancel them to retreat. It's hard to explain, but I hated it. You can switch between your guy and an ally if you have one at the time, and even that's hard to do because then the computer controls your guy.
Special items are required a lot for certain areas, so exploring is often blocked. There are side quests, but a lot of them are short and boring. It does not have the loot collecting you'd expect either.
GOT is a narrative focused RPG to add to the HBO TV experience. There's a TON of dialogue, thank God for the good voice acting at most parts. But the gameplay is poor. Do not buy.