posted by Rockstarzn (SANTA BARBARA, CA) Jun 8, 2012
Member since Aug 2007
This game provides a surprisingly compelling narrative that parralels and overlaps segments of the story presented in the books (A Song of Ice and Fire) and the HBO Series. If you are a fan of RPGs AND Game of Thrones, it's definitely worth your time. It takes a bit to get going, but when it does the ride is enjoyable.
The character sheets and loot are surprisingly fleshed out, but not on par with other games in this genre.
The combat mechanics are reasonably deep, though very much in the mold of Dragon Age II, but only on the highest difficulty. Unfortunately, even on the highest difficulty level the challenge is uneven (Save often). Using the right weapon for the enemy you are facing is important too (the game explains this, take note).
Your choices in the game to carry weight and consequences, though not on the same scale as say the Witcher series. The side quests also felt organic and made sense within the world you were navigating.
All that being said, this is a very linear RPG, while you have some freedom to visit different areas, they are limited and there is little to no incentive to do so. Character models are shamelessly used and re-used. It is also fairly easy to top out your characters towards the end of the game so picking skills / perks is fairly meaningless as you get to the end game.
Still, enjoyed this game quite a bit as a fan and as a gamer.
posted by AaronPhillips (MANASSAS, VA) Jun 6, 2012
Member since Jun 2012
I must start off by saying that more time should be put into any game that is based off an HBO orginal series. Honestly I didn't play the game for longer than an hour. Once I realized that you have to chose your action from a list and then wait for a meter to charge before the action could be performed I ejected the disc and put it right back in the mail. I"m sorry but once I get a game from gamefly that actually raises an eyebrow I'll write a much more in depth and read-worthy review. But as for this game two thumbs down with my tounge out