Game of Thrones Review
We aren’t the watchers on the walls.
As a pretty big fan of the Song of Ice and Fire series, in both its written and small screen format, I was looking forward to a game that delves into a previously untold part of the story. Game of Thrones, the game, could have been the perfect companion piece for those fans of the series who also enjoy video games. Instead, we’re presented with a product that holds the same level of quality we’ve come to expect with kids movie tie-in games.
Game of Thrones is an RPG that follows the two separate, but intertwining, stories of Mors, a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch, and Alester Sarwyck, a Red Priest and estranged heir to the holding of Riverspring. Both of these stories will tell of events that aren’t covered in either the books or the TV series but everything will tie in with what is happening in the main series. The story is well written and could be of interest to fans if only it weren’t told in such an off-putting manner.
With the exception of a few characters the voice acting in Game of Thrones is simply bad. It quickly becomes obvious that nobody budgeted for the amount of voice actors that would be needed to fill all of the roles in this game. Often you’ll have to listen to long conversations between two of these characters and you’ll probably find yourself reading the text quickly and skipping through the audio. Sadly, this tactic isn’t allowed, for whatever reason, in every scenes so you’ll be forced to suffer through a few of them.
When you’re not listening to long, poorly acted, conversations you’ll be given a few large paragraphs of text to read. That’s right, in 2012 a game is stopping the action to make you read some lengthy background on the upcoming scene. Since this game isn’t very much fun, I was hoping to be able to at least recommend it to fans for the story but I can’t even do that.
Combat in Game of Thrones is uninspired and boring. The system works sort of like the older Bioware RPGs where you queue up commands and then watch your character act them out but characters plod along at a rate that will have you looking for something else to do while you’re playing this game. The action can be paused to queue up special abilities, but these menus are cumbersome and slow to switch from one character to another. What it most often boils down to is your character and an enemy standing in front of each other seeing who can take the most blows. There is no strategy involved, just hope you have more potions than your opponent has health.
The character development menus lag even worse than the battle abilities menu so adding points to your character after levelling up, or equipping new gear is a painful experience. I simply couldn’t find anything fun or enjoyable about this game.
There are no multiplayer modes in Game of Thrones.
For a series that is seeing the level of success that it currently is, Game of Thrones should have been made by a studio that cared. Cyanide were given a great story and setting, not to mention large fan base, to work with and completely squandered it all. While no element of the game is broken in any horrible manner, none were built with any care either.