One of my favorite television shows got a video game interpretation today. While I was excited to get my hands on the game, I was also quite sure that it will be very hard for the game to compete in the video game world which is filled with Triple A titles, just on the basis of their names. Game of Thrones, which is an Action RPG, fails to live up to the expectation and is just another tie-in game.
While the story of the game is changed, the characters and the universe are pretty much the same from the television and book series. You will however get to see some new characters that are not part of the television series. I have to agree that I did enjoy the plot of the game. It isn’t following the book or the series, but it is good enough to get your attention. However, I was a bit disappointed with the kind of story telling the game does. It uses cutscenes with really average voice acting, which makes it quite hard to bare all those pre-rendered scenes.
For RPG fans, the gameplay might just entertain you. Game of Thrones just like any RPG lets you pick a class from three available. Once you have picked your class, you can level up and assign attribute points to your character. Every positive point you spend on your character also forces you to get a negative trait. This is an interesting change in the RPG genre which forces players to think before they add in attribute points.
The combat itself is quite random. Like Bioware’s popular Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles, players have the opportunity to slow down the action by hitting and holding the space bar key. When the game is paused or slowed down, you can easily select the next moves your character will use to defeat opponents. Since you cannot completely stop the game from progressing when you hit the space key, you are forced to quickly line down your next moves, which often results in taking damage in return.
I kind of liked the game but I think it needed to do a lot more to compete against other popular RPG titles available in the market. If you are a fan of the series, this is a definite pickup because of its side story.