Game of Thrones is another episodic video game series from TellTale Games, the developers of the cult classic The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us video game series. It is another new game in episodic format that is full of the classic TellTale gameplay.
Game of Thrones follows the story of the Forresters and it is set after the events of “The Red Wedding” in the book and TV Show. Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice starts right after the gruesome end of the Red Wedding. Fans of the show will be familiar with the events of the Red Wedding, which is usually called the pinnacle of the TV Show. The first episode deals with the story of Forresters, who are loyal to the House of Stark. The story runs in parallel with the events of the TV show and has its own set of characters.
Game of Thrones Episode 1 has us taking control of multiple characters throughout the episode. Some of the characters from the main show also make an appearance in the game. The story basically deals with the fall of the House of Stark and its aftermath. Just like the TV Show, there are some surprising twists for most of these characters. The developers don’t hesitate to put you in an uncomfortable position for the most part.
Graphics wise, the game carries a distinct style of a painting. It is like a painted world brought to life. It is beautiful to look at, but the art style might collide with the realistic look of some of the characters, especially when we are used to seeing them in real life on the TV Show. Still, the art style has its own charm and running natively at 1080p on the PS4, it looks rather vibrant and colorful.
Iron From Ice has a rather flashy start, putting us right in action from the beginning. The gameplay mostly revolves around a bunch of quick time events and doesn’t really leave much for exploration. Unfortunately this aspect carries over to the whole episode, and there isn’t much to explore. On the positive side, there are plenty of excellent situations demanding the players to make a decision that might have an affect on the outcome of the Episode.
One of the main character that we control in the game is Ethan Forrester, the son of Lord Gregor Forrester. As the eldest son, it is his responsibility to take control of the House of Forrester and the developer have done a great job in giving his character a role he deserves. Ethan’s scenario was definitely the best part of Episode 1.
TellTale Games has also put a neat Codex into the game, which explains the backstory of most of the characters really well. If you want to read more about the story, it is recommended to check out the codex.
Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice Review (PS4)
Game of Thrones Episode 1 provides a successful start to this new series from Telltale Games. The episode ends in such a way that we are left hanging for more at the end. It definitely isn't their best work yet, but it does show a lot of promise in the future.