Haven Review: Game of Thrones [Telltale Games]

First up is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.
TTG_GoT_Logo Game of Thrones, the popular hit show on HBO is based off George R.R. Martin’s epic novel series. Now Telltale has gotten in on “the game” with a title of their own. For those unfamiliar, Telltale Games is known for taking popular TV shows, stories and even other video games and creating a unique interactive experience around them.

In Telltale’s flavor of Game of Thrones you follow House Forrester as they aim to defend their precious Ironwood trees from rival House Whitehill. The Forresters plan on going to war after their Lord’s untimely death. As many other Telltale titles have shown, your actions influence the flow of the game. Who lives and who dies is directly up to you; choices determine everything.2787469-trailer_gameofthrones_ep2_20150122

In the game it’s up to you to maintain balance between your house and your people, but at the same time you must prepare for an upcoming battle with the Whitehills that will ultimately determine the fate of your house.

One thing I liked in this game was that you meet many mainstream characters, such as Geoffry. I’m kidding…I hate Geoffry and I’m glad he’s dead. But you do get to see Lord Tyrion and John Snow. At one point, one of the characters you play is forced to go to The Wall and becomes part of the guard there; defending the lands from giants and various other dangers that dwell beyond.first-telltale-game-of-thrones-trailer-confirms-tv_sp93.1920

Now I must admit that I’ve not read the books and I don’t follow the series religiously like a lot of people do, but I can say in this title there is a distinct lack of breasts to ogle at like a lot of people do. But I am guessing it’s because they had to keep this game playable for a variety of audiences. Not only is it available on consoles, but it’s also downloadable via Steam. So duly note that if you’re a fan of breasts, you will find none to speak of here.

Apart from the grand story accompanying this game, the soundtrack is also quite remarkable and it helps set the tone with its storytelling aspect. My only critique is that the Telltale system feels a bit dated in some places.lady-forrester

At the very start of the game, Lord Forrester asks you to do something. As you agree or disagree the game reports that his Lordship will remember your decision. Roughly two minutes later he is dead. If moments like this affect overall gameplay, and someone else remembers your actions because of it, I find it more than a little confusing.

The game is good, albeit tedious at times with its numerous quick-time events (QTE), mainly when you’re fighting for your life. But other than that it is pretty great, and if your a fan of Game of Thrones I recommend you pick up a copy (unless you’re in it just for the boobs, in which case you may not be interested at all).

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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