Previously on Game of Thrones, you were introduced to House Forrester along with a variety of different characters. As with the actual show, Iron from Ice was chock full of murder, backstabbing, and mystery. You can read my full review of episode 1 here. After waiting months for episode 2 to come out, here’s what I thought about it.
Picking up just about right where you left off in episode 1, you are immediately introduced to Asher Forrester. He’s the one that you heard about in episode one but was never introduced to. Turns out that since his exile to Yunkai he turned into a mercenary. After the events of the first episode, Asher is needed back home and because you do that for family even after they exiled you, Asher and his right hand woman Beshka will be heading back to Ironrath. I don‘t expect them to be in Ironrath any time soon and am thinking that this will be the closing of the first season of this game.
In true Game of Thrones fashion you’ll also get to play as someone who you thought was dead in Episode 1. Turns out he’s not so dead after all and has returned to Ironrath by what seems like pure coincidence. Things are pretty messed up in Ironrath after the murder of Ethan and the occupation of Whitehill soilders. Right away you’ll make some tough choices that impact not only your whole family but your holdings as well as the people who you govern.
Once again you’ll also resume the role of Gared Tuttle who has finally made it to the wall and is ready to become a ranger. The way his story plays out is almost an exact copy to how Jon Snow’s story played out on Game of Thrones. I found this to be a little unoriginal and thought it took away from the actual story. Whereas he could have been giving something new, TellTale decided to go and just retell a story that has already been done.
Finally you’ll go back to King’s Landing to play as Mira. After last episode you’ll have to make some pretty hard choices and depending on how you played last episode Margery might not be all that happy with you this time around. Mira is constantly being nagged by her mother to get help for House Forrester in some way so it’s up to you who you stay loyal to. Will you be loyal to your family or to Margery? If you’re going to be loyal to your family at what cost are you willing to do it?
Overall the story for this episode was as interesting as any Game of Thrones TV episode. I truly enjoy the plot twists, the backstabbing, and the unexpected characters. The only real problem I had with the story was that it seemed like even though they wanted to make Gared Tuttle an important character since he knows the secret of The North Grove, they’re giving him a story that closely related to Jon Snow. I don’t see why he couldn’t be given his own original story and still be an important character. This route that they’re going makes Gared boring. I also want to note that this episode felt a little on the rushed side. Scenes that felt like they should be longer felt like they were cut short, making the overall episode play out way to quick.
Playability wise this game was similar to the last but there were a few bugs and glitches that returned. Last episode I had hope that Telltale had actually fixed things like loading times and other things that plagued their Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us series on PS3, but some of them returned on this episode. The initial loading time took more then 3 minutes. No joke, I sat in front of my black TV screen debating if I had to restart my PS4, then when the little loading wheel came up it lagged and you were able to hear the voice overs for the recap of episode 1 before the picture even started playing. The rest of the game was fine with loading times, but this problem returned again at the end when you seen the brief coming soon scene.
When it comes to the graphics I would really like to know what the hell is going on. As much as I wanted to be immersed in the story, I just couldn’t. I’m not one to harp on graphics or anything and I’m mostly about the game’s story but this was just bad. The graphics were just disappointing with the constant blurred edges and backgrounds along with the pixilation that happened during certain points of the game. It feels like this game isn’t even worthy of the PS4 graphics wise.
Trophy wise you’ll get the standard 8 trophies just for playing. You don’t have to do anything special, find any collectibles, or make certain choices. Just play the game how you want to play it and you’ll get all 8 trophies.
This game is thankfully multiplayer free.
Overall I give this episode a 2.5 out of 5
+ Nice plot twists and the introduction of new playable characters.
+ Interesting story for the most part.
What’s Not So Great:
– The return of some annoying glitches that should have been worked out by now.
– Some scenes felt rushed while others dragged on a little too long.
– Bland story for Gared Tuttle.
– Just horrible graphics. Not even close to what you would expect on a PS4.
To tell you the truth even though the story is good, I’m becoming a little disappointed in this game. Not only is each episode taking a hell of a long time to be released, it seems like it isn’t even being done right. While the story for the most part is interesting and well done it seems like the story for Gared Tuttle was just thrown in there for the hell of it. Also the graphics. I mean seriously who thought this was acceptable to be released like this? At the moment I’m regretting even purchasing the season pass for this game.
SPOILERS! Below are the choices that I made for the second episode.