Game of Thrones Episode 4: Son’s of Winter Review (PS4)

Picking up right where episode 3 left off, this new edition to this season of Game of Thrones is even more action packed then the last three episodes and has more twists and turns then the actual show. This episode came as sort of a surprise and really out of the blue. Since I watch the TV show as it currently airs on HBO, I thought this episode seemed a little out of place since it happens before what is currently happening on the show. Here’s what I thought about the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

Depending on how you played during the last episode, this episode picks up at the wall and in my story Gared is in some pretty deep shit at the wall. Even though this is some of the most blandest parts of the story, things sort of get intense as Gared will eventually leave the Night’s Watch with some friends, if he made any, and venture off to find The North Grove. While he won’t find it this episode, he’ll find someone who will help him hopefully by the end of the season as his story line gets dragged out longer and longer with each episode.

Back at Meereen with Asher, Beshka, and Asher’s Uncle you’ll finally get the chance to speak to The Mother Of Dragons herself, Daenerys. Unfortunately this isn’t the Daenerys that you know from the show, this is a weirdly and uncharacteristically angry Daenerys who basically treats Asher and his company like crap for really no reason. After the first awkward meeting with Daenerys, you’ll get to learn more about Beshka, who is one of the more interesting characters in this whole game, and you’ll play a part in freeing the slaves in Meereen in order to get some help from Daenerys.

During your time at Ironwrath this episode, you’ll learn that Rodrik’s betrothed, Elena, was promised to Rodrik’s arch enemy Griff. Elena will come to Rodrik with a proposition that will help him get control of Ironwrath and depending on how things play out you might have some leverage against Lord Whitehill. Be ready for a surprise guest at the end of the episode though as things never really play out in Rodrik’s favor. Ever. But such is Game of Thrones.

Mira is scheming again at Kings Landing as she tries to play the game and hopefully win. You’ll have to be super sneaky during Tommen’s coronation party in order to learn about the plot against your family. You’ll be able to hear tid bits of information here and there and add some new secrets to your arsenal of secrets to use now or maybe at a later time. The choice is yours as to how many bridges your burn during this short time.

At first this episode seemed like it was going super fast and then it slowed down considerably until it was almost a little boring, before picking up again and finishing off. As with any other Telltale episode that is released, I played straight through because I always feel like I have to even if I don’t want to. Even though this episode was action packed and filled with twists and turns at times it just dragged making it seem just a little too long at times. Because I also watch Game of Thrones every Sunday on HBO, the time frame of this episode just seems out of place. I feel like the game should have come out way before this new season was aired in order to have a tie in between the last two seasons but it just seems like things didn’t work out that way which is just unfortunate. The one thing that this episode does do though is tie together the previous three episodes and set things up for the final two episodes.

While the playability of this game is typical for any Telltale game, there were problems once more with loading times, and some freezing. This back and forth play between episodes is getting a little irritating at this point and it makes me wonder what is really going on behind the scenes. I can see episodes improving, but it’s like when one episode takes a step forward with just a little loading and freezing problems, the next episode takes this huge step backwards and it makes no sense. There was also the problem of some lag during the heavy action scenes which was new and unwelcomed.

At this point talking about the graphics is like beating a very dead horse. Let’s just say that they’re bad and will continue to be bad throughout the rest of the season. They are no way up to par with what a game on the PS4 should be like.

Finish this episode and you’ll be another 8 trophies closer to getting the platinum trophy by the end of the season. As always the trophies are easy and just require you to fully play the episode.

This is a Telltale game so of course there is no multiplayer.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Nice story development for all four main characters.
+ Interesting background story on Beshka.
+ Twisty episode that is action packed.

What’s Not So Great:
Introduction of Daenerys that in no way matches the personality of Daenerys in the show.
Improvements that were made with loading times and freezing in episode 3 were taken a step backwards and were more frequent and worse.

While I’m eager to see how everything ends this season, I’m kind of glad that the next two episodes will be released after the show finishes airing on HBO. I’m not really enjoying the time frame issues between the game and the show, and I’m also hoping that the loading times and freezing are some what fixed before the next two episodes come out. Another thing I’m hopeful for is that both episodes will come out before the end of the year. The way that the game is going, I’m really not that sure.

SPOILERS! Below are the choices that I made for the forth episode.

Game of Thrones: Episode 4

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