I didn’t have the greatest time playing this on the PS4, but when I noticed the game on sale I thought that maybe I had been too harsh with my first review. Maybe giving the game as a whole a second chance would be a good thing since a lot of the problems that I had with the game itself were based on the release schedule. For the PS4 version that I played, the release schedule was so spaced out that I really didn’t even know what the hell was going on from episode to episode. With each episode finally released I figured I would give the PS3 version a try since I would be able to play each episode after episode without having to wait. Keep reading to see if I changed my mind about this game.
The whole season of the game revolves around House Forrester, a family which isn’t really involved in the show so there’s no problem with cannon or anything like that. While playing this season you’ll play as 5 pretty essential characters which all interconnect with one another in some way. You’ll play first as Garred Tuttle, squire to Gregor Forrester. The events of the Red Wedding along with other events that soon follow force Garred to the Wall, but before getting sent to the Wall he was tasked with finding the mysterious North Grove and all the secrets that are inside of it. Then there’s Mira Forrester, hand maiden to Margery. Not only is she tasked with basically helping her family, who now finds themselves as enemies in the North after the death of Rob Stark, but she also has to navigate the vicious King’s Landing. Mira will find plenty of trouble this season depending where her loyalties lie and if she can play the political game that everyone plays at King’s Landing. Next up you have Ethan Forrester. Poor little Ethan is tasked with becoming the new lord of the house after the demise of his older brother and father at the Red Wedding. He’ll have to make some hard decisions like choosing a sentinel and dealing with a thief before his deadly meeting with Ramsey Snow.
In the second episode you’ll find out that Roddrick, Ethan’s older brother didn’t actually die at the Red Wedding and will come back to Ironwrath to rule. How he rules will determine how his new wardens treat him along with his family and it’s up to him to keep his family together and keep his house together. It won’t be easy with a traitor hiding out in his own counsel and his war with the Whitehills never goes as planned. Lastly you’ll play as Asher Forrester, exiled by his father to Essos for falling in love with a Whitehill. It’s up to him to bring back an army to save his family, but of course he has problems of his own and will have to find a way to get back to Westros and find his army. All of this counts for a pretty exciting season with a lot going on at a pretty fast pace like the show itself.
I played my second time around with an open mind. I tried to forget about the past mistakes of this game and judge this as a whole new game and I have to say I was completely disappointed. Not only did the game basically play out the same way even though I made different decisions, but at times the game itself was basically unplayable. I’ll get to why in a minute, but other than that all I noticed were some mild changes while everything else basically stayed the same and I got almost the exact same ending. For a game that credits itself on “your decisions matter” it really doesn’t seem like it when the game basically ended the same way it did for me on the PS4 version. After a few episode in, playing became like a chore and I really just wanted this game to be over with.
When I think about the playability of this game, three words come to mind. Loading, Stalling, and Glitchy. Let’s start off with the loading problems. It’ll take you about 5 minutes or more to actually get into the main menu of the game when you first load your disc (if you’re using the disc version). Then it’ll take you about 10 minutes to actually get into each episode and that’s just for the “Previously on Game of Thrones” section which never really loads right in the first place and will become a jumbled mess as you go through each episode. Not to mention that this game is constantly loading. You will spend more time loading then playing the actual game. Next on with the stalling. Every so often the game will just randomly stall. Sometimes it will stall during a simple choose what you want to say scene or it will stall during a big battle scene. The stalling is completely random and at times happens one time after another. This gets to be annoying fast and ruins the whole game playing experience. Now on with the glitches. While there are plenty, the one that bothered me the most as during the last episode. During the last scene the sound completely cut out and all I was left with as the clashing of swords. I couldn’t hear what anyone was saying and eventually the game completely crashed.
Now onto my least favorite thing about this game. The graphics. The graphics that look like they came out of a game from I don’t even know when. These graphics are no way up to date nor do they even perform well on the PS3. Not to mention that the cartoon like graphics make this look like the Saturday Morning Special of Game of Thrones, but they are constantly breaking up and becoming pixilated throughout the entirety of the game. This makes looking at six whole episodes a complete pain and it really just makes me sigh because this game is just a disgrace to what video game graphics have come to today. It’s like taking 1,000 steps back and this game visually looks horrible.
Get through all six episodes, which believe me is no easy task, and you’ll find yourself with 49 new trophies that includes a platinum. I would say that the platinum is easy since all you have to do is play the game, but playing the game itself and not completely giving up is not easy at all. I take my hat off to you if you, like myself, can actually sit through each of these episodes and get all the trophies.
Thankfully this travesty of a game has no multiplayer.
Overall I give this game a 1 out of 5
+ I will say the one good thing about this game is the story. It doesn’t clash with Game of Thrones if you’re an active watcher and it stands alone as a story that just takes place in that universe. Running into actual Game of Thrones characters is nice, and it doesn’t ruin the game or show in any way.
What’s Not So Great:
– LOADING! You will spend most of the time playing this game stuck in a loading screen. A scene can take two minutes and then you’ll get a three minute loading screen before going into another two minute scene only to be taken to another long loading screen. I understand games have to load, but this is crazy.
– STALLING! Every so often this game will stall until it gets to the point where it’s doing it scene after scene after scene. This is no way to play a game and really there’s no reason for it.
– GLITCHES! Yes this game is filled with all kinds of glitches and bugs that will make you want to tear your hair out as you play making you wonder why you even played in the first place.
– Graphics that set the gaming world back 15 years. These are just horrible and there is no excuse for it.
– Your choices don’t matter obviously since no matter what you’ll basically get the same exact ending no matter how you play only a few things here and there will differ.
If you’re a Game of Thrones fan and you absolutely have to play this game, then I would say to choose the PS4 version. Overall this game isn’t up to the usual standards from Telltale which is surprising since they were backed by HBO themselves on this project and it shows. If I could choose one word for this game on the PS3 it would be sloppy. If you’re not a Game of Thrones fan and you just want to play this game because you love Telltale games, I’m going to give this one a big skip. Believe me you will not regret skipping this game.
SPOILERS! Here are all of my decision for the six episodes of this season:
Episode 1 – Iron from Ice
• Stayed with Bowen.
• Swore loyalty to the King.
• Took Erik’s Fingers.
• Picked Royland as Sentinel.
• Met Ramsay at the Gate.
Episode 2 – The Lost Lords
• Didn’t forge Margaery’s letter.
• Refused to kiss Lord Whitehill’s ring.
• Lost Rodrik’s betrothal to Elaena Glenmore.
• Sold out Cotter after he stole Finn’s knife.
• Didn’t kill Mira’s attacker.
Episode 3 – The Sword in the Darkness
• Saved Beskha.
• Defied Margaery and spoke to Tyrion.
• Walked away from Britt.
• Stood up to Gryff Whitehill.
• Kept the Ironwood Decree.
Episode 4 – Sons of Winter
• Brought Finn along.
• Maimed Gryff.
• Revealed Sera’s secret to Lord Tarwick.
• Ordered the Glenmore Soldiers to come to Highpoint.
• Stopped Beskha from killing the Slave Master.
Epiosde 5 – A Nest of Vipers
• Did not try to stab Ramsay Snow.
• Did not tell Tyrion that Cersei sent you.
• Chose to imprison the traitor.
• Had Rodrik stay behind.
Episode 6 – The Ice Dragon
• Lied to Margaery and had Sera dismissed.
• Agreed to marry Morgryn.
• Butchered Cotter for the blood magic ritual
• Poisoned Lord Whitehill and Lady Forrester
• Abandoned the North Grove to match to Ironrath.