Games of Thrones: Episode 5 – A Nest of Vipers Review (PS4)

As with most Telltale episodic games, this episode basically came out of nowhere. These episodes have been some of the most sporadic I’ve ever seen and the quality of the work that goes into them is lacking because of it. Anyway, here’s what I thought about the second to last episode of this seasons Game of Thrones.

If you can remember what happened the last episode, this episode picks up right where it left off with Rodrik. It just so happens that while Rodrik thinks he has the upper hand, he really doesn’t and Ramsey Snow is here to show him exactly how much power he has. While this episode really doesn’t concentrate on Rodrik all that much, there is some progression in the Rodrik/Elena storyline that might or might not influence you on what’s going to happen by the end of the episode. During your time in Ironwrath you’ll also learn who the traitor is. You’ve been hearing about someone being a traitor since a couple of episodes back and now you’ll finally learn who it was. I have to say that the reveal took me by surprise and it totally wasn’t who I thought it was.

Seriously…? During your short time in Ironwrath, there are events that take place which make Elena sad and upset, and then the next thing you know she’s in bed with Rodrik, that is if Rodrik plays his cards right. I found this scene to be unfitting at best. I mean this is a woman who was extremely stricken with grief in one scene and then has her legs spread open in the next. Maybe it’s just me but I thought that this scene was unfitting. I think that Telltale could have found a better way to solidify the relationship between Rodrik and Elena instead of the way they did.

Onto Garred who is still on the search for the North Grove making me think that we’ll never see the mysterious North Grove this season or even at all. Surprisingly not much time is spent with Garred this episode either. He’ll get a few scenes here and there as he tries to convince his companions that the North Grove is still worth looking for while taking on some White Walkers.

Not much time was spent with Mira this episode either, but the time that was spent with her was pretty damn interesting. After the events of last episode, Sera is basically done with Mira and with Tyrion locked up after the death of Joffery, her allies in Kings Landing are on the decline. All of Mira’s scheming has gotten the attention of Cersi though who decides that she’s going to use Mira for her own personal gain. She’s given a simple task of interrogating Tyrion to see who he is going to call as a witness in the trial, but this is Game of Thrones so nothing is ever simple.

Now onto Asher, the big star of this episode. He’s pretty damn proud of himself and of Beshka after successfully taking over Meereen for Daenerys and is expecting his reward of sell swords to take back to Ironwrath. Well as it turns out, Daenerys isn’t going to be giving you these sell swords because she just isn’t, she will keep Asher’s Uncle though who is all but happy to jump on the Mother of Dragons bandwagon. Asher will find his merry band of fighters though in the fighting pits of Meereen and it’s off to Ironwrath. Asher finally makes it home in this episode for a not so happy ending that will make the kill Kenny / not kill Kenny decision from The Walking Dead Season 2 seem like the easiest decision you’ve ever made with Telltale games.

Boo! Just Boo! As a watcher of Game of Thrones, Daenerys is one of my favorite characters. She’s unlike any of the other characters in the show and it makes her refreshing and someone that you want to root for even though you know that sometime during the next season there is always the possibility that she might die horribly. In the game it’s a complete 180 on her character as a whole. What the hell!? The Daenerys in the show is not the same Daenerys in the game. Not to mention that the voice acting is off which just ruins things even more. Daenerys is known for being fair yet in the game she’s more then happy to make false promises. To me this is just a total fail.

While the episode started out a little slow and seemed like it was going to just drag on forever, things slowly pick up towards the middle and leave you with an ending that is true to Game of Thrones since no one is truly ever happy. Your previous decisions can come back to bite you in the ass this time around and that’s what really makes this an interactive decision based game.

The playability is typical for this series as a whole and of course there were loading problems and a few minor freezing problems that seemed to carry on from the previous episode. Then there was the unexpected breaking up of pixels during a couple of scenes in the game where the image kind of went in and out. There was also a problem during the first scene of the game where there was some woman screaming but there was no screaming woman in the scene. Weird and sloppy.

I think I have finally come to the realization of why I am just absolutely hating on these graphics so much. It’s the texture! The texture is supposed to be painting like, I’m guessing, and it’s making the whole texture of the game just seem like sloppy graphic work. I’ve seen this type of graphics done in other games where it just worked, but in this game it’s a total failure.

Another 8 trophies come along with this episode and all you have to do to earn them is play the episode. Just one more episode to go and you’ll have the platinum trophy for this game as a whole.

As always this game is lacking in the multiplayer department and I for one am not complaining.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Great way to get things set into place before the final episode.
+ Decisions that really matter!
+ That ending.

What’s Not So Great:
Loading time problems, freezing problems, and now pixilation problems. What’s next?
Unnecessary scenes that are meant to progress the story but are done the wrong way.
Uncharacteristic portrayal of well known characters.

While I did enjoy playing this episode and seeing how the story progressed based on my decisions, there are a lot of things that I’m not enjoying making playing this series in a way counter productive. I will say that the final scene in the episode was done extremely well and portrayed the type of emotion that you get from playing Telltale games and making decisions throughout the game. The end, although heart breaking, was one of the best scenes in this game as a whole.

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

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 PS3 Review


WARNING – If you have not played this episode of The Walking Dead then please do not continue to read on. There will be some pretty major spoilers. Consider yourself warned.


The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 has finally arrived! This is the final episode of an already awesome season. The choices this episode are 10 times more tougher then any other episode even tougher then the ones last season. These choices will make you think and even make you question yourself in this amazing end to an awesome season.

The episode picks up right where episode 4 left off. You’re in the middle of a shoot out between the kid that you might have robbed in the previous episode and his gang of people and the group that you’re with. From there the episode takes you on a pretty crazy and intense ride. Who can you trust? Can you still trust the people that you once trusted? These are some of the decisions that you have to make throughout the episode. Loyalties will be questioned and you’ll find yourself stuck in the middle most of the time being pulled back and forth into one corner or the other. No matter which of the 5 endings you get, they all seem fitting depending on how you played Clem throughout the season. I thought that this episode did a good job of completing the season and making it whole. It also left enough unanswered questions to leave you wanting to see what’s going to happen in the next season.

This episode did an amazing job of keeping and holding onto my attention. I was fully immersed into the game and the only reason I had to pause a few times were because the decisions were just heart wrenching. I even liked the side story that played out between Luke, Bonnie, and Jane. Bonnie is in love with Luke, Luke is in lust with Jane, and Jane doesn’t really give a shit or at least she acts like she doesn’t. This made me see more of a human side of Bonnie, a character who I really didn’t like. I didn’t really like her in the 400 Days DLC and I wasn’t a fan of her when she was reintroduced in this season. The only thing I had a problem with and didn’t like was how she told Clem to go and save Luke because she was small. I mean really? Who the hell tells a kid to go and risk her life? I mean this has happened pretty much the whole season, but still. She almost had me on her side, right until that point.

Not only did this episode keep my attention, it made me feel things. Not really a big fan of Luke, I still cried when he died. Then, just when you think that the crying is done, I completely lost it with that flash back scene. That came totally from left field and I didn’t expect it at all. Seeing Lee again and hearing him say those things played a big part in my final absolutely heart wrenching decision. A video game hasn’t made me feel like this in a while and I found it refreshing.

The playability of this game was basically the same as the previous Walking Dead episodes this season. I do want to say that the shooting this time around as well as the controls were a little better then the previous ones. During the first couple of episodes I found the shooting and controls a little stiff and awkward, but found them way improved this time around. I’m hoping this trend continues into the next season. The only problem I had was with the loading times. I really really try to overlook these things, but it’s getting really hard to do so. The initial loading time before the “previously on The Walking Dead” took 3 minutes to load and then another 2 minutes to load into the actual episode. Loading time between scenes were just as long and the game seemed to almost freeze every time a trophy popped.

The graphics were the same in this episode as they were throughout the rest of the season. I do want to give some bonus points for the way the snow and ice was handled. I liked the detail and really liked the visuals during the blizzard scene where Clem is walking through the woods by herself to get to the rest stop. It made me feel like I was really in the game trying to see where to go.

There are 8 easy story related trophies for this episode. You’ll get all of them naturally as you play the game so there’s no need to worry about doing something special in order to get the trophy. Unlike with season 1, there is no platinum trophy with this season and I’m fine with it. Even though I’m a trophy hunter, I would play this game even without any trophies at all.

There was no multiplayer throughout this game, but that fenced area that the group came to rest at that one night totally felt like it could have been some sort of multiplayer map. I don’t want anyone to take that as a hint that I want multiplayer for this game though because I totally don’t.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Great story.
+ Great ending to a pretty awesome season.
+ Tough decisions that actually make you think.
+ Heart wrenching scenes.

What’s Not So Great:
Extremely slow loading times making it feel like the game has frozen

This episode and this season was completely amazing. I enjoyed playing as Clem since it was a completely different perspective then the first season. I thought it was nice having her story come full circle. When you first get introduced to Clem she’s just a little girl who wants to find her parents, at the end of this season she’s still just a little girl but has changed. Things have happened to her, she’s seen people that she’s grown to love die, but she’s not that same little girl that you were introduced to in the first season. Parts of her are there, but she’s grown stronger. She’s learned to take care of herself along with some pretty tough life lessons. I’m really excited about next season and can’t wait to play!

My Choices:
– I protected the baby.
– I didn’t try to help Luke.
– I didn’t ask to leave with Mike.
– I shot Kenny (you have no idea how much it pains me to write that I did this, but I had my reasons.)
– I left with Jane.

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The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 PS3 Review

Not only did this game start off on a high note, but it ended on one too. This game was hands down my favorite game this month. Even though I felt that the game struggled a little through the middle, the end definitely made up for it.

Also, a warning. There will be SPOILERS. You’ve been warned

The story picks up right where episode four left off. Wolf is standing in the room with the Crooked Man, Georgie, Jersey, Vivian, and the Tweedles(or just one if you killed the other…which I did). In that room you can accuse the Crooked Man of the murders of Faith and Lilly, but of course he’ll deny it. He’ll throw Georige under the bus for their murders just before he takes off with Bloody Mary leaving you alone in a room with people who don’t like you all that much.

After that you’ll embark on a high speed chase that was really well done and actually surprising. The scene was unexpected but I have to give it to Telltale for pulling it off as well as they did. After that you’ll deal with Georgie who tells you the Crooked Man ordered the hit on Faith and Lilly. Vivian tells you the truth behind the ribbons and Bloody Mary. After that you’re off to find the Crooked Man and Bloody Mary. The fight scene with Bloody Mary was another action intense scene that I also wasn’t expecting but thoroughly enjoyed it.

Decide what you’re going to do with the Crooked Man and after that stand trial. Try to win the crowd of fables in your favor and see how it ends. After that it seems all is well in Fabletown, but is it? Have one more conversation with Nerissa and you can see all along why I didn’t trust her.

This episode was truly exciting which was really unexpected. I wasn’t expecting it to be so action packed, but it was a pleasant surprise. I was totally hooked on this episode even though I thought it was a little shorter then the rest.

This episode ran just as smooth and flawless as the first episode. All the lag and freezing from the previous two episodes was gone making the playability smooth and effortless.

Graphics were the same as the previous four episodes and were really well done especially during the action scenes. I expected some minor flaws here and there during the action sequences, but there were none.

If you played your cards right, you’ll be getting 8 new trophies after this episode. Six for playing the story, one that is missable for unlocking all of the fables for this episode, and a shiny new platinum trophy. Unlike The Walking Dead, this platinum trophy has an actual image, not just an image of a platinum trophy. I really appreciate this too because it shows that thought was put into it.

Tip: There is only one missable fable and you can find it in Chapter 3. When talking to Bloody Mary, choose to actually talk to her and not hit her. This will unlock a fable and make you one stop closer to your trophy.

Of course there is no multiplayer and it’s not like you actually need it.

Overall I give this episode a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Great way to end the season.
+ Awesome action sequences.
+ A twist at the end.

What’s Not So Great:
A little on the short side.

Overall I really enjoyed this game. it had its ups and downs like any game, but it was really good. If you haven’t played this game, then I suggest you do. This is one game you don’t want to miss.

My Choices:
– I killed Georgie.
– I brought the Crooked Man back alive so that he would stand trial
– I threw the Crooked Man down the Witching Well.
– I accepted TJ’s gift for Snow.
– My last words to Nerissa were “I hope I’ve done some good here.”

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