Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series – Season One Review (PS3)

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

What’s Great:
+ 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.

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This Week in Trophies 12-27-2015 – 1-2-2016

What an exciting week for trophies. I finished two whole games this week, got two platinum trophies, one right before the new year and one after, started a new game and just about finished it, and played a few other games as well. Gaming was definitely good to me this week so here’s a look at what I got.

Game of Thrones – 100%

This game, oh this game. Completing the remaining 5 episodes this week was no easy task. If you played on the PS3 then you probably know why, if not you’ll just have to stick around and wait for my review. I will warn you that I am way behind in reviews, which are actually done but I just have to get around to posting them. I might start doubling up but we’ll see how things go.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 25%

I’m still basically just taking my time and playing this game in between other games at the moment. I’m really in no rush to finish and am just enjoying the time that I’m playing since it reminds me of playing on the PS2. I will say though that I’ve never gotten this far in the game though so I’m interested to see where the story goes with this edition of GTA.

Life is Strange – 100%

I was only really planning on playing one episode this week, but after the fourth episode I just had to see what was going to happen and how it all ended. I know, I know the reviews for this game are coming as well, but I have to say that I was blown away by this game. It was seriously one of my favorite games and I loved just about every single minute of it.

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Snoopy’s Grand Adventure – 91%

I know this is basically a kids game, but I seriously love anything Charlie Brown related. I still watch all the TV specials and when I noticed this game on sale during the holiday season, I knew I had to pick it up and give it a try. So, I started this game on the first of the year and am just about done with it. I finished the whole game and now I just have to go back and grab the rest of the collectibles before getting the platinum.

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And that was it for this week. A total of…drum roll please…87 trophies. Wow right? I can’t remember the last time I had a week this good. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on finishing up Snoopy’s Grand Adventure, continuing to play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, play a little more Fallout 4 as I hopefully get all of my crafting trophies this week, which is turning out to be a lot harder than I thought, start a new game, and go back and finish some DLC on Borderlands 2 for the PS3. How much will I get done? I’ll let you know next week.

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This Week in Trophies 11-20-2015 – 11-26-2015

I want to start off by saying that I hope everyone had a great holiday! While this week was super busy with the holiday, I was still able to pack in a bunch of game time and I did pretty well this week. With a total of 31 trophies, here’s how my week went.

Fallout 4 – 80%

Another three trophies for Fallout 4 taking me on step closer to the platinum for this game. I’m pretty sure I won’t be getting the platinum by the end of the year, but it’ll be pretty close. I’m still working on my first game as I try to finish up some random trophies which mostly involve crafting. While I didn’t play this game all that much this week, I’m looking forward to continuing my playthrough and starting a new one.

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Life is Strange – 55%

Three episodes down and two to go with this game and I am seriously loving every single minute of it. I really can’t say enough good things about this game. I’m a little behind in my reviews, but I promise that they are coming soon.

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Minecraft: Story Mode – 81%

I pushed myself to play this episode on Tuesday when it came out and while it was probably the second most interesting episode since the season opener, it still really wasn’t up to par with other Telltale games. I’m not really looking forward to a fifth and final episode, but it could turn around and be a good one so I won’t write this game off just yet.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas – 21%

I’ve been currently playing this game in my spare time so I’m not really getting that much game play in, but at least it’s something. I’m still enjoying my flashback to my PS2 days while playing and enjoying the overall game.

Game of Thrones – 21%

I know I didn’t like this game on the PS4 all that much, but I still wanted to give it a try on the PS3 just to see if my first impression of the game was inaccurate. So far, I would say that my first impression of the game was spot on. There are so many things wrong with the PS3 version of this game and when I complete the game to 100%, I’ll have a full review on it.

That was it for this week. For next week, I really expect more of the same. I’ll definitely be finishing up Game of Thrones this week by playing one episode a day. While I would like to do the same with Life is Strange, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to since those episodes are super long and it seems to take me twice as long to play each episode compared to a Telltale game. Other than Game of Thrones and Life is Strange, I’m going to continue playing some Fallout 4 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. I really want to start a new game this week, but I might hold off since the end of the month is coming and it always messes with my completion numbers. I’ll let you know how things went next week.

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Game of Thrones: Episode 6 – The Ice Dragon Review (PS4)

The final episode of Game of Thrones is finally here after 11 long months of waiting for this game as a whole to be complete. To be honest with you, since the last episode came out in July I really couldn’t even remember what the hell had actually happened. I mean I knew the big, and I mean really big, decision that took place, but for the life of me I couldn’t remember what else had happened that episode. Was it important, did it matter that I basically walked into this episode completely clueless as to what was going on? Keep reading to find out.

This episode starts out with this games most boring character who is just shoved down your throat each and every episode, Garred Tuttle. Out of all the characters who bit the dust in this last episode, I really wish he was one of them. This game has seriously made him out to be way more important then he should actually be and at this point I was tired of him. Anyway, this episode takes him right to the North Grove, one of the big mysteries surrounding this whole game. What is the North Grove, what does it do, and why does it need to be protected? During this episode you’ll kind of find out but still be left with a bunch of questions at the end.

Next it’s onto Mira at King’s Landing. The shit is hitting the fan over there because its King’s Landing, if you watch the show you know what I mean. Anyway Mira’s story can diverge into a lot of different paths this time around and honestly, for me, it was one of the more interesting storylines in this episode. Without going into that many spoilers at the moment, for me Mira’s story did not end well because apparently I don’t really know how to play the game that goes on at King’s Landing.

And finally onto Rodrik because I stupidly decided to keep him alive instead of Asher. I regretted my decision the moment this episode started and basically knew it wasn’t going to end well. The Whitehills are on the march to Ironwrath and the people of Ironwrath are outnumbered. Of course they are, Lord Whitehill has a whole damn army and the people of Ironwrath think that in some miraculous event they’ll actually defeat him, but they forget that this is Game of Thrones and things never end well for the people you’re rooting for. With Asher out of the picture I was really hoping to be able to play Beshka this time around, but it didn’t happen. (The way things ended, I’m thinking she’ll be one of the main characters next season.) Needless to say, the battle at Ironwrath is a complete bloodbath and the fighting doesn’t really come to a resolution by the end of the episode. You may think it does, but there’s still some uncertainty.

Kudos: While I didn’t care about this episode as much as I should since it was the final episode that I was waiting for, I’ll get into why in a little bit, I absolutely loved that little 10 minute display at the end of the episode that showed all of the decisions that were made and had all of the Game of Thrones actual cast talking about the Forresters depending on what decisions they made throughout the game. I thought it summed up the season really nicely and it was one of the highlights of the episode as a whole.

As much as I wanted to play this episode, I really couldn’t get into it. Yes, the storyline was interesting and there was a lot that took place and a lot of setup if Telltale decides to continue on with this and make another season, but part of why I couldn’t get into it was because this game took so damn long to be complete. There was absolutely no reason why it took 4 months for the final episode to come out. None at all. After the release of episode 5 it should have taken a minimum of a month for the final episode to be released. I really feel that Telltale dropped the ball with this game and it needs a lot of improvement if they want a second season to be successful.

Same Telltale game, unfortunately same playability. There were times when the game stalled on me and I was thinking “shit, I’m going to have to restart all over again” before the game actually decided to work again. I also had some minor loading problems and sometimes I would hear the dialog before a picture even came up. At one point, although not a major glitch, the beginning credits of who made the game stuck to the bottom right corner of the screen in a very faded out white, I thought it was my TV until the scene changed and it was gone. This lasted about 15 minutes and was just distracting. I will say that the battle scenes though were pretty flawless. Although they were just quick time events, If you’ve played Telltale games before you shouldn’t have been expecting anything different, I thought they were well done and I was extremely happy at the response time. I did the action that the screen told me to and was rewarded with it actually working.

This is my least favorite part of the review, the graphics. At first I was impressed this time around. Yes, I’ve complained about the Saturday Morning Special type graphics that was given to this Game of Thrones game, but I’ve gotten used to them even though I don’t like them. During the first couple of scenes, the backgrounds weren’t blurry painting like backgrounds, they were looking really good, especially the North Grove. At first the graphics were full of detail and I was surprised, but my surprise turned into disappointment as they went back to the blurry mess that they’ve been all season. It was like someone had tried and then gave up in the middle of the episode.

Finish this episode in its entirety and you’ll get yourself another 8 trophies along with the platinum trophy for this game if you’ve been playing all the episodes. Pat yourself on the back because even though this platinum wasn’t hard to get, all you had to do was play the game, it was probably one of the most tedious platinum trophies that I got all year.

No multiplayer for this game, and we should all give a thankful sigh of relief.

Overall I give this episode a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting overall storyline that ends the season on a not so high note, but in true Game of Thrones fashion.
+ Responsive quick time events that really matter during the battle scenes.

What’s Not So Great:
This episode took way too long to come out, as did the game as a whole making me just not care as much as I should have.
While it looked like the graphics were improving, whoever worked on them seemed to just give up midway and went back to how the graphics were in the previous episodes.
Stalling, loading time issues, and other common Telltale problems that I shouldn’t even have to go into detail about.

Overall I was pretty disappointed by this game as a whole. Game of Thrones is one of my favorite shows and I thought that if anyone could do a game version justice it would be Telltale. I was sadly mistaken and I’m not even sure if I would play a second season. The PS3 disc version of this game will have to be extremely cheap for me to actually want to play it again. While the overall story was interesting and it was nice to see the game branch out to a new house that isn’t developed in the show while incorporating the events of the show into the game along with the characters, I just don’t think it worked all that well. If you’re a fan of the show who’s been holding out to play this one, I just don’t know what to say this time around. If you’re set on playing then wait until there’s a sale on the disc version so that at least when you’re done you can turn around and sell it. If you’ve waited this long you can wait a little longer.

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

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This Week in Trophies 11-15-2015 – 11-21-2015

If you’ve been reading this blog then you should have seen this coming. This week is basically more of the same trophy wise since I’ve been concentrating on Fallout 4 since release, but I did switch it up a little and play the last episode of Game of Thrones since it was released on Tuesday. Not my greatest showing of trophies this week, but it wasn’t my worst either.

Fallout 4 – 40%

I can’t tell you enough how much I’m seriously loving this game. Every chance I get, it’s all I really want to play and it doesn’t matter if I do miscellaneous quests, side quests, or main quests, I’m just having a really great time playing. I even spend a lot of my time in the different settlement’s making improvements, planting crops, and just hanging out and crafting stuff. As I said last week, there are some minor bugs and glitches that I’ve encountered, but so far there isn’t anything that has ruined my gaming experience.

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Game of Thrones – 100%

11 months and 2 weeks. That’s how long I’ve been playing the game, not because I wanted to, but because of the crazy release schedule that came along with this game. I finally have the platinum for this game and I’ll have my full review of the final episode up on Wednesday.

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And that’s every trophy that I was able to get this week. This upcoming week is basically going to be more of the same. I’m not going to make any promises, but I might try to finish up my Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune crushing playthrough this week. It’s the last trophy I need for the platinum and my deadline for making my 50 platinum goal by the end of the year is coming up so it might motivate me to take a day away from Fallout 4. I’ll let you know if I was able to play anything else next week.

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Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – How is it possible to have the Game of Thrones platinum trophy before the last episode is released?

Submitted by AnonymousHow is it possible to have the Game of Thrones platinum trophy before the last episode is even available?

This is a good question and there are a couple of answers for this question depending on whether you’re dealing with the PS3 or PS4 version of this game. One possible answer that is true for both consoles is that since the percentage for the platinum is extremely low, both on Playstation and various trophy sites, this could mean that there are testers, reviewers, and etc that have access to the episodes, even the final episode, before release. Once they play and complete the final episode, along with all the other episodes, this person will then have the platinum trophy before everyone else.

Since PS4 trophies, unlike PS3 trophies, cannot at the moment be hacked there is no way the PS4 version has hacked trophies. However, I’ve been hearing of a glitch on the PS4 where if you play one game while downloading another, trophies start randomly popping. I haven’t experienced this myself since I rarely play a game while one is downloading, but apparently it’s a thing. While this only applies to the PS4 version, people playing the PS3 version who were not testers or reviewers probably hacked the trophy list.

Moving on, the way to tell if a trophy list is hacked is to look at the time stamps. When dealing with Telltale games, there should be a good amount of time between each trophy. If you see someone with a trophy list where the trophies are seconds apart, without the possibility of cross-save data, then you know that the trophy list was hacked or not gained legitimately.

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Turning Movies and TV Shows into Games

We’ve already discussed when games get turned into these huge motion pictures along with when they work and when they don’t work, but what about when it’s the other way around. What happens when movies and TV shows get turned into games? Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad, really bad.

So when are these types of games actually good? They’re good when they’re cohesive with the movie / show that they’re taking on. They have to have the same qualities that the movie / show has and branch out to let you play in that already created universe. It also helps if you can get the people in the movie / show to actually voice the characters in the game, if not it’s just a waste of time and really takes away from the experience as a whole. These types of games can be considered bad when they’re just a money grab. The people who decided to make this game based off of a movie / show know that people who watch might also be gamers and might also play the game so they release some half-assed excuse for a game that just adds no value to the movie / show the game is based on.

I know I’ve had some squabbles with Telltale’s version of Game of Thrones, but it is seriously one of the best TV to game adaptations available. I’ve complained about the graphics and the playability in various different reviews along with how some of the original show characters aren’t panning out like they should, yes I’m talking about Daenerys, but the one thing that it has is a story that is most of the times cohesive with the show’s events while telling a completely different story within the same setting. Sounds complicated, which is the definition of Game of Thrones, but it’s not and when you compare it to other movies and TV shows that have been turned into games, it really shines.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones isn’t the only game out there based on a movie / show that is actually good. I did find enjoyment from games like Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse and South Park: The Stick of Truth. I’m even eagerly awaiting the new South Park game that was announced this year at E3. Not to mention that I enjoyed The Godfather on the PS2 as well as The Godfather II on the PS3.

Now when it comes to those bad movie / show games, I would have to say the absolute worst one I have ever played, and yes I might lose some gamer respect, is Desperate Housewives: The Game. Not only did it constantly crash making me lose my save more then once, but it was just bad. I seriously have no idea how IGN gave this game an 8.2, but this game was like The Sims gone wrong and it all took place in the Desperate Housewives universe. The shows characters looked just weird in game, the game didn’t in any way enhance the show nor was it cohesive with the show, and let’s not forget all of the product placement advertisements that were littered throughout the game. This game was a very clear and desperate money grab which sadly I got sucked in because of my love for the show and ended up with a game that is now tucked away somewhere in a closet to hide my shame.

So while I’m all for game adaptations of my favorite movie and TV shows, I would like them to actually be good. I want them to have the actual cast from the movie or the show voice the characters in the game and I want a story that is cohesive and is able to enhance my playing and viewing experience. I know, I know! I’m asking for a lot, but what can I say I usually have high expectations and get disappointed quite a bit. If a game based on a movie / show can do this, then I’m a happy gamer.

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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.

Game of Thrones

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This Week in Trophies 07-19-2015 – 07-25-2015

Not a whole lot to brag about this week as I’m currently trying to finish two games while I just started a new one. Luckily the newest episode of Game of Thrones was released this week so it bumped up my lackluster trophies just a bit. Here’s what I got this week.

Fallout 3 – 2%

This isn’t my first time playing Fallout 3, but it is my first time playing with trophies. I remember playing this game when it first came out and then dying just as soon as I left the vault and completely giving up on the game. That was before RPG’s became my very favorite video game genre. I bought the game a few years back and finally decided to give it another go with the upcoming release of Fallout 4. I plan on leisurely playing this game in order to get a better feel for it this time around.

Rocket League – 87%

No platinum trophy this week, but I’m almost there. Currently I’m grinding out the Stocked trophy. I’m really close to having all the collectibles and once I do that should unlock the Battle-Car Collector trophy since I’m just missing Sweet Tooth. After that I just need to play with a friend to get my platinum.

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Game of Thrones – 78%

The newest episode was pretty unexpected, but not unwelcome as I’m eager to finish up this game to see how it all ends. I’m thinking that Telltale is going to release the final episode before the holiday season so they can have the full game out on disc just in time for all the major holiday shopping. I’ll have my review up for the latest episode, A Nest of Vipers, by Wednesday.

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And that was it for this week. A pretty slow week, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to finish up two games at once and then just to add something new to the mixture you start a new game. So this week I’ll be spending most of my Sunday playing Fallout 3 and then it’s back to work for the rest of the week trying to finish up Rocket League, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and Sparkle 2. I’ll try not to start anything new this week, but you never know especially when boredom kicks in.

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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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