Frequently Asked Video Game Questions – How long does it take to get the Game of Thrones Platinum?

Submitted by Anonymous How long does it take to get the Game of Thrones Platinum?

The answer to this question depends on which Game of Thrones game you’re talking about. If you’re talking about the Game of Thrones game that isn’t from Telltale, then I have no idea because I never played that game. I know it exists but I also heard that it was really horrible so I completely skipped that even though I love the show. If you’re talking about the Telltale Game of Thrones game, then it should take you around 15 hours depending on how long it takes you to get through the story.

All six episodes for this game are available right now so you don’t have to wait for them to be released on Telltale’s time table. Each episode is about 1 ½ – 2 ½ hours long so it just depends on how many episodes you want to play in a day. If you wanted to spend all day playing this game and getting the platinum trophy for it in one sitting, you possibly could. When it comes to these games though and all the episodes are released, I at least like to play an episode a day because if not I feel like I get burnt out on the game itself, but that’s just me.

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Batman – Episode 1 – Realm of Shadows Review (PS4)

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I have to admit that I’ve never really been a huge Batman fan. I’ve always thought his story has been a bit cheesy and for me he was never all that interesting compared to other super heroes such as the X-Men. An X-Men Telltale game would be awesome by the way, but anyway that’s not why you’re here. You’re to see what a non Batman fan thought of the new Telltale episodic series. Keep reading to find out what I thought of episode one and if I’m regretting the season pass I purchased.

Side Note: I want to apologize in advance if any of my Batman knowledge is off. The only thing Batman related that I’ve ever watched was the 1989 version of Batman and the 1992 Batman Returns. I also watch Gotham, but that concentrates more on the villains than Batman himself.

Episode one deals heavily with the fact that being both Batman and Bruce Wayne is this huge struggle for not only Bruce, but the people around him. One minute he’s successful business tycoon Bruce Wayne and the other he’s Batman, someone people either admire or fear all together. That’s where the player’s choice comes in, but I’m not going to spoil it for anyone. Bruce is trying to help Harvey Dent become the new mayor of Gotham, that is until Don Falcone gets involved. Throughout the game it’ll be exposed that Bruce’s parents, who were murdered in front of him as a child, weren’t the outstanding citizens of Gotham everyone thought they were. This will cause some issues between Bruce and Harvey as well as Bruce and his trusty man servant Alfred. With Bruce’s whole life turned upside down, will Batman be the hero that everyone wants him to be or will he end up becoming the villain?

I really enjoyed the first episode of this game. It had action, it had adventure, it had some detective work with some super cool gadgets, and the story was very engaging. It’s been a while since I’ve been this into a Telltale game and I’m excited to see this company making some sort of a comeback from less than adequate games that have been released in the past year. Although there wasn’t something that I didn’t like playing in this episode, I really really enjoyed the detective work. It reminded me of the scenes from Heavy Rain when you’re playing as Jayden investigating the crime scenes. The story was also very intriguing and it’s a side of Batman/Bruce Wayne that I’ve never seen before and while Batman is of course the main star, the supporting cast is just as important making this even more interesting.

Umm… So I’m not really sure if this is how it goes in the comics or anything, remember I said I had a limited perspective when it came to Batman, but I don’t think Cobblepot and Bruce were ever best friends as children. While I’m waiting to see how this story plays out, I’m really not sure what to think of this yet.

Everyone knows that the playability of Telltale games has been a huge issue for this company since the beginning of their games. There’s been everything from loading issues, to random glitches, to laggy game play, and of course trophy pop issues. While they had said at E3 that they weren’t using a new engine but an improved one, I was doubtful that any of these issues would ever be fixed. I was happy to say that while playing Batman, I didn’t experience any of these issues and it was smooth sailing for the whole episode. Even the quick time events have become more responsive and have more fluidity to them as they run super smoothly. I was impressed with the way the first episode handled and I’m hoping this is a step in the right direction.

While these were basically the same graphics that are used for every Telltale game, they really fit when it comes to this game. Mostly because they’re comic book / graphic novel type graphics and Batman is basically a comic book. While I had mentioned a lot how these graphics looked weird for Game of Thrones, they look amazing for Batman. It’s a whole perspective thing and the experience was enhanced on the PS4 as more details stood out and everything just looked amazing.

Complete this episode and you’ll be adding another 6 trophies to your gamer card. If you play all 5 episodes that are coming out, you’ll have yourself a new platinum trophy by the end. Telltale has also gone back to their simple trophies for this game, making it more about the game instead of doing X, Y, and Z in order to get this trophy. All you have to do is play the game and get through each chapter so the trophies are yours.

For a long time Telltale games have been multiplayer free, that is until now. With the introduction of this game came the introduction of Crowd Play which is a local multiplayer feature. Crowd Play is designed for 4-12 users and allows not only you the player, but those people around you to make the decisions of the game. In order for this to work you need a Telltale account, which I do not have so I was unable to use this feature. For the next episode though I’ll have everything setup so that I can test this for myself and see just how good it works or if it has any hindrance on the game.

Overall I give this episode a 4.5 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that is also engaging and makes you want to come back for more.
+ Improved engine is really improved and so far all of the past troubles are gone.
+ Quick time events are also improved making the game play more fluid.
+ Great cast of supporting characters making this game not only about Batman, but the people around him.

What’s Not So Great:
Crowd Play feature requires you to have a Telltale account and since I don’t have one I was unable to test it. Because of this I can’t give it a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

This is the first Telltale game since Tales from the Borderlands that I’ve been really excited about. I’m eager to play the next episode and see where things go. I really enjoyed that this is a much darker side to Batman and Bruce Wayne that hasn’t really been seen before, the only thing that has me a little worried with this game is the release schedule. If it’s progressive and each episode is released in a certain time frame everything should be good. If a year later, the last episode is just coming out then there’s a problem. We’ll have to see how Telltale is going to handle this, but right now I would say that if you like narrative stories and are a fan of Telltale games than don’t pass this one up.

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

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Throwback Thursday Review – Poker Night at the Inventory 2

Who wouldn’t want to play poker with a bunch of video game / cartoon characters? Well, maybe some people might not want to, but I couldn’t wait for the chance to play and when this game was offered for free thanks to PS+, I jumped at the chance to play. After hours upon hours of playing, here’s what I thought about the game.

There really isn’t a story to this game. You take the roll as “The Player” who has been invited to this very exclusive club to play a round of poker with Claptrap, Sam & Max, Brock Samson, and Ash Williams. This game of poker will be dealt by the very sarcastic GLaDOS who always has something funny to say. Make sure you eliminate all the other players in order to win the round but if you’re eliminated it’s game over and you’ll have to start again. Each time you play the characters you’re playing against will offer a bounty. Complete the bounty tasks that are given to you and you’ll win a prize.

Whether you play the Texas Hold’Em style of poker or Omaha, you’ll get the same cut scenes and dialogue so you should pick the game that you’re good at and that you know well. Other then that it’s pretty easy to spend a couple of hours at a time playing this game. After a while though it does get pretty repetitive to the point that I was skipping scenes whenever I could. Even though you can change the layout of the game when you start unlocking different chips, cards, and sets it still gets repetitive and after a while of playing I really just wanted to finish the game and move on.

The playability for this game is super simple. All you really have to do is know how to play poker. If you don’t, you can probably quickly learn just by playing the game. You can buy the other guys drinks to make them a little sloppy but it really doesn’t work all that well and you’re better off just playing regularly. Then there was the fact that the game is plagued with major bugs. Game breaking bugs like the whole game freezing and you’ll have to constantly restart your PS3. This was not fun and after a while I thought I would just give up and not even go for all the trophies for this game especially if it meant damaging my PS3. At times I even had to unplug my PS3 system since I couldn’t even get it to restart. Not good.

The graphics for this game are pretty standard when it comes to Telltale games. It has all the basics that a Telltale game has which is basically a graphic novel / comic book style of graphics. There’s nothing really special about them, but they’re fitting for this game.

As for trophies, there are 13 trophies to get for this game. While they aren’t hard, they aren’t all that easy either. You should really just play the game and not try to get the trophies since they’ll come naturally while you play. The only one you’ll have to really try for is the We Are The 1% trophy which requires you to have an accumulated total of one million dollars.

There is no multiplayer for this game and I’m pretty grateful since there were so many bugs. I would like to say that this game had some major potential for multiplayer and it would have been pretty nice to compete against other players, but I’m glad it didn’t.

Overall I give this game a 3 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Cool concept of playing poker with some memorable video game and carton characters.
+ If you like poker there is no reason why you wouldn’t like this poker game.

What’s Not So Great:
Gets repetitive really really quickly and soon becomes very boring.
Game breaking bugs that make you restart your system and even unplug it at times. Like I said before, not good.

If you didn’t get this game for free, I would suggest passing on this one unless you’re that big of a poker fan and you want to play a game based on playing poker. This isn’t the strongest game in the collection of Telltale games, but it isn’t the worst either.

Next week, I’ll be reviewing a game that is one of my all time top 10 games that I’ve ever played. Journey has to be one of the best games that I’ve ever played. It’s not a huge big budget AAA game, but it’s simple and has a ton of meaning to it.

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DLC As A Timed Exclusive

Console wars have been a thing for such a long time now that it is seriously getting just tiresome with each company trying desperately to one up the other company time and time again. What makes it even more ridiculous is this now overused concept of “timed exclusives.” Not only does it affect releases of full games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, because boo-hoo Microsoft doesn’t have anything to compete with Uncharted, but it also affects DLC releases as well.

I was genuinely excited about the new Jaws of Hakkon DLC that was announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition but was then totally bummed out when I heard that it was going to be available on Xbox and PC first with the official word of a PS4 release date being to “just stay tuned to our social channels for more news.” So now I have to wait for DLC because I chose to buy a PS4 instead of an Xbox One? Sure, this DLC could be out for the PS4 tomorrow or by next week, but this also means that it could take weeks before it comes out for the PS4. Take all of the DLC for Skyrim for example. How long did it take for the DLC to be released on PS3 when people were already playing it on the 360? Since I was a late bloomer when it came to Skyrim, I only had to wait a month before getting all of the DLC, but that doesn’t make it right for PS3 owners who bought this game the same time as 360 owners and then had to wait all that time for extra content.

This isn’t the first or even the last time this is going to happen either. Since I’m not a big Call of Duty DLC fan, I really don’t follow all of the DLC releases, but year after year, all Call of Duty DLC comes out on Xbox first before releasing on Playstation. This is supposed to be fair for all of those Playstation users who drop tons of money on season passes for DLC?

I don’t even think it’s fair that Xbox has to wait a day to get the next episode releases for Telltale games. People who purchased season passes for games like Tales from the Borderlands, Games of Thrones, or some of the many other Telltale releases should get the episodes when they’re released, not the next day because they have a console other then Playstation.

This whole thing with DLC being timed exclusives for consoles is just childish especially because it isn’t even for a full game it’s just for some extra content. If the people at Microsoft think that people are going to run out and buy themselves an Xbox One just because they get some Dragon Age: Inquisition content and Call of Duty content before PS4, then I think that they are sorely mistaken. But when it comes to the blame for this I can’t just blame Microsoft or Sony, I have to blame the game developer as well. They’re the ones that give this the OK basically saying that they think one system is better then the other and clearly you should be playing their game on that system. If a game is going to be exclusive to one console then it should be an all or nothing deal instead of it being that everyone can have the game on release day but then some people are going to have to wait longer then others to purchase DLC.

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Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords Review (PS4)

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.

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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

What’s Great:
+ 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.

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Review (PS4)

So this is the very last time I will be playing this game. Seriously. The last time. I have to admit though I really didn’t want to play this game again. I had a horrible time with the Vita version, you can see my review here, and I was just dreading playing it again. I was going to put it in the back of the pile and look at it when I was ready to, but decided that it was probably best to just get it over with. Here’s what I thought about the PS4 version.

For this season you’ll of course play as Clementine. On her own basically since Lee’s departure in the first game, you can’t really count on Christa and Omid to look after her at the beginning of the game. I mean, seriously, who lets a little girl go into a bathroom alone in the first place? Even without a zombie apocalypse, it’s just something that you don’t do. Anyway events that take place leave her even more alone and struggling to make it on her own. She’s really only a little girl, but because of this new world she’s not seen like that.

Throughout the course of the game you’ll be reunited with an old friend, make some new ones, and you’ll sure as hell make some enemies this time around. The characters are the shining stars of this season as each of them will have their own opinion about Clem depending on what she does or doesn’t do. Some will of course hate you at first and then change their minds while others will maybe hate you throughout the whole game. You’ll make some pretty hard choices and then make a few heart breaking choices in the end. How you finish Clementine’s story is completely up to you.

Even though this is the third time I played this game, a third time that I didn’t’ even want to do, I have to say I was pulled back into this Walking Dead universe that Telltale has created. I was bitter at first since I had such a bad experience with the Vita, but soon got over it and was hooked in the story once again. Everything from the course of what happens in these five episodes all the way up to the new characters were things that kept me coming back even though I of course knew how it was going to end. If there’s one thing that Telltale does right every time is they know how to keep it interesting. Unlike the first season there was no dragging episode. Each of them were as interesting as the previous one and had me hooked.

What an improvement with the playability. While the PS3 had its normal issues and the PS Vita was the absolute worst, the PS4 just shined. Everything from slow loading and freezing to slow trophy pops and just weird animations were fixed. I seen absolutely none of these in the PS4 version. I was completely and utterly shocked. I thought that if the PS Vita version felt rushed and just used as a money grab that this would be the same, but it was the complete opposite. This game was completely bug and glitch free which was just shocking and a nice little bonus.

The graphics are the same for this version as they were for the PS3 and PS Vita version. Like the PS4 version of Season 1, they seemed to be a little crisper and gone were the weird shadows from the Vita version along with the little pixels of light peaking in from the buildings. Everything about the graphics was just flawless.

After playing through 5 episodes you’ll get 40 new trophies. Don’t worry about how you play the game and just play because no matter what you’ll get these trophies. No platinum this time around, but I could care less. I didn’t play this game on different consoles and multiple times for a platinum, I played it because I genuinely enjoy this game and want to see how each version differs from each other.

No multiplayer to report on, and I seriously never get tired of writing that. Single player games for the win.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great
+ Same great story that made an unforgettable season.
+ New favorite characters and some old friends.
+ Glitch and bug free! No more loading, freezing, or trophy pop issues.
+ 5 Unique endings.

What’s Not So Great:
I really don’t have any complaints about the PS4 version of this game.

If you haven’t played this game yet, then why the hell not? Seriously, even if you aren’t a Walking Dead fan you should still pick up this game. Not only does it have amazing story telling, but you’ll become immersed in the world that Telltale created for this game. My only recommendation is to play it on the PS4. While the PS3 version was standard, the PS Vita version was awful. If you want the best experience then the PS4 is the place to get it.

SPOILERS! Below are all of the choices that I made throughout the game. I tried to mix things up as much as possible from my previous two playthroughs.

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The Walking Dead Season 2
The Walking Dead Season 2
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The Walking Dead Season 2

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Throwback Thursday Review – The Walking Dead Season 1 (PS Vita)

So this was another Black Friday deal that I picked up last year. I had really enjoyed the first season on the PS3 and decided why the hell not get it for the PS Vita especially since it was on sale. When I first got it I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be like, but was excited to see the differences from the PS3 version. Here’s what I thought about Season 1 on the PS Vita.

Of course the main story of the game is the same. You’ll play as Lee who not only has to survive a zombie apocalypse, but who also has to look out for Clementine. Both of them are alone and as much as Clem depends on Lee to take care of her, Lee depends on Clem as well. Depending on the choices that you make along the way people you meet, even Clem, will react differently towards you. You’ll make friends and enemies along the way and make some pretty life altering decisions while playing.

No matter how many times I’ve played this game, I’ve always been totally immersed in it when I was playing. Each time after the first, I knew the story, knew the characters, and knew how it would end but it didn’t matter. This is one of those games that has a very well told story no matter the decisions that you make along with an amazing cast of characters that you’ll either love or hate. I actually liked playing this game again because it made me see characters differently the second time around. I didn’t think of Lilly as just a bitch, but someone who was scared on the inside and just like everyone else was trying to survive. One of the good things about waiting for the disc version of this game was that I didn’t have to wait until each episode came out. If I felt like playing another episode it was right there for me to play.

While the PS3 version of this game had glitchy controls, I found the PS Vita version much easier to play. The shooting scenes became easier when all I had to do was tap the zombies or whoever on the head with the Vita’s touch screen. I really enjoyed the use of the touch screen and was able to enjoy the game a little bit more on the Vita because the playability was just flawless. I recommend using the controls to walk and then the touch screen for everything else. Of course there was the usual lag when loading and unlocking the trophies that occurred in the PS3 version.

The graphics on the game were the same as the PS3 version just smaller to fit the PS Vita screen. Even on a smaller screen the comic book style of graphics really works for this game. Sometimes scaled down to that size makes a lot of graphics just absolute crap, but that doesn’t happen with this game making the graphics enjoyable not only on a big screen but on a small one as well.

There are a total of 49 trophies for this game including the 8 trophies you’ll get from the DLC. If you waited for the disc version you’ll get the DLC included with your purchase which is a nice little bonus. All of the trophies are easy. Play the game and you’ll get a new platinum by the time the last trophy pops. There are only two missable DLC trophies but you can always replay those scenes with ease to go back and get them. I like that you don’t have to do specific things to get the trophies for this game. If you had to make certain decisions for certain trophies to pop it would really ruin the story that Telltale is trying to tell with this game.

Bonus points for no multiplayer. I have to say that I’m always glad when Vita games do not have multiplayer attached with them. For some reason I always have the most difficult time with any game on the Vita that requires multiplayer.

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Telltale really knows how to tell a story in their games and this is one of the best.
+ Interesting main and supporting characters that are memorable.
+ Nice use of the Vita controls
+ Cool comic book style graphics that are fitting for the game.

What’s Not So Great:
The usual lag with loading and trophy pops.

While I enjoyed this version and really had no problem other then the usual lag when loading and trophies, I still recommend the PS4 version with the Vita version coming in at a really close second. I had a lot of fun playing this game the three times that I did and I can’t wait to see what’s to come with this series.

Join me next week when I review my first Lego game ever. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes. At first I have to say that I scoffed at all Lego games. I thought they were child games that should be played by children not adults. I couldn’t believe so many adults on my friends list were actually playing these games so I just had to see what all the fuss was about.

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The Wolf Among Us Review (PS Vita)

I played this game once already this year on my PS3 and thought it was pretty bad ass so when I noticed it was on sale for Black Friday, I decided to pick it up and give it a try for the Vita. I think one of the reasons why I enjoy this game so much is because it’s like Once Upon a Time but just grittier. Anyway, here’s what I thought about the Vita version.

Just like the PS3 version, this game revolves around Bigby Wolf. Yes, he’s the Big Bad Wolf but in Fabletown he’s the sheriff. You’ll play as Bigby as he tries to uncover the mysterious and gruesome murders of two prostitutes Faith and Lilly. Following this case and trying to find the murderer will only lead Bigby down an even more complicated path filled with twists and turns eventually uncovering a lot more then just who committed these murders. Throughout the game you’ll have interactions with different fable’s, some who you might know and some who you might not. Each of them have their own stories to tell and haven’t exactly been on easy street while making the transition from fable to normal person. In the end, what you do and say will make your fellow fables decide how they feel about you. Will they still see you as the Big Bad Wolf or will they just see you as the new sheriff? The choice is yours in this interactive story from Telltale.

As much as I couldn’t get enough of the game on the PS3, it was the same with the Vita version. I remembered the story well enough but it still felt new and just as interesting as the first time I played it. It was enjoyable to revisit Fabletown and change around my decisions to see how the other fables would now react to Bigby. I did see a difference in the way that Bigby was treated, but ultimately things seemed to be pretty much the same as they were the first time I played.

I felt a little trepidation going into this game after the experience that I had with The Walking Dead Season 2 on the vita. I hated thinking that this game would probably be the same since they were released around the same time meaning they were probably in production around the same time. What I found was that some things changed but some things stayed the same. The controls didn’t switch back and forth on me from touch screen to controls and I was able to just use the controls the whole time and not the touch screen. Even though that wasn’t a problem, the lag time and glitchy loading times were a major problem with this game. Sometimes it took anywhere from 2-3 minutes for the game to load the next scene. During some of this time I would hear what was going on but the game would be stuck on loading and then would have to spend the next few minutes playing catch up. This was annoying and made those parts in the game annoying. Action scenes were laggy and slow making me miss some of the action buttons and ultimately caused me to not have the scene play out the way I wanted it to.

Boo! As much as I love Telltale games, it’s becoming a little tiring the way that they perform. If the game isn’t up to standards and isn’t performing well then it shouldn’t be released on that platform plain and simple. Get your games to work as flawlessly as possible before releasing them. People will wait for a Vita version!

The graphics were the exact same as on the PS3 which is fine because I didn’t expect it to change. I liked the graphics on the PS3 and I liked them on the Vita. The only graphical problem I had was with that damn border around the screen. I have no idea why the hell Telltale thinks adding this to the Vita version is a good thing. The screen is small enough that I don’t need the border acting as a distraction during the game.

There are a total of 36 trophies for this game and they’re an exact copy from the PS3 version. If you already played this on the PS3 then you know how to unlock all of the Librarian trophies which are the only ones that are missable throughout the whole game. If not, you can take a look at each of my reviews for the PS3 and see how to get those trophies:

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3
Episode 4
Episode 5

After completing all of these trophies you’ll walk away with a brand new platinum trophy to add to your list.

No multiplayer for this game as always.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Interesting story that will keep you playing.
+ An interesting take on characters that you may already know from other fairytales.

What’s Not So Great:
Glitchy and laggy gameplay that plagues just about every Telltale game.
That damn border around certain scenes. It isn’t even consistent!

If you’re going to play this game I would suggest picking it up on the PS3 instead of on the Vita. This is truly a pretty awesome game and if it’s your first time playing it you deserve to play a better version of it. I do have to say though that they way it ended I’m expecting a Season 2 which hopefully happens soon.

SPOILERS! Below are the choices that I made throughout the game.

Episode 1
• Gave Faith money
• Stayed out of Beauty and Beast’s problems
• Decided to help Prince Lawrence first
• Prevented Prince Lawrence’s death
• Pointed the finger at Faith’s pimp for murder
• Arrested Tweedle Dee

Episode 2
• Sympathized with Crane
• Persuaded Tweedle Dee to talk
• Let Snow decide to come to the Trip Trap
• Didn’t hit Georgie
• Never had Beast at my mercy

Episode 3
• Didn’t interrupt Snow
• Investigated Crane’s apartment first
• Made a deal with Jack
• Offered Flycatcher a job
• Didn’t burn Greenleaf’s tree
• Didn’t kill Tweedle Dum

Episode 4
• Decided to not send Colin to the farm
• Did not try to remove Nerissa’s ribbon
• Went to the Lucky Pawn first
• Decided Toad should not go to the farm
• Responded to the Crooked Man by lighting a cigarette

Episode 5
• Left Georgie to die
• Gave the Crooked Man a trial
• Threw the Crooked Man down the Witching Well
• Accepted T.J’s gift for Snow
• Told Nerissa “I hope I’ve done some good here”

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The Walking Dead Season 1 Review (PS4)

This is most likely the last time that I’m going to be playing this game. Having already played it on the PS3 and PS Vita, I was more then eager to see how The Walking Dead Season 1 played out on the PS4. Here’s what I thought about my final playthrough.

As with the PS3 and PS Vita versions, Season 1 revolves around Lee and Clementine as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse. You’ll play as Lee, who either has the best luck in the world or the worst. I mean come on the guy is being hauled off to jail and then boom zombie apocalypse and no more jail, but there are zombies. I guess you really can’t have it all, but you’ll now be in charge of Clementine. You’ll meet her in the first few minutes of the game and for the rest of the game it’ll be up to you to take care of her and make decisions that you think are best for her.

Throughout the game you’ll also be introduced to a variety of other characters. Some of them you’ll form friendships with and some you won’t. Some people will downright hate you and you’ll probably hate them to, but you’ll have to work together in order to survive. Will you try hard to keep your group together or will you let them crumble from the inside and eventually turn against each other? The choice is up to you on how you play it.

It’s been just about a year since I’ve played this game on the PS Vita, so while it was still familiar it was also sort of new. I was still really into this game as I played even though I knew what was going to happen. I was even able to catch a few things that I didn’t in my previous two playthroughs. Playing through this game again also made me see just how much I truly enjoy this game series. Not only is it engaging, but it also pulls at your emotions. You don’t get the happy ending your expecting, you get pure heart break, but it’s what you can expect when the world turns to crap and the dead are up and walking.

I was pleasantly surprised at the playability of this game. There were a bunch of improvements from the PS3 version of this game. Gone were the slow loading times and glitchy movements. The game no longer stalled when trophies popped and I was truly impressed at the improvements with this game. The only thing that disappointed me a little was that the touch pad on the PS4 controller wasn’t used. I at least expected it to be used during the quick time cinematics where you have to move left, right, up, or down. This isn’t a big deal though and doesn’t make this game lose any points for me.

While the graphics were the same as the PS3 and PS Vita version, I found the graphics to be a little more crisp on the PS4. This is one of the games that Telltale excel’s at because of the comic style graphics. This game is based on the comic book version of The Walking Dead and the graphics show that. This doesn’t mean that every game has to have these types of graphics just because it works for this game.

There are a total of 49 trophies for this game. 41 from the actual game and then another 8 for the 400 days DLC. Each of the trophies, with the exception of some DLC trophies, are gained just by playing the game. Play through all 5 episodes and you’ll have a new platinum trophy for your hard work. If you bought the retail version of this game then you’re in luck because the 400 Days DLC is included. Play through the DLC and you’ll also have those trophies so you can have a 100% completion on the whole game. Only 2 trophies in the DLC will require you to do something besides playing the story but they aren’t hard to get. If you mess up you can always go back and replay those stories again.

Kudos for no multiplayer!

Overall I give this game a 5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Captivating story that will make you keep playing.
+ Interesting characters that only enhance game play.
+ Gone were the lag times, slow loading times, and glitchy gameplay.

What’s Not So Great:
I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like or would want changed.

If you haven’t played this game yet and you’re wondering what console you should buy it on, you should definitely play it on the PS4. This version is more enhanced and a lot of the problems that plagued the PS3 version are gone. If you’ve already played this game, I would even suggest picking it up and playing it again on the PS4. Not for the trophies, but for the actual game itself. This is one of those games that shouldn’t be passed up and is very much worth it to play again.

SPOILERS! Below are all of the choices that I made throughout the game. I tried to mix things up as much as possible from my previous two playthroughs.

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Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron from Ice Review (PS4)

I absolutely love Game of Thrones. I never miss an episode and when I watch it’s the only thing that I do. For this show alone I put down my PS Vita and take a break from gaming. That should tell you just how much this show means to me. I’ve seen the other Game of Thrones game that came out for the PS3, but let’s be honest it looked like crap so I skipped it. When I heard TellTale was doing a Game of Thrones game, I knew it had to be done right so here’s what I thought about the first episode:

The main story of the game revolves around House Forrester which you don’t see in the show. This makes sense since die hard fans of the show, like myself, aren’t upset that you’re changing the course of the show. The episode takes place between the happenings of the epic Red Wedding and the Royal Wedding episodes of the TV show. In this first episode you’ll get the chance to play three different characters, just like the show this episode is filled with a bunch of characters and you’ll probably remember half of them.

You’ll first play as Garred Tuttle, promoted squire of Lord Forrester. You’ll see his journey starting at the Red Wedding and make some pretty serious choices that alter the course of his whole life. Are you making the right decisions? The wrong ones? Just like with the actual show it’s never really clear what’s right and what’s wrong in this game. Events of the game force Garred to be sent to The Wall and you’ll have to see where that goes in the next episode.

The second character you’ll get to play is Ethan Forrester. Due to the events of the Red Wedding and House Forrester backing the Starks, you’ll be the new lord. Still a child, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions on how to rule your newly acquired lands. Do you do things to please your family or your people? How are those choices going to effect everyone who now depend on you to make the hard decisions.

Finally you’ll get to play as the eldest daughter of House Forrester Mira. Mira is currently serving as a hand maiden to Margaery Tyrell in Kings Landing. Of course this is one of the big draws to the game since you’ll actually get to now interact with major Game of Thrones characters like Margaery, Cersei, and Tyrion. Since you backed the Starks you’re not trusted in Kings Landing, big surprise, and you’ll have to appease everyone and convince them that you’re not a threat all while trying to help our your struggling family.

The overall story of this game was interesting and played nicely if you’re a fan of the show or of the book series. I like the new direction that TellTale is going in where you switch narratives back and forth between characters. It works for this type of game because the show does the same thing and the transition is flawless. I’m eager to see where the story goes especially after the ending that the first episode delivered. Not to spoil anything, I’ll just say that I thought it was a bold move and was totally shocked by the events that took place.

The overall playability of this game wasn’t bad. There really wasn’t all that much walking around or looking around like typical TellTale games. It was mostly story and decision based, but at least the game ran without lag time or loading freezes and the game itself was free from those pesky bugs that plague TellTale games.

Now onto the graphics. Usually I’m not one to complain about the graphics of a game, but the usual TellTale cartoon style graphics just didn’t work for this game. It made the game seem like a Game of Thrones Saturday Morning Cartoon special instead of something the actually had to do with the show. A lot of the times this took from the actual story of the game as I thought about how horrible it looked while playing. Not to mention that the textures were off, a lot of scenes were overly dark, and there was a whole lot of pixelation going on. This all took away from the story which was really good.

As far as trophies goes, this is a TellTale game so you can expect 1 trophy for each chapter as well as 1 for completing the game which gives you a total of 8 new trophies to add to your collection. Play the whole 6 episodes of the game and you’ll walk away with a brand new platinum trophy. Once again the images for the trophies are unimaginative and bland. I wish they would put as much thought into the images as they do for the names of the trophies.

As always no multiplayer, so nothing to report on that front.

Overall I give this episode a 3.5 out of 5

What’s Great:
+ Game stays true to the show and brings an interesting new story along with it.
+ No lag, bugs, or other glitches.
+ Interesting new characters and fan favorite characters from the show.

What’s Not So Great
Cartoon like graphics take away from the overall game.
Texture problems and pixelation problems are a huge downfall.

The cliffhanger ending will keep you on the edge of your seat and wishing that you waited for all of the episodes to come out before playing since who knows when episode 2 will be out. I eagerly await the next episode just to see what actually happens next and hope that they clear up some of the issues with the graphics.

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

Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron from Ice Choices

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