Game of Thrones, the American medieval TV series now has it's own video game adaptation.Turning the hit series into a video game makes a lot of sense. It has potential, not only from the series, but the books aswell. Although, this is a licensed video game after all, and most tie-ins never turn out well. Unfortunately, Game of Thrones is one of those titles. It does offer some redeeming qualities, but with poor combat, ugly presentation, and standard voice acting, this is a dull role playing experience.
The game has you taking the role of two characters. A veteran ranger of the Nightwatch called Mors Westford, and Alester Sarwyck, a red-robed priest. The game is split into different sections, with you taking control of both characters. The character development is actually very good. Although, the voice acting lets it down, along with terrible character models. The only good looking part was the armour, everything else seems an ugly mess.
When you compare Game of Thrones to games like, Skyrim, The Witcher or Dragon Age, Game of Thrones will stand out like a sore thumb. Dragon Age is actually one of my favourite RPG's, and GOT has a similar combat system, that being turn-based. Though it's handled very poorly here. When your in combat you must slow-down time to choose your attacking approach. There's a variety of different abilities. From standard hack-n-slash, block, stab, along with potions to mix. You can select up to three abilities at once, which are then queued. The
repetition kicks in very quickly, and it becomes a bore as you wait for your attacks to finish. The navigation menus also lack polish, and they can be very hard to navigate.
Whilst combat is uninspiring, I did find some interesting elements. One of them was being able to take control of a dog, in a veriaty of steatlh based quests. It's not often you can do that in a video game, and it was amusing for a while.
It's obvious that the game was somewhat rushed. If more time and effort was given, this could have been a very memorable experience for fans. Instead, you get a fairly passable licenced game. It's not the worst licenced game around, and it certainy wont be the last. If your looking for a great RPG game though, Game of Thrones should be forgotten.
Review by Gareth Smith