[PS4 Review] Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice
Excellent start to a new series9
Telltale Games’ take on George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones is now available on PS4! The events in this first episode take place near the end of Season 3 of the hit HBO show and end it will end with episode six, right before the start of Season 5 of the TV show. Are you ready to fight for your family?
Based on the award-winning HBO television drama series, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.
Some cast members of the television series will reprise their roles in the game. While players will control five members of House Forrester in their story, the series will have them interacting with fan favorite characters throughout the season, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon. Additional cast members will appear in later episodes.
The game begins with you controlling Garred Tuttle, squire for the Lord of House Forrester, during the events of the Red Wedding. Without going too much into it, let’s just say that things don’t go as planned for Lord Forrester, forcing Garred to escape with his life and his Lord’s sword in order to live another day and avenge the treason suffered by House Forrester. You will also be controlling Ethan Forrester, third son of Lord Forrester inside of Ironrath, house of House Forrester, who is now Lord after his father’s death. The third character for this first episode is Mira Forrester, the eldest daughter of Lord Forrester, who is currently serving as handmaiden at the iconic King’s Landing.
Gameplay mimics that from the latest series from Telltale games, where you you have a small window of opportunity to select your response to some of the conversations, and even not saying anything at all ends up saying a lot about you. Other characters will remember what you said (or didn’t say), slowly changing their behavior towards you as the season continues. You will also need to quickly press the control stick in a particular direction, mash on one of the face buttons or press one in particular after a prompt shows on screen. Therefore, this is just business as usual. If it ain’t broken…
To be honest, the first 20 minutes or so for the game felt a bit dull, but after that this episode just kept getting better and better. By the end I was ready to play the next one thanks to the huge cliffhanger at the end (which I won’t spoil here). This was thanks to a new gorgeous art style used by Telltale Games, making the game feel like a painting that has come to life. The color palette, texturing and models look great, and the frame rate hiccups from previous Telltale Game releases is almost gone!
As is always the case with a release from Telltale Games, I can’t go too much into the story or else I risk spoiling things for other players. Rest assured that if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, or just a fan of Telltale Games, you will not be disappointed. As the foundation for the next five episodes (since this is a six episode season), Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice does a great job, and I look forward to what 2015 will bring for us adventure game fans.