Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series – Chapter 1 Review
As promised, we have done reviews for all the Video Games that take the universe of A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones for their plots and reviewed them. We had to save the best for last and so we now bring you a review of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, or more specifically a review for chapter 1 of this game.
This game was just recently released on December 2014, being an episodic games series, this date marked the release of its first chapter, which is the one we’ll be talking about in this post. The game was developed and published by Telltale Games, who had a complete support from HBO and George R.R Martin to make sure the game was honest to the Game of Thrones lore. The game is based on the TV Series, not on the books.
The game has 6 episodes in which the story of it is divided. All the actions that you take and the choices that you make will customize the story of the game and following chapters, so what I may talk about or the experience I got could be completely different from what you see when you play the game. Now seeing how many chapters this game has and remembering previous posts from games developed by Telltale like the Walking Dead Season 1 & Season 2. It was hard for me to just make 1 post about the game, so I decided to talk about each chapter separately as they all deserve their own review.
We obviously had to start with chapter 1 and we’ll dissect it to its core. As we will cover the whole story of the chapter and then of the game, be warned that these posts will be full of spoilers of the game and of the show if you haven’t seen it past season 3, more specifically episode 9 as this is the very same place in time where this chapter and the game starts.
So without further ado, let’s talk about chapter 1 of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series.
Your Choices will Decide the Fate of House Forrester
Like other games done by Telltale, this game will have different choice trees that will make you take different paths towards the goal of preserving your house. From the very start of the game you will start making decisions of what type of attitude you want your character to have and how he interacts with other non-playable characters. These early choices will even decide if some of these NPCs live to appear in following chapters or not.
You can assume that your choices will be hard and that will even implicate whether some characters die or not. Remember that this is Game of Thrones after all and that All Men Must Die, “Valar Morghulis”.
With every choice you have to keep in mind that the objective of all the characters that you get to control is to preserve the integrity of House Forrester and to ensure their future, so bear this in mind with all the choices you make.
Another Great Series from Telltale
The people at Telltale really have a great talent to make good stories that will keep you at the edge of your seat and that will make you second-doubt most of your decisions throughout the game just wondering what could have happened if you took different actions. For this reason they were really a great choice for a developer to make a game that really made you experience what it was to be part of warring Westeros.
You would think that because of the cell-shaded style of the game that most of its characters and locations are not going to be properly represented but that is not the case, you can really appreciate every detail that was placed in the design of characters and locations, from the Wall to the gardens in King’s Landing you can see all the little details that really represent these places and from the scars in some characters faces to the different attires they wear throughout the game you can also see the effort that was placed in character design.
The game plays like others in the series, it is a point-and-click adventure game where they will be little exploring as the game focuses on the story and the decision making factors of the same. Here’s a video of the first minutes of the game so you can see how it looks and plays:
Take the Role of the Members of House Forrester:
As mentioned before you will take the role of different members of House Forrester, they will be living in different places and not interacting directly with each other but they all have the same interests in mind, to help save their house. These are the characters that you can play as in this game.
Gared is the squire of the Lord of the House, Gregor. He is in great favor of the lord and gets promoted from a squire to be able to fight in the war and eventually become a knight. Problem is that this promotion takes place in the same night as the Red Wedding, so Gared will have to take a different path, from the one Lord Gregor intended and will end up getting taken to the Wall to serve the Night’s Watch. Here’s a video of how Gared’s story unfolds:
Ethan is merely a kid, but he is forced to become Lord of House Forrester as both his father and elder brother are presumed dead. He has a lot to learn if he is to become a true Lord but will have the help of Maester Ortegryn, his castellan Duncan Tuttle and his Master at Arms Royland Degore. Hopefully the decisions you take will bear a good future for the young Lord Ethan.
Last but certainly not least you will also play as Mira Forrester, who is at King’s Landing serving as Handmaiden to the future Queen of Westeros, Margaery Tyrell. Mira will start a series of events that will make her conspire, lie and deceive to get favors for her house. It will be your decisions that will either have Mira devoured by King’s Landing or make her a true player of the Game of Thrones.
Here is a video of how the plot of these characters unfolds and how everything progresses towards the last instance of the first chapter:
Playing the Game of Thrones Will be Harder than Expected
As Cersei Lannister said “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.” You will see this is true and that this game is not an easy one to play, if it was Ned Stark would still be alive and Robb Stark would have been really given the title of King of the North.
Regardless, you won’t have a choice but to take actions in hopes of being able to win in the game of thrones. Unfortunately Cersei was saying the truth when she said that you die if you don’t win and you’ll have to experience this yourself. Here’s a video of the chapter finale where you will see what I mean by this:
Play it for Yourself
Truth be told I already showed you plenty of spoilers, but that is just the end of chapter 1 and your chapter 1 can be very different from mine depending on your choices. Also there are still 5 more chapters that you can play yourself and make your own story of House Forrester, so go and try the game out. You can find it on Telltale’s website, Steam and Gamer’s gate to name a few places.
We will soon be posting our review of chapter 2 as well, so expect this to happen soon.
Thanks for reading,