Telltale's blockbuster triumph, Iron From Ice easily stands amongst the beloved TV show's top moments. Deeply personal and quite visceral, the ante is tremendously upped by the fact that you are no longer called upon to decide the fate of a single individual, but your entire House. Choices take on a whole new meaning when you have the weak and those who look up to you for guidance and protection to consider. This, along with Tales from the Borderlands, are an exquisite opening salvo from Telltale, ushering in the third age of interactive movies. We could not be more excited about the prospects.
Despite the obsolete graphics and some old-fashioned gameplay mechanics, Telltale's first step into the Game of Thrones saga is a winner. Great storytelling, excellent characters, and a great use of the official license. A must have for every GoT fan.
After falling in love with Telltale's Walking Dead Season 1, having mixed feelings toward Wolf Among Us, and completely hating Telltale's Walking Dead Season 2, I had begun to lose all hope in the company's ability to create powerful character-driven plot. I had written them off as a one hit wonder that could never live up to the horror and heartbreak they created in the chilling and exhilarating story of Lee and Clementine. That was until I played the demo for their new series Game of Thrones.
Telltale's Game of Thrones is everything fans of Martin's novels and the acclaimed HBO television series, are looking for and more in a video game adaption. Interestingly, the story does not alter plots already established in the hit show, but rather shows a different perspective from events already taken place, and the ramifications of the war between The Starks and The Lannisters on other noble families in the world of the story. The game begins at the night of The Red Wedding, an event fans of the show will be well aware of and affected by. The game is centered around events following House Forrester, noble bannermen to The Starks.
What was lacking in Atlus' highly criticized release of their own Game of Thrones adaption, was the appearance of prominent characters from the show and their roles within the game. In this aspect Telltale goes above and beyond with appearances by: Cersei, Tyrion, Lady Marjorie, Ramsay Snow, and Jon Snow all within the first 2 episodes.What may be most interesting for fans of the hit show, is that all of the aforementioned characters are voiced by the actors who play them in the series.
Just as is expected from Game of Thrones, each and every scene is filled with tension, treachery and tragedy. With that in mind, the Game of Thrones world is the perfect world for the mechanics of Telltale's episodic point-and-click adventures, where each and every decision the player makes affects which characters live and die. It's exactly like watching an episode of the show, but being able to make the character's decisions for them.
What amazed me most, was the power of the story and the brilliant pace of the plot, which Martin is known for. I wouldn't have been surprised if Martin wrote the story for the games himself, nor was I surprised when it was released the Martin's personal assistant was a story consultant for the game. For gamers who have watched The Walking Dead and wished they could experience that apocalyptic world, Telltale made that dream come true. While time will tell whether they fulfill that same dream for Game of Thrones fans, they're certainly off to a powerful and promising start.
Voice Acting: 5/5
Story: ITS OVER 9000! / 5
While Telltale's first foray into Westeros certainly nails the grimdark atmosphere of this fascinating world, poor story, wordy dialogue and unlikeable characters hamper the game. It really is bewildering why Telltale chose to rehash the all too familiar story of House Stark instead of actually building something new and exciting.
If this is how the rest of Telltale’s Game of Thrones is going to look like, I want nothing to do with it. Too many dialogues that lead nowhere, too much nonsense inconsistent with the source material, and the visuals are simply laughable. [01/2015, p.59]
Telltale Games bring the world of Game of thrones to life with Episode 1 A song of ice and fire, Perfect pacing of story, Political views and lore of the Game of Thrones universe. Graphics and animation are what you expect from Telltale games but you don't play these games for the graphics you play them for the story and if you love a story driven game this is one for you
A light recommend IF on sale and IF you aren't sick of the Telltale formula. I checked both boxes lightly and enjoyed the game. I have come to realize that Telltale games are just choose-yur-own adventure books more than "games" in the traditional sense - but I'm ok with that and I enjoy the storytellign and mild interaction and choice.
I prefer Life is Strange to Telltale, but The Wolf Among Us was my favorite Telltale game and was close to that one.
Los gráficos son peores que los de The Walking Dead Season 1, al parece Telltale Games con el tiempo va bajando la calidad de los gráficos, pero bueno la historia es muy buena (es Game Of Thrones que mas decir), y para mi va a tener éxito.
Las decisiones no cambian nada, todo termina igual.
I've played only this, the first episode, and it's not clear to me that this is a game. This is an interactive narrative and a fairly interesting one, but not much ****. On 3 play throughs what's clear is that the dialogs and cutscenes are all but identical. This will likely change with the releases of future episodes, but the passive nature of the interaction is disheartening even if the options are almost always (superficially) very difficult choices. I might pick up the rest of the episodes if they drop below a dollar merely because I'm a fan of the world and genre, but honestly this seems like a high-class cut and paste of Game of thrones source material onto Telltale's "the Walking Dead" "game". If you like that sort of thing, this is probably right up your alley. If you favor games where doing things matters in the slightest however, it's probably not for you.
I don't.. I don't understand how people enjoyed this iteration from Telltale. I'm a huge fan of The Wolf Among Us and the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands.
This game was awful. The writing and pace of this story was horribly slow and only barely managed to pick up just before the credits rolled. The art style is very pixelated which I wasn't a fan of and you spend the entire game playing a coward apprentice, a small child, and a selfish, entitled young girl.
The young boy had easily the most interesting part in the story, which isn't saying much. The game was full of horrible dialogue and overly dramatic facial animations (mainly frowns) and unnecessarily drawn out conversations.
I played this, along with two of my friends, one being a female.. All three of us were disappointed and thought it was incredibly boring and weak-written.
And yet it's getting praise from just about every media outlet and gaming forum. Normally I consider myself to be with the majority, as far as game opinion is concerned, but I don't understand why everyone is going so crazy over this game.
It is easily the weakest of all the Telltale games available currently. Even though it was only a first episode, it doesn't even compare to the blowout that was the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands and I'm not even a fan of the Borderlands universe. Yet both games are getting 8/10's as if on the same level.
SummaryEpisode 1 - Iron From Ice. The series is based on the world, characters and events seen in HBO’s television show, which in turn is based on George R. R. Martin’s books (A Song of Ice and Fire). The events in the game series begin towards the end of Season 3 of the television show and end just before the beginning of Season 5. You'll trav...