Game of Thrones (2014 video game)

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Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series
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Developer(s) Telltale Games
Publisher(s) Telltale Games
Distributor(s) HBO
Director(s) Martin Montgomery
Kent Mudle
Graham Ross
Designer(s)
  • Ryan Kaufman
  • Matt Allmer
  • Joe Ching
  • Joe Pinney
Programmer(s) Keenan Patterson
Artist(s) Joe Henke
Writer(s) Andrew Grant[1]
Nicole Martinez
Meghan Thornton
Brad Kane
Dan Martin
John Dombrow
Joshua Rubin
Composer(s) Jared Emerson-Johnson
Series Game of Thrones
Engine Telltale Tool
Platform(s)
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Graphic adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is an episodic graphic adventure fantasy drama video game based on the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin and their TV adaptation Game of Thrones, released in December 2014 for Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

The game is being developed by Telltale Games and follows the episodic format found in other Telltale titles, such as The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales from the Borderlands, where player choices and actions influence later events across the 6-episode arc. The story revolves around the northern House Forrester, rulers of the Ironrath, whose members, including the five playable characters, attempt to save their family and themselves after ending up on the losing side of the War of the Five Kings. The game includes settings, characters and voice actors from the novels and TV series.

Development[edit]

Ty Corey Franck, Martin's personal assistant, acts as a "story consultant" for the game.

After previous video games based on his works received negative or mediocre critical responses, George R. R. Martin opined that he wanted "a Game of Thrones game to be made by a studio that knows how to create a thrilling and interesting story".[7] Telltale Games has found critical success in several licensed adventure games, including their The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead episodic video game series. The Game of Thrones game arose from internal discussions within Telltale of what other popular franchises they wanted to write games around, with much support given for Game of Thrones, considering its emotional equivalence to their The Walking Dead game. They approached HBO with the concept, and after a year of negotiations, were able to secure the license.[8]

In December 2013, Telltale announced the Game of Thrones title at the 2013 Spike VGX video game awards program. George R. R. Martin stated that his personal assistant, Ty Corey Franck, is working with Telltale Games as a "story consultant".[7] Telltale's CEO Dan Connors explained that the game will not be a prequel to the television series,[9] that the established world and timeline of Game of Thrones is allowing Telltale to explore fixed stories in more depth, to appeal to players.[9]

Gameplay[edit]

Game of Thrones is an episodic point-and-click graphic adventure fantasy drama video game, released as 6 episodes following the model of Telltale's previous adventure games.[10] The player is able to move their character around some scenes, interacting with objects and initiating conversation trees with non-player characters. Choices made by the player influence events in future episodes. The game switches between the viewpoints of five different characters.[11]

Each episode contains five points where the player must make a significant decision, choosing from one of two available options. Through Telltale's servers, the game tracks how many players selected which option and lets the player compare their choices to the rest of the player base. The game can be completed regardless of what choices are made in these situations; the main events of the story, as described below, will continue regardless of what choices are made, but the presence and behavior of the non-player characters in later scenes will be affected by these choices. The game does allow the player to make multiple saves, and includes a "rewind" feature where the player can back up and alter a previous decision, thus facilitating the exploration of alternative choices.

Some scenes are more action-oriented, requiring the player to respond to a series of quick time events. Failure to do these correctly may end the scene with the death of the playable character or another character, but the game will restart at a checkpoint just before that scene to allow the player to try again. In some instances, failure at particular quick time events results in minor game decisions.

Synopsis[edit]

Setting[edit]

The game takes place concurrently with the television series, from the end of the third season until just prior to the start of the fifth season. The story focuses on House Forrester, a family not yet introduced in the television series, but mentioned briefly in the novel A Dance with Dragons. House Forrester hails from Ironrath, a fortress in the north of Westeros, where they control the valuable Ironwood forest, coveted by many because of the wood's military importance.[12][13] The game primarily takes place near the Ironwood, but also in other locations on the continents of Westeros and Essos.[13]

Characters[edit]

Throughout the game, the player controls one of 5 family members or servants of the Forresters, with decisions made by one character affecting the others, and the ultimate fate of the house.[12] Thirteen original playable and non-playable characters were created for the game,[14] including:

  • Lord Gregor Forrester (Robin Atkin Downes), the head of House Forrester and loyal to the Starks.[15]
  • Lady Elissa Forrester (Lara Pulver), the matriarch of House Forrester that vows to prevent the destruction of her family as had fallen to her birth family, House Branfield.[16]
  • Rodrik Forrester (Russ Bain), the first-born son of the House and its heir, with a prominent military background. He is one of the five playable characters.[17]
  • Mira Forrester (Martha Mackintosh), the eldest daughter of the House, who serves as a handmaiden to Margaery Tyrell. She is one of the five playable characters.[18]
  • Talia Forrester (Molly Stone), the second-eldest daughter, who is gifted with a talented voice.[19]
  • Ethan Forrester (Christopher Nelson), Talia's twin, the third-born son, a scholarly boy. He is one of the five playable characters.[20]
  • Ryon Forrester (Louis Suc), the youngest son of the House.[21]
  • Asher Forrester (Alex Jordan), the second-born son of the House who has been exiled to Essos. He is one of the five playable characters.[22]
  • Maester Ortengryn (David Franklin), a Maester of the Citadel serving House Forrester.[13]
  • Ser Royland Degore (Brian George), an experienced military leader that serves as the master-at-arms for the House.[23]
  • Duncan Tuttle (Robin Atkin Downes), a good friend of Lord Forrester whom he now serves as castellan.[24]
  • Gared Tuttle (Daniel Kendrick), squire to Lord Forrester and nephew to Duncan. He is one of the five playable characters.[25]
  • Malcolm Branfield (J. B. Blanc), brother of Lady Forrester and, with her, the only surviving members of House Branfield.[26]
  • Sera Flowers (Natasha Loring), handmaiden to Margaery Tyrell and a close friend to Mira Forrester.
  • Beskha (Toks Olagundoye), a sellsword from Meereen and associate of Asher Forrester.

The game also includes characters from the novels and TV series, with voice work performed by the series's actors, including Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon), and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).[22]

Episodes[edit]

The game is separated into six episodes, released in intervals.[1]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release
1 "Iron From Ice" Martin Montgomery Andrew Grant[1] December 2, 2014[2]
At the Red Wedding, the Stark bannerman Lord Gregor Forrester and his heir Rodrik are killed by the Freys. Lord Forrester's squire Gared is sent to the Wall to escape the revenge of the ascendant Boltons, and his daughter Mira, a lady-in-waiting for the King's bride Margaery Tyrell, looks for support for her family at the court in King's Landing. But the young heir to House Forrester, Ethan, is nonetheless killed by Ramsay Snow, bastard and enforcer of the new Warden of the North, Roose Bolton, in order to gain control of the Forresters' valuable Ironwood reserves. Lady Forrester sends her brother, Malcolm, to search Essos for her son Asher.
2 "The Lost Lords" Kent Mudle Nicole Martinez, Meghan Thornton, Brad Kane February 3, 2015[3]
A cart of the bodies from the massacre at the Twins is brought to Ironrath, amongst them is the body of Lord Gregor and the injured but still-living Rodrik. Gared arrives at the wall, where he begins his training to become a ranger of the Night's Watch; along with his new brothers, Finn and Cotter. Intrigue is rife in King's Landing, with Mira still searching for support from the Crown - and Mira faces the wrath of a yet unknown conspirator. In distant Yunkai, three days after Daenerys's liberation, Asher and his female companion Beskha are visited by Malcolm Branfield, sent by his mother to bring him back to Ironrath.
3 "The Sword in the Darkness" Graham Ross Dan Martin, John Dombrow, Joshua Rubin March 24, 2015[4]
Asher sets off for Meereen in hope of finding an army to lead in the fight against the House Whitehill. Meanwhile, in King's Landing, Mira, caught in the city's political turmoil following the recent events, is still at work finding a powerful ally to aid her family in their struggle. In Ironrath, the Whitehill takeover, with Ludd Whitehill and his son Gryff at its helm, drags on. At his father's command, Gryff Whitehill, set to prove himself worthy of handling a settlement of his own, pressures Rodrik Forrester and his house to succumb to Whitehill rule. At the Wall, Gared finds out that he must head north in order to assure his family's safety. Before he can leave, he is confronted by one of the men, now a member of the Night's Watch, who murdered his father.
4 "Sons of Winter" Kent Mudle Nicole Martinez, Brad Kane May 26, 2015[5]
In hopes of reclaiming Ironrath, Rodrik Forrester allies with Elaena and Arthur Glenmore who share his hatred of the Whitehills. Together, they devise a plan to inconspicuously take out Gryff Whitehill. In King's Landing, now a city in turmoil following the murder of King Joffrey, Mira Forrester attends a banquet hoping to find what the Whitehills plan to do to defeat her house. At the Wall, Gared is imprisoned following his actions; but soon escapes and heads for the North Grove, facing the wilding hunters along the way. In Essos, outside slave city of Meereen, Asher, Beskha and Malcolm meet Daenerys Targaryen who offers them an army in exchange for the guide through Meereen, Beskha's hometown.
5 "A Nest of Vipers" Jason Latino Meghan Thorton, Brad Kane July 21, 2015[6]
As punishment for Rodrik's retaliation against Gryff, Ramsey Snow decides to no longer take sides, thus leaving the Forresters and the Whitehills to fight each other. Based on the player's decisions, Talia finds out that Duncan/Royland is the traitor of the family and Rodrik declares war on the rival house. In Essos, Asher, Beskha and Malcolm are forced to look for another group of soldiers after their bargain with Daenerys Targaryen fails. Asher manages to convince a group of ruthless mercenaries to join his family's fight in Westeros. Beyond the Wall, Gared and his companions are ambushed by wights and thus forced to keep searching the North Grove. In King's Landing, Mira is intimidated by Cersei and forced to retrieve information from Tyrion in the Black Cells. As Asher reaches Ironrath with his group of soldiers and meets Rodrik, the reunited brothers and their army are ambushed by Gryff's men. The player is then given the choice of who should survive: Asher or Rodrik.
6 "The Ice Dragon" N/A N/A TBA

Reception[edit]

Aggregate review scores
Game GameRankings Metacritic
Episode One – Iron from Ice (XONE) 82.73%[27]
(PS4) 77.82%[28]
(PC) 74.37%[29]
(XONE) 80[30]
(PS4) 77[31]
(PC) 75[32]
Episode Two – The Lost Lords (XONE) 74.92%[33]
(PS4) 69.40%[34]
(PC) 74.96%[35]
(XONE) 76[36]
(PS4) 69[37]
(PC) 73[38]
Episode Three – The Sword in the Darkness (XONE) 81.94%[39]
(PS4) 71.29%[40]
(PC) 76.52%[41]
(XONE) 80[42]
(PS4) 70[43]
(PC) 77[44]
Episode Four – Sons of Winter (XONE) 81.25%[45]
(PS4) 77.43%[46]
(PC) 76.37%[47]
(XONE) 81[48]
(PS4) 77[49]
(PC) 77[50]
Episode Five – A Nest of Vipers (XONE) 78.57%[51]
(PS4) 73.60%[52]
(PC) 74.46%[53]
(XONE) 74[54]
(PS4) 74[55]
(PC) 74[56]

Episode One – Iron from Ice[edit]

Episode One – Iron from Ice received positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox One version 82.73% based on 11 reviews and 80/100 based on 14 reviews,[27][30] the PlayStation 4 version 77.82% based on 17 reviews and 77/100 based on 18 reviews[28][31] and the Microsoft Windows version 74.37% based on 27 reviews and 75/100 based on 44 reviews.[29][32]

Episode Two – The Lost Lords[edit]

Episode Two – The Lost Lords received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Microsoft Windows version 74.96% based on 23 reviews and 73/100 based on 35 reviews,[35][38] the Xbox One version 74.92% based on 13 reviews and 76/100 based on 10 reviews[33][36] and the PlayStation 4 version 69.40% based on 15 reviews and 69/100 based on 16 reviews.[34][37]

Gamezebo's reviewer noted that Episode 2, in particular, exhibited poor performance on iOS devices, with glitches and stuttering affecting the player's ability to succeed at timed events.[57]

Episode Three – The Sword in the Darkness[edit]

Episode Three – The Sword in the Darkness received positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox One version 81.94% based on 9 reviews and 80/100 based on 9 reviews,[39][42] the Microsoft Windows version 76.52% based on 21 reviews and 77/100 based on 30 reviews[41][44] and the PlayStation 4 version 71.29% based on 17 reviews and 70/100 based on 16 reviews.[40][43]

Episode Four – Sons of Winter[edit]

Episode Four – Sons of Winter received positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox One version 81.25% based on 6 reviews and 81/100 based on 7 reviews,[45][48] the PlayStation 4 version 77.43% based on 14 reviews and 77/100 based on 12 reviews[46][49] and the Microsoft Windows version 76.37% based on 16 reviews and 77/100 based on 25 reviews.[47][50]

Episode Five – A Nest of Vipers[edit]

Episode Five – A Nest of Vipers received mixed to positive reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Xbox One version 78.57% based on 7 reviews and 74/100 based on 6 reviews,[51][54] the PlayStation 4 version 73.60% based on 5 reviews and 74/100 based on 5 reviews[52][55] and the Microsoft Windows version 74.46% based on 13 reviews and 74/100 based on 17 reviews.[53][56]

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