As a devoted fan of the books and the TV series, I'm trying very hard to view this game in a positive light, but the blemishes just won't go away, no matter how hard I squint.
It does have many positive aspects. Just being in Westeros is a big deal and it's nice to meet characters that you already know. The story has the right feel. The graphics, while not spectacular by current standards, are enough to convey the required look and mood.
Unfortunately, the game play is abysmal. The combat mechanics, in particular, are downright painful and completely break the immersion in the battle as you have to fight more with the UI to do anything meaningful than you do with your opponent. I do like the "active pause" mechanism, where action (and even speech) continues in slow motion rather than stopping completely, but that's part of what breaks the immersion. If you want any chance to win your fight, you can't do it in adrenaline-pumping real time. As an option, "active pause" would be phenomenal. As an obligation, it sucks. And once you're in combat, you're locked in place with your opponent. You can't back down, move sideways, or go to a tactically better location. The only thing you can do is to change target. This is even worse as an archer. Once you start shooting, the game decides where you stand. You can't seek cover, even partial cover. You just stand there in the middle of the combat field like a big idiot while enemies either shoot at you or charge you, at which point you can switch to a melee weapon.
And then, there are cut scenes. Billions and billions and billions of cut scenes! While the cut scenes are interesting, they're too long and too frequent. If they wanted to make a movie, I would have gladly bought the DVD, but what I wanted here was a game.
Interaction with the world is also painful. You can't interact with most things and the only way to know that you can interact with something is when you're nearly on top of it and an obnoxious glowing icon suddenly appears over it. You can't talk to most NPCs, either. Unless they're a merchant or a quest giver, they're basically just mindless decorations. Even the ones you can talk to have no variety. They will repeat the exact same phrases over and over and over. You can't get into most buildings. You can't pick up objects that are on the ground. That beautiful sword on the ground? Forget it. It's just part of the backdrop. It might as well be a painting.
Basic movement is also incredibly primitive. We're talking Doom grade primitive. You can't jump and every drop is protected by a forcefield that prevents you from falling, even if it's only a couple of feet. You can't crouch or change speed either.
This final point bothers me personally, but some people might like it, though I can't begin to understand why they would. If you chose to play with the controller, the controller becomes the only thing you can use. The keyboard and mouse seem to be completely deactivated, except for the arrow keys when navigating a menu. Maybe they just wanted it to really
feel like a console port.
So, if you're a Game of Thrones fan, you're kind of in a bind because you will want to play this, if only for the story and the chance to meet some of your favorite characters or to visit some of the locations. But if you're not a GoT fan and are just looking for a good RPG, walk past this one.