Experience an amazing adventure in one of the most fascinating universes! Amidst conspiracy and betrayal, try to survive the orchestrated machinations around the Iron Throne.
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Release Date: Jun 7, 2012

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ONE GREAT ROLE PLAYING GAME, TWO EPIC QUESTS

Experience an amazing adventure in one of the most complete and fascinating universes in medieval-fantasy literature. Game of Thrones is a great Role Playing Game that puts you at the core of a thrilling plot, where your fate will be guided by vengeance, allegiance and honor.

Play as two very different heroes across the two main quests leading you to the heart of mythical locations from Westeros. Amidst a background of conspiracy and betrayal, try to survive the orchestrated machinations around the Iron Throne.

Develop your characters, learn powerful skills, and participate in tactical and spectacular battles; sharpen your diplomacy skills to sometimes favor speech over violence. But more than anything, beware... all your actions may have heavy consequences on your adventure!

Key Features:

  • 2 original stories based on the universe of “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin
  • Spectacular and tactical battles!
  • Many secondary quests to complete
  • Explore the mythical locations from the saga, and meet iconic characters

System Requirements

    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE. ATI RADEON HD 2600 XT/NVIDIA GEFORCE 7900 GTX OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®: 9
    • Hard Drive: 7 GB
    • Sound: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Internet: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED THE GAME ACTIVATION
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The Hoff
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Definitely worth playing at least once, for those who just can't get enough Game of Thrones. You definitely feel like you're in the Game of Thrones Universe.
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Yana
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
At first I must say, that I played this game mostly on my second account.
I bought this game when it was on sale (or by humble bundle, I don't remember now, forigive me).

Now just talk about the "+" and "-" of this game.
+ Not the best, but still good plot.
+ You can finally visit King's Landing (sorry if I spell it wrong, my English isn't so good).
+ Two characters with different personalities, goals and skills.
+ Five different endings. I had fun when I tried to unlock them all, but it wasn't too difficult.
+ Secrets. It was funnier to find things with R'hllor's power, but hound's part was amazing too.
+ "Gret dog assassin". I don't like dogs, but Mors' hound was nice!
- It's too ♥♥♥♥ing expensive. If I had to pay this for almost 20 euros, I would not do that.
- Music. Was it too difficult to find some tracks? After some hours I had enough.
-Alester's endings. Really? I played to defend Riverspring, not to hang myself or get killed by Ceresei's guards' hand. Omg.
- Jeyne's story. I think it was possible to save her and her child.
- Fights. It was just like simple spamming and waiting for energy.
- Too few characters from the show. Cersei, Mormont and Varys? Where are the Starks? Or Dany? Disappointing.

I'm a little bit mixed about this game. I could recommend it just when it's on sale.
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KronusX
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
Game of Thrones is developed by Cyanide Studios as an action RPG following the adventures of a Night Watch’s brother and a priest of R’hllor. As a huge Game of Thrones fan, I love content related to the seven kingdoms as well as the anything below the narrow sea, and yet somehow I could not get into Game of Thrones game.

At first glance, it seems like an amazing experience. You see the prologue which is pretty amazing narrated by Varys, you can customize your character and pick one of the three classes in the game each with different abilities, customize your attributes, skills and traits. As a big bonus you also get a unique tree for each of the characters, in the case of the Night watch it is your very own hound and a skin changer tree while the R’hllor priest gets a new set of skills devoted to the holy fire, such as setting your opponents on fire. You can also pick your preferred weapons, such as maces, swords, axes, bows or crossbows. The game also has other positive points such as amazing sound, a decent storyline and the ability to make a game based on game of thrones while completely avoiding any spoilers from the books and the tv show. The game essentially has its own story.

On the other hand, the game suffers from quite some big issues. For instance, the combat feels sluggish and boring, the graphics are quite low quality and the worst of all, the voice acting in some cases along with some plot areas are cringe-worthy. The voicing at some point felt as Christian Bale’s imitation of the Batman instead of the R’hllor priest or the brother of the Night Watch. It does not feel natural and it ruins a part of the game’s ambiance. Another point that can frustrate some players is DLC skins in the store. The game has weapon sets sold in the store as well as dog skins which can annoy some people considering it is a single-player game.

Overall, I would give Game of Thrones a 5 out of 10. I do not personally recommend it as an avid Game of Thrones fan but if you can get past all the quirks, you will enjoy the game quite a bit.

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ElLirogono
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
+one of the best choices-driven game I've ever played; plot design is awesome
but
-the writing is lacking at times; some lines are just absurd and so are some situations woman just after giving birth to a child is very active and it is implied that nobody will discover that she has just delivered

+battle system is well thought of; the fights are usually interesting and require a frequent change of tactics
but
-there are too many of them and it sometimes feel a bit dull; with this game you want to see what happens next and constant swordfights are a bit of a burden

+CG is really good considering you are still able to run the game on integrated graphics
but
-you have absolutely no feeling of an open world; all locations are closed: cities feel like dungeons, dungeons feel like ♥♥♥♥

A few additional drawbacks:
-map opens with M, but closes by picking 'exit' with mouse - irritating
-minimap is usually obsolete
-very irritating controls; fortunately you get used to the strange camera view idea
-♥♥♥♥ing dog

There is an interesting character development system, but if you're here for the RPG, leave immediately.
Story is the only thing that keeps this game going.
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The A-tron
( 21.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Great game. A must if you are into the Song of Ice and Fire lore.

Everyone says the control are horrible, but it is literally WASD movement with a resident evil over the shoulder camera. Switch party members by pushing tab. In combat, its like an mmo, where you auto attack and have a hotbar full of skills to use. You can push space bar and the game goes into slow motion, allowing you to be very strategic with combat and use your party members to their full extent.

Honestly if you had issues with the controls in this game you will have issues with the controls in a lot of games, because they are very simple and intuitive. I would imagine everyone complaining is using a controller, and then it might be more difficult, but its a joy on keyboard/mouse.

The story runs parallel with the books/show, so you are playing alongside important events in the world. It really is a lot of fun seeing the world from other points of view if you have read the books or seen the show. The character creation and leveling up has depth, it is a lot like an old school rpg. It has a smattering of dungeons and dragons, in that you get to pick your stats and skills.

All in all, great game, great rpg. Not the best, and a bit dated graphics wise, but that barely puts a dent in it. Would recommend.
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legionary gladius
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Bull ♥♥♥♥ ending im so mad wtf !!!! I didnt go through all that and kill all those people just to hang my self at the end wtf!!!!!!!!!!
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mobile.mreynolds
( 23.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
a hidden old gem.
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Darz
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
Pretty bad. Get Skyrim, seriously
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Valerius
( 54.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Recommended for fans (if it's on sale)

"Expectations are a dangerous thing. They cloud our minds with bias and wishful thinking, reality mostly struggles to fulfill." - A chev. medium

Foreword: I didn't read the books yet, because it mostly wouldn't be healthy to do so and watch the show the same time. First you'd of course spoiler yourself, second you'd be unsatisfied with script author's decisions, as usual. But no matter if you're a fan of the show or of the books, it's just happening in Westeros with the famous characters near you. Yet, there's a bitter truth about this game: Not everything that shines is gold.


As there were rumors about this in reviews lately, I decided to clean up some misinterpretations... Let's see what's truly going on with this title:

___________________________________________
- About: "There seem to be no promised show characters!"
There are definitely characters from the show and you come them as close as you do in Telltale's GoT, while here you have the comfort, that it's not just english language support, plus synchronization from the show.

Example without big spoiler: Lord Varys, who also speaks the intro sequence you get to see when launching a new game. And that's just one of them.

___________________________________________
- About: "Really bad fighting"
Controls and Gameplay are nearly the same like in Dragon Age then. If you didn't like that one's combat system you will hate this, because it's kinda unhandy and I struggeled myself to get used to it. But as soon as you know, it's no "Mount & Blade"-, "Devil May Cry"- or Hack'n'slay-gameplay style, there's no

Yes it's old, or "outdated" by now, (remember, it's from 2010 meanwhile) but Gothic also is and both are still great RPGs. I also found myself being unable to replay Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, because nowadays we're so flashed by few really great RPG's (Witcher, Fallout, TES:Skyrim, ...) entertainment span, that some old classics has became too uncomfortable for us to play anymore.

___________________________________________
- About: "Story bad, gameplay bad, overall bad"
Depends on someone's taste. Some ppl like tea with cherry cake, but is it a bad mix, because more ppl love coffee with strawberry cake?

/Story (Staying vague intentionally to avoid twists and spoilers.)
The story is definitely not "bad", it's kinda how you would expect it from the show. You don't play any superhero or a famous character from the show. It's like the Foresters are in Telltale's GoT Adventure. A small Family(house) that serves the greater houses like Lannisters or the Starks. Two stories about two men, who have some things in common, like the Lannisters as their liege lords and things to regret in their past. A thing players more and more seem to forget, while getting fed with "better games" where you are mostly in a superior position or have advantages against the AI: Modesty.
Why? Well, for a game, set in the GoT world for me it's important to keep our feet firmly on the ground, because even it's a low fantasy setting, it must maintain a balance of power, else it becomes implausible to the show's logic.

/Gameplay
Unhandy, but you can get used to it.
Let's have a little comparison: Did you play Dark Souls? Well, I'm a convinced keyboard player, (because I wouldn't have bought a good PC if I still wanna play with any gamepad) and thus playing this 3rd person game without a gamepad is one ugly hell of character control, which is bound to a poorly/boring programmed combat system & therefore a no-go-game for me. It was a "Prepare to die"-Edition because of a control setup rage attack ;) But ppl loved it, so it seems not too painful to get used to a lesser impossible control setup, I would assume.

Of course that claim: "Spectacular and tactical challenging combats" (re-translated from description) would be more true, if you cross out the "spectacular", but that's artist's freedom in advertising, isn't it...

/Overall
There has been a lot of potential to make this game really epic, there's nothing to say against this charge, but it could've also been much worse, like GoT Genesis, which is hardly hitting the world's edge, while it doesn't really feel like being involved in Westeros. It feels like a mod for a strategy game which has Dragons and a world map, just painted in GoT colors. So it's no endless game, but if you can accept its weaknesses once and for all you might actually start to enjoy the story. You won't be flashed, since this game is not even near the scale "perfect", but you could get entertained.

___________________________________________
- About: "Voice acting is awful"
I don't know how entirely how it is in english, because I take the chance to change the language to my native, as there's the rare spread option for it. For me it's like: "You'll never experience things the same intense level, as you would in the language you're usually dreaming in."
But after I played the DLC(untranslated) it seems like the voice acting problems are in both languages quite similar, so I think, it's been treated a bit shabby, but at least they managed it to have voice acting in more than one language and that's a plus for non-native english ppl.
Other examples for poor (translated) voice acting performance: "Mass Effect 1"

___________________________________________
- About: "The game is linear"
If you read "linear" and think of a timeline that progresses, then =true.
Else: If you think "linear" means that decisions doesn't have consequences than it's simply false.
Nowhere this game is listed as "open world" so I don't know where expectations here turned wrong... If you don't have an open world, you always have a red line. The entire Mass Effect- and partially Dragon Age-Saga(DA:Inquisition excluded) use that progress principles. The only difference in that critic point is, that both Bioware franchises offer the option to make sidequests in an individual order.

Conclusion/Advice:
Buy it when it's on sale, open your mind and you'll experience an semi-retro, tactical RPG you won't regret.

I played it, as it has been released then and not a long time ago I re-installed it again to take one of the rare story driven, RPG journeys in Westeros. So there's a way to play it longer than 30 minutes, if you can overcome your nowaday's expectations and enjoy the way instead of racing for the finish line ;)
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iruleall15
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 3
Controls are very bad. Also no characters from the show it seems. But the controls are a huge turn off
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Recommended for fans (if it's on sale)

"Expectations are a dangerous thing. They cloud our minds with bias and wishful thinking, reality mostly struggles to fulfill." - A chev. medium

Foreword: I didn't read the books yet, because it mostly wouldn't be healthy to do so and watch the show the same time. First you'd of course spoiler yourself, second you'd be unsatisfied with script author's decisions, as usual. But no matter if you're a fan of the show or of the books, it's just happening in Westeros with the famous characters near you. Yet, there's a bitter truth about this game: Not everything that shines is gold.


As there were rumors about this in reviews lately, I decided to clean up some misinterpretations... Let's see what's truly going on with this title:

___________________________________________
- About: "There seem to be no promised show characters!"
There are definitely characters from the show and you come them as close as you do in Telltale's GoT, while here you have the comfort, that it's not just english language support, plus synchronization from the show.

Example without big spoiler: Lord Varys, who also speaks the intro sequence you get to see when launching a new game. And that's just one of them.

___________________________________________
- About: "Really bad fighting"
Controls and Gameplay are nearly the same like in Dragon Age then. If you didn't like that one's combat system you will hate this, because it's kinda unhandy and I struggeled myself to get used to it. But as soon as you know, it's no "Mount & Blade"-, "Devil May Cry"- or Hack'n'slay-gameplay style, there's no

Yes it's old, or "outdated" by now, (remember, it's from 2010 meanwhile) but Gothic also is and both are still great RPGs. I also found myself being unable to replay Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, because nowadays we're so flashed by few really great RPG's (Witcher, Fallout, TES:Skyrim, ...) entertainment span, that some old classics has became too uncomfortable for us to play anymore.

___________________________________________
- About: "Story bad, gameplay bad, overall bad"
Depends on someone's taste. Some ppl like tea with cherry cake, but is it a bad mix, because more ppl love coffee with strawberry cake?

/Story (Staying vague intentionally to avoid twists and spoilers.)
The story is definitely not "bad", it's kinda how you would expect it from the show. You don't play any superhero or a famous character from the show. It's like the Foresters are in Telltale's GoT Adventure. A small Family(house) that serves the greater houses like Lannisters or the Starks. Two stories about two men, who have some things in common, like the Lannisters as their liege lords and things to regret in their past. A thing players more and more seem to forget, while getting fed with "better games" where you are mostly in a superior position or have advantages against the AI: Modesty.
Why? Well, for a game, set in the GoT world for me it's important to keep our feet firmly on the ground, because even it's a low fantasy setting, it must maintain a balance of power, else it becomes implausible to the show's logic.

/Gameplay
Unhandy, but you can get used to it.
Let's have a little comparison: Did you play Dark Souls? Well, I'm a convinced keyboard player, (because I wouldn't have bought a good PC if I still wanna play with any gamepad) and thus playing this 3rd person game without a gamepad is one ugly hell of character control, which is bound to a poorly/boring programmed combat system & therefore a no-go-game for me. It was a "Prepare to die"-Edition because of a control setup rage attack ;) But ppl loved it, so it seems not too painful to get used to a lesser impossible control setup, I would assume.

Of course that claim: "Spectacular and tactical challenging combats" (re-translated from description) would be more true, if you cross out the "spectacular", but that's artist's freedom in advertising, isn't it...

/Overall
There has been a lot of potential to make this game really epic, there's nothing to say against this charge, but it could've also been much worse, like GoT Genesis, which is hardly hitting the world's edge, while it doesn't really feel like being involved in Westeros. It feels like a mod for a strategy game which has Dragons and a world map, just painted in GoT colors. So it's no endless game, but if you can accept its weaknesses once and for all you might actually start to enjoy the story. You won't be flashed, since this game is not even near the scale "perfect", but you could get entertained.

___________________________________________
- About: "Voice acting is awful"
I don't know how entirely how it is in english, because I take the chance to change the language to my native, as there's the rare spread option for it. For me it's like: "You'll never experience things the same intense level, as you would in the language you're usually dreaming in."
But after I played the DLC(untranslated) it seems like the voice acting problems are in both languages quite similar, so I think, it's been treated a bit shabby, but at least they managed it to have voice acting in more than one language and that's a plus for non-native english ppl.
Other examples for poor (translated) voice acting performance: "Mass Effect 1"

___________________________________________
- About: "The game is linear"
If you read "linear" and think of a timeline that progresses, then =true.
Else: If you think "linear" means that decisions doesn't have consequences than it's simply false.
Nowhere this game is listed as "open world" so I don't know where expectations here turned wrong... If you don't have an open world, you always have a red line. The entire Mass Effect- and partially Dragon Age-Saga(DA:Inquisition excluded) use that progress principles. The only difference in that critic point is, that both Bioware franchises offer the option to make sidequests in an individual order.

Conclusion/Advice:
Buy it when it's on sale, open your mind and you'll experience an semi-retro, tactical RPG you won't regret.

I played it, as it has been released then and not a long time ago I re-installed it again to take one of the rare story driven, RPG journeys in Westeros. So there's a way to play it longer than 30 minutes, if you can overcome your nowaday's expectations and enjoy the way instead of racing for the finish line ;)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
+one of the best choices-driven game I've ever played; plot design is awesome
but
-the writing is lacking at times; some lines are just absurd and so are some situations woman just after giving birth to a child is very active and it is implied that nobody will discover that she has just delivered

+battle system is well thought of; the fights are usually interesting and require a frequent change of tactics
but
-there are too many of them and it sometimes feel a bit dull; with this game you want to see what happens next and constant swordfights are a bit of a burden

+CG is really good considering you are still able to run the game on integrated graphics
but
-you have absolutely no feeling of an open world; all locations are closed: cities feel like dungeons, dungeons feel like ♥♥♥♥

A few additional drawbacks:
-map opens with M, but closes by picking 'exit' with mouse - irritating
-minimap is usually obsolete
-very irritating controls; fortunately you get used to the strange camera view idea
-♥♥♥♥ing dog

There is an interesting character development system, but if you're here for the RPG, leave immediately.
Story is the only thing that keeps this game going.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Great game. A must if you are into the Song of Ice and Fire lore.

Everyone says the control are horrible, but it is literally WASD movement with a resident evil over the shoulder camera. Switch party members by pushing tab. In combat, its like an mmo, where you auto attack and have a hotbar full of skills to use. You can push space bar and the game goes into slow motion, allowing you to be very strategic with combat and use your party members to their full extent.

Honestly if you had issues with the controls in this game you will have issues with the controls in a lot of games, because they are very simple and intuitive. I would imagine everyone complaining is using a controller, and then it might be more difficult, but its a joy on keyboard/mouse.

The story runs parallel with the books/show, so you are playing alongside important events in the world. It really is a lot of fun seeing the world from other points of view if you have read the books or seen the show. The character creation and leveling up has depth, it is a lot like an old school rpg. It has a smattering of dungeons and dragons, in that you get to pick your stats and skills.

All in all, great game, great rpg. Not the best, and a bit dated graphics wise, but that barely puts a dent in it. Would recommend.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
Game of Thrones is developed by Cyanide Studios as an action RPG following the adventures of a Night Watch’s brother and a priest of R’hllor. As a huge Game of Thrones fan, I love content related to the seven kingdoms as well as the anything below the narrow sea, and yet somehow I could not get into Game of Thrones game.

At first glance, it seems like an amazing experience. You see the prologue which is pretty amazing narrated by Varys, you can customize your character and pick one of the three classes in the game each with different abilities, customize your attributes, skills and traits. As a big bonus you also get a unique tree for each of the characters, in the case of the Night watch it is your very own hound and a skin changer tree while the R’hllor priest gets a new set of skills devoted to the holy fire, such as setting your opponents on fire. You can also pick your preferred weapons, such as maces, swords, axes, bows or crossbows. The game also has other positive points such as amazing sound, a decent storyline and the ability to make a game based on game of thrones while completely avoiding any spoilers from the books and the tv show. The game essentially has its own story.

On the other hand, the game suffers from quite some big issues. For instance, the combat feels sluggish and boring, the graphics are quite low quality and the worst of all, the voice acting in some cases along with some plot areas are cringe-worthy. The voicing at some point felt as Christian Bale’s imitation of the Batman instead of the R’hllor priest or the brother of the Night Watch. It does not feel natural and it ruins a part of the game’s ambiance. Another point that can frustrate some players is DLC skins in the store. The game has weapon sets sold in the store as well as dog skins which can annoy some people considering it is a single-player game.

Overall, I would give Game of Thrones a 5 out of 10. I do not personally recommend it as an avid Game of Thrones fan but if you can get past all the quirks, you will enjoy the game quite a bit.

For our popular daily giveaways and similar reviews head over to http://www.steamified.com/

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
At first I must say, that I played this game mostly on my second account.
I bought this game when it was on sale (or by humble bundle, I don't remember now, forigive me).

Now just talk about the "+" and "-" of this game.
+ Not the best, but still good plot.
+ You can finally visit King's Landing (sorry if I spell it wrong, my English isn't so good).
+ Two characters with different personalities, goals and skills.
+ Five different endings. I had fun when I tried to unlock them all, but it wasn't too difficult.
+ Secrets. It was funnier to find things with R'hllor's power, but hound's part was amazing too.
+ "Gret dog assassin". I don't like dogs, but Mors' hound was nice!
- It's too ♥♥♥♥ing expensive. If I had to pay this for almost 20 euros, I would not do that.
- Music. Was it too difficult to find some tracks? After some hours I had enough.
-Alester's endings. Really? I played to defend Riverspring, not to hang myself or get killed by Ceresei's guards' hand. Omg.
- Jeyne's story. I think it was possible to save her and her child.
- Fights. It was just like simple spamming and waiting for energy.
- Too few characters from the show. Cersei, Mormont and Varys? Where are the Starks? Or Dany? Disappointing.

I'm a little bit mixed about this game. I could recommend it just when it's on sale.
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257 of 276 people (93%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
10 mins into the game = This sucks, still feel like I need to give it a chance.
30 mins into the game = This combat- and movement system sucks, but the story is getting interesting.
2 hours into the game = I don't care about the movement or the combat, the story is amazing.
10 hours into the game = Where did the time go?
21 hours and finished the game and you sit there with a feeling that this game was way better than you first expected, and if you really did finish it, you can't understand why it got below 70-75/100 metascore.

Try to get passed the horrible movement system, and the lesser good combat system and you have a true gem of a game here. 7.5/10 in my opinion.
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155 of 181 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game was largely panned and I'm sure if you want to hear about what's wrong with it it won't be hard to find negative reviews, but this is all about why I loved this game.

I heard going into this game that it had terrible gameplay but I actually found the combat system very engaging. For the most part it revolves around using special abilities to interrupt enemy attacks, keep them stun locked or provide power combos with status effects. Fighting one enemy at a time is quite a simple task but the game really shines in crowd control: Facing off against a room full of enemies you must be constantly mindful of all of them. One successful special attack against you can turn the tide of the battle drastically.

There are two main characters and they can be spec'd very differently. Making one a tank and one a glass cannon results in some varied gameplay between chapters early on and once the two heroes join forces later in the game synergy between them can make clearing out rooms of soldiers both efficient and satisfying.

I think the dialogue system is worth mentioning. Instead of simply stating what your character is going to say many dialogue options are presented as part of your characters inner thoughts and, giving you a slice of something familiar from reading the books. Some options are even just two parts of the same thought. "I don't trust him..." "...but I have no choice" are just so much more interesting as choices than "refuse" and "accept" and after a while I found myself reading them in the characters' voices. It's a very elegant implementation of an old fashioned system that shows that actual care and thought went into this game.

Story is were the game really shines though. It's not on the same level as the A Song of Ice and Fire series proper (it suffers from some awkward and sometimes over-expositionary dialogue and poor to atrocious delivery by the actors) but it's a solid addition to the franchise and as video games go it's terrific.

As already mentioned there are two main characters: Mors Westford is a sworn brother of the Night's Watch and a secret skinchanger. Alester Sarwyc is the heir of noble house who left Westeros to become a Red Priest. Their stories start off seemingly entirely separate but as the game progresses their stories begin to converge both as you learn the connections between their current situations and their past history together.

Despite being old friends Alester and Mors are quite different from each other with motivations and world views that are very much at odds. Alester is quite pragmatic and willing to stoop as low as he needs to to reach his goals. Mors is more driven by a sense of justice but also a rage that is always bubbling under the surface. When the tensions between them come to a head it's one of the best moments in the game and the voice actors (particularly Mors's) actually manage to summon up some real emotion to their performances.

The intrigue itself is complex and slowly revealed with many twists. These are twists of the good sort; they take you off guard when they happen, but once out in the air you'll slap yourself for not having seen it coming (though admittedly some are a bit obvious or otherwise cliche).

There is some conflict with the source material (some of which can chalked up to gameplay necessities and some not) and there are a few moments where the story falls flat. But these are rare enough and stand out because they contrast the largely good writing. If this were a tie-in novella rather than a video game I would have been as glad to read it as I was happy to play this game (though I'd expect some the dialogue to be brushed up a bit and the body count drastically reduced).

The game is a diamond in the rough but I would recommend that anyone who is a fan of the franchise and a fan of WRPGs should at least try it out. I'm sure many of you have it sitting in your library unplayed after the game's inclusion in a Humble Bundle.
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Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2015
AT A GLANCE
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Game of Thrones (The Role Playing Game)
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: RPG; Fantasy; Adventure; Third-Person; Story Rich
  • My Overall Grade: A
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 20-32 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Fans of the intellectual property; Strong narrative advocates; Game atmosphere connoisseurs

REVIEW
Take away the fact this game is tied into the intellectual property of A Song of Ice and Fire, and you will be left with a pretty damn good RPG. If you like good RPGs, you will want to consider playing this, regardless of if you care about the Game of Thrones franchise or not. That said, this game does a pretty good job of tying into the first book/season; so if you are a fan, it certainly adds to the experience and helps you appreciate the rich story in the game.

There are several mechanics that contribute to the high quality of the game as an RPG. You play as two characters, back and forth, each with separate stories that inevitably collide later in the game. The game is very heavy on cutscenes and plot development, but it is done well and is generally pretty enjoyable. There are dialogue trees you will explore during the many conversations in the game, being thorough and inquisitive will often reward you with items or little permanent trait boosts. There are decisions to be made, which will have minor consequences (like extra rewards for quests from NPCs); there is also a major decision late-game and a few different endings. There are active abilities you can use while exploring out of combat to discover secrets in the world. The combat is active, but has a tactical-pause which can be utilized to issue specific commands and tactics to your character(s). There are a handful of fighting styles you can pick from for each character, and you also get other party members that will have various styles which will spice up combat here and there. There is definitely a good amount of substance, and it makes for a very enjoyable RPG experience.

The story is enjoyable. And for a game so story-driven it better be. The plot of the game is a “sidequel” to the first book/season— that is to say: it takes place during the same time and in the same place, but follows a different set of characters/events. I think the writers did a good job of creating an atmosphere pretty true to Game of Thrones. If you are a fan of the books/show you will probably be intrigued by the story in this game.

The game does have some flaws. The graphics are not as great as they could have been. The voice acting is mostly solid, but at times feels forced. There is limited variety to gear/weapons, and the combat does get repetitive even though the fights are distanced with cutscenes.

In summary, Game of Thrones is a very enjoyable RPG. It does have some flaws, and may drag at times, but seems to be well made (no bugs/crashing) and tells a good story. It has plenty to offer for fans of RPGs, and if you are a fan of the books/shows you will enjoy that added bonus.

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Recommended
66.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
A great mature RPG.

+ Very good, tight, quite lengthy and powerful story (with a fair amount of twists and multiple endings)
+ Interesting main and side characters
+ Good (sometimes perhaps a little too strict) to very good voice acting (and plenty at that)
+ Nicely written, believable dialogues (there are light dialogue trees too)
+ Thick character and world lore (accessible to people new to GOT by codex/encyclopedia pages ingame)
+ Nice music (composed by the TV show composer, it seems)
+ For fans: Familiar places (King's Landing, The Wall, ...) and cameos (Joer Mormont and Varys have their looks and voices from the TV show)

~ Combat can feel easy/underwhelming for perhaps 1/3 of the game. For some time I was wondering why I should care about what abilities to use even if it's always been fun to do so. Your character automatically attacks a random target or one you choose, with you moving him around if you will or by using active skills that use stamina or have a fixed cooldown. Sometimes my foes stood no chance even if I let my characters just do basic attacks. A few parts aren't winnable for story-reasons. I don't know anymore if you select a difficulty and which one I might have chosen. It got more interesting halfway through when I was able to utilize different skill sets and characters (usually two at a time) at a regular rate (it changes for many parts for story-reasons, which I am welcoming, it shouldn't subjugate to the gameplay mechanics, this game should be mainly about it's characters and the story and it is).

~ Character development/gear usage seems a little strict. Depending on your very first choices in the game your character is set on a rather narrow path regarding the weapons and armor he should use. This can be important later on because there is a "rock, paper, scissors" system in place that encourages you to use specific armor to counter specific enemies and, on the other hand, use specific gear to fight specific enemies. Upon leveling up you can put skill points in other, "unusal" weapon/armor areas but that's not very wise since it requires more points to get those up and you cannot use any skills for weapon sets unfamiliar to your class. So, for example if you choose a class using two-handed weapons and heavy armor in the beginning you will want to stick with just two-handed weapons and heavy armor for many parts even if you should loot or want to buy one-handed and lightly armored gear, and even if you should encounter enemies that use equipment that literally works like scissors to your paper-based gear. You can use everything at any time - but you won't be very effective. Around halfway through you can select a secondary class where things get truly interestings and where you can actually mix things up without feeling like being on a disadvantage.

~ Should you get ideas to fight random mobs to level up unusual/inexperienced areas to redeem for the lacking bonuses/skills: That won't work. Because enemies aren't randomized. Cleared areas won't have enemies spawn unless the story wants to. Not even random brigands or wildlife or something. This can add to the immersion in some ways, for the very least makes post-combat exploration easier (the two main characters have special skills to find hidden objects) and there are plenty of enemies to fight and good numbers of quests to do before you reach the end of the game, and if you stick to the class and thus weapon/armor selections you made early on you'll probably have no serious problems getting through this game. But straying off from these pre-defined leveling paths may leave you very vulnerable later on with no other way to deal with it but bite yourself through it.

~ Combat can be a little mess at times, particularily indoors with the camera not getting a good look on things. Not too dramatic since you have a pause button that almost freezes time when issuing commands, but still. The straightforward/head-on mechanics don't work well if you for example try to shoot someone with a bow from an elevated position as I tried in King's Landing. It would trigger a mass rush of all allied and hostile characters to clash into each other around several corners with my bowman having struggles to follow after.

- Some more face models and clothing may not have hurt. The main and some special side characters aside most other characters can look a little generic, even if they are never really unfitting by looks or voice. It's not too dramatic but more often than not you'll see the pretty much same gown or rags on female characters, at times same faces even, and would have hard times to differ between some side characters if not for their varying names and voice actors.

+ That being said, those characters for which the devs had more love/time for really look nice and impressive, with scars and veins and freckles and such. Overall the game is nicely-looking and very immersive even if it won't sate the high-res texture junkies. And it has a clear and nice interface and runs very stable (thanks to the Unreal Engine, I guess) even if I had some odd mini-freezing when turning the camera around some places but that might be my relatively old system and not the game.
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Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
Do you like games with great dark stories, memorable characters and awesome quests. If yes, then it is a no-brainer that you will like this game big time. It is also heavily underrated, so this one is a hidden gem. While it has some cheap mistakes, this game still deserves your attention.
The STORY[10/10] is one of the best I've ever known and I red a lot, seen a lot of movies, so yeah it's quite something. There are two protagonists: Mors Westford, who is an honorable man in the Night Watch and a mounstruos beast in combat. He has a dark past, lives in a cold place; you could say he's iron made. Also, he's a skinchanger, being able to control his hound. The other one, Alester Sarwyck, a Red Priest who can manipulate fire, who comes back to claim his title and land as a lord, now being ready to face the world he fled from. The villian is the evil-cunning-great fighter type, whom you'll want to kill the moment you see. Every key character ends being involved in the Game of Thrones, so things get brutal and the happy ending... up for debate.There are many sidequests that enhance the story and reward you with cool items(and experience).
The GRAPHICS[6.8/10] look outdated, but maxed out looks nice, and the artstyle is attractive. The real problem is reusing models, which means sometimes you'll have triplets in a cutscene. The main characters and all the places are unique, though, so work and clever thinking was used in the design as well. Such a shame it doesn't use better technologies, would have been a lot better for a lot more people.
COMBAT[8.9/10] is made as tactical, but as you'll progress in unlocking stronger abilities, you'll synergize with the battlefied, emerging victorious, without much thinking. Finishers depend on the class and weapons used, and both differ greatly from what you have at your disposal. I enjoyed combat and class exclusive abilities that I have a reason to replay the game. The downer here is the difficulty, if you play on Lord you might be stressed a lot, and that can happen on Knight too. Best you choose the Squire, since there is no achievment affected by the difficulty.
All in all, it's a great RPG with high replayability value. Don't listen to the bad reviews, because those reviewers didn't even finish the game. It gets better and better as you play, so giving up on it is a bad decision. If you've watched the show you should check it out; if you've red the books, you should own it; if you're new to the series but like RPG's, the same for the book readers(if it's on sale, after all it's your risk).
GAME SCORE[8.5/10]
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