At the time of writing this review, I've yet to read the books or watch the t.v. series. But this hasn't affected what I'm about to write about this game.
It's defiantly an interesting take on the RTS genre, trying to implement the world of Game of Thrones as well. So I will give it that.
To start with, I did the tutorial missions to help to get the grips of how the game flows and performs. But when I actually started to play the campaign, it still felt like it was in tutorial mode. Telling me what to do next, and not letting me do anything else. This was the case for the majority of the first chapter, when you're playing as the initial kingdom in the desert. And that's about a good 3 or 4 hours into playing, if you're slow player like my self ;D.
I did continue playing into the second chapter, and it did feel like it was picking up with giving you the freedom to actually play. Rather than heavily suggesting what your next move should be.
I imagine that this game would be more fun and intriguing to play in a multilayer session with friends, or even against random people.
The game is heavily focused around it being a political and backstabbing game, rather than a game based on declaring war on the other kingdoms. So in that respect, it does utilise that well with all the non-combat units it offers and the different buildings on each section of the map. If you don't actually want to go down the political route and such, you can quite effectively go down the war path to win the game. You just need to make sure you have enough influence across the kingdom to fund your army.
You'll just need to constantly watch over your spies, rogues, envoys and buildings etc. If not, you can easily be deceived by the A.I. and be quite gimped in your influence and resource gain. You'll also loose units by assassination attempts.
The concept is
good, it just felt like it was not properly executed with this style of game. It would of performed better if it was like a turn based 4X game, similar to the Civilization series.
I will probably come back to this game one day and give it another bash, once I've read the books or seen the t.v. series. Come into it with a new perspective. But it's defiantly a game which isn't for every one, so be warned when purchasing.
But if you're committed to playing a game which focuses on tactics other than declaring war and fighting it out, then go for it! It isn't all that bad.
- A unique and interesting concept, but not executed well enough to work effectively.
- Very hand holding heavy to start with, takes a few hours before it feels like you can play freely.
- Very overwhelming with the need to micro manage each individual unit and building. Too much can go on at once.
- Would of been better off as a turn based 4X game.
- Takes a while to fully grasp on how to effectively play, without the A.I. wiping you out.
- Games can take a good while to finish, which is good if you like your RTS games to last.
- Pick it up in a sale if you want to try it out, it will keep you entertained for a little while at least.
5 / 10, tried to ride the Game of Thrones hype train and got stuck in the homeless cart as a result.