Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series – Episode One: Iron from Ice Review
In the Game of Thrones universe, it’s common knowledge that there is no guarantee that your actions won’t result in your death or the death of a family member. Whether you’ve read the books or watch the shows, you know that things are never in black or white. Get too attached to a character and you better hope they aren’t killed off. Telltale Games is well-known for their episodic titles for The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and even the new Tales from the Borderlands. They are also bringing Game of Thrones fans a six-episode game that delves into the popular series. But does , Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series – Episode One: Iron from Ice offer enough to keep fans interested while drawing in new players?
You follow the story of the House Forrester, loyal bannermen for House Stark. Told from three different perspectives, the first episode sets the scene up for the whole six episodes. Taking place after certain key events from the first three seasons, we see the Forresters go from a rather ugly mess to a grim fate. Garred, the squire for Lord Forrester, is tasked to deliver a cryptic message to his uncle while the young Ethan is thrust into the position of Lord without warning. Then there is Mira Forrester, handmaiden to Joffery’s bride-to-be Margaery, in King’s Landing.
If you haven’t invested any time into the series, the fact that Iron from Ice doesn’t offer much in the way of explaining past events or the lore within the game will be off-putting. Those who are avid fans will love seeing familiar faces and gaining extra meat to the series’ history. As the story follows three separate perspectives, it can be hard to get attached to a character. This is due to how perspectives are switched back and forth without you getting to spend much time with any of the characters. The writing of this episode is on par with what I would expect from the HBO show.
As with other Telltale titles, the main focus with gameplay is making choices during key moments. Though some choices might not seem to get an immediate reaction, all choices do have an effect on your playthrough through all six episodes. The action sequences in Iron from Ice are rare and only seen during the beginning of the episode. An example is choosing to allow the men who murdered your family of pig farmers to live or exacting revenge by killing them. Obviously, if you choose to kill them then you are sure to find that the House they serve will be more than happy to come after you.
Going in a slightly different style than their usual titles, Telltale uses a more realistic look to the characters of Iron from Ice. I like the style though I feel like certain characters appear a bit off compared to their TV show counterparts. There are a couple of small bugs mentioned in other reviews though I hadn’t really noticed them. So it is possible that you might play through it without seeing any or even noticing one when they do occur.
Popular characters from the show are voiced by the very actors who play as them which I loved. Though I was a bit disappointed that my personal favorite Tyrion didn’t have quite the impact with his dialogue as you’d expect from the sharp-witted Lannister. As for the characters created for this title, the choices for their voice actors is great and I look forward to hearing them in the upcoming episodes. Well, at least the ones who survive that long.
Other than to see what difference a choice might make, there is not really purpose to replay Iron from Ice. You can play through the first episode within two to two and a half hours, which is about twice the length of an episode of the HBO show.
While there are other Game of Thrones titles out there, it’s easy to say that Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is the one that does the series the most justice. If you’re a fan of Telltale Games or Game of Thrones, I recommend picking this up. Those who haven’t seen any of the episodes of the HBO show or read the Geogre R. R. Martin novel series should look into watching the show before playing Iron from Ice.