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Game of Thrones lets you be in charge now

Telltale’s Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice is the start of a journey through the realms of this fictional world. Episode 1 of this game introduces you to the house Forrester, a faction that could use your help.

House Forrester

You’re part of House Forrester, a smaller house that served House Stark. Things aren’t going well, as bigger powers try to take over the lands of the North and its ironwood. It is up to you to keep the honor of the Forresters alive. You play Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice as 3 characters. You take decisions as Gared, the squire of Lord Gregor Forrester, Ethan, the young new lord of the house, and Mira, the eldest daughter of Lord Gregor.

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It won’t be long before you feel part of the Forresters and you’ll do whatever you have in your power to protect any member of the family. The decisions you have to make are tough ones though, and you aren’t given much time to think about them either.

Although this is only episode 1, you’ll be part of some dramatic events. The video game is as compelling as the books or the series.

Oh, the drama!

The graphics of Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice are astonishing. All the time you feel like you’re looking at a moving painting. Certain scenes make it look like Telltale had Van Gogh in their creative team. Although the experienced gamer will recognize the Telltale style, die-hard Game of Thrones fans will not be disappointed by the atmosphere of the game.

The music helps build up the tension very well. Most of the time you will be leaned back to enjoy the story, only to jump up the moment the tension rises.

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You’re making the choices now

If you think too many people die in the series, this is your chance to make a difference. In many situations you get several options to choose from. This gives you a sense of power in the beginning, but make you feel slightly desperate towards the end. ‘Oh my, what have I done?’, is a question you’ll ask yourself more than once.

The fact that you are given limited time to make the decisions makes it so challenging. Quite often you push a button in the last moment, hoping for the best. This sure does give Game of Thrones a high replay value, as you can go back and do it all differently again and again.

Stay tuned for more

As this is only episode 1, the story starts off pretty slow. Telltale’s Game of Thrones is anything but an action game. This doesn’t harm the experience at all though. The only thing that could’ve gone faster is the pace in which the characters walk.

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There are some fighting scenes, in which you have to press the right button at the right moment. This can get a bit frustrating in the beginning when it’s not really clear which button to press. Once you get used to this though, it’s like being inside Game of Thrones yourself.

With an cliffhanger worthy of the series, all we can do now is wait and see what will happen next in episode 2.

Telltale's Game of Thrones: Iron from Ice is the start of a journey through the realms of this fictional world. Episode 1 of this game introduces you to the house Forrester, a faction that could use your help. House Forrester You're part of House Forrester, a smaller house that served House…

Our Verdict

Story - 8.9
Graphics - 8.5
Controls/gameplay - 7.6
Replay Value - 9.2

8.6

This first episode really makes you want more.

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