One of the first choices you make in Telltale’s new episodic game, based in the universe of Game of Thrones, might leave you second-guessing every choice made thereafter. From its opening scene, Telltale does an excellent job in recreating the tension and atmosphere from the George R.R. Martin’s books and the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones.
A fair warning though, do not approach this game if you have not yet watched Game of Thrones until Season 3 or if you’ve read the first three books. It will definitely spoil events for the player. That being said, the game simulates the structure of the books (and TV show) by jumping between the perspectives of three new characters: Ethan Forrester, who must step up to rule in the seat of Ironrath, his old sister Mira Forrester; who is the handmaiden of Margaery Tyrell; and Garred Tuttle, squire to Lord Forrester.
Each character has a distinct role to play and their choices are vastly different from each other. Telltale does a great job in connecting each path, in order to salvage the future of House Forrester. Those familiar with previous titles from Telltale, such as The Walking Dead will notice similarities. But that isn’t a bad thing.
Mira’s scenes in the capital city of King’s Landing has bright and vibrant colours, and doesn’t consist of any action heavy events. Garred’s scenes involve some very simplistic quick time events combined with dialogue and bloodshed. Ethan has the strongest dialogue as some intense conversations wage between him and a lord of a rival house with a dark and muddy atmosphere.
Telltale has set very high standards when it comes to voice acting and Episode 1 – Iron from Ice is no different. Characters who appear from the TV show are authentically voices by their TV counterparts and the similarity is remarkable.
There are some technical issues such as glitches in animations and the new brushstroke effect which is used on backgrounds and characters, can be a bit distracting when the camera angle changes.
Even though the choices you make in this three-hour adventure has very little significance in Episode 1, it’s important to note that there is a total of six episodes and your choices will matter in the end. This side-story might not let you decide the fate of Westeros, but this introduction will keep you entertained until the end.