Telltale’s Game of Thrones: Episode 4 - Sons of Winter Review
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Telltale’s Game of Thrones: Episode 4 - Sons of Winter Box Art
System: PC*, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One
Dev: Telltale Games
Pub: Telltale Games
Release: May 26, 2015
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Strong Language

Every character participates in similar situations where the player has a lot of control over their fate. Mira, for example, gets to wander around a party and discover the machinations put in place against her, while simultaneously avoiding the eye of Margarey. Asher, when the assault on Mereen occurs, gets to stealthily take out guard after guard, setting up ambush situations that make you feel as if you are playing a tense stealth game.

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The whole second half of the game lets you do this - Asher retaking Mereen, Rodrick standing up to Lord Whitehill, Gared adventuring north of the wall, and Mira acting as a super sleuth in King’s Landing. There is no shortage of awesome set pieces where you feel as if you are really changing the world.

But then the game ends, and we are back to where we started. Daenerys is chastising Asher, even though it seems to go against her character motivations, Mira is still in trouble in King’s Landing, and Rodrick is being hounded by Ramsay Snow rather than Lord Whitehill this time around. Nothing you did mattered. Nothing you did changed the world.

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I feel conflicted about Game of Thrones by Telltale. I enjoy it at points, when it’s happening. The voice acting is great, the graphics are fine, there are fewer bugs this time around, and if I were watching someone else play the game, I think I would enjoy it quite a bit. But the fact that everything I do just seems to be unwritten at the end of every episode, and not in any way that ever makes me triumph, takes me straight out of the action. I can’t get invested in this game, because I feel like I’m not doing anything. It might be fine watching Tyrion get put in shackles and carried off as a prisoner, but when the same thing happens to me, I keep wondering why I can’t fight back.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: May 29, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The hand painted style of graphics really works for the game, and there are far fewer visual bugs this time around.
4.0
Control
All the bugs in the controls appear to have been worked out.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting is still top notch and hasn’t dropped at all in quality.
2.9
Play Value
I am having a very hard time caring about any of the events that transpire when Telltale continues to undermine my decisions at every turn.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Daenerys gets to cameo this time.
  • Interesting puzzle solving sequences that are reminiscent of old school Sierra games.
  • Incredible voice acting is probably the biggest draw of the entire series.

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