For a game carrying the Game of Thrones title, I was expecting better production value. In the trailers, the game looks phenomenal, but once you actually get into it the game yourself, it’s simply disappointing. Comparing the visuals of Game of Thrones to other RPGs that have been released, it simply feels outdated. The character models are not as good when talking, or even moving for that matter. Textures are rough and some of the characters have weird animations. As for technical glitches, there are some to be expected. You’ll see characters passing through walls or just randomly popping out. As for screen tearing, this issue isn’t too common.
Mediocre Voice Acting
The Game of Thrones TV series is considered one of the best due to its near-perfect acting. In its video game iteration, the acting does not meet expectations. Voice acting is abysmal. It is so bad, in fact, that sometimes when it’s hard to capture a powerful moment during a scene because of the poor voice acting. There are some characters that do a decent job, but a majority of them are plagued with amateur performances.
Sidequests Aren’t A Lot
When it comes to RPGs, I always tend to look for side quests; that way I have something to do aside from tackling the main story. Unfortunately, there’s only a handful of quests in the Game of Thrones. Because of this, the game is very short for an RPG. While the story is what hooked me and helped me finish the game, I am severly disappointed that the side quests didn’t live up to my expectations. Hopefully in the future, Cyanide will release quests that will carry an interesting story because most of the ones in game had little back story.
In the end, Game of Thrones has some very apparent flaws such as combat, which makes them quite difficult to ignore. Most of your time will be spent taking on enemies and adjusting to the combat, but once you get passed that, the story really shines. While the story is enough to get you through the game, don’t expect the greatest quality visuals or voice acting. In the end, Game of Thrones will appeal to fans of the show or novels, but you might want to wait for a price drop.
[Editor’s Note: Game of Thrones was reviewed on the Xbox 360 platform. The game was provided to us by the publisher for review purposes.]Game of Thrones Review,