The House of Forrester’s story will be wrapped up (or left dangling – we will have to wait and see) on November 17th: the final installment of Telltale’s Game of Thrones series, “The Ice Dragon”, is set to be released on this date across multiple platforms. In fact, for the first time in Telltale history, the final chapter in the tale of power struggles and bloody warfare will be available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 simultaneously. No more penalties or spoiler evasion for console gamers – you’ll be able to finish up the series at the same time as your PC gamer counterparts.
In addition to the release of the season finale, the entire season will be released as a physical “box-set” on November 17th in the US (and on November 20th in Europe). As well as being ideal for those of us who love to binge-consume our media, be it through a Netflix marathon or working on the butt groove in our gaming sofas, this should provide the perfect excuse for those who have yet to experience Telltale’s Game of Thrones to make a good start. The recommended release price for a hard copy on PC/Mac/Xbox and Playstation consoles runs at 29.99 USD.
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As with most Telltale series, those who are new to the Game of Thrones franchise (or, more accurately, the “Song of Fire and Ice” series by George R. R. Martin) will not find themselves submerged in a quagmire of indigestible detail, or at least not without some guidance. The family at the centre of the game’s exploits was created especially for the games, just as the central characters of Telltale’s Walking Dead series were mostly brand new. However, well-loved baddies such as the scheming, sinful Cersei Lannister receive enough screen time to excite even the most jaded of GoT fans.
Telltale’s distinctive brand of point-and-click adventure gaming constitutes interactive storytelling at its most refined. In Game of Thrones, the player takes control of five different members of the Forrester family; while the dreaded quick-time event can spell disaster for a character, even triggering a Game Over screen, a well-crafted checkpoint system and gripping storyline means this does not create too much tedium. Furthermore, Telltale seems to have learnt its lesson from earlier series (namely The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us) by ensuring that branching paths really are branching.
The result is that Telltale’s Game of Thrones is well-suited to those who enjoy a choose-your-own-adventure style of gaming when combined with elements of wild fantasy, historical melodrama and political thriller. Even for those who are skeptical of the premise, Telltale’s track record in pulling off gaming with a strong story (and a strong heart) speaks for itself. Give it a go and you may find yourself learning Dothraki and eating horse hearts before you know it – or perhaps doing something a little less extreme, like trying out Tales from the Borderlands. Possibly both.