Game of Thrones – Episode One – Xbox One – Iron From Ice
Gameplay: Game of Thrones is my favorite TV show, so naturally I was somewhat excited to play the new title from Telltale Games. For those who have never played a game from Telltale before, and aren’t sure what to expect their gameplay relies mostly on the player making the best decision in a situation where there isn’t really a right answer. To me this adds character to the game, and grew on me as I completed the first episode. On top of that no matter what decision you choose there will be some kind of consequence that you simply can’t avoid, but that’s not all this game has to offer. Although the majority of the game involves answering question in a timely manner, and choosing sides, the game also tests your reflexes in both your attacks and answers. Just don’t expect to much action or combat, because there isn’t much. Iron From Ice is primary a strategy game rather than an action one. I understand how that can turn some gamers off, but if you like Game of Thrones just give this game a chance, because it might grow on you like it did to me.
Graphics: When it comes to the graphics and art style Telltale did a pretty good job. The best way to describe the graphics is to compare them with some kind of mix between clay animation and pastel colors. Overall for what the game is the graphics weren’t bad, and should not be a reason not to play this game.
Plot: I actually ended up liking the story and plot even though most of the characters were unfamiliar to me, and have not been part of the TV series, but don’t get me wrong there are returning characters in this game too. Just to expect to be able to play as them. Furthermore, I thought that the story fit perfectly as a backstory to the main storyline, and was a good filler to the series as a whole.
Bottom-line: For what this game is it did a pretty good job satisfying me, but just remember that this type of game isn’t for everyone. If you like making strategic decisions, and want some Game of Thrones backstory then I recommend playing Iron From Ice, but if you’re looking for an action game you might want to pass on it. Even if you are hesitant about playing this game just remember that it’s only $4.99, so you don’t have to worry about investing your time and money into a full game. If you do decide you like the game after you complete Episode One, you can buy the next five episodes as a Season Pass for only $19.99. Episode One took me just slightly under two hours to complete, so if the next five episodes are anything like the first that’s about 12 hours of gameplay for $25. Just give it a try you might like it! Solid 8 out of 10!