TellTale’s Game of Thrones Episode 4 – Sons of Winter

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Episode 4, Sons of Winter, is upon us. The Forresters are finally taking some action against the Whitehills, Mira is becoming a shrewd businessperson, Gared is well on his way to the North Grove, and Asher is aiding in the liberation of Meereen. With only two more episodes to go in the season, things are getting interesting.

daeny-mereen-encampmentJust over halfway through the first season, I’m faltering again. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the games, or the series as a whole, but I’m convinced less and less that your choices accomplish much of anything for the final outcome. Thus far, it seems as though they know where it’s all going to end. You may kill off a minor character with a bad button press, but you’re not going to make a huge, world-changing choice.

Maybe that’s a consequence of setting the game in an already well-established world, or maybe it’s just how they wanted it to be. The story in and of itself, as a Game of thrones fan, is still great. I do still enjoy watching the characters progress through their woes and hardships, and I cheer at every small victory. Some plotlines feel a bit more sluggish than others, but I know they’ll either be tied up by the end of the season (maybe a bit clumsily) or they’ll be left open for the possibility of a Season 2.

That hill doesn't look too white to me.
That hill doesn’t look too white to me.
BESHKA SMASH
BESHKA SMASH

Rodrik seems to be making the most progression, moving strong against the Whitehills. Gared is right behind┬áhim, finally getting past the Wall after being imprisoned by the Night’s Watch. Asher and company could be moving a bit faster, but the again, so could Daenerys in the show itself, so I guess that’s fair enough. We do, however, get treated to some of Beshka’s history, which was nice considering she’s one of my favorites. Mira’s quest definitely feels the most sluggish, but it is interesting to see her become more shrewd and capable as she stays within the realm of King’s Landing.

Whitehill Privilege
Whitehill Privilege

The game is still getting awfully close to the show’s current timeline placement, which adds another layer of interest for fans of the show. Also, I’m pretty sure i saw the actresses for Mira and Sera on the show itself, sitting with Queen Margery. If so, neat!

The game seemed to chug a little at some points, but I’m confident in thinking that’s to do with my Xbox, not the game itself. Some of the backgrounds were a bit underwhelming, maybe flat, but I suppose that fits with the oil painting theme.

Overall, I’m looking forward to the next episode, but I’m beginning to wish I had waited to play them all in one sitting (or maybe two) to really get the feel of the story. Episodic gameplay, I fear, is not quite my cup of tea.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Pros

  • Some decent character development
  • Screw the Whitehills
  • More dragons!

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Cons

  • Bland backgrounds
  • Plotlines may be going a bit slow
  • Choices don’t feel like they matter a whole lot.

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