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Game of Thrones: 'Episode 1' Iron from Ice Review

Why oh why was I sent this? Game of Thrones, a series that has hardcore fans that will lap up every little slither of information, jamming up the internet every time a new episode comes along and then you have me, my only real experience being the South Park park specials; so I think I have a general grasp of what's going on.

Though only the first episode, Telltale Games have again crafted an interesting and so far entertaining digital novel, an interacive movie of sorts that, by way of your commands will have repercussions later as the future episodes are released. 

As ever with anything Game of Thrones I will attempt to keep this review as spoiler free as possible but at the same time will probably mention key moments, but if you are a fan your are sure to have heard of them by now.

Set during and just after the infamous Red Wedding the game focuses on another House from the world of Westeros, House Forrester; a family that for centuries have been a vital cog in the Weteros machine thanks to the strong ironwood trees that surround their lands. This first episode focuses on three members of the house, first up Gared, a squire to Lord Forrester who's life is turned upside-down after stumbling across the behind the scenes treachery during the Red Wedding and triggering a brutal battle in the camp, the Lord slain but with his last monents bequeathing a vital request on Gared, who in turn manages to make matters worse, his actions leaving ripples through the game and causing serious trouble for the House Forrester.

Thanks to the slaying of the Lord and his successors, the new Lord Forrester is Ethan, a young man whose inexperience is bound to cause more offence and trouble than good, his new position placing him in a very dangerous situation, events changing him from the innocence of a child to a ruthless lord and finally, we have Mila, a handmaiden to Margaery Tyrrel who's Forrester lineage is causing issues and is also struggling to find an ally who will help her family.

It's really interesting switching back and forth between the three characters, making choices that NPC's will remember throughout. Having your actions change people's attitudes towards you makes for an interesting experience, although generally you won't change the outcome, just the way you get there.

Iron from Ice is best seen as an interactive Game of Thrones episode, the players inputs often making a choice during conversations and interactions with the supporting characters, making what appear to be crucial decisions that will affect later episodes however it is to early to see just what to expect. Alongside the interactive conversations are also a few action based scenarios, with a couple of quick buton mashing moments or direcional movements to time right and avoid a bloody end which in typical Game of Thrones style Iron from Ice throughout is very violent and very sweary.

Game of Thrones Iron from Ice has started off strong, allowing fans a chance to witness an unseen area of Westeros whilst still keeping faithful to the source material and to those like myself who have no experience, it is still enjoyable ,though to avoid spoilers it is best to read up or at least watch as far as the end of season three on the TV show.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros/Cons to be revealed once we have reviewed all six episodes.

Edited On 10 Dec, 2014

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