Reviews for A Game of Thrones - Genesis

45

So much missed potential

cevana | May 26, 2013 | See all cevana's reviews »

The developers snagged such a wonderful property. The land of Westeros begs for a game adaptation. I've been a huge fan of the books (and now the show) for years, and love a good RTS. And this one had such novel ideas -- emphasizing spys, diplomats, and religion just as much as soldiers.

What sounds great on paper falls flat in execution. Any memorable RTS has diverse and distinct factions. With great houses such as the Lannisters, Starks, and Baratheons to draw from this would seem like a no-brainer. Instead nearly all of the houses are indistinguishable in almost any way you can name (appearance, units, playstyle). Why can't they even change the name of the generic lords and nights players receive? Why must it be be 'Generic Lord #1" not "Roose Bolton"? "Generic Knight #2" instead of "Ser Gregor Clegane"? What a difference that small change would have made in the immersion!

The diplomats and spies are interesting for a bit, but are implemented in such an obtuse way that you really can't stick around long enough to care how to learn them effectively, considering how little else the gameplay has going for it.

Pros: -The campaign has some admirable focus on relatively obscure storylines from Westerosi history that are sure to at least catch the interest of hardcore fans.

Cons: -What should have been dynamic factions, are dull and nearly identical -Unique gameplay elements under-deliver on their promise, and are not intuitive enough for an RTS -Campaign gameplay is not involved enough to hold the player's attention

42

Terrible

Infiltrator | May 10, 2013 | See all Infiltrator's reviews »

The realm A Game of Thrones takes place in is wondrous, exciting, imaginative and unique. Regrettably, the same cannot be said for the game--mainly due to the fact that it does not immerse you in this world and the game mechanics are not polished. In retrospect, it seems as if the game fails to deliver because of lazy developers. If you desire a strategy game, get Total War (any of them), a Civ game, Europa Univ or, if unit driven battles are your fancy, Star Wars: Empire at War. Whatever you do, don't be like me and buy this game for the lore, because it fails to deliver miserably in that respect.

76

Medieval Sensation

YousifOhEight | Oct. 3, 2011 | See all YousifOhEight's reviews »

What is to be loved about this game, is the freedom of camera movement, I start here, due to many newer games not having as much freedom as A Game of Thrones offers, this allows users to engage in the graphics much more immensely and also allows the capturing of the action as it is performed.
The game may get very technical, but the tutorial helps to manage that by creating a more intuitive experience. The game may seem confusing at times in the campaign, but use of the minimap will soon become your greatest aid. The minimap is great to focus on as it allows you to determine the progress of your enemies and get you back on track if you have started to sway from your objective. In general it possesses all the characteristics of a great RTS game, mining, feeding, etc. Many hours will be spent on this game, though most of them will be in the tutorial!