Published on February 6th, 2015 | by Mica Rose0
Game of Thrones Episode 2: The Lost Lords – Review
The second episode of Telltale’s first venture into the much loved world of Game of Thrones was released this week after a two month wait from the first taste in Iron From Ice.
The player controls many of the same characters as they did in the first instalment, with the addition of Rodrik Forrester, the first born son of Lord Forrester who was believed to be dead and Asher Forrester, his exiled brother.
The Lost Lords takes the player to many familiar locations, we go back to Ironrath and King’s Landing, but this time we also get to see the exotic Yunkai and The Wall.
In true Telltale and Game of Thrones style the episode does not disappoint when it comes to twists and suspense; from Mira struggling to choose between her loyalty to her family or Margaery Tyrell, to Rodrik, severely injured from the ambush at the Red Wedding yet still attempting to show the world – and the enemies of his family – that his is strong enough to lead.
The nature of the characters and politics from Game of Thrones is perfect for the style of episodic game that Telltale creates. All the characters are facing tough decisions and are constantly walking through a Machiavellian minefield as they do their best to survive in the corrupted world they find themselves in. These decisions are passed onto the player through the dialogue options; they have to handle every tense situation, not always knowing which options will result in the outcome they desire, if any do in the first place. This is paired with a hefty dose of action sequences where the player must react quickly to save their skins when their words are no match for a blade.
There’s a quality to the graphics that I didn’t notice in the previous episode, but it almost looks as though everything in the background is an oil painting, and the characters are moving amongst it. Being used to the very comic centric style of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, this was nice change to see.
It was great to see a reappearance of favoured characters from the tv show, with Kit Harrington lending his voice to the stalwart Jon Snow for this episode as he meets Gared Tuttle makes it to The Wall and begins his life as a Crow.
There is a pattern of Telltale games being released more steadily following the second episode, whilst we may have been waiting a while for The Lost Lords, hopefully we’ll have our hands on Episode 3 in no time.
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