Published on March 27th, 2015 | by Mica Rose2
Telltale Game Of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness – Review
Just when you think that Telltale can’t torture you with difficult choices any more than they already have, they bring out an episode like this. While it’s not quite Sophie’s Choice, it certainly tugs at both your conscience and pride when you have to make these impossible decisions. From who to help in battle – your flesh and blood or your loyal companion, to stubbornly fighting or yielding to keep the unjust peace. The choices you make feel like they really do affect the outcome; they are designed to weigh heavy on the shoulders of the characters you control, compared to previous games from Telltale where the decisions seemed to be superficial on their actual effect on the story.
The game sticks with the established characters from the previous episodes, with the game following the perspectives of Asher, Mira and Rodrik Forrester, all with their various perils to deal with, along with Gared Tuttle, their former squire. Each of them is tasked with a different mission, all with their own conflictions and risks, but what is becoming clearer is the effect that the actions as one character has on the others. It is as though there is fragile web weaved by the creators, and when one thread is damaged others may tumble.
The events of The Sword in the Darkness take place before, during and after The Purple Wedding, which as most of you will know was a major event in both the HBO series and the books. It’s interesting to see the perspective of the events from characters that would have bore witness to them.
One of the highlights of the episode was the new recruits of Castle Black taking their vows to become fully fledged crows. The ritual was really made to feel like it meant something, rather than just pressing a button to say ‘Take the vows’, you have to select each line as it’s highlighted and Gared will repeat them in synchrony with his fellow pledges. This adds to the weight of what Gared has become and what he stands for, and certainly makes you consider the decisions you make further down the line that may jeopardise the sacred oath he took.
It’s always interesting to see the puzzles that Telltale come up with to keep the gameplay fresh; whether it be mini games to show Gared’s strengths at Castle Black in the last episode, or the riddle of the pendant and the map included in this one. It breaks up the dialogue nicely and is a welcome pause from quick time event action sequences and political discussions.
Game of Thrones Episode 3: The Sword In The Darkness is available to download now on all platforms.
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