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  1. Developer: Telltale Games Publisher: Telltale Games Platform: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, iOS, Android Release Date: December 2, 2014 ESRB: M for Mature This review is based on the PC version of the game The whole world is seemingly enraptured by the A Song of Ice and Fire franchise—this, of course, includes the extremely popular TV show, Game of Thrones. Blood, sex, adventure, drama—the show has a bevy of content that“s helped it become a hit. But sometimes fans thirst for even more, especially when waiting for the next season and/or book. Thanks to Telltale Games, enthusiasts of the series can dive into an interactive Game of Thrones world that they are sure to find pleasing. Now, the reason I say Game of Thrones instead of A Song of Ice and Fire as a whole is that Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series is very much based on the events and characters of the show rather than the books. Which means, yes, you will see Peter Dinklage as Tyrion and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. The show characters that appear in Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series are even voiced by their actors. It“s almost surreal and weird seeing these folks in a video game, but it is also very awesome. Telltale“s usual comic book-y, semi-realistic graphical style suits the world of Game of Thrones very well. As an added touch, they implemented a sort of oil painting style specifically for this game. My only gripe is that there is a weird watercolor effect added to the edges of some things. It doesn“t look right at all. You eventually get used to it, though. Back to the subject of events of the show, Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series begins around season three and will end right before the beginning of season five. As such, it is highly recommended that you are familiar with the show itself in order to derive maximum enjoyment from the game (though I“m not sure why anyone would want to play if they“re not a Game of Thrones fan!). Funnily enough, the characters you play as in Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series are from a House present in the books, but not the television show. Focus on these completely brand new characters, all members of House Forrester, allows for a fresh experience for fans of both the show and books. So far, the members and royal family of House Forrester seem to be an enticing and interesting bunch. Don“t get too attached to anyone here, however—like the rest of the franchise, anyone can die at any time with no warning. Episode 1: Iron From Ice keeps you on your toes for a good two or three hours from start to finish. And as is typical with Telltale“s games, the ending is definitely shocking and will make you hunger for the next episode. However, as is also typical with Telltale“s games, all the choices you make are superficial and never really make any difference. A few lines of dialogue are changed here and there, but that“s mostly it. It“s becoming somewhat of a tiring formula, but at least there“s (hopefully) going to be an enjoyable story in it. In any case, I definitely enjoyed my time with Episode 1: Iron From Ice, especially being an immense fan of both the television show and books. Though I“m not a fan of episodic games for numerous reasons, Telltale is usually very good with getting episodes out in a timely manner, so I won“t mind the wait between them too much. The first episode showed a lot of promise for the rest of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, so I eagerly await Episode 2! Pros + Story and drama that hooks you from that start + Phenomenal voice acting that includes the television show's actors Cons - As with all Telltale games, choices don't actually matter Overall Score: 8 (out of 10) Great Episode 1: Iron From Ice is a promising start for Game of Thrones – A Telltale Game Series. It's a must-play for fans of the franchise. Disclosure: This game was reviewed using downloadable Steam code provided by the publisher.