Game Of Thrones Episodes Two And Three
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Format reviewed: PS4 Also available on: PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iOS Publisher: Telltale Games
The latest episodes in Telltale’s six- part Game Of Thrones graphic adventure continue the tradition of a family from the North finding themselves relentlessly shat on in Westeros. If you thought the Starks had it bad, wait till you see what’s in store for the Forresters.
Episode Two, “The Lost Lords” ( ) establishes a new world order for the beleaguered family and introduces remaining players Asher and Rodrik. Asher is a particularly welcome addition, injecting a much- needed sense of fun into the endlessly miserable events elsewhere. But it’s a peculiarly uneventful 90 minutes that’s almost entirely lacking the moments of agonising diplomacy Telltale is best known for.
Fortunately things pick up with “The Sword In The Darkness” ( ), as the series’ disjointed narrative finally slots into place. The remaining Forresters may be scattered, but each one is fighting for the survival of their family, and every failure puts added emphasis on the next character to pick up the slack. It’s masterfully paced, compellingly written and features one of Telltale’s best setpieces to date: a deadly dragon attack!
There’s still a sense that the Forresters’ story is more of a footnote than an actual chapter in the history of the Ice and Fire, but at the halfway mark this is shaping up to be a solid slice of storytelling from the fringes of Westeros. Jordan Farley
We bet those feathers itch after a while.