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GOT RPG "Looks Pretty Awesome"



May. 3rd, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear! I already pre-ordered it awhile back, so I've been hoping the reviews would be good. On Amazon you even get a really neat art book for pre-ordering. I also heard that Game Informer gave it a good review, and that they are usually quite brutal. Can't wait!
May. 3rd, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
Quite brutal? According to Metacritic, they review 63% of games higher than the average critic. Anecdotally, I have noticed that they hand out probably four or five 9+ reviews every month, sometimes to games that hardly warrant such scores.

This isn't to cast doubts on the upcoming GoT RPG, but to say that Game Informer is about the last publication I'd listen to no matter what it ends up saying.
May. 3rd, 2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Ah, I didn't know. A friend told me that Game Informer was known to be harsh on RPGs. Guess I should have checked into it myself!
May. 3rd, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
I find Metacritic ratings to be a pretty decent guide to overall game value. I also tend to go check out forum comments directly from owners of the games if I have my doubts. Steam is very useful for that.
May. 3rd, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Game Informer is crap, really. It's owned by Gamestop so they tend to give high reviews to publishers they're well funded to/connected to, etc.

In other words: don't trust them.
May. 4th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
That is accurate.
May. 4th, 2012 07:58 am (UTC)
*sigh* So either a game you really liked got a low score in the past or the opposite happened. Yes Gamestop is a corporation and as such has the stated goal of making money, which it does quite well without having to get payed off by any publishers.

And for the record, reviews equate to merely opinions.
May. 4th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
When it comes down to it reviews of anything are merely the opinions of people. I say if you're interested in the game give it a go.
May. 4th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
Games that don't warrant the score in your opinion. Someone else's opinion could vary. Basically what I say is if a particular publication gives a score you don't like just search around for one you do. Easier than reading the actual review apparently.
Nicholas Teri
May. 3rd, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
What story does it follow?
May. 3rd, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
The stories are original to the game.
Nicholas Teri
May. 3rd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Cool! I was wondering if it followed the book.
May. 3rd, 2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
I am loving the look of it so far.

I have to say I'm kind of disappointed that you only have a choice between two male characters. I still, of course, will be playing it though. :)
May. 3rd, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
If the game meets with market success, I have no doubt the producers will seek to fuel more interest by releasing DLCs (Downloadable Content) that definitely could and should include female character options.

Edited at 2012-05-03 09:50 pm (UTC)
May. 4th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
It's Cyanide Studios. Their track record would not indicate a high chance of releasing anything requested by the fans. And certainly not free DLC.
May. 3rd, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
yes, this.
so many strong female characters in the trilogy, i'd hope all that progress isn't lost in the game!
May. 5th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Good news, there are more than three books! You'll get 7 total (eight or nine if we get lucky!)

I love Brienne in book four. Talk about strong female characters. :P
Shaun Tan
May. 3rd, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Release Date
The game looks really good - can't wait to explore your universe through a game.

I notice the release date is 15th May - which is the same release date as Blizzard's Diablo3 - one of the most anticipated games in a long time (I only know a handful of gamers who won't be getting D3). Anyway, I hope it doesn't impact the sales or uptake of the GOT:RPG too much. I'll get both :)
May. 3rd, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
It looks great!
don't listen to the revivews, i'm a 25-year-old swedish male, been playing games since my sister let me lend her NES/ZELDA at age 6.

action-rpgs, or hacknslash, are usually rated very poorly in magazines/websites. They hate hacknslash games, but if this is indeed made for co-op in mind, im def gonna pick it up and play it through with one of my rpg buddies.
May. 4th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
While I am very much a fan of PC games and all things Westeros I did not even buy The Game of Thrones RTS because from all angles Battle For Middle Earth II is still one of the best. However, I might try the RPG...mostly because in an RPG there's more opportunity to get a deeper immersion into the story...at least I hope so.
May. 4th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
A man can only hope
A man wishes
a man dreams
But a man is just a man
This game is the kind of thing a man really, really, REALLY hopes that turns out to be good.
May. 4th, 2012 01:01 pm (UTC)
I am not usually a player of video games, but love the books so much that I am buying the game so that the house teenager can instruct me on how to play it. I am hoping that he will like it so much that he will want to read the books!
May. 4th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely gonna try to get this.
May. 6th, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Regarding reviews...back in 1998 I was the person who wrote the review of Quake 2: Ground Zero for Gamespy. Back then it seemed that everyone simply found someone that had the most burning desire for the game...and the most experience in that genre...and asked them to write a review.

But, now it's a big business and there have been people fired for writing poor reviews as well as legal incidents regarding "gifts" and such from publishers to gaming magazines. Don't trust any review from a magazine which you have to purchase...buy the mag if you want more info, but keep an objective perspective. And, never base your purchases on the metacritic or any numerical rating...it's just a marketing tool...the higher numbers are reserved for AAA titles which they have been told will need a high rating during the same release season as other titles which they have been told can't have a higher number as the designated AAA titles. This information was leaked to us by an employee who was fired for not following the "recommended" rating levels.

If you really enjoy G.R.R.M's works and he has authorized the game then do buy it when it first comes out and enjoy being in Westeros. If you are a gamer and not sure if it will be fun with your gaming style then you might want to wait until it comes out and check the gaming forums to see what everyone says. A good forum to visit is the Steam Community forums.
May. 6th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, STEAM and friends is the way to go...
hacknslash is treated like crap in the media. its like a classical music composer reviews punk music. what do you expect? Why even do the review?
I like mindless violence and action sometimes, yet i'm not supposed to according to these "reviewers". They keep attacking hacknslash genre and action-rpg's yet never understand why these games keep selling.
May. 7th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
why not bioware?
well, the good news is this was under development for years supposedly...so it's not just a rush job based on the success of the show. A good development cycle for an RPG is at minimum 3 years (look at Dragon age 2 for what a rushed cycle can result in).

the bad news is cyanide is a crappy developer. Atlus is a good developer but theyre just the publisher on this it seems. I'd LOVE to see bioware or bethesda make aSoIaF game. The lore of westeros combined with their RPG development experience would make one of the greatest games ever.

my expectations are tempered but i hope this release does the series justice.


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