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Game of Thrones RPG

Cyanide http://www.cyanide-studio.com/games/got/ has released their new Game of Thrones Role Playing Game today, on Xbox, PlayStation 3, and PC. I'm excited because this has been a long journey, from concept art and story outlines, to the demo I was shown a year ago, to what is now a complete game getting some positive notice http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/04/24/five-reasons-cyanides-game-of-thrones-rpg-actually-looks-pretty-awesome/

I admit, I haven't played a lot of the newer games, but I liked the look of the demo a lot. The armor is battered, the weapons are scarred, and the towns looked muddy and lived in.

Here's a short behind the scenes video detailing some of the process.

I got to approve a lot of concept art and story choices ahead of time, and I hope the players will feel like the final result fits in well with the story I've told in the books.


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May. 18th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for posting these links - this game looks so totally awesome it makes me a little depressed that I am not able to play it. Due to an industrial accident I am unable to play games of this sort but I do plan on purchasing anyway to add to my ASoIaF collection. Even posting here is a bit of a struggle but worth being part of this community!! Thank goodness for audiobooks and Kindle versions.

Whisper to Mr. Martin - I know you are terribly busy and have many irons in the fire but any info on ASoIaF projects is much appreciated by your many fans.
Simone Tremblay
May. 15th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Not very smart of Cyanide to release this game on the same day as Diablo 3.... :(
Lawrence Lawson
May. 16th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Indeed. Poor marketing sense. I don't buy games often, and as much as I love AsoIaF, Blizzard got my money.
Dale S. Thomas
May. 16th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
What an amazing game, Im so glad I was one of the lucky few who got a closed beta version at goo.gl/5jHXe I really enjoyed playing this new version. I also own a Genesis copy, and I can tell you that you wont be disappointed with this new version if you are a fan of the first one as I am.
May. 16th, 2012 01:36 am (UTC)
I'm so excited to play! Thanks for the update.
May. 16th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
I haven't played any games in years, but I'm interested in buying this one. However, when I go looking I find physical copies of the PS3 and Xbox versions for sale, but only downloads for the PC. My preference would be for PC, but I need a physical copy, does anyone know if there's a physical copy of the PC version to buy?

Any help/advice would be appreciated.
May. 21st, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
I preordered mine from shopto.net and that's the only shop I've found that sells physical copies of the games (although I only searched for European sites)
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May. 16th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad to know you were involved with this as far as giving the thumbs up or thumbs down on certain things. But coming out against Diablo III is going to be tough. Hope this game doesn't get lost in the shuffle.
May. 16th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I can't wait to buy this game!
Mr. Martin,

Is the story in this game considered canon?

This game looks like a lot of fun.
May. 16th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
Re: I can't wait to buy this game!
Only the novels (and the Dunk & Egg novellas) are canon.

The videogames, the board games, the card games, the comic book, even the television shows... all great in their own right, I hope, but still secondary. The books are canon. Nothing else.
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May. 16th, 2012 09:01 am (UTC)
As ever, I'm always disappointed when there's no female character choice to play as, given that the female characters are pretty much the most interesting ones in the Westeros universe to me. I've had my fill with male leads at the moment (thanks to the batman games) so I'm going to have to pass on this one until then.
May. 16th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC)
The reviews I'm seeing so far seem to be saying, "great story, cool game mechanic ideas, terrible technical execution." But presumably most of those reviewers aren't intense Game of Thrones fans, so I'd like to hear from commenters here what they think of the game as a game before buying.
May. 24th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
I've been playing the game for a few hours this afternoon and I have to say this is very accurate.

I'm enjoying the story, dialogue, and the combat system. The art assets for the world, the characters, the weapons and armour are all great as well. Everything is as dark, gritty, and real as you would hope. Some of the environments are absolutely amazing.

However, from a technical standpoint the game seems to be very clunky and slow. Lots of loading screens, poor character control/movement while fighting, interaction with the world is not that responsive.

As a fan of the books I'm more than willing to put up with the technical issues. As you play you will notice it has the makings of a great game but it is held back by the execution.
May. 16th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
Question for players who have the game: how does it stack up to Skyrim and Dragon Age (Origins, not the horrendous, rushed sequel)?
May. 16th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
I think you will definitely enjoy first three hours of gaming. Then it drops down dramatically. Just my $0.5
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Kira Apple
May. 16th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC)
Enjoying it so far!
It's incredibly detailed, and the story-lines seem complex and fraught with grey areas. Mors is a great character. I think you would be pleased!
Christopher Jenkins
May. 16th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, most of the reviews generally agree the story is great but the gameplay is completely lackluster and very buggy. I love Western RPGs, but I won't touch this one without at least a few patches from Cyanide. It's unfortunate an inexperienced team had to take the helm. Makes me wonder if those Bethesda rumors were ever true.
May. 16th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Consensus
Man...a Bethesda Ice and Fire game would be so amazing. Oh...or Bioware. Or, if we're talking strategy like the first game, Firaxis would have been a great choice. Or Creative Assembly.

Sigh... (Runs off to invent a portal to a parallel universe...okay, I'm back. The games were amazing. Unfortunately in that universe giant ants have taken over the world. I just barely got out alive...)
Re: Consensus - werthead - May. 17th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC) - Expand
May. 16th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Bethesda passed?
That's too bad. The reviews I've read give props to the combat and the story, those aspects matter most to me. I can live with buggy graphics.
Horst Steuer
May. 17th, 2012 10:17 am (UTC)
interessting charakter
Hey, who is the character at the 1:52 mark in this trailer? The one with glasses and beard?? ;-)
May. 17th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not much of a gamer any more thee days, but have played some of the newer ones in the past 5 years or so that are good:

Elder Scrolls (Morrowind, Oblivion and now Skyrim) are all excellent

Mass Effect series

Dragon Age and Dragon Age 2

Diablo III

There are others too but those are the big RPG / adventure games.

The Game of Thrones game LOOKS good, but I'm gonna wait a bit...especially if they have expansions planned...And I want that art book!

Edited at 2012-05-17 08:28 pm (UTC)
May. 18th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
Maybe it's just me, but I always thought the Mass Effect stuff owed a debt to George's Thousand Worlds short story cycle.
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