05th Feb2015

‘Game of Thrones: Episode 2 – The Lost Lords’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

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The race between Tales from the Borderlands and Game of Thrones to see which got their second episode is over and with The Lost Lords we have a winner, and it was worth the wait.  Continuing from the shocking events of the first episode the important thing for Telltale Games was to make the player believe that this is a story that does the connection with the Game of Thrones universe justice, and after playing through I would say that this has been a complete success.

Where the first episode had to make an impression on the gamers and make sure they were hooked, this one had to cement the story in their minds and now that we know the characters, form the story around them and continue their journey.  Connecting the Forresters not only with their own personal problems with Lord Whitehall but also events surrounding the impending Purple Wedding, Jon Snow’s experiences at The Wall and Daenerys Targaryen’s escapades over the sea Telltale’s version of Game of Thrones feels as though it fits perfectly in with other storylines within the television show.

The story for The Lost Lords is told confidently and using characters from the television show gives the events that we witness a feeling of authenticity that the game would fail without.  At King’s Landing everything that occurs has the feel of danger about it, especially politically, it is made obvious that our actions are already causing us to have deadly enemies.  I know that a few decisions that I chose had a feeling of having an impact not only on Mira herself but also with events back at Ironrath, and encountering with Jon Snow and the Nights Watch cements Gared Tuttle into what hopefully should be a future encounter with the Wildings.  Most importantly though the path the story is taking is clear, and it is going to be a paved in blood.

The Lost Lords has moments of beauty, especially in the closing scenes of the episode and we have some nice teasers for things to come.  We may not have met the Dragons yet or their mother, but it is obvious that this encounter is coming, and is something to be looked forward to.  The need for vengeance and this being entwined with a complex game of politics also is something that makes the game feel like this could be something just a little special and there is a feeling about events that mark out the possibility of epic battles in future episodes.

The second episode of Tales from the Borderlands should be on its way soon, and while I loved the first episode and thought it was superior to the Game of Thrones game, it will have a lot of work to do to better The Lost Lords.  This episode has proven that this Game of Thrones game is the one the fans were hoping for and deserved.  The story lives up to what we see in the books and on the television screen and has huge potential based on the teasers of things to come.  Now the only problem is going to be having to wait for the next episode to come out, if it’s a whole month or more away I’m not sure I can handle the wait.

***** 5/5

Game of Thrones: Episode 2 – The Lost Lords is out on PC now.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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