The second Game of Thrones game lives up to its predecessor, writes James Cox.
The second instalment of the Telltale Game of Thrones series The Lost Lords is now available to download. It had a lot to live up to as the first excited both casual and hardcore Game of Thrones fans in equal measure. Despite all the hype, it does not disappoint.
The series begins in thrilling battle played out at breakneck speed with the new playable character, Asher Forrestor. Asher is exiled across the narrow sea in Yunkai and his return is one of the Forrestor’s last hopes in their ongoing feud with the neighbouring Whitehills. It very much sets the tone for the rest of the game, which like its predecessor, takes roughly two and a half hours to complete.
We are treated to another new playable character in Rodrik Forrestor who somehow survived the Red Wedding at the beginning of the first instalment Iron from Ice. Rodrik is forced to lead his house in the perilous confrontation with House Whitehall, and like Ethon in the previous instalment; he must make some key decisions.
Perhaps the most intriguing playable character is again Mira Forrestor, who is a handmaiden in Kings Landing. She interacts with favourites from the Game of Thrones series, Margarey Tyrell and Tyrion Lannister (again voiced over by Natalie Dormer and Peter Dinklage which improves the gaming experience.)
Tyrion in particular plays a huge role in The Lost Lords. Gared Tuttle, a loyal squire to House Forrestor, was exiled to the Wall in the last instalment and as the fourth playable character we get to experience the harshness of life in the Night’s Watch.
Here Gared meets another familiar face from Game of Thrones, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington.) Fans of the series will enjoy the exchange with Snow. Iron from Ice and The Lost Lords had already treated gamers to some stunning graphics depicting landscapes such as Ironwrath and King’s Landing. However, the breathtaking representation of Castle Black and the Wall looks like an episode of Game of Thrones rather than a computer game.
Like the first instalment, there are plenty of twists and turns in The Lost Lords and the ending is just as good as the first instalment, it will leave the gamer looking forward to more.
Iron from Ice and The Lost Lords are games any Game of Thrones fan should experience. To those who have not done so and are lucky enough to still have the games to experience for the first time, they will be the perfect preparation for the new series which airs on HBO in April.
Telltale have definitely got the formula right for creating an authentic Game of Thrones gaming experience, and for fans of the show the third instalment “The Sword in the Darkness” (due for release at an unspecified date in 2015) can not come quick enough.