Version tested: Xbox One
Also available on: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC, Android, iOS
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Genre: Graphic Adventure
Telltale’s Game of Thrones series is known for its excellent voice performances and compelling story line. The newest installment, “The Sword in the Darkness” is no exception, although it’s not the strongest in the series so far.
As the third part of a six-part series, it’s natural to expect a bit of a lull. After two episodes of unchecked death, destruction, and hard choices, it was time to see many of those choices you made come to fruition. Your conversation with Cersei, the Ironwood deal with Tyrion, the mercy you did or didn’t show to your enemies as Asher, helping Cotter cover his crime at The Wall… All of these things and more will effect your experience in this episode.
Just in case the idea of your choices finally paying off or the general continuation of a great story isn’t enough to draw you in to playing this, I have one word that might: Drogon. It’s finally time to fight some dragons! Or at least, A dragon. Also, as you would expect from an episode titled “A Sword in the Darkness,” a good part of the action happens at The Wall, where we haven’t gotten to go very often up until now.
One fear that I had through the first two episodes is starting to come true. The A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones universe has LOADS of characters to keep track of. Personally, I’ve read the books and seen every episode of the show (many of the multiple times) and I still have a hard time keeping track. Add in trying to remember for yourself who is trustworthy and what decisions you’ve made—especially stretched out over the course of several months—and it’s darn near impossible.
Despite the mass of characters and the dearth of action, “A Sword in the Darkness” is another solid entry into an excellent series. In fact, I think it’s safe to say now that it’s worth it to buy the season pass. It’ll save you a few bucks in the end.
Billy is a freelance writer living in Indianapolis with his dog, BoJack. He enjoys TED talks, video games, sunny days, football, and the salty tears of his enemies.