Game of Thrones (360/PS3/PC)
Developer: Cyanide Studios
Release date: May 15, 2012
When you play the Game of Thrones RPG, you either win, or you restart at the last checkpoint. Then you win.
But can you really win when you're playing the game of thrones? Can anyone?
Nothing in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, adapted as Game of Thrones by HBO, ends the way fans want it to. Nothing yet, at least; Martin's still got at least two books swimming around under his signature biker hat. But unlike in other works of fiction, there hasn't been a happy ending yet.
That's normally the beauty of fiction: the good guys win. That's why we escape into it. But Ice and Fire asks the question, what if there are no good guys? What if there are only shades of motivation, delusion and self-interest? That's what makes Martin's world so compelling, and it's clear that Cyanide Studios understands this, as they've recreated that feeling quite well in the game.
The Game of Thrones RPG is no mere cash-in.