A Game of Thrones: Genesis Review [Plus Contest Winners] (Windows PC)

Posted by Jeff Lindsey, Oct 03, 2011 14:29

Based on the best book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones: Genesis (GOTG) has been met with a lot A Game of Thrones Genesis Reviewof skepticism. People have feared that the game would be gimmicky or stale or overly complicated or even a clone of Age of Empires. Others have feared that the game simply wouldn’t do the books justice. Even I was worried that the game was going to be mediocre at best and just another time killer.

I am pleased to lay all of these fears to rest. A Game of Thrones: Genesis is a game that is sure to be a pleasant surprise this year. This game has something for everyone. Strategy, treachery, diplomacy, war. No matter what your style of play, this game will have you playing for hours on end.


Now before we go too far, I must admit that I have not read the books. Not for lack of desire, but for lack of time. So, to present a fair review, I asked a few people who had read the books to see if A Game of Thrones: Genesis stacked up to it. Unanimously, the answer was a resounding yes. Everyone told me that the game not only does the books justice, but it really leaves you with the sense that the decisions that you make could actually change the course of events in Westeros, the mythical land in which the story takes place.

Before You Start A Game of Thrones: Genesis

To start out, you need to read the manual and go through the tutorial. Both are painstakingly long, but they are really necessary to provide you with the basic overview of the gameplay mechanics. It may even seem a bit overwhelming as you read through the instructions and click the things A Game of Thrones: Genesis tells you to, but don’t get nervous. If you take the time to do these tasks, then when you start the single player campaign, the game will just come naturally.

A Game of Thrones: Genesis Story

A Game of Thrones - Genesis plunges you into the heart of the battles and intrigues between the Houses that shaped the Kingdom of Westeros.

The arrival of Nymeria in Dorne (Year -700) up until the defense of the Wall against the wildling invasions (Year 300) marks the genesis of the great saga of A Game of Thrones that you will experience through 1,000 years of history.

Become a player in the greatest battles and the founding events of Westeros, such as the invasion of the continent by Aegon the Conqueror and the War of the Usurper.

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Our Rating for A Game of Thrones: Genesis Review [Plus Contest Winners] (Windows PC)
8.0 Replay
You learn more every time you play. With 20 missions, I am excited to replay them with my newfound knowledge of the game.
7.0 Graphics
Good graphics for a strategy game, but you can only zoom in so far, so I do not know just how detailed the people are.
8.5 Sound
The music is very riveting, and the voice acting reminds me of a high quality version of Majesty 2 (which I loved)
9.0 Gameplay
Addicting. If you can get past the first hour of learning, then the game just sucks you in.
8.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
I did not get to play much due to the lack of people online when I am, but when I did, it was delightful.
8.0 Overall
Facing a seeming insurmountable mountain of skepticism, A Game of Thrones: Genesis was a pleasant surprise.

Rating: 4.0, votes: 5

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