Game of Thrones Is Over, Here’s Which Games Can Dull The Pain
The time has finally come and gone. After nearly a decade, the landmark television series Game of Thrones has at last met its end. The momentous series finale gathered 19.3 million viewers this past weekend, although there have been many online who have complained about it. While HBO has several Game of Thrones prequel series in the works, it will be quite some time before they air. So, for those who prefer video games to pass the time in between big series, Don’t Feed the Gamers has some recommendations for those going through immediate throne withdrawals.
Starting off with some of the obvious choices, by now, chances are you have played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. However, if you haven’t, or if you can find a way to replay it by reimagining it as a lost corner of Westeros, you’d be hard-pressed to find a game that gives as real an experience of living in such a medieval fantasy world. Not to mention, the game has as much lore waiting in the background through auxiliary texts, that one might think that George R. R. Martin spent all his time writing the books found in Skyrim.
For those that want a similarly deep fantasy world to explore, but prefer less of the blank slate style of protagonist, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt provides a very clearly defined player character with Geralt of Rivia. With a heavy focus on Geralt’s choices and relationships, The Witcher 3 provides a more focused story than Skyrim, but will still offer plenty of quality hours of gameplay.
Again, this is probably a no-brainer, but the Dragon Age series has provided some of the best opportunities for dynamic character relationships and complex storytelling in gaming in the past few years. Dragon Age: Inquisition perhaps brought the series to its peak performance. While a new Dragon Age is in the works at BioWare, it is surely at least a few years away, so this would be a great time to start this game, or jump back in for a refresher.
Some of you may not be aware, but the dearly departed Telltale Games actually made a Game of Thrones episodic series that featured actors from the HBO show. While the story is somewhat removed from the show, as it mainly focuses on original characters from House Forrester, it does put the player in the position of known characters for many crucial moral choices. If one wanted to test their ability to handle the true “game” in the Game of Thrones, this series would be a good metric.
While it is set in the medieval period of our real world history, Crusader Kings 2 lets players act as famous historical figures like Charlemagne and Genghis Khan to see how well they can control their empires. The goal is to keep your kingdoms together and your royal lineage going as long as possible, through any means necessary. Like a true Lannister, this can include tactics like political corruption, war, and alliances not intended to be kept. For someone more strategy-minded wanting to learn about real history, this can’t be beat.
For those searching for a handheld title that captures many qualities similar to Game of Thrones, one unusual recommendation might be the Fire Emblem series. For someone trying out the franchise for the first time, Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS is a great recent starter. The title is mostly a tactical military strategy game, but with many ancillary features that make it stand out. The series is well-known for its character permadeath mechanics, which raises the stakes much like how GoT left so many of its characters, even important ones, vulnerable to death at any moment. These deaths are only made harder with their constant charming relationships with one another, including for some to romantically pair up and produce offspring. The game is more light-hearted than Thrones, but can be just as heartbreaking.
What games do you think can fill the void left by Game of Thrones? Let us know in the comments below! Be sure to stay tuned for the latest Game of Thrones news, such as the infamous Starbucks cup mod that puts the accidental GoT cameo into Skyrim, here on Don’t Feed the Gamers! Follow us on Twitter to see our updates the minute they go live!
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A royally radical and totally tubular 90s kid, Cory has a passion for all things nerdy, particularly gaming and nostalgia. While an accountant by day, he strives to be as creative and humorous as possible in his free time, be it here writing on Don't Feed the Gamers, or making dumb satirical posts on his Twitter, Youtube, Facebook and Instagram accounts.