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Game of Thrones: Genesis Preview

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Many video gamers have a soft spot in their hearts for the RTS genre of games.  There was a time when real time strategy was everywhere and these were great times. However in recent years they haven’t shown themselves to be quite the mainstay they once were giving way to FPS, RPGs, and the like. That is not to say that there are no good RTS video games still out there being made. I think most people are aware of a little game called StartCraft 2 that came out last year. This is really a shame since many of us assumed that in this culture of online gaming this would be a genre that would have been everywhere. Again, there are still the very popular mainstays and new arrivals but they don’t hold the clout that they once did.

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I expected the wall to be a little bigger.

However things may be turning for the better. With the popular series A Song of Ice and Fire and it’s HBO series Game of Thrones it seems only natural that we were going to see a video game adaptation. While some expected a thematic massacre through some open world Action-RPG when we heard RTS we got intrigued. This could very easily do this series justice and help it reach an audience that may not have been able to experience it. I know, I know, but there is bound to be a few people out there that haven’t read it or seen it.

Cyanide Studios has been working with George R.R. Martin (the author of the series) to bring to life a very interesting world of political intrigue and bloody war. OH! Also dragons. CHECK THAT OUT!

While there is a very strong potential for some wonderfully engaging and interesting multiplayer for the moment we are going to be focusing on the single player aspect of A Game of Thrones: Genesis.

A Game of Thrones: Genesis – Preview

In A Game of Thrones: Genesis you choose to start things off by selecting which house you wish to be the head of. Once you select your house you’re off in the world of Westeros. As you play you can determine how you will amass power and prestige. Your actions are not limited to waging a bloody battle. According to the website for A Game of Thrones: Genesis:

In this strategy game, victory does not necessarily result from brute force. You can of course choose to use a military approach and besiege your opponents, but you may also strangle them in an economical war, or use all the dirty tricks possible and subtle diplomacy to politically crush them.

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Who doesn't love spring break on the beach? With an army....

While waging war is always fun it’s nice to see an RTS take a different approach to what strategy really means. There are always other means to do battle and key theme in A Song of Ice and Fire is that a blade is not always the best way to kill a person. Politics is a dirty game and you’re going to have to play it because if you don’t someone else will play it for you. Usually to your detriment.

However there are ways to remove your prestige too. If you’re attacking a castle during peace time, found to be working in some duplicitous plot, or even if you own bastard children start to run amok then you’re going to have to do some additional work to correct what’s going wrong.

This is going to take an interesting turn in the RTS world to take gaming out of just “build a base, build units, align troops, and attack.” What A Game of Thrones looks to deliver is the world of Westeros with all of it’s ups, downs, and quirky assholes. Me personally I’m hoping I get to see the Imp.

A Game of Thrones: Genesis – System Requirements

Now this is a PC only release. This means that there are going to be a few system requirements for you to worry about. However as of right now we really don’t know what they are. Once we know though, we’ll keep this updated for you. What we do know is that you’re going to need a computer. Probably something to interact with the computer (like a keyboard and mouse) and some form of operating system. I know, we really gave you some deep insight there.

edit: Wow, can’t believe I messed up the name of the series. Thanks hearshot

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