9. Your Choices Don’t Matter (Again) - Telltale’s Game of Thrones
There really is nothing like a choice-heavy game completely nullifying all your decisions but Telltale’s Game of Thrones drops the ball in a totally different way than Little Hope.
While Telltale have done some extraordinary games you have to hand it to people who were committed to diving into their Game of Thrones offering. It kicked off in 2014 as one of their much later series where you were either tired of the format or absolutely on board. A pity then for the latter who were excited for the collision between the Telltale experience and one of the biggest shows ever as the ending left a lot to be desired.
As you’d expect, the world of Game of Thrones is brutal and people die, but fans complained that the deaths felt extremely cheap and avoidable.
Nobody wins and everyone loses which might be all well and good on TV but in a game where you’ve spent six episodes trying to make good choices, finding out there’s no good ending pissed a lot of people off. It might be accurate to the universe but it is hugely unsatisfying in a game that’s supposed to be about meaningful choices. Killing off just about the entire family you’d been playing as throughout the game, and leaving the rest with unknowable fates, left an incredibly bad taste in the mouths of players who made it all the way to the end.
As did the fact that the final episode seems far more interested in setting up for season two instead of rounding out the story. A season two that never came to pass, mind you.