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Game of Thrones: Episode Three - The Sword in the Darkness

Telltale Games
Mar 24, 2015 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

IGN
7.7 / 10
Game Informer
8.3 / 10
GameSpot
8 / 10
Polygon
7.5 / 10
Game Revolution
3.5 / 5
Destructoid
8 / 10
TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
Attack of the Fanboy
4 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones: Episode Three - The Sword in the Darkness

Early excitement and newfound purpose puts Telltale's Game of Thrones back on track in Episode 3.

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House Forrester is bloodied further in this episode, and Gared's story makes a fun turn into unexplored Game of Thrones territory

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Telltale's journey through Westeros has hit a high point.

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This episode did a great job of quickening the pace of the story while offering the player the sort of hard choices that make Telltale games such terrible fun to play.

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The Sword in the Darkness stays the course for Telltale's Game of Thrones series, though it still feels like the story is waiting around for something to finally happen

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But as a whole, the group finally has direction. Where the first two episodes took their time setting up the narrative machine, The Sword in the Darkness finally puts that machine into motion. Telltale's initial promise that each character's actions will ripple out and affect the others is coming to fruition. I only expect to see that even more with the next episode.

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Telltale's take on Game of Thrones feels quite low-key compared to some of the goings on in the main series, but this episode begins to move away from that being a problem and starts using it to its advantage, as it shows you different sides of familiar situations. There's still a lot of filler to get through, though, and it's very dialogue heavy with little to offer in terms of unique gameplay. Hopefully, now that we're getting past the halfway point, the next episode will be much more enjoyable.

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Game of Thrones Episode 3 is certainly the most consistent entry in the series, with great action and storytelling throughout. The issues from Episode 2 still crop up though, and more concrete progress is needed to truly satisfy.

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