Game of Thrones is finally over. The hit HBO original series was quite the cultural phenomenon, spanning over eight seasons and consisting of intense action and drama.
With the recent rumors of George R.R. Martin working with a Japanese development studio on a new project, we could be expecting to see a game that harnesses the creativity of Martin’s storytelling in a new and exciting world.
This also marks the first time Martin is working within a new medium, so we can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
The problem is, we probably won’t be seeing that game release any time soon. Maybe you’re looking to play a game that will give you the same vibes and themes that only a show like Game of Thrones can provide.
These games may not be Game of Thrones, but I’m certain that they will scratch that itch.
Drakengard 3 is kind of a strange title. Released at the end of the PS3’s life cycle, it is commonly overlooked as most people at the time were ushering in a new generation of consoles.
It’s really a shame too because it’s a game that does a lot of interesting things within the framework of a unique story with many twists.
Created by Yoko Taro (well known for creating cult classics such as NieR and NieR: Automata), he has a very special gift of weaving a story that ends up being unpredictable and memorable.
Drakengard 3 is technically a prequel to Drakengard 1, and also subsequently NieR and NieR: Automata. They all take place within the same universe.
In this game, you take control of a woman named Zero (who kind of reminds me of Daenerys Targaryen). Partnering with a childish sounding dragon named Mikhail, Zero is on a mission to kill her five sisters who rule the world’s various regions.
While this sounds a bit sadistic, playing through the game reveals many truths and reasons behind Zero’s rampage, similar to how a season of Game of Thrones can play out with details slowly unfolding before the viewer’s eyes.
It’s very easy to start understanding her motives about halfway through the game and it’s at this point when the game really reels you in.
Unfortunately, if there’s one thing holding this game back from being perfect, it’s rough gameplay performance.
The game can sometimes drop to single digits in highly congested areas and when your dragon Mikhail is breathing fire everywhere. There also is some screen tearing that can rear its ugly head during gameplay.
However, if you can look past these issues you will experience a game that is truly unique than anything else on the market.
Regardless of the bad performance, I still had a lot of fun upgrading Zero and dispatching foes with the unique weapon-switching combat system the game has to offer.
It may not be the deepest RPG and/or action game out there, but the charm and uniqueness of the story is what you’re here for. Also what other game lets you ride a dragon like Daenerys and rain fire down upon your enemies?