Game of Thrones season seven has officially begun, and everyone has A Song of Ice and Fire fever again. If you’re all hyped up about the franchise, you might be thinking about playing a video game based on the series to tide you over till the next episode premieres. Well, too bad. There aren’t any outstanding titles — at least not any licensed ones. Unfortunately, Game of Thrones has joined the pantheon of the terribly handled movie, TV and book-based video game licenses.
Looking at Game of Thrones, it seems like you could craft a great game for almost any genre. You could have a hack-and-slash, a roleplaying game, grand strategy, real-time strategy — the franchise has a huge amount of material from which to draw. But the few games we’ve got have been mediocre at best, and most are better off being ignored entirely.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s available for any video game fans looking to explore the world of Game of Thrones.
(Editors Note: Spoilers for the A Game of Thrones franchise below.)
Game of Thrones Video Games: Why each of them sucks
Below we’ve collected the licensed Game of Thrones games in chronological order and what exactly went wrong with each of them.
A Game of Thrones: Genesis — PC (2011)
The first Game of Thrones video game isn’t actually based on the TV show. Instead, this is the only game built around the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. It released in late 2011, and you’ll see none of the likenesses of the familiar characters from the TV show. It references lore from the books heavily, meaning the majority of people who bought it probably had no idea what the game was going on about, and it was generally a huge cash-in on the TV shows popularity.
Even if it was a bait-and-switch by not including material from the TV show, A Game of Thrones: Genesis could be forgiven if it was a decent game — but it’s not. It features a brown generic Westeros…