Can you believe it? After 8 seasons, Game of Thrones has finally finished! Don’t worry, though; I won’t be saying any spoilers here, in case you are still catching up. Instead, I wanted to talk about the comedown that you feel after such a wonderful and epic TV series ends, and how to deal with it using gaming.
So, if you are like me and are suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawals in the wake of realising that it is all over, this list might help you! There are a plethora of games that released over the years, including a large number of epic fantasy games. So, here are my top 6 epic fantasy games, which you should absolutely play if you are experiencing Game of Thrones withdrawals!
6. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
When you consider the fact that George R.R. Martin openly admitted to how important the Lord of the Rings books were to him, it seems only fitting that we include one of the best games set in Middle Earth within this list. The Return of the King, to this day, is one of the most amazing games from the Lord of the Rings series. With amazing combat, as well as brilliant multiplayer gameplay, Lord of the Rings: Return of the King for the PS2 is an absolute delight to play.
Considering the fact that the Lord of the Rings was so influential for both A Song of Ice and Fire and a Game of Thrones, it only seems fitting to jump into that world as well.
5. Icewind Dale 2
So we’re stepping into a very different type of fantasy RPG here. Icewind Dale 2 is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting for Dungeons and Dragons, meaning that it already has a huge amount of lore behind it. Because of that, you don’t learn that much of it from the game itself. Instead, you get to see what is happening in and around the town of Icewind Dale, playing out a relatively short yet thoroughly enjoyable plot.
It may be a bit of a leap, in terms of what you are expecting, but Icewind Dale 2 is definitely worth looking into!
4. Final Fantasy Tactics
Whenever I describe Final Fantasy Tactics to people who haven’t played it, I call it the Game of Thrones of the Final Fantasy series. It features all of the political intrigue, backstabbing and violence that you would expect from Game of Thrones, only with a Final Fantasy coat of paint over the top of it. Don’t let that fool you, though. Final Fantasy Tactics features a wonderful and deep plot that will keep you interested throughout.
If you prefer the political aspects of Game of Thrones, but also love the fantasy elements, then Final Fantasy Tactics could be one of the most perfect games for you to play. There’s even an updated version of it called Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions for the PSP!
3. Dragon Age: Origins
The first entry in the Dragon Age series is probably still one of the best. The scale and scope of the game was massive for the time, and still feels big to this day. On top of that, the sheer amount of lore that you can learn within Dragon Age: Origins is outstanding. Whilst combat may not be for everyone, due to the fact that it uses an updated version of the combat system from games like the aforementioned Icewind Dale 2, it is a wonderful game.
The world building is phenomenal, and each of the characters has their own agenda and plans. All of this comes together to make a great alternative to Game of Thrones, now that the series has come to an end.
I mean, you could probably guess that Skyrim was going to be on this list, right? It’s one of the most popular games of recent times, and for good reason. It has a civil war, sword fighting and (most importantly) dragons! On top of this, with the absolute wealth of mods available for the game, you can effectively create your own, near perfect version of Skyrim. Whilst it may not be quite the same as Game of Thrones, getting lost in another fantasy world is a great way to deal with that empty feeling left behind by the show finishing.
If only Bethesda could be convinced to work on an actual Game of Thrones game, it could be incredible!
1. Game of Thrones
Well, I mean, what else could be number one on this list aside from an actual Game of Thrones game? None of the Game of Thrones games are really retro games, but they just had to appear on this list, right? Now, I was slightly torn between TellTale’s Game of Thrones and the self-titled Game of Thrones game that acts as a side story to earlier seasons, but I chose the later. Why? Well, because I enjoyed it more, personally. It is an action RPG with good combat, a lot of politics, a great story and overall enjoyable gameplay. On top of that, you get to learn a lot more about the world of the TV show (I can’t say for certain whether it would be canon for the books).
But in reality, either of these games would be perfect for you if you are experiencing Game of Thrones withdrawal! They are both great ways to re-enter the world of Westeros.
And That’s All Folks
Those were 6 games that I would recommend to anyone who has been a fan of Game of Thrones and is now feeling withdrawals. Each one has its own merits, either through plot, gameplay or both, meaning that you’ll definitely be able to find the right one for you!
Have you played any of these games? Would you? Let me know in the comments below!