Game of Thrones Ascent, the Facebook game being developed by Distruptor Beam, has now entered open beta. While it is not an official launch yet, anyone can play the game now. There may still be a few bugs to iron out, but usually at this stage, the game is nearly complete. For those unfamiliar with the game, here is a brief description:
In Game of Thrones Ascent players will lead the life of a noble during the time of upheaval as portrayed in the books and the series thus experiencing a new type of game that unites both story and strategy. Players will claim their birthright by choosing which of the great houses they’ll swear allegiance to, securing their holdings, developing their lands and personal reputation, and assigning sworn swords to quests–while forging alliances with new friends and much more!
Winter Is Coming: I was a part of the closed beta, so I’ve been able to sample the game a little already. Some brief initial impressions are after the break…
I’m not really a big fan of Facebook games in general. But I found myself enjoying this game. The basic gist is that you are lord of a small holdfast and you have to grow in power and influence. At the early levels, there are a series of quests you have to complete. These quests start your story in Westeros and help you begin building your buildings and acquiring resources. Through these quests you also hire your first sellsword and send them out on adventures for you. This seems to be the main thrust of the game. Managing your resources and completing quests with your sellswords. There is a little more to it than that, but that is the backbone of the game. I haven’t advanced too far into the game, but it appears to be pretty deep. I could see people really getting into this game.
My main concern with a Facebook game is that it would require me to spam my friends with requests to advance in the game. I’m happy to report that that seems to not be the case with GoT Ascent. While having friends as allies certainly helps, especially when faced with group missions, it is not mandatory. You can do quite a bit in this game on your own, at least early on. It may change as you get up to higher levels, I’m not sure. As with most Facebook games, there are micro-transactions but these also are not mandatory to progress in the game.
If you are a fan of Facebook games in general, this one should be right up your alley. If you despise or are indifferent to Facebook games, but are a fan of Game of Thrones, I encourage you to check this out. You may find yourself getting addicted.