GOT is awesome. It's bolted to the floor at my house. With the colorDMD upgrade and the LE art package, IMO, it is a top 20, if not top 10 pin. Since buying it NIB, I've bought and sold GB premium, GOTG, and a number of other pins that just don't make the cut. It gets considerable game play at my house and is still one of the pins that I go back to over and over. Personal highlights:
- Strategic, mode based game with plenty of different routes to take for either progress in the game or for high scoring.
- Multiple houses to choose to start from brings a new experience every time you change houses. Dwight has done a good job of making most of the houses have some sort of reason to try them out and as a few pinside members have shown, you can get crazy high scoring going with houses other than Martel which proves you don't have to just go with that house over and over (even though it clearly has the most fun action button feature). If you're like me, you can play one house for a few weeks/months and really get to understand the nuance of that house rules, and then switch it up to a different house and it feels fresh and new. With all the houses it'll keep you busy for a while.
- Multiple multiballs that aren't just "gimmes" and feel good each time you get to them beyond the simple blackwater MB (Wall, WHC, HOTK, Castle MB, etc).
- HOTK mini wizard mode - I love games that have these mini wizard modes that you can get to frequently but not all the time.
- Iron Throne Wizard mode is one of my favorite wizard modes, easily a top 5. it's really cleverly thought out, fun to play, fun to advance through, and takes into consideration what you earned/how you played in the main game.
- LE art package - GOT got a lot of shit for the Pro art package, but honestly, anyone who talks down on the LE package I don't think has seen one in person. The artwork is all original, hand painted, and beautiful. The fire and blood theme is done really well - the laser cut side rails with mirrored backing, the mirrored translite, and all the other little goodies really makes the game sparkle.
Pro or Prem/Le, they're both great players. Play the Prem/Le, but play it with some knowledge ahead of time on how it works, how scoring and rewards are done during modes and out of modes, etc. A lot of people hate on the upper playfield but I think a lot of it is just not understanding it. There's a time and place to flip up there and not every shot up there should result in time spent up there... With the recent prices I've seen mint HUO LE's go for, I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I didn't own one already.
Anyway, my $0.02. I think it's a fantastic game.