Played a newly delivered TH today at Boxcars in Raleigh. It was also the first time I've seen/played a GOT LE - so it gave me a great chance to compare/contrast 2 titles I'm been anxious to see!
Gorgeous. I know this has been well documented, but it's really a work of art in person.
Sound- disappointing becuase it was so loud in the arcade, I could barely hear it, outside of some of Smaugs comments.
Gameplay: it was definitely fun. I can't say I know exactly what I was doing (I didn't take the 3-credit college course on the ruleset prior to plunging). I was expecting it to be slow. It didn't feel that slow.... I DID have a bit of trouble making the ramp shots unless it was a 100% clean shot. Even then, they felt like they just trickled over the top.... Need some adjustments here I think and then they'd be much better.
Smaug: way better than I was expecting- I was really disappointed with his big reveal months (years?) ago. However, in the context of the game - it was pretty cool and the callouts (and the few LCD animations I looked up to see) looked really well integrated.
OK, moved over to GoT.
Wow, after playing a half dozen games on TH, GoT felt like I was playing in a shoebox! Obviosly I was moving from a widebody to standard, but what made it feel even more small (almost cramped) was the HUGE real estate that upper playfield takes up.
Also, I didn't really feel like TH was overly slow, but I changed my mind when compared to how blazing fast GOT felt. Wow, that games MOVEs.... And that one monster kickback almost made me jump the fist time it fired that ball back at me. Definitely more heart-thumping play with this game!
Art? Blah. Well-covered topic but it's still makes an impression - and it wasn't a good one for me.
One thing I really liked was the very intuitive ruleset. Between the light show and the DMD cues, I found myself picking up the game pretty fast.
Dragon? Blah. Way more disappointing than Smauh to be honest... Though stern never hyped it as the center piece of the game.
Sound? Too loud ambient to hear much of anything
I enjoyed both, but didn't fall in LOVE with either.
TH was more fun than I expected.
GoT was even slightly more fun, but that huge upper playfield was a turnoff....
I'm going to keep playing both to get a better impression.
One game I did play and (unexpectedly!!) nearly fell in LOVE with was TWD! I played one when it first came out and was underwhelmed. Playing again today felt like a new game. I actually found myself dropping more token in this title.... Which I hadn't anticipated!