The Banner Saga
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"The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word." - USGamer
Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.
Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. As you play through the single player game you’ll also unlock new characters to use in multiplayer.
I can't stop coming back to this gameredhawk20854 | Sept. 26, 2014 | See all redhawk20854's reviews »
Upon reflection, I've decided that, currently, this may have quietly become one of my favorite games.
A disclaimer about my preferences on most days: I prefer role playing games to first person shooters; a relaxed paced to frantic action; thoughtfulness to button mashing.
With that said, this game is amazing. It manages to have both a great story and opportunities to make decisions that have real impact on the game experience. The tempo is relaxed--both because it is turned-based combat and because the storytelling, imagery, and music between the combat moments are so graceful. It is a game that you can settle into and want to come back to whenever you leave. The characters are interesting and sometimes funny, and if someone dies because a decision you make, you might even mourn their loss from your party (or play again to try to figure out how to have a different outcome).
At a time when there are a lot of games to choose between, if you like games with a story, interesting characters, turn-based combat, and/or beautiful imagery and music, I recommend The Banner Saga.
Gorgeous art, good story, good gameplayLorddyran | Sept. 16, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »
This game fills a hole that I didn't know I had. It explores the Viking mythology a bit, which is a nice change of pace. The art is stunning, in a style I've never seen before in a game. The story is interesting enough to keep you playing, but the gameplay is where things really shine.
Unfortunately, it's also where it falls short of greatness. The battles are fun, the management is interesting, and you will find yourself absorbed; however, the world will never become entirely real. It's just a little too limited in the interactions you have, just a little too game-like to suspend disbelief.
Playing through this, even while I end up enjoying it, I can't help but think how much I am looking forward to seeing what they do NEXT, hopefully learning a bit from this outing.
Medieval XCOMGhost_Panther | Aug. 23, 2014 | See all Ghost_Panther's reviews »
If you're a fan of XCOM get this game. It isn't as good as XCOM but it still is fun to play, and it's a refreshing break from futuristic games.
A Medieval RPG Game done right.mrminecrafter1 | July 6, 2014 | See all mrminecrafter1's reviews »
An excellent RPG game set in the medieval times that puts you into the task of starting your epic journey. The strategy involved is incredibly crafted. Every decision you make will affect in a rather different and significant way. Managing your caravan is just as important as combat in this game. Great sound design and also a really good soundtrack. The artistic style of the game is really great and fits the game nicely. Recommended.
Everything A Mid Evil Knights Era Game Should BEEmoski12 | April 5, 2014 | See all Emoski12's reviews »
The Banner Saga, the most beautifully drawn game in existence. The artwork alone is worth more than the game itself. The fact that every character is detailed down to the stitches on their trousers. This game is a side scrolling type game, with a turn based battle style that leaves you wondering what the heck the creators were thinking. This game has so much going for it graphically, and each character actually speaks! It really draws you in and makes you feel like you know the characters. The story is amazing and the game play is fun. but the battling.. I always fall back to the battle system when I speak of this game. I just.. They could have done better. Overall worth the money, easily. 9/10