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.
Amazing Designemptyhaven | Oct. 8, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
I cannot praise the art of this game enough. The art and design is really superb, and I am deeply attracted to the sweeping lines and distinct coloring. Even the backgrounds, something not really noticeable in most games, is so well done, to the point that it invokes more than just the setting, but even sets the emotion of the game. From the clothing to the stage design, everything about this game—visually speaking—is wonderfully detailed, and I love picking out the patterns in their clothing sometimes. It's all really good. I think that they were able to keep this even with the animation is a huge plus for me.
This aesthetic appeal works its way into every character dialogue as well. I didn't really expect spoken dialogue, and I appreciate a game that makes an effort to really immerse you in the game without forcing it down your throat. This is helped largely by the music. I think good music is able to set the game's feel in just as much as the art, and if so then this game has GREAT music.
The battle system is not much to speak of, but it holds the most of gameplay down well enough that I have to further complaints to it.
Overall, one of the most notable games to come out in the past few years. I hope that this game's legacy goes on further, banner raised for all to see.
A Must Playmushclone298 | Oct. 8, 2014 | See all mushclone298's reviews »
Story 24/25 Graphics 23/25 Sound 24/25 Gameplay 20/25
This game is beautiful. The story is amazing, the graphics are done really well (I do have a few qualms with them), the sound and soundtrack are just so good that they feel natural to me. The gameplay is really fun and engrossing (qualms). The story will make you cry. The soundtrack will force you to buy itself. You just really need to play this game.
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.