The award winning and BAFTA nominated saga continues in The Banner Saga 2. Continue your journey soon after the climactic events of The Banner Saga. The choices you made in the first game will affect who is alive and who is dead in this exciting sequel. As the world continues to crumble around you, only one bastion of hope remains, but getting there will require strong leadership, hard sacrifices, influencing new heroes, and, as always, sound strategy in combat.
KEY GAME FEATURES
• The epic Viking saga continues on – beautifully 2D hand drawn combat sequences and animations are further enhanced with special effects, once again accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory
• Player choice that continues to drive your narrative – your story continues based on choices made in the first game as well as hard choices you have to make in this one.
• New Characters and a New Race – continue your epic journey interacting with new characters and a new race, the Horseborn.
• Improved Strategic combat with consequences – improved, more strategic battle boards enhance combat and permanent loss of characters will still weigh heavy on your mind long after the battle is over.
• The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
I really enjoyed the original Banner Saga despite is very very slight shortcomings. I accepted the that original isn't really a game for everyone and may not be worth recommending certain friends that wouldn't enjoy the Narrative and Mechanics. Banner Saga 2 is definitely a game that anyone can appreciate. They built on the solid mechanics of the original and added some new features to spicy up the battles and story. The Narrative is as solid as ever and keeps you wanting to find out what will happen next. The art and lore is on point as usual. I can't recommend this game enough and can't wait for my second play through. One recommendation, if you think this is a game you might be interested in...play the first one, you can get it cheap and although the sequel is definitely an improvement on the original, if you don't enjoy the original you won't enjoy the sequel as nothing too significant changes. Not to mention you get a more complete story when you play through the first game which I felt added a lot of history and fun when choosing which characters to upgrade and play with.
The Banner Saga 2 is an excellent sequel that improves on the original in many ways. Starting a new game allows you to choose which of the two characters you want to play as, with both giving you the same starting companions, items, renown, etc. The better option is to import your play-through of the first game, doing so causes the game to remember many of the choices made, the characters you have with you, the items you have gathered, renown you saved, experience of your characters, and it even carries over how many NPC clansmen and fighters remained with your former group. Characters can gain higher levels, stat caps remain the same however, promotions now cost less renown and allow you to learn a second ability of their class while some of the main characters learn another unique skill. The game has the same great art and music as the first title and battles have been improved with new enemies, new classes, obstacles, objectives, etc. Different events and conversations happen based on who your main character is and you see the other characters taking a more active role in events. Clansmen now can help by actively foraging for food and they can be converted into fighters by spending some time at your trainer. The game has you controlling two separate caravans with one being lead by either Rook or Alette and another being lead by a character who was only introduced near the end of the last game, a character with a very different way of doing things than either Rook or Alette. The Banner Saga 2 ends up being even better than the first game and I look forward to the finale.
The Banner Saga 2 is a sequel to The Banner Saga and it is highly recommended that you play through the original game before you play through this one. Most of what was in The Banner Saga is in The Banner Saga 2: the beautiful music, turn-based tactical battles, tough decisions, and beautiful rotoscoped visuals. Most of what is added is the stuff you expect to be added in sequels like this, such as new units and enemies and a new story. Speaking of the story, you can transfer your save file from The Banner Saga (hence the recommendation to play it before The Banner Saga 2) and it will change the story, and as with the original the story and how your choices impact it are interesting enough to warrant more than one playthrough. Sadly the story isn’t quite as memorable, but that might simply be due to the first one being so good. That does not mean that the story isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, just that the first Banner Saga had a better story. As with The Banner Saga, The Banner Saga 2 is a beautiful game that needs to be experienced.
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