The Banner Saga 2 Image
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 196 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The aga 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 sequel.

Trailer

Play Sound
Please enter your birth date to watch this video:
You are not allowed to view this material at this time.
Banner Saga 2 - Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Apr 22, 2016
    95
    The epic story of the banner comes again to touch our sensitive inner self. The second chapter of the saga is full of pain, grief, anxiety, courage and heroism. Lets sit by the fire and sing again songs about heroic deeds, forgotten gods and the loved ones who were lost along the way. The Banner Saga 2 is all about feelings.
  2. Apr 19, 2016
    90
    The Banner Saga 2 is on par with its predecessor. This means it's a stunningly beautiful and uber entertaining RPG/adventure experience. Artistic values are through the roof, likewise the game mechanics that are perfectly crafted to offer interesting choices and great tactical entertainment.
  3. May 4, 2016
    90
    A firm early nominee for story-based end-of-the-year awards, The Banner Saga 2 is an absolute must play for anyone with even a passing interest in high fantasy or strategy games.
  4. Apr 19, 2016
    80
    As its predecessor, The Banner Saga 2 hits the chord with a specific audience that won't mind the brutal difficulty and random events that can cripple their armies. You might not complete the game in your first sitting, but it will be a journey worth taking.
  5. Jun 26, 2016
    80
    Builds on an already brilliant indie hit. [Issue#175, p.82]
  6. May 6, 2016
    80
    The combination of gameplay, character building, strategy, and narrative highlights the power games have in telling stories, and that experience is uniquely Banner Saga — even if I have to wait until the third installment to see if anything pays off.
  7. Apr 19, 2016
    70
    If you’re looking for an atmospheric, beautifully crafted, nuanced and thoughtful narrative experience, The Banner Saga 2 is a contemporary leader in all of those fields.

See all 63 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Apr 19, 2016
    10
    I don't recommend jumping in here without playing The Banner Saga.

    However, if you enjoyed the first game, this is a worthy follow-up.
    I don't recommend jumping in here without playing The Banner Saga.

    However, if you enjoyed the first game, this is a worthy follow-up.

    It is iterative rather than revolutionary, but there are clear and natural improvements. The game's creators didn't reinvent the wheel, but there were interesting new combat mechanics (including a whole new race of characters to use) and some ease-of-use improvements like better combat tutorials.

    The story is more focused and way more of the small decisions from the first game carried through than I expected. There's also a bit more variety in the storytelling, leaning on the worldbuilding of the first entry in the series.

    The bleak beauty of the art and the mechanics continue, with harsh consequences for the decisions you must make and no perfect path forward. The music is also every bit as good as the first game.

    Overall, I think this is a great middle entry in the series and I'm excited for the conclusion.
    Expand
  2. Jan 19, 2017
    10
    Better in so many ways than it’s parent, The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping, tense and inspiring experience.
    I must have taken screenshots every
    Better in so many ways than it’s parent, The Banner Saga 2 is a gripping, tense and inspiring experience.
    I must have taken screenshots every 5 minutes – the art is fantastic. Every landscape is a wonder to behold and this beautiful world is a great backdrop to the terrifying, cruel and desperate things unfolding in it.
    Playing the game felt like Star Wars without a guaranteed happy ending, with death-defying odds, plot twists, tough decisions, soul-gripping soundtrack and engaging writing. Be ready to sweat and worry, as you try to keep your characters alive, no joke.
    If the tough combat gets too challenging and you’re not a fan of deep strategy or tactics – no worries. Change the difficulty to Easy and enjoy the game – you don’t need to be a chess master to play this.
    Taking in to consideration all of the above, I’d say that The Banner Saga 2 has something for everyone. I highly recommend it – give this experience a try and you’ll be surprised how easily it will grow on you.
    Expand
  3. Apr 22, 2016
    10
    I bought this game on April 9 and on the same day of the release on April 19 I downloaded this awesome game.

    I played the 1st Banner Saga
    I bought this game on April 9 and on the same day of the release on April 19 I downloaded this awesome game.

    I played the 1st Banner Saga Game and I totally loved how the player feels part of the story, taking decisions through the game will most of the time have consequences, sometimes some decisions will let your close companions be kill, the background music is awesome, the combat has innovative way using a pretty close point of view like real life (if your strength is low or you are wounded you will do less damage)

    In Banner Saga 2 for the few hours I was able to play in the first day, I knew it was going to be another success game from Stoic Developers since they took the enough time and were opened from feedback to add new features to this 2nd part of the saga. what I love of this game is that you will never expect what is going to happened, yesterday while I was playing I decided to help in a specific situation and the result for that action was something I never expected Emoticón frown

    I was wondering what will happened when characters reach max stats and Stoic team add the talents features, which is awesome allowing the player to choose once more their path to victory with those talents that will make the difference in combat when the odds are against you.

    Here is a nice review I saw long long time ago in a website when I was researching for Banner Saga game before I decided to purchase.

    "Risk in gameplay: A lot of modern games play it safe- you know you'll defeat the evil and save the day. In The Banner Saga you can't take anything for granted. We want it to feel like a good tv mini-series; the world doesn't revolve around you, it's about how you deal with change."

    In overview this is my favorite game from many many RPG, Strategy games I had been playing in my life but what I love for both games are how you develop the story based on your decisions which in many situations involves life or death in this breaking world of Banner Saga which I never saw in any other game which this make innovative and attractive game for that and many other reasons. I am really impressed that a small team can develop a great game like this. Like I use to say "Small things, can do a big difference"
    Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2018
    8
    Aah.. too short.
    And that caravan and character death are sometimes random.
    Not so happy at the last choice too (:
  5. Jul 13, 2016
    8
    Five Word Review: A Turn-based strategy worth playing.
    Favorite Thing: Great gameplay and story. Looking forward to The Banner Saga 3.
    Least
    Five Word Review: A Turn-based strategy worth playing.
    Favorite Thing: Great gameplay and story. Looking forward to The Banner Saga 3.
    Least Favorite Thing: The ending was very abrupt with no cliffhanger. I was honestly surprised when it ended.

    Playtime: 16h
    Enjoyment: 8/10
    Recommendation: Definitely. Make sure to play the first one too.
    Expand
  6. May 17, 2016
    7
    From the point of view of someone who loved the original The Banner Saga, I'm sad to say I didn't find the sequel as good as the first game,From the point of view of someone who loved the original The Banner Saga, I'm sad to say I didn't find the sequel as good as the first game, and, at times, even frustrating. Let me tell you why.

    The art, animations, visual style and music all keep in the same style, which is great because these were excellent in the original game.

    In terms of gameplay, the game is very similar to the original, the turn-based combat, RPG elements, dialogue choices, all is pretty much exactly the same, there's a few new units and abilities. The real only new thing added here is a set of optional "training" scenarios that you can do for a reward of renown points. The training master gives you a limited number of characters at up to 4 individual objectives that you need to accomplish, like using specific abilities or otherwise doing things in a specific way. In principle, this is cool, it allows you to "learn" new units and synergies, and the renown points sure are very important, but the problem is that often times the things you're asked to do are rather contrived, risky, not very efficient, and, worst of all, sometimes depend STRONGLY on what the AI does with its units. Because of this, sometimes you end up in frustration as you retry the "challenge" over and over again, even if they're optional...

    The story starts well where it left off, you're immediately commanding your favourite characters from the previous game, with whom you most likely connected so much with, and there's even an epic moment quite early on that's very emotional.
    After that, the game splits into a "new" main character, going back and forth between them, much like in the first game. This would be fine, good even, except that this "new" character is SOOO antagonistically different from Rook/Alette that the I felt the change intensely jarring. In the first game, the tone was always that of wanting to protect your caravan and clan through every hardship, and in the face of the approaching End of the World, as best you could, but this new character seemingly doesn't care about any of that. I didn't care at all for the "new" character and felt completely lost: was I supposed to get "in character" and be cruel and selfish in the face of so much suffering everywhere? Actually, you can turn into a good guy via your actions and dialogues, which I did, but that always felt very off character throughout the entire game and considering how everyone reacts to you.

    Other than that, I felt like there was a maybe too much of playable characters around, with little "screen time" for each, which left very little room for character development, of course, which was disappointing. The mini events that pop up during your travels and demand some choices felt more difficult to understand the consequences of and more punishing this time around, not as satisfying in "building your own story" as in the first game. There was even one key moment almost at the end where I had to load from a previous save point when I was shocked that I had apparently agreed to betray a significant section of my "clan"/caravan and leave them behind... And I was sure I was selecting a "reasonable" answer and trying to get everyone to get along...

    The main plot was rather mysterious and cryptic to me, what you learn of what is happening from Eyvind and Juno leaves you with more questions than answers, and, sure enough, the game ends in a cliffhanger in a very short last scene where you don't even understand what 3 main characters were trying to accomplish.
    I don't mind mystery, the world and lore in this game is full of it, and it's good, but when you're feeling almost constantly lost during the whole game, it's not very satisfying in the end.

    Because of all this, the game wasn't as enjoyable as the first one, even a little frustrating at times. The love I had towards some characters from the first game was what really kept me hanging on to it.
    Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2016
    3
    Since it is a story-driven videogame i would like to point out some major issues for me:

    - very short story (i finished the game in just 2
    Since it is a story-driven videogame i would like to point out some major issues for me:

    - very short story (i finished the game in just 2 days)
    -disappointing ending (the choice you make in the end doesn't count, it is also not a real ending, just a set up for the sequel)
    -no voiced characters (that ruins almost 90% of my immersion into the game)

    so:
    longevity : 4/10
    audio: 5/10 (awesome soundtrack-general sounds. but need voiced characters)
    gameplay: 8/10 (it would be better for me if you could have more awesome skills like the arrow trap/ the flaming pitch/ the lightning , the others are all pretty much the same stabbing over and over)
    story: 10/10 (very interesting characters, very interesting story).

    overall for me would be a 7/10. 8.3 is just too much.
    Expand

See all 28 User Reviews

Trailers