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  • 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.
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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. Apr 19, 2016
    10
    Wow... just wow. I love turn based games and this truly a great time to be a PC gamer (if you like a turn-based games).
    Banner Saga II filled
    Wow... just wow. I love turn based games and this truly a great time to be a PC gamer (if you like a turn-based games).
    Banner Saga II filled all the gaps that were missing or need work in first Banner Saga. Banner Saga II does not feel like a sequel, more like the second season of your favorite show which is a very good thing.
    * The story is even better this time;
    * Dialogues are so well written (way better than the first one);
    * Combat is so diverse and not forced;
    * Love camps;
    * Graphics are still amazing;
    *The art style is gorgeous.

    I'm so glad I supported first Banner Saga on Kickstarter. This is truly amazing game. If next banner saga will be like this one or even better then I want 10 seasons of Banner Saga for sure.
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  2. Apr 30, 2016
    10
    Play Banner Saga 1, then play this one. The story is great, the combat is improved. I only wish the state caravan had more impact on the storyPlay Banner Saga 1, then play this one. The story is great, the combat is improved. I only wish the state caravan had more impact on the story but overall I was very happy. They kept both the story, and the combat spicy, and I appreciated that.

    Music and Art... you can't not mention that. They're incredible.
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  3. 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.
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  4. Apr 28, 2016
    9
    It's not often that a game get's better with a second part. While I really liked the first part it felt a little unpolished. I would haveIt's not often that a game get's better with a second part. While I really liked the first part it felt a little unpolished. I would have loved to mae more decisions and have more fights. The second saga is a true gem: it focuses a thte strenghts the first part already had an enhances everything in a wonderful way: better graphics, better fights, better leveling up, more decisions, more background of characters. It's really an itriguing game and it will hopefully be one of the legendary games when it's third and last part concludes the story. I did play the first part right again before the second was released and it's so much better to play them together. Expand
  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.
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  6. Jan 21, 2017
    8
    There's a few new gameplay additions, but for the most part its the same as the first. But that's not a bad thing.

    -Still looks good, but
    There's a few new gameplay additions, but for the most part its the same as the first. But that's not a bad thing.

    -Still looks good, but also still has very little animation
    -Music does what it sets out to do, but its nothing memorable
    -The story picks up right where it left off, which is good because there was a major cliffhanger in the first game

    It's a good game, but I wouldn't play it without playing the first one
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  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.
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