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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.

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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: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 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.
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  2. 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"
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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. Nov 7, 2016
    9
    It's surely a must play it if you liked the predecessor, but it's becoming not as interesting as it had been before...

    The first part of
    It's surely a must play it if you liked the predecessor, but it's becoming not as interesting as it had been before...

    The first part of "The Banner Saga" was a great complete game and it had enourmous replayability. But even in the middle of the second one, I already started to have mixed feelings. No, you will still want to know how it all ends. It becomes more reading a good story, rather than playing it yourself, not saying about having any impact on it, because you haven't any!

    Also the story this time seems to be a bit short. An interesting end awaits you, but except this, there's nothing new. No new interesting art, no new characters that you don't want to lose during your adventure, etc. Nothing really new.

    The battles are upgraded. These were brilliant in the first one, but, yes, they became even better. Still you will find nothing really new and special here.

    Surely the story continues and I just hope it will become better.
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  5. Apr 15, 2020
    8
    This game is very well polished in art and story telling and is fun to play... except any time it tries to expose it's quality of challenge inThis game is very well polished in art and story telling and is fun to play... except any time it tries to expose it's quality of challenge in tactics... the only way they can is with ludicrously one sided battles with the stupidest placement of your characters in relation to the enemy. this is most obvious in the advanced training challenges... you guys obviously do not know how to play chess... because those challenges only expose how to absolutely not plan how to use the tools of the game, unless you plan on starting every mission with the STUPIDEST placement of characters (in regards to their suggested placement) and again with severe disadvantage. Expand
  6. May 29, 2016
    7
    Same as the first game in all regards but with a few minor tweaks like cinematics and enemy types. To get a challenge you will need to put theSame as the first game in all regards but with a few minor tweaks like cinematics and enemy types. To get a challenge you will need to put the game on difficult as normal presents very little challenge. Making tough decisions that have no clear cut "right" answer is still in the game and still great. What really makes this game just average for me whereas the original was great is the underwhelming story. Little is explained in the overarching storyline of the trilogy and with the exception of the beginning nothing grand really plays out. It is worth playing if you are invested in the trilogy as I am. 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.
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