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  • Summary: The Banner Saga is a single player driven Viking saga in which a player’s choice in travel, conversation and combat determines the outcome of her own personal story as well as the survival of an entire civilization.

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  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Jan 11, 2016
    90
    An impressive RTS that offers a well written story, magnificent visuals and a stunning soundtrack that will stay with you long after playing.
  2. 85
    The combat, while a little uneven difficulty-wise across the game’s campaign, nevertheless manages to hit the sweet spot between simple accessibility and strategic depth.
  3. Jan 18, 2016
    85
    Despite its confusing beginning, we want to keep walking these northern lands like our heroes: suffering all kinds of hardships, but with a light heart.
  4. Jan 15, 2016
    80
    Two years after its’ premiere The Banner Saga still is a creative example for a well conceived mix of art design, storytelling and turn-based tactics well worth an award – this is chess with drama, battles and consequences. But technical problems and the occasional bug make sure show that the console version is not as polished as the PC brother – too bad.
  5. Jan 27, 2016
    80
    The strategy battles are addictive and feature many different units with unique abilities. If you are a patient person that likes this type of lore and gameplay style, The Banner Saga delivers on what it set out to accomplish.
  6. Jan 22, 2016
    80
    Stoic’s tactical RPG The Banner Saga makes its way to consoles, and still manages to deliver a fantastic, captivating story alongside a fun and challenging battle system.
  7. Jan 12, 2016
    70
    Some of the most difficult decision-making in gaming, both tactically and morally, but occasional rough edges betray the game’s small budget and short development time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. May 26, 2016
    10
    I remember the feeble whispers travel through the vast quiet, creating a tender melody in their wake. I remember the ravenous night basking inI remember the feeble whispers travel through the vast quiet, creating a tender melody in their wake. I remember the ravenous night basking in aged candles’ shimmers as I walked to the wing chairs in front of the fireplace. I remember the person next me wearing an earnest expression as I silently sat down. After a few moments had past, he turned and asked me if I would like to hear about legends of yore. I tacitly nodded in agreement and he went on to speak of humble men who traveled and fought across the lands to protect those dear to them, of heroes who sacrificed sweat and blood to stand against peril, of harsh choices to be made and crippling losses to endure, of faint hope and the distant promise of salvation.
    His voice, somber and heartfelt, as if he was recalling from memory. I remember hearing the sound of the burning timbers, watching the sparks engage in an intricate dance, and falling into reverie.
    This was my journey with the Banner Saga; a grand epic of all that is human, a masterful representation of our struggles with the world and our own emotions, a true testament that video games can accomplish more than any other medium. It is worthy of the greatest praise and approbation for achieving such feats. I expectantly await as the rest of this spectacular odyssey unfolds.
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  2. Jan 25, 2016
    9
    I absolutely love this game... I'll go so far as to say its one of my all time favorites. I've played through this game a few times now andI absolutely love this game... I'll go so far as to say its one of my all time favorites. I've played through this game a few times now and replaying a game is something I never do (except Tomb Raider, man I love that game), and to be honest that actually says a lot about this game. The tactical combat is addicting and story tears me every time. Plus, if lore is your thing then there's plenty of it. The thing however that I love the most is the Viking theme that is very central to this game.

    In my opinion this game is a perfect 10 but the reason I'm giving it a 9 is because this PS4 port sucks, not that it's bad or anything but this game is meant to be played on a PC. It's a tactical game and playing it with a controller doesn't feel right. Just go play this on a PC... even the **** PC's can run this.
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  3. Sep 8, 2018
    9
    Great game, and if I had more than a 10 point system, I would probably say 8.5 honestly, but it leans higher so I will go with a 9. Be warned,Great game, and if I had more than a 10 point system, I would probably say 8.5 honestly, but it leans higher so I will go with a 9. Be warned, this game starts off dreadfully uninviting. They immediately dive into confusing conversations, imagining that you 'read all the books already' to the game's lore, which don't exist. It is a major turn-off, but I'd highly suggest that the first time you start the game, commit to 2-3 hours out of the gate. Once the battle system begins, you'll never look back.

    With a great and enjoyable cast of eccentric and beloved or hated characters, and a punishing system of choice where each simple caraven choice has the potential to deal you great damage, and one of the most enjoyable and addicting battle systems I've ever played, Banner Saga is an underrated gem in my opinion. For an indie kickstarter game, you get 10 or so hours of gameplay on 1 run, and there is never a dull moment for 5 minutes where you don't feel like a choice, a character upgrade, or a battle move is unimportant. There is replay value, but that's not usually something I go for. Great music, and an impressive art style that keeps the game above the 2D, sucky-graphics-are-retro indie look we see so often now, and did I mention the complex, fully-baked, strategy-heavy battle system? The main drawback is a lack of regular voice acting and.... well... I guess a slow start? Overall this is a superb game.
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  4. Jul 24, 2016
    8
    The Banner Saga 2 è il perfetto seguito del primo e fortunato capitolo della trilogia progettata da Stoic. Non sono riuscito a trovareThe Banner Saga 2 è il perfetto seguito del primo e fortunato capitolo della trilogia progettata da Stoic. Non sono riuscito a trovare imperfezioni tali da rendere questo gioco meno appetibile del primo. Anzi, ho trovato TBS2 ancor più curato e piacevole, grazie anche ai moltissimi feedback che Stoic ha ricevuto attraverso i due anni che ci separano dal primo. La trama, il sistema di combattimento, il comparto grafico, la colonna sonora sono miscelate assieme ancora una volta per rendere anche questo secondo capitolo un piccolo capolavoro nel suo genere. La conversione per console non ha fatto perdere assolutamente niente al titolo, a parte il dover prendere confidenza con i comandi attraverso il pad. Ma in poco tempo anche questa differenza viene riassorbita dalle epiche vicende di questa avventura.
    Sicuramente a me, oltre che a divertirmi ed appassionarmi, ha fatto venire ancor più l'acquolina in bocca nell'attesa del terzo (conclusivo?) capitolo di questa Saga!
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  5. Sep 30, 2016
    8
    The Banner Saga is a very well crafted and extremely atmospheric RTS developed by former Dragon Age/Bioware Members that Features not only oneThe Banner Saga is a very well crafted and extremely atmospheric RTS developed by former Dragon Age/Bioware Members that Features not only one of the best 2D Artwork this Gen has seen so far, it Shocks you with consequences and draws you in with its fantastic narrative and addicting combat System - by all means, this game is far from being overly complex or strategic - its simple yet challenging. The only downside I could think of is that the game itself has a Kind of slow apporoach as most dialogue is text only. It pretty text-heavy and lenghty, but the Story and dialogue are exceptionell well written. If you like round based strategy games like Disgaea, Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem, then this should be on your top priority list right now - especially since part two just came out some ago and a third one will be released as well. Im sure the Banner Saga will be one of those Sagas that will stay in our minds for years to come. Expand
  6. Aug 31, 2016
    8
    Likeable characters and a great Nordic themed story and world and add in some very fine turn based combat that is challenging but not to theLikeable characters and a great Nordic themed story and world and add in some very fine turn based combat that is challenging but not to the point were it becomes frustrating, you feel like you have accomplished something during combat, also add to the management of supplies and upgrading your key party members and you have a very good game. Expand
  7. Aug 18, 2017
    6
    A game worthy of being called a work of art, thanks to the talent of artists who created this masterpiece in graphic terms. And let our way isA game worthy of being called a work of art, thanks to the talent of artists who created this masterpiece in graphic terms. And let our way is not long - impressions about the visual part remain unforgettable. But the gameplay and presentation of the story is weak. Expand

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