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  • Summary: The Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies alongThe Banner Saga is an epic role-playing game inspired by Viking legend. Hand-painted landscapes portray a world eerily suspended in perpetual twilight. Cities and towns begin to crumble into chaos. Heroes abandon their hearths and homes to traverse the snowy countryside, gaining allies along the way to help battle a strange, new threat.

    Decisions have consequences; wise choices must be made when conversing with possible allies during intricately crafted dialogues. Turn-based strategy brings tactical challenge in hand-animated battle sequences. With visuals evocative of the golden age of animation, The Banner Saga brings skillfully crafted art, story and strategy to gamers waiting to re-experience classic adventures and tactics.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    This game is undoubtedly a dream on the Switch.
  2. May 17, 2018
    90
    The negatives aren't that big of a negative for me, however, I do love role-playing games where you actually control your character and can move freely around the map. This game is one of the best tactics rpgs I have played in my life. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to try it out whether you get it for Switch or not.
  3. May 29, 2018
    88
    The Banner Saga comes to Nintendo Switch via a fantastic and faithful port, its dire tale of survival and strategy completely intact. It plays well, it looks fantastic, and every battle and dialogue choice is here for the taking.
  4. 80
    The Banner Saga is an excellent game, driven by a wonderful score and a moving story. It’s a perfect fit for the Switch too, and the port itself is handled well.
  5. May 29, 2018
    80
    The Banner Saga’s narrative does a Fellowship of the Ring, introducing you to this world and leaving you just as things are developing. Still, there’s good value in the title, with around ten hours of play time required to reach the end, possibly more if you opt-in for more fights throughout.
  6. May 24, 2018
    80
    This is a beautifully crafted game that uses its intriguing cast, gripping tale and absolutely stunning artwork and soundtrack to transport you to a world filled with plenty of danger and surprises. The turn-based strategic battles might not be equally as thrilling to everyone who plays this, and the interface in this part of the game can be a bit clunky at times, but this doesn’t detract too much from the collective offering.
  7. May 22, 2018
    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: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Nov 1, 2018
    10
    I absolutely love this game. It is a fantastic turn based tactical strategy game with a fantastic story. It is relatively short for my likelyI absolutely love this game. It is a fantastic turn based tactical strategy game with a fantastic story. It is relatively short for my likely when taken on its own. However, when played as a part of the trilogy, the entire experience has plenty to offer Expand
  2. Apr 13, 2019
    10
    I was pretty sure I wouldn't like this as I'm not really a fan of tactical rpgs but I'm very pleased to say I was wrong.
    The combat is quite
    I was pretty sure I wouldn't like this as I'm not really a fan of tactical rpgs but I'm very pleased to say I was wrong.
    The combat is quite fun and allows for a lot of experimentation as you have such a varied cast of characters to choose from. I also found it wasn't too challenging on a low difficulty setting so for me it was easy to just keep playing for long sessions.
    The impact of player choice outside of combat is really quite refreshing too. Your decisions affect not only the morale of your clan and the number of supplies they have, but your choices can also lead to unexpected scenarios like a betrayal or the death of a character... and those moments can hit you harder than you expect.
    The overall story was very well written and feels surprisingly epic for an indie title. The artwork is really beautiful too and the characters are all quite interesting. I'd highly recommend it if you think this is something you might enjoy :).
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  3. Aug 22, 2019
    10
    Великолепное начало трилогии, оставляющее глубокий след в душе.
  4. Dec 30, 2018
    8
    The first installment of The Banner Saga does an amazing job hammering in a constant sense of complete and utter hopelessness. I can’t wait toThe first installment of The Banner Saga does an amazing job hammering in a constant sense of complete and utter hopelessness. I can’t wait to see where it all goes. Expand
  5. May 21, 2018
    8
    This is the most accessible version of this game. I have been having a blast revisiting the series via switch on my commute into work and onThis is the most accessible version of this game. I have been having a blast revisiting the series via switch on my commute into work and on the go. no lag, good quality of life features for switch, my favorite being the ability to zoom in and out to enjoy the artwork while in game. Expand
  6. Jan 10, 2019
    8
    Well crafted strategy game with compelling storyline (it has a bit of Game of Thrones vibes to it).
    I really hope they will get funded enough
    Well crafted strategy game with compelling storyline (it has a bit of Game of Thrones vibes to it).
    I really hope they will get funded enough to polish the production of the story.
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  7. Oct 9, 2018
    3
    Игра довольно необычная, но не более чем. Много текста, который уступает даже Косморейнджерам. Боёвка - высосана из пальца, то есть говно.Игра довольно необычная, но не более чем. Много текста, который уступает даже Косморейнджерам. Боёвка - высосана из пальца, то есть говно. Вариативность и реиграбельность отсутствует.
    Тратить время не советую, обойдитесь обзорами.
    Hисовка очень уступает играм этого ценового сегмента, как таковые эффекты отсутствуют вообще.
    Сюжет - скучно и линейно. Все очень ожидаемо и скучно. А всякие предательства воспринимаются как "да плевать
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