The Banner Saga: Factions focuses on what really matters in a turn-based tactics game: the combat. Factions largely abandons the virtual dice rolls that define so many other strategy games in favor of basic math skills. Its clever two-stat system creates battles where the most skillful player wins, and when I pull off a move several turns in the making it’s rewarding in a way unlike comparative strategy games. Even if it stumbles in a few places, like the stingy way it doles out its in-game currency, tactics-minded players looking for something different should definitely check this out.
The graphics is wonderful and the gameplay is very nice and fluid with deep battle and leveling system.
What does bother me a bit is the fact that, altough you can earn money (which is called renown in this game) only by playing the game and unlock everything, it is a lot faster and easier to simply buy renown for real money, but that's very expensive for a F2P game (20 Renown = 1$, one battle lasts 30-40 minutes and can bring you a max of 12 renown, usually much less). This is a small problem, but it's not nearly enough to push me away from this great game.
Altough you can "speed up" the process of unlocking areas, the game is definitely not pay2win (the only things you can buy are cosmetic items like different colored clothes or shinier weapons that do the same ammount of damage like normal ones).
I really would pay for better cosmetic items, too, because I want more of this art. Inspired by the artist Eyvind Earle, the 2D art style of Factions manages to be striking without pushing my computer to its technical limits. It oozes style, with backgrounds that feel straight out of a Disney movie – if Disney made movies about bloodthirsty Vikings, that is. The strikingly well-done animations help seal it, making every ax blow, collapsing body, and movement a pleasure to watch.
Good game, you should try it :)
Publicado: 27 de Septiembre