Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization.
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Veröffentlichung: 14. Jan. 2014

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18. April

Banner Saga 2 April 19th

Hello All!

Proud to have Banner Saga 2 launching at 10am PST on April 19th! That means you have less than 24 hours to grab the game for a 10% discount.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/281640/

It's been over 2 years of work, but we're excited to get all of you back in our world and hear what you think of where the story goes! Thank you all for the wonderful support, comments, and mentions. You all rock!

-Stoic

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12. April

Minor TBS Update

Hello All

Apologies on the delay with this info but we recently had a small update for Banner Saga.

  • Fixed recurring issue that sometimes caused the 'Continue' button to be unresponsive after a battle
  • Added new heraldry crests
  • Fixed some minor memory leaks

Nothing too crazy, but we found some memory things in TBS2 that we could easily bring back to TBS1 so we thought we should.

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Reviews

“Game of Thrones Meets Vikings Meets Disney. The Banner Saga is blindingly lovely and arguably just as intriguing to play. Built atop a world that all but demands the attention of travel documentaries, it's epic in the literal sense of the word.”
100% – US Gamer

“With a refreshingly unique aesthetic, well-written story, and challenging gameplay, The Banner Saga is an excellent adventure well worth your time.”
90% – Games Radar

“The Banner Saga deserves commendation for the strength of its art and music experience alone, which shatters conventions.”
86% – IGN

Coming to SteamOS/Linux

The Banner Saga will be available on SteamOS and Linux in March 2015.

Digitale Deluxe-Edition

The Deluxe Edition – Combines The Banner Saga with the official soundtrack which includes 29 tracks by Grammy nominated, and two time BAFTA Award winning, composer Austin Wintory, performed by the Dallas Winds orchestra plus a powerhouse trio of acclaimed YouTube sensations: vocalists Peter Hollens and Malukah and violinist Taylor Davis.

Über dieses Spiel

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

Key Features

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative – every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants – embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
  • Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
  • The journey is as important as battle – your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory – beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced – sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game “Factions”. Compete against other players with many of the character classes you see in The Banner Saga.

The Banner Saga is the first part of a planned trilogy. If you complete this game, your unique progress and storyline will carry over to the next part of the story.

Systemanforderungen

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: Windows XP SP3
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 2 GB RAM
    • Speicherplatz: 4 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
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    • Betriebssystem: Windows 7 SP1
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Speicherplatz: 6 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Minimum:
    • Betriebssystem: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 2 GB RAM
    • Speicherplatz: 4 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Empfohlen:
    • Betriebssystem: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 GB RAM
    • Speicherplatz: 6 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Minimum:
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 2 GB RAM
    • Speicherplatz: 4 GB verfügbarer Speicherplatz
    Empfohlen:
    • Arbeitsspeicher: 4 MB RAM
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przemek.matuszewicz
( 7.9 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 30. Mai
Great story, atmospheric soundtrack, engaging, mysterious setting. This game is however a bit short. I completead it. But still worthy.
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[STG] Dude Bro Man Guy
( 35.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 29. Mai
March your clan away from certain death while making tough decisoions plus fun turn based combat
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sightless.seepra
( 14.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 29. Mai
Well.

To be fair the battle system is new and fresh and a real challenge at first. I really like the idea behind it. BUT oh boy do those battles get boring after a while. There is just no variety. Always the same enemies. Always the same attacks (most skills of your warriors are completely useless). No side goals to give the battles individuallity, even your own fighters have nothing really special about them.

Walls and walls and walls of text. I usually enjoy if there are fun or interesting conversations, but seriously, so much mumbo jumbo about EVERYTHING in this game. Most of the time I just stopped reading what there talking about, only focusing when there is something to decide.

Why the actual f*** can't you save normaly in this game? Checkpoint saves that make no sense to me and won't let me skip back the right amount of time if I made a bad desicion. SO ANNOYING.
And you DO make mistakes quite easily. Not mistakes in fighting (because every fight is the same, haha), inside the damn walls of text. Now I think there are no good decisions at all. EVERYTHING steals your supplies, your units, your vargs, this game threats you like its personal bi*ch.

You COULD upgrade your units into mighty warriors and buy cool items, but you will never have enough points to spend on it. No no no, you will just buy food and more food and more food and you will still starve, because those little sh*ts want to rest all the time to keep the mood up and every second day some crap happens so that you will loose supplies, or people, or warriors (taking your few items you spend so much on with them). Oh what fun.

They advertise that everything changes the story. OK might be true. But you still go the same route I guess, you basically just decide which people are with you. (And those you like will most likely die)

Damn, I dont know If I can force myself to play this game through. I want to see if the story makes sense in the end.

Edit: I did play it to the end! Guess what, not even the endboss is something special!
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wolfphilosopher
( 12.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 29. Mai
Played it in two marathon sittings, completed in just over 12 hours. There's a admirable fatalism to aspects of the choices you make. This isn't one where the prudent or moral choice is obvious. The consequences of your decisions are permanent and influenced by the game's thematic fatalism, which is fitting for a game about the end of the world. You make decisions, and these decisions have important impacts, but you aren't ever really in control.

The combat mechanics are interesting and in some ways unorthodox. Damage output is linked to health, and vulnerability is linked to armor. Since turn order is always alternating (unless there is only one enemy left), it often makes more sense to weaken many enemies than to gang up and kill one at time. Classes and skills combine in interesting ways, almost like a card-based board game with a spatial element.

As the characters are hand-drawn, the camera is fixed. This can cause some crowding which can make it hard to select the enemy you intend to attack. Minor gripe aside, Banner Saga is a great game and certainly worth the price.
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ULTRAPISSED
( 38.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Mai
Very compelling story, Oregon trail w/ vikings and FF Tactics combat. Good stuff.
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wilsons.ag2010
( 40.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Mai
Had heard good things about Banner Saga for a while now. It diefinitely did now dissapoint. Great characters, story, music, and gameplay. The ending left many unasnwered questions but hopefully Banner Saga 2 picks up where this one left off. Give this game a shot!
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[nFb]reign_drunk
( 14.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Mai
Well freaking done.
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angeloftheodd
( 19.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Mai
Brief Summary: Despite a few flaws, the game is beautiful and well-constructed. Recommended.

Details:

Storyline - The story is subtly moving, building an excellent sense of doom and foreboding that escalates as the game goes on. The choices and consequences capture the loneliness of leadership well. The choices make a big difference, keeping the game tense.

Art and Soundtrack - The game looks stunning and the soundtrack is beautiful and haunting.

Combat - The combat works reasonably well. The system is unique insofar as it has a fixed you-them-you-them... initiative structure, which means having greater numbers is not necessarily an advantage. Rather than focusing damage on specific targets (the norm of SRPGs) The game encourages weakening as many targets as possible, before moving in for kills.

Niggles:
The game can be punishing in places. You have one pool of xp to level all your characters and if a character you focussed on dies from a story event. Tough. That xp is gone.

Also the game could do with an undo or extend move feature, to make the occasional attack of "Fat Fingers" less disastrous.

Overall, really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing where they go with the 2nd one.
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Milanes81
( 28.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 28. Mai
Dear reader
Are you sick and tired of the mediocrity that is the modern game industry?
Do you want some fresh air? something new? something you havent seen 100 times before?
then i present to you The Banner Saga
Story inspired by viking legends
small and large decisions
beautifull graphics that run nicely even on weak PCs
amazing story full of lore and mistery
a nice turned based combat system with its own new mechanics
enough replayability to last you 30 hours
If you love story games with hard decesions this is a must haw especialy now when a sequel came out
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Haglitm
( 6.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 26. Mai
Long story short because I don't want to spoil the game or how the mechanics are woven into the story. It's one of those games where you're better off on your second playthrough than your first simply because of how the game works in that retrospective light.

This literally means that there's a "right" way to play and a "wrong" way to play. The concept doesn't work too well overall in some aspects, as I don't think running out of supplies really has any realistic lasting consequences, which really causes the whole game to kinda implode on itself from a game design perspective.

The story is pretty interesting, although we don't get to learn a ton about the characters so far because it's the first of a saga. That said, I kept playing it from start to finish, so I can say it did more right than it did wrong.
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Luceffe
( 2.2 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 26. Mai
Beautiful art style and entertaining combat.
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Jebnert
( 10.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 25. Mai
A very fun although unforgiving game that adds a bit of diversity to the generic action shooter games I usually play.
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nibelungenlied
( 11.3 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 25. Mai
Great Style and Breath-taking Story. I loved the world setting, the characters and the OST.
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Make Penguin Great Again
( 39.4 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 24. Mai
If you love tactical games and Vikings this is an amazing game. Outstanding story, sound and graphic production!
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Exalt the Great (also a God)
( 16.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 24. Mai
Beautiful game!
The music, the art style, the story.

A true gamingt masterpiece.

Get it now.
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Conner
( 8.6 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Mai
Magical game. Great story. I'd recommend. 7/10.
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AgentSloth
( 9.7 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Mai
Fantastic RPG. Compelling and challenging.
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Zipomatic
( 14.0 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Mai
It's not just a turn based strategy game with a Norse-esque theme, it is so much more.

You get to make a lot of choices, not usually life and death choices, but they do make a difference to the way the game progresses. Do you send warriors off from your group to help a village under attack? They might save the villagers and add more members to your party, which would in turn bring you more supplies.... but, if they don't fight off the enemies. No new supplies and you lose fighters making your party weaker.

The best thing is, if you lose on of the battles (turn based) then the story continues regardless, you just don't gain extra renoun, which you need to level up your characters (or buy supplies - you have to choose what to spend it on) The battle system is fun but fair and you can choose your difficulty if you find it too hard (or easy)

Around 10 hours in length, this one is well worth a go!
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badman
( 25.5 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Mai
This game is story rich, if you ain't one that loved stories-based game, it ain't for you. My complain is, it's too short and I can't enough.. I hate the devs who made this game, made me addict to this type of game.

P.S. I choose a bad or rather sad ending, so I shed my tears
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a scintillating comment
( 12.1 Std. insgesamt )
Verfasst: 22. Mai
A punishing and unforgiving world meets Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Varl'--er, Dwarves...
I throroughly enjoyed this one, with the visuals, sound and story being highlights.
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15.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 4. Mai
Das Spiel ist mit ein paar kleineren Abstrichen sehr empfehlenswert. Die Geschichte wird gut rübergebracht und die großen Entscheidungen haben hin und wieder weiterreichende Tragkraft.

Kleinere Abstriche sind in meinen Augen:
- Solange keine Seite nur eine Einheit hat wird immer wechselseitig gezogen. D.h. die Einheiten in Unterzahl sind dann öfter dran. Das ist sehr ungewöhnlich und eigentlich etwas unsinnig, richtig taktisch einbezogen aber mehr Herausforderung als Spielproblem.
- Bei vielen der kleinen Ereignisse gibt es nur richtig/egal/falsch. Man kann diese kaum auf mehrere verschiedene Weisen gut lösen. Da hätte ich mir mehr Flexibilität gewünscht.

Richtig gut finde ich das System Rüstung/Lebenspunkte/Willenskraft mit ihrer Anwendung im Kampf. Auch wie sich Wunden auswirken ist gut gelöst.
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41.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. Mai
I've owned this game for over 2 years and I am kind of glad I did, since Banner Saga 2 is out now.

Banner Saga is a well-written, tactical turn-based RPG. You become attached to the characters who have their own personalities and depth. The other part of the game is managing your rations, because the whole game you are pretty much travelling to save the lives of others and yourself. If you get into it, you can feel the hopelessness of everyone. Mainly because there is no hope. There is no happy ending, and I think that's what makes the game so appealing. It's like "The Empire Strikes Back", or if the White Walkers from Game of Thrones busted loose from the wall and there was no Dany, Jon Snow or Tyrion to make things right again.

I highly recommend this game if you love RPGs. It really does have a great storyline that sticks with you. I can't wait to play the second game now.

Thank you, Stoic, for making a game that people will remember, much like Baldur's Gate and Planescape: Torment.
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14.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Mai
It's not just a turn based strategy game with a Norse-esque theme, it is so much more.

You get to make a lot of choices, not usually life and death choices, but they do make a difference to the way the game progresses. Do you send warriors off from your group to help a village under attack? They might save the villagers and add more members to your party, which would in turn bring you more supplies.... but, if they don't fight off the enemies. No new supplies and you lose fighters making your party weaker.

The best thing is, if you lose on of the battles (turn based) then the story continues regardless, you just don't gain extra renoun, which you need to level up your characters (or buy supplies - you have to choose what to spend it on) The battle system is fun but fair and you can choose your difficulty if you find it too hard (or easy)

Around 10 hours in length, this one is well worth a go!
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12.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 9. Mai
The Banner Saga definitely looks beautiful, and it will suck you in with it's nice story and voice acting (where available xD), but in the end it did not deliver the full blown experience I expected...

The Banner Saga is somewhat like rail-RPG. You have a few tough decisions, but in the end, the game has it's somewhat linear path and will play along while you watch. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but not everyone likes it that way.

During the game, you will be in control of few characters and their caravans, travelling through Viking inspired lands of humans and giants... When in combat, you will choose a party of available characters and fight in turn-based map (similar to Heroes). Nice touch is when you fight in big battles and have more options before and after combat, that will affect the outcome of the battle. Anyway, after combat, you get Renown points and each character can level up (if they killed enough enemies) by spending Renown from the pool. Renown is also used for trading supplies and items.
Aside from visuals, combat is pretty much the best part of the game... It is both simple and fast, but not so easy to master, which is great.

And now for the cons; By far, my biggest letdown in the game is its ending... It is very anticlimactic and abrupt... The whole story is nicely presented, it keeps you going and then BAM! It's over... They were obviously getting ready for the second part, but nevertheless, it left the bitter taste in the end...
Second bad thing would be the Renown point system (which I explained earlier mostly because of this). Anyway, since game is (except for combat) similar to choose-your-own-adventure book, you are not able to fight when you want and how much you want (or need); you have a very limited amount of Renown points. And since these are used for everything (leveling up, buying items and supplies to keep caravan alive), you need to be careful with how you spend them; and then, you level up some guy, spend a large amount of renown, and he dies in the next scene, and you can do nothing about it. Although, it is realistic to not have ability to control everything, it is still frustrating, and game should not (as they cannot) be 100% realistic...

Short version;

Pros:
- Absolutely beautiful visuals
- Really, really pretty visuals... Trust me xD
- Nice voice acting and script...
- Story is nice and compelling for the most part
- Combat is GREAT!
- Music is really nice and adds to atmosphere
- The game is pretty much choose-your-own-adventure book (if you like that)

Cons:
- Game ends abruptly
- Renown system is nice and simple, but frustrating sometimes (read up for more info xD)
- The game is pretty much choose-your-own-adventure book (if you don't like that)

Anyway, I liked this game and enjoyed most of the time I played it... I do recommend it, and I plan on playing the second part, too...
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33.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. Mai
I tried to like this game. I really did. The story is engaging, the visuals are great, and the soundtrack is a masterpiece. But the gameplay is nonexistent. The different take on turn-based combat was cool at first but quickly turned stale. None of your choices matter: you are always forced to take a certain path. There is no point in really trying to choose what to do with your reknown (the games currency); if you use it to level up a character, that character may die or leave and you have absolutely no control on whether or not this happens, if you use reknown to buy supplies, those supplies will be destroyed or stolen regardless of the choices you make. This "game" only gives you the illusion of choice and the battles are basically a minigame. The Banner Saga is a visual novel that pretends to be an RPG.
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10.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. Mai
Felt like my choices mattered. Great art, great music! Alright combat, could be improved. In fact, there were instances I wish they could've gone without the combat. However, I feel that the choices take the spotlight here, which I actually had some difficulty choosing between. Wish there was more voice acting, since a lot of the game is cutscenes, but it's not too big of a deal. Just finished, and I'm buying the sequel.

8.5/10
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12.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Mai
A punishing and unforgiving world meets Disney's 'Snow White and the Seven Varl'--er, Dwarves...
I throroughly enjoyed this one, with the visuals, sound and story being highlights.
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1.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. Mai
I honestly don't know how to describe this game other than saying it's basically as if someone made Oregan Trail and Fire emblem have a beautifull love child. Without the majority of the stress because you don't permenantly lose units.
All in all it's fun and has an amazing story and fluid gameplay! 10/10
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30.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. Mai
The Banner Saga has great animation, a compelling story, and choices that really matter.
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10.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. Mai
this turn-based rpg is soooo cool! It follows the stories of a species called Varl and Men fighting alongside each other for the first time in centuries against the evil force of the Dredge. The story is great and your choices really carry weight. I love the strong female characters and the art is beautiful~ It has a strong Viking feel to it and just about anyone could enjoy it.
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11.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 19. Mai
Not even sure what to say. This game is something differnt for me. So breaking my review into small Q/A:

Is gameplay (battles) good ? Not really.
Is storyline good? Average.
How about the lore? Not enough.
Does player choices matters? Absolutelly.
Are consequences predictable? Not always.

Personally I picked it up with 70 or 80 % discount, and played 11 hours. Dont regret time/money spend, but wont bother to replay for achievments or different endings (choices?). Keep in mind that story is not complete, a lot of question probably answered in sequel ( I havent played it, waiting for good discount).

So if you want to lead people forward (right or left) and make choices with unknown outcomes pick this game.
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22.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. Mai
The Banner Saga - A Viking Tale of Tragedy and Survival

----PROS----

-Art. The art is the most striking part of this game. It shows you the beauty of hand drawn creations coming alive in what one could only assume is a painful effort to create wonderful animations that flow well. The backdrops show you snowy mountains and barren wastelands to ravaged villages and burning cities, all colored in to show the intense to the calming.

-Music. Wonderful pieces that fit each scene quite well. Loud drums and deep bellowing for combat, and soft orchestra-styled music for traveling and such.

-Story. It's difficult to find a game where your choices truly make a diffrence. In the Banner Saga, you could make the choice to invite more people into your caravan only for your food to run out in a wasteland and have so many starve. Choose to have your heroes charge head first into the stony masses of your enemies and end up being dragged back on the backs of your friends wathcing the rest of the battle fail.

-Characters. From the proud Varl, a group of horned giants who have no women or children to hold them back in battle to the Dredge, a mysterious horde of stone men that never cease in their equally enigmatic plight, every race, character, and hero is wonderfully written.

-Troop Management. Ah, the troop management. Keeping your caravan alive in this masterpiece is... unique, for lack of a better word. Your troops have to be promoted (leveled) by killing troops, however each soldier requires renown (the game's universal currency) to level up. This means you must choose between promoting your heroes, buying life-sustaining supplies, or purchasing trinkets that could keep the battle going in your favor.

-Good Combat. The combat feels like a mix between chess and final fantasy tactics advanced (thats the only ff I played). The player must use each hero's special abilities to break through an enemy's armor (a seperate health bar) to get to their strength (or health and hitting power), creating a nice style of combat that forces players to use armorbreakers alongside tank and dps units.

-Length. Yeah, it's a good sized game.

-Flow Between Games. Your save carries over into the next like Mass Effect. I like that alot.

----CONS----

-Bad Combat. Yeah, I had to split it into two groups. The combat gets unwieldy as you kill enemies. Say the enemy has 5 units and you have 5 units: each player swaps off every time they "use" a hero (ie moving and attacking). Now say you killed the ♥♥♥♥ out of two of their units (5 to 3): they still get to move every other turn, meaning they get more movement per hero. This could be considered good, which I can definitely see, but it causes alot of problems. I see this as a neutral, but alot of people tell me they think it corrupts the rest of their experience. I decided to put this in the cons as a warning for those who would like to avoid this. For these people, I suggest easy mode which strips the need to let your heroes heal up after battle.

----Summary----

This game is clearly a work of art. I have personally introduced this game to many people (some of which think video games are a nonsensical hobby) and all have said it is breath-taking. This game is beautiful in so many more ways than one. I hope you enjoy your adventures as much as I have. See you in Abberang, my viking amigos.


My Final rating: 9.7/10
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14.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 29. Mai
Well.

To be fair the battle system is new and fresh and a real challenge at first. I really like the idea behind it. BUT oh boy do those battles get boring after a while. There is just no variety. Always the same enemies. Always the same attacks (most skills of your warriors are completely useless). No side goals to give the battles individuallity, even your own fighters have nothing really special about them.

Walls and walls and walls of text. I usually enjoy if there are fun or interesting conversations, but seriously, so much mumbo jumbo about EVERYTHING in this game. Most of the time I just stopped reading what there talking about, only focusing when there is something to decide.

Why the actual f*** can't you save normaly in this game? Checkpoint saves that make no sense to me and won't let me skip back the right amount of time if I made a bad desicion. SO ANNOYING.
And you DO make mistakes quite easily. Not mistakes in fighting (because every fight is the same, haha), inside the damn walls of text. Now I think there are no good decisions at all. EVERYTHING steals your supplies, your units, your vargs, this game threats you like its personal bi*ch.

You COULD upgrade your units into mighty warriors and buy cool items, but you will never have enough points to spend on it. No no no, you will just buy food and more food and more food and you will still starve, because those little sh*ts want to rest all the time to keep the mood up and every second day some crap happens so that you will loose supplies, or people, or warriors (taking your few items you spend so much on with them). Oh what fun.

They advertise that everything changes the story. OK might be true. But you still go the same route I guess, you basically just decide which people are with you. (And those you like will most likely die)

Damn, I dont know If I can force myself to play this game through. I want to see if the story makes sense in the end.

Edit: I did play it to the end! Guess what, not even the endboss is something special!
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3.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 2. Mai
The Banner Saga is a game that I recommend because:
- is a method to banish boredom
- is indie & RPG
- it has strategy
- it has trading cards

Enjoy!
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16.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. Mai
much game very wow but seriously its a great game with a great art style
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16.7 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 13. April
Lange, lange ist es her, dass ich mit den Charakteren eines Videospiels derart mitgefiebert, mitgelitten und mitgefeiert habe wie bei The Banner Saga.
Die wendungsreiche, von der nordischen Mythologie inspirierte, Fantasiegeschichte mag zwar für sich genommen keinen Innovationspreis gewinnen, die Erzählweise durch verschiedene Perspektivenwechsel und die wunderbare Stimmung macht dies aber mehr als wett.
Besonders der melancholische, getragene Soundtrack, sowie die sehr fein und detailliert gezeichnete 2D-Grafik untermalen die teils bedrückende, aber sehr dichte Atmosphäre.
Hinsichtlich der Atmosphäre sind auch die vielen, vielen größeren und kleineren Entscheidungen mit ihren unvorhersehbaren Konsequenzen zu nennen. Diese Entscheidungen werden zwar in einfachen Textfenstern, oder in den spärlich animierten und unvertonten Gesprächssequenzen gefällt, diese sind aber gut geschrieben, ohne sich dabei zusehr im Detail zu verlieren.
Der Wechsel zwischen Kämpfen und Sequenzen hat ein angenehmes Tempo und hier und da lässt sich das Spiel auch einige Sekunden mehr Zeit um die Szenerien wirken zu lassen.

Das Rundenbasierte Kampfsystem geht einem sehr gut von der Hand, ist meines Erachtens gut zu erlernen und verzeiht auch den einen oder anderen Fehler. Wer jedoch zu rabiat und unbedacht vorgeht wird sich schnell einer sehr zerschundenen Gruppe gegenübersehen, was Auswirkungen auf weitere Kämpfe haben kann.
Wunden brauchen ihre Zeit um zu verheilen. (Zumindest auf dem mittleren Schwierigkeitsgrad.)
Das Levelsystem der Charaktere ist sehr simpel gehalten, erfüllt aber seinen Zweck. Außerdem spielt sich jede Gruppenkombination (Man darf aus einer Auswahl von Helden nur 6 mitnehmen) anders, außerdem gibt es Items, die Charaktere zusätzlich in verschiedene Richtungen spezialisieren können. Für den geneigten Tüftler gibt es also auch etwas zu tun.
Um einen Charakter aufsteigen zu lassen müssen sie eine bestimmte Anzahl an Gegnern töten. Um den Aufstieg zu bestätigen muss die Universalwährung "Ansehen" investiert werden. Ansehen wird allerdings auch benötigt um Gegenstände und Nahrung zu kaufen. Wer ohne Nahrung durch die Lande zieht, sieht sich schnell einer stätig schrumpfenden Karawane gegenüber.

Wirklich negativ aufgefallen ist mir nur die sehr kurze Spieldauer (ca 16 Stunden bei mir) und das etwas abrupte Ende. Allerdings ist die BANNER SAGA wohl als Trilogie geplant und der zweite Teil steht zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt bereits in den Startlöchern. (Die Entscheidungen aus dem ersten Teil sollen übrigens Gerüchten zufolge auchAuswirkungen auf die weiteren Teile haben.)
Daneben hätten dem Spiel ein paar mehr Gegnertypen gut getan, sowie eine durchgängige Sprachvertonung.

Das alles ist aber Kritik auf hohem Niveau und das Spiel hat alles geschafft, was der erste Teil einer Trilogie erreichen muss: Ich bin gespannt wie ein Flitzebogen auf den zweiten Teil und kann es kaum erwarten erneut meine Karawane durch unwirtliches Land ins Ungewisse zu führen. (Und dabei wahrscheinlich die Hälfte meiner anvertrauten Klansmitglieder dem Hungertod zu überantworten.)

Eine ganz klare Kaufempfehlung. Gerade wenn das Spiel mal wieder für 5 € im Sale ist kann man nichts falsch machen.
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18.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. April
Oftentimes when the viking culture and mythology is used in any media really, it is mostly about horned helmets wearing, bearded, drinking grumpy guys, fighting for the heck of it. Which is at least partly true to the source material.
What most games do not include are the more refined aspects. Poetry, art, language, philosophy... things as much part of the northic culture as the daneaxe or the shieldwall.

Bannersaga is one of these few games. It is all about the melancholy of an ending world, of an impending doom noone is ready to face and most are very well aware of and have been for a long time. It is about the inevitable and the will to fight it none the less. It is about tough decisions, whichs consequences can sometimes hit you unexpected down the line, like a christian church being discovered by a viking raiding party.

Not only that, the gameplay offers some interesting changes to the typical turnbased combat formular as well. Instead of just firing off your strongest fighters into the thick of it, oftentimes it is patience and gradual wearing down of your opponents, that truly makes you a master of the battlefield. Granted, it took some getting used to, but the meta implications made it worth it. A downed opponent is one not attendet to by his allies. A wounded one hinders two at once. In game terms: Wounding an opponent without killing him makes your enemy waste a turn on a near useless fighter.

At the end of the game I felt drained. I made every decision to the best of my morality and intelligence and still I lost time and time again. Fights, people, ressources... all the more fitting, that the ending to this game is as bleak and powerful as is deserving of the northic cultute, one that always knew how the world would end.

In short: Do you love vikings, beauty and tactical deisionmaking? Then this game is for you.
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11.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 7. April
+ Wunderschöne Zeichnungen
+ Gute Story
+ Wirkliche änderung der Handlung durch eigenen Aktionen
+ Anspruchsvolle Kämpfe mit gutem Spielsystem
+ Story reißt einen emotional mit (schnief) :,(
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21.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 5. März
8/10
"Great saga with mediocore turn-based combat."
TheBannerSaga is a solid gaming experience of a turn-based combat adventure/saga with some rpg&"roguelike" elements. You keep traveling through beautiful painted landscapes moving from village to battle² while "managing" your fellowship so they don't hunger & die - complicated by some decision making,

Pros:
+ geat art-style (graphics)
+ very good ost/sound
+ very good story
+ good gameplay
+ good atmosphere
+ good controls
+ you have to read
+ solid experience

Cons:
- feels shortened (in the middle)
- almost no spoken audio
- too few ambient sounds
- you must read (who minds)
- missing complexity (@combat) and depth (@characters)

Hopefully the saga continues with a bit more complexity and depth in total.
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19.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 26. März
The Banner Saga..

I've been trying to write this review for two days now. I played through the game twice. The first time I played was about a year ago. I'm trying to find some quick snippet I can use to surmise the game but nothing comes forth. So I guess I'll provide some exposition.

Its a turn based, tile based, highly narratively driven up to 5 person party adventure. You make decisions as the leader of a large group of traveling humans and a race-- Well, more of a species called the Varl; which more or less are giants.

You are constantly having to manage resources. Battles earn you renown, which is used as a currency and XP. Renown can buy you items for your characters to wear to increase stats, supplies for travel as well as allow ready candidates to level up. Resources are needed on the road for your traveling companions to survive. As well as keep morale up. Poor morale can effect the abilities of your fighters in the from of losing willpower.

On the road you will run into events that you will have to make decisions about. Including dealing with everything from fights in the caravan to deciding to trust outsiders or not. I never quite pinned down if they are all scripted or procedurally generated. Some but not all seem very timely.

COMBAT
The battle system takes a little time to get used to as its slightly obtuse at first. Each characters health is their strength, what this means is as someone gets hurt they progressively become weaker and their strength is directly blocked by the enemies armor. So you must choose to either attack their health or armor. There are some other variables such as willpower, which allow you to move farther or do extra damage in one turn. Killing enemies earn you a notch on the horn which equates to an extra willpower lying in wait when needed. Some other stats that effect the two main ones are exertion and armor break. Exertion limits how much willpower one can use even if they have more. Armor break allows one to do more damage to armor regardless of other variables. There are of course classes for all the characters which have specific abilities such and Tempest, a sort of whirlwind attack and others like Forge ahead that allow you to choose someone to move up in the turn order. If a character falls in battle they will become injured and need to rest, usually for multiple days. The character can still be used in other battles while injured at the cost of lowered stats typically.

The game does have multiple endings. I am interested to see what happens in the sequel regarding them. I will also say the game does sort of end abruptly. It does come to a climax but to be honest, a lot it seems a bit unresolved.

The game is also, from what I can tell, hand drawn. Characters have very fluid animations when attacking and the overall aesthetic is very pleasing.

THE GIST
This is maybe one of my favorite games in the last.. decade? One of the most gripping, memorable and emotional games I've played in my life. Definitely in the top 20 ever. Difficult decisions abound. Stuck in between a rock and a hard place? Can't move the rock? Don't have a drill? People are relying on you ya know. Better think about your actions.
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