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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Release Date: Jan 14, 2014

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April 18

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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April 12

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.

Digital 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.

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
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[2Lhr] Cooper
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Very good game!
The nice storytelling combined with a very fitting music transfers your mind into the world of norse mythology.
If you are someone who is (atm) not looking for a challenging, skill-based game, but a atmospheric world with a great storyline then you can buy this without a second thought.
This is also a good alternative to a book if you've red too much books lately (like me :) ). Or, perhabs you like stories, but no books? - Go for it!
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hobbesworth
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Recently replayed The Banner Saga in order to have everything fresh in my mind when starting #2, and I have to say that I appreciated it nearly as much the second time through as I did the first. The plot wasn't as emotionally stunning since I knew what was going to happen, but the beautiful animations and music still helped draw out feelings for the characters. Overall the gameplay, graphics, and music combine to create a world so immersively desperate you can't help but be drawn in.

The gameplay is a mix of three systems: a choose your own adventure style story where your choices can definitely impact the future story and other characters, a caravan management system where you try to balance your need for food, fighters, and heroes, and (the majority of the gameplay) a turn based tactical/strategy RPG that contains serious quirks that set it apart from other SRPGs. You use one currency to both level up heroes and purchase new items for them to use as well as buy supplies for your caravan, and the choices you make can effect your caravan management and tactical fighting, so all of the systems twine nicely together. That said, the caravan management feels like the biggest miss of the three--very small seeming decisions can impact your caravan much more than how you spend your resources.

Several reviews are critical of the tactical fighting aspect and while they bring up some valid points overall I found the fighting to be enjoyable throughout all of two playthroughs. The main criticism I've seen is that the enemy types lack variety which leads to similar strategies working consistently. Overall I agree and wish that there were more different enemies or terrains to force you to mixup your tactics more. That said I found the fights overall engaging throughout, and found the normal difficulty appropriately hard--not a cakewalk by any means but also not impossible.

I hope that the future releases help expand the tactical options in fights and build the caravan management into a more robust system that feels more impactful on gameplay. I definitely recommend this game to any strategy rpg fans, fans of norse folklore, or fans of good storytelling games. I definitely felt that the amount of time and enjoyment I've got for the money I spent at full price to be well worth it. I'm off to try the second game.
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ixokai
( 36.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Beautiful and fun.
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etheric42
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Beautiful art. Interesting tactical combat (although not great by any means). Beautiful art. Interesting story. Beautiful art. My wife really likes this game and insisted on a day 1 purchase of Banner Saga 2. Beautiful art.
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Mantis Toboggan, M.D.
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
At first, I damn near hated this game. That's because I spent the first few hours thinking that permadeath was a thing in this game, and the game did absolutely nothing to tell me otherwise. In an early battle, a certain character can die and be dead forever. In fact, I've since learned that that character dies at that point in the story regardless. However, as the game didn't explain this well, I assumed that, like Fire Emblem, all of my characters were mortal and, thus, anyone who fell in battle was not coming back. This led to a lot of frustrated reloads when a battle didn't go perfectly and a character went down.

Of course, I then learned that that was not the case, and that characters were merely knocked out if they fell in battle. This completely changed the game for me, as it went from incredibly frustrating to a lot of fun when I wasn't constantly concerned about my oft-used characters being dead forever.

With that knowledge, combat is quite enjoyable. I wouldn't say it's incredibly strategic, and I think the abilities of a lot of characters aren't nearly as useful as simple attacks 90% of the time with only a few exceptions, but it is fun. The only downside is that it's quite easy to game. Since character strength is based on health and you and the enemy team take turns using a character, it's typically more convenient to take an enemy down to one or two strength and leave them alive rather than kill them outright, as a weak enemy who can only deal out a few hit points will then waste a valuable enemy turn that could have gone to a stronger foe. The game becomes somewhat easy most of the time utilizing such a strategy. You also need to focus on leveling up all of your characters, and so getting enemies down to one health and then letting your lower-level characters pick them off seems to be the smartest way to go about it.

There's also not much variety in the combat. You basically fight the same four enemy types with varying strength and armor over and over again throughout the game, with a fifth thrown in for a couple of battles, along with several against enemies with the same class types as your own squad.

The story in the game is solid. I liked the characters and the overall plot is interesting, although as the first of a trilogy you obviously can't expect it all to be wrapped up here. This game sets the stage for the two acts to follow, and does a fairly good job of it. I thought the ending was a little too abrubt. It just kind of ends a minute after the final battle. I didn't expect a full resolution, obviously, but a bit more meat after that fight would have been nice.

The main downside to the game is that character deaths can often feel arbitrary. You never really know when a dialogue choice will mean the permanent death of a character, and that's more than a little annoying. Nor, as others have said, do you know when you can pick just one dialogue choice most of the time. This leads to some frustration, and it's all on the game's design. I get the realism angle, as sometimes in life choices have unintended consequences, but it all feels so arbitrary here, and I certainly think it could have been handled better.

All in all, though, I would definitely recommend the game. The visuals are fantastic, the combat is enjoyable, and the story is solid. It's not a perfect game by any means (and I've read that the second game addresses a lot of the problems), but it's worth a play through if you like this style of turn-based RPG.
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alexslavich
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Another fantasy game that follows strict traditional gender roles.
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zeuspatriot
( 33.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Awesome story that hold you till the end. A lot of micromanagement of your Clan. Quite interesting impact on your storyline from the decisions you made.
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Yella 🎓
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
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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The Highwayman
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Very good game, worth every penny, cant wait to play number 2
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Blacksept69
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
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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cuppacocoa
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
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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SynthR
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Fantastic storytelling, but subpar combat and role playing mechanics. Score: 7.5/10

I really enjoyed the story and all the crazy plot twists. The game plays out like a Choose Your Own Adventure Book, where decisions lead to different consequences, so you had a sense of ownership over what was happening to a degree. However, as much as the story might amp you up to save the souls of everyone in your caravan, the combat is very one dimensional. I found myself playing it in short bursts and then moving onto something else. It's not Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem by a long shot and the RPG mechanics are on the light side. It's unfortunate beause it could be fleshed out to be so much more.

If you like reading and maybe enjoy Viking lore, then give it a try. If you're an RPG nut like me that looks for deep character customization, gear management and engrossing combat, look elsewhere.
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giljo72
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Great Game
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Wulfgar
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
The Banner Saga has great animation, a compelling story, and choices that really matter.
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tora75
( 65.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Have played and beat this game when it came out. with the release of the second Banner, I'm back and happy to revisit and old friend. Some have mentioned that the combat is a slog, but I'm happy to report that I disagree. I think there is enough meat here to warrant several playthroughs without getting old. I am looking forward to trying the next installment, but am satisfied with replaying the first to get reaquainted. In short, this game is a pretty and satisying strategy game. Definitely worth the 20 bucks...
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N3ziniukas
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I'm loving it!! R.I.P life..
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ArachnidSentinl
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Banner Saga is essentially Oregon Trail, only far more dynamic, set in an engrossing, low-magic fantasy setting, and with truly phenomenal art and music. The narrative is gripping and feels real, and the choices you make throughout the game have real impact.

Truly a masterpiece.
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helekdeleon
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Riveting storyline and great game play... and the graphics are new, cool, and original. I forsee lots of copy cats, but there will only be one Banner Saga... until there is Banner Saga 2. :)
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Danganese
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
much game very wow but seriously its a great game with a great art style
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Once you begin this winding and perilous journey you almost want it to never end. The Banner Saga has one of the best stories of any game. You really get absorbed into the characters and the plot line. The graphics are gorgeous. The turnbased combat is simple and easy to learn, though it does require some strategy and forthought. This is a great game that all can play and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
A Viking Rick Grimes simulator

8/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Though arguably inferior to its sequel, The Banner Saga is worth buying for the same reasons: hand-drawn animation, beautiful medieval music score, and strategic element of turn-based combat.

If you're interested in the first installment, my immediate concerns are the survival and RPG elements.

At least 50% of the gameplay is an unrealized Oregon Trail as randomized situations cause your clan to fight, argue, rejoice, or die off. Being nice to people in Banner Saga presents an equal chance of receiving resources and getting stabbed in the back. Read a game guide, attempt to roleplay, or flip a coin.

The nagging survival elements consist of managing food supply and morale. Food supply can be bought with Renown, your experience points, which takes away from the pool used to level up party members. This fight for balancing the health of your clan with the power of your party takes away from the possible enjoyment of combat and skill allocation.

Fighting with a party of developed skills is arguably much more fun than keeping your clan members alive. Unless you care about the weak consequences (the resulting dialogue is similar to a waving finger), you might as well not care about their health. On the other hand, Morale supports combat by increasing strength of actions, but I did not see this as a necessity.

If you are much more interested in the combat, try The Banner Saga: Factions. It's free-to-play, solely based on the turn-based strategy, and free from managing an annoying clan.

If you are curious about its Viking-esque world specked with music for pressed marchers, give this game a go.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Let me start off by saying this, I don't normally play strategy games in fact I've done my best to avoid them. But after hearing about this game since 2014 and seeing it on sale for 75% off I decided I should give it a shot. After only playing half an hour in my first sitting because I got called away I ended up spending the whole day playing the game from beginning to end. The combat is extremely satisfying and the story is absolutely amazing. For anyone with doubts about this game I recommend picking it up while it's still on sale. By the time you've decided I'll be playing through the Banner Saga 2.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Regretted every plot-related decision. 10/10 - would despair again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
One of the best indie games I've played
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Great visuals, great story, great pace and great mechanics! Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This game is fantastic. A great mix of story, combat, and beautiful hand-drawn artwork.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Blew me away. Awesome game from kickstarter
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
Quality Turn based game, if you want tense gameplay, stunning visuals, astounding music, decisions that change the game and a seamlessly craft story and believable world, buy this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Its been a long time since I got attached to characters emotionally. I really like the storyline, it keeps me curious whats gonna happen next. I believe this is why this game is quite successful. I also really like the character leveling, the items even if that aspect is more casual, the combat system makes up for it.

Fun game. Try it if you want to relax by getting lost in a great story with nicely done art and puzzling combat.

Only thing i wish for is a more perma death type of gameplay ( like in xcom ) with story tailored around it, but ofc that would be a ton of effort from the devs so yeah.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Do you feel like playing an RPG that can punish or reward you for every single moral decision you ever make? Are you prepared to redefine what you consider "moral" as your mental and strategic mettle are put the the test constantly? And finally, can you handle the emotional consequences of your actions as you struggle to balance the needs of keeping yourself, your party, and the rest of your caravan alive?

Banner Saga puts the questions to the test as you traverse through a gorgeous, norse mythological world...albeit on the run from dire enemies all the while. The game is fantastic overall, despite the rather monotonous and somewhat flawed battling system (e.g., an odd turn-based system that alternates your turn and the enemies every time; thus, even if you have 6 members alive and they have only 2, they still get to go multiple times while your characters only get to go once in turn). However, the real appeal is essentially the entire story itself: It is full of twists and turns, celebrations and mourning, and heart-wrenching choices through every step along the way. And the music! Oh, the music is simply some of the most aesthetically pleasing sounds you will ever hear; fitting seamlessly throughout the gameplay.

This game is only part one of several (out of a total of three I believe that are in development), so pick it up now while you have the chance (and when it is on sale of course!). I believe this game cuts a well-earned 9 Varl (Viking) axes out of 10 Dredge heads. If you have any questions for me about the game, please leave a comment on this review and I will be happy to try to answer them.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
A beautiful but harsh Tactical RPG, inspired in norse mithology. Travel through an apocalliptic medieval escenario, protecting you caravan and figting numerous perils.

And remerber in the Banner Saga, every victory and failure will be recorded for the next chapter.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
The Banner Saga is quite the story, actually, most of the game is just that, story, history, dialogue, choices and characters that interact with one another. A Viking themed inspired game, The Banner Saga is heavily inspired by Kay Neilsen’s art as well as John Hench’s art on Disney’s The Sleeping Beauty (my favorite Disney, as a matter of fact, because it’s all so god damn gorgeous.) The story revolves around the return of a great evil, the Dredge, and Bellower, an invincible boss ♥♥♥ Dredge. The game has you play two groups of people/armies, as the both journey through the land, running away from the Dredge, running to it, or just running. The game, although heavily focused on story, having you read through quite a lot of text and dialogue, remains very interactive. As you Journey, you have to make sure to care for your caravan, the people in it, the rations of food, and who you choose to or not let join your group. The environment, the world, the look of Banner Saga was so very beautiful that I couldn’t stop myself from taking far too many screenshots, and I’m not sure what I’ll do with all of them.

The gameplay of Banner Saga is a turn based, strategic kind of battle system. Each of your character has a specific class and/or set of abilities, which you can level up and strengthen as they are used in your battles, the highest level is 10, and I originally though that was a bit limiting, but it turned out not to be limiting at all, as this turned out to be a shorter game than I expected. Elves, dwarves, orcs, humans, your basic and adored fantasy stuff, accompanied with an absolutely wonderful and immersive orchestrated soundtrack by the Dallas Wind Symphony and written by the great Austin Wintory, along with a lot of other musicians I quite frankly want to bow down to.

The Banner Saga was a great story. As a bookworm, and avid gamer, it took some of my favorite things, the look of Sleeping Beauty, stories, reading, fantasy and a really great turn based system that I think continues to be grossly underrated, and made something quite frankly, absolutely beautiful. I only wish that the game had been a tad longer, as the ending took me by surprise and left me dissatisfied, I wanted more. The replay value of the game I had yet to test, but I have no doubt that I would very much enjoy this game another time.

There’s something I’d like to take the time to dive a little deeper into, actually:

The Female Characters of The Banner Saga; There were a lot of things that I noticed happening or being said in the game that pleased me. In one the groups that you follow/lead there is Alette. Established as an amazing archer, I was often afraid that Alette would be refused by her father to show her skills and even participate in the battles, as a lot of female characters are. Introduced as fighters but reduced to watching the men fight from the sidelines. This was not the case. All of the female characters introduced in the game, Alette, Oddleif, Ysra and Nid, all participated to the battles. There were many lines where you are given the option to take away their agency and refuse their demands of, say, training the civilian women to know how to fight, or approve, and the dialogue between the fame characters and you are quite nice. “A strong woman, what does that even mean?” Yes, what DOES that even mean, Oddleif? *slams fits onto table*

9/10 Con: Female characters are all archers and thus have the same animation. I often made the choice to leave out most of them and rarely have them in my party as they all seemed a lot of the same thing, someone from the Banner Saga has since contact me to tell me that this was something they were asked to change, and was thus changed for Banner Saga 2, I am very curious to check this out. Con: Too short.

Pro: ♥♥♥♥ing beautiful, great soundtrack (Actually all the sounds in this game were really great), loved the story, the concept, made me think of a Lord of the Rings type of game with a whole lot of Disney in it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
An emotive and beautiful journey through Viking legend, this game stands out both as an excellent strategy game, and as a true work of art.

The hand-drawn artwork is sublime, and highly original in today's 3D obsessed world. The cast of dozens are beautifully rendered and animated, and set in the backdrop of a beautiful world in turmoil. The gods are dead, the sun has stopped, and something evil is coming.

The story sucks you in, and challenges you with difficult moral and tactical choices throughout the game. Not only must you prevail on the battlefield, you must protect, feed and care for a growing caravan of refugees fleeing the evil on your tail. As your caravan traverses the beautiful windswept landscape you watch the narrative unfold, with each choice impacting on your fighting capability, morale, and dwindling food supplies.

There are no easy choices. I am writing this review after my second playthrough, and can better appreciate this. The story is essentially linear, but seemingly innocuous choices could end the life of your favourite hero, or leave you with a knife in your back. Most games give hints to possible outcomes; The Banner Saga teaches you that life is arbitrary, cruel, and that you can't save everyone. The only consolation is perhaps that no matter how bad things get, none of your choices can (I think) make the game unwinnable - but you will live with the burden of knowing that had you chosen more wisely, perhaps more lives could have been saved.

Combat is turn based, and, until the get the hang of it, pretty brutal. In another nod to realism, health and attack strength is linked - an injury means your hero can't hit as hard. As your team is weakened, each successive wound compounds upon the last, spiralling you closer to defeat. Battles can be nail-biting affairs, but the tension this mechanic creates is delicious, and makes prevailing all the sweeter. My only criticism is that there were too many monotonous battles mid-game, but perservere, and your skills and your heroes will be honed for your ultimate confrontation in the last chapter.

Despite its minor flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed this game; twice. Each path taken was another surprise, and deepened my appreciation of the thought, effort and love that went into this accomplished KickStarter project. A fantastic and memorable experience, and a big thumbs up from me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I usually don't review games, but this one's an exception.

This game is amazing! It has a really well-composed soundtrack that fits the theme of the game perfectly, it has a compelling storyline that will keep you hooked, a great gameplay system with choices that actually affect the gameplay, and phenomenal non-childish animation on-par with Disney. If you like turn-based combat, a good story, or a choose-your-own-adventure; then I DEFINITELY reccoment picking up this game.
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2 people found this review funny
Recommended
67.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
A Viking-themed tactical roleplaying game created by Stoic (which I believe is just three men who used to work for BioWare). The story has tonnes of Lore if you look around the map, but if you want the basics of the story then the return or a warlike race that despises humanity - The Dredge - led by an invincible leader called Bellower has sent the world into chaos.

The gameplay is a strategical, turn-based sing-player combat against the Dredge or other survivors and each character in your caravan has certain skills and unique abilities that can help you develop solid stratedgies for taking down opponents. It has the novel idea of your health also representing strength, so the more health you lose the less powerful your character's attacks will be. You have a whole array of units such as archers, shieldbangers, warhawks, etc.

Inbetween battles there are chapters, in each chapter you will play as one of three POV characters leading a caravan across this hostile world in a way similar to "Oregon Trail". Here you will make conversation choices with other characters and sometimes the wrong ones will result in your characters dying or leaving for good, which results in you having less units to fight with in the tactical combat - a lot of people have a problem with this but it actually works as good incentive to level up everyone rather than just focus on one character and make them the best; you could lose them at any point. One character in particular, Egil, who has a special ability that let's him block almost any attack (so pretty useful when utilised correctly) can be killed about 8 times during these conversation choices and you actually get an achievement for keeping him alive! The choices also offer a bit of replayability in terms of characters but there is little in the way of overall change.

The game isn't perfect; in the "Oregon Trail" part you have fighters, clansmen and varl (Varl are part of the mythology and are giants with horns) that you are charged with keeping alive, managing supplies to do so, but many players point out you can let them all starve to death and still complete the game without consequences, however it seems this will remedied in the sequel which will make your caravan more important.

Another issue is that there is little difference in terms of combat scenarios with everyone with the terrain remaining basically the same and the enemies changing only slightly over the course of the game, due to the different number of units you have to experiment with the game rarely gets boring or too repetitive but given it's estimated run time of about 8 hours you're unlikely to get tired of it in that time.

A lot of people take issue with the game opening with a cinematic scene and not having any more in the game and their is little voice-acting. But if you judge this game by that then you are missing out. The artwork is beautiful and it is well written if a few of the in-universe words (such as the insult "Skal") can take a while to understand.

Ultimatley, the game has its little imperfections, but they do not take away from this being a spectacular and original game that is definitley worth playing. A fun experience that is excellently presented and executed with a diverse cast of characters, intricate and compelling story and a solid combat system.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
The Banner Saga is a fantastic game. Telling a story in a bleak and beautiful world, the game developers have crafted an excellent experience. Based upon Norse and Icelandic lore, the Banner Saga makes you empathize and feel for the characters as they traverse the bleak hills and snowy woods of their world. In addition to possessing an amazing art style which hearkens back to 1960's Disney animation, the game's combat is both tactical and enjoyable. If you are a fan of the Fire Emblem and Oregon Trail games, then you will most certainly fall in love with this fantastic game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
much game very wow but seriously its a great game with a great art style
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