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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“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

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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • OS: MAC OSX 10.7.5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Memory: 4 MB RAM
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I do LOVE art that i do . i do collect art - paintings + books + music+ antiques of all kinds + coins + minerals + games ... ;E
this game arts synergy of beauty from all those unique realms above in mightly powerfull way !
p.s NEVER thought that once "final save" of any game would be piece in my collection to BRAG about, NO that i did not ...

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game has a beautiful aesthetic and engaging story, but too many gameplay mechanics are broken or intentionally flawed to create a phony sense of challenge. These are:

* The devs took the "turned based" of turned based strategy way too seriously. Fights are "you hit me, I hit you," and turns are based off of how you line up your team before battle. If you didn't line your team up right and properly zerg rush the enemies, you're in for a bad time. And if you kill the guy who was next in line, the unit three turns away magically gets to go next. I guess they weren't paying attention until their buddy died?

* You can't save the game. The game autosaves at pre-determined points and that's it. Made a bad choice or screwed up your zerg rush? You go to the last save, which may include lengthy marches you can't speed up and cutscenes you can't skip. The devs say this is to make you live with your choices, but it's really to punish you for a combat system they didn't think through all the way.

* You have a single resource. No gold and experience, just renown. You buy food with renown or level up with it. As you can guess, this can leave your army starving or your team underpowered. I guess real heroes don't need to eat? You lose renown for buying food so that must be the case.

* Strength and HP are a single attribute. This means the more damage you take, the less damage you can do. This is the main fault of the game - if you don't properly zerg rush the other team and whittle each unit down one by one, multiple characters on your team will be crushed. There's no strategy and no system to learn. Either you chip away at each unit (instead of taking out the most powerful first), or you get shredded.

* Forget guarding (unless you're a special unit), cover bonuses, overwatch, or any other hallmarks of the genre. In this game, you rush in or rush out (and the AI always goes for the weakest unit so you won't rush out for long), and that's it. Better hope you leveled your squad right or by the time you realized you upped the wrong attributes, you're slogging through hours of unskippable cutscenes and ridiculously flawed fights.

This game has great potential, but is so badly flawed that progressing through it will frustrate you to no end and wear your patience to nothing. Watch the cutscenes on youtube if you have to - the torment that comes from making it unfold for yourself is not worth it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Great mix between combat and story sequences. At first combat seems to be on the shallow side but quickly open up into a more in depth system as you unlock more characters. A shame that its quite short!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Product received for free
Absolutely stunning.

Would definitely recommend to anybody who's in to the old northern kind of stuff like vikings and old runic language, a very good turn based strategy game with a ton of choices to the story with both amazing visuals and soundtrack.

(Cheers to my buddy Table for gifting both The Banner Saga 1 'n' 2 on my birthday, 2016)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Absolutely loved it. Appealing graphics and characters, compelling story, and combat system reminiscent of your favorite tabletop rpgs. Solid 5/7 ;)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
An evil threatens the land and you must lead your people to safety, but your choices mean more than you may think. Simple dialogue options will change the outcome of your party and effect options down the line. An intricate battle system leads to victory or to pain. Will you be able to save your people?

  • A very intricate and fun battle system (when you learn how to use it)
  • Beautiful graphics
  • Amazing music and SFX and voiceovers
  • Controls are easy to understand/options laid out well

  • If you don't take time to learn the battle system it's very frustrating
  • Travel becomes tedious
  • Dialogue options are vague/don't know until you try
  • Couple boss battles are a B! Try until you get them right...

Overall, it's an excellent game. I absolutely hated combat until one of the devs came by my stream and gave me some advice, then I absolutely LOVED the combat. I was just playing it wrong! This shone some light on the negatives of travel and how tedious it was. Also how dialogue was very vague. This aside, you will enjoy your time in Banner Saga and want to learn more about the where the enemy came from (there's a sequel!)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Tactical Starvation: The Game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The best word I could use to describe The Banner Saga would be, Bleak. I enjoyed my time playing it, but it is like The Road of turn based tactical games. This is much more true the further into the story you get. Times are hard, and that is the point of the game. You have to press on through situations that leave you feeling as if you are just barely hanging on. Pushing through the hardships of traveling to outrun the oncoming scourge that is leaving cities destroyed and people slain in its path.

The tactics system was put together very well and I loved the art direction. In battle you have the Varl who are larger and take up more tiles on the board, your archers, your spearsman, and menders which are like a mage. Each person has a different skill set with different powers and you are able to schedule their turns accordingly. Keeping the big bulky fighters out front to protect the archers and menders. Their is also a shield mechanic that causes less damage to be done the higher the number is. When attacking you can choose to attack the shield or the HP. There are also some special attacks that allow you to damage both. This was an interesting direction to take and I thought it worked really well with the rest of the system.

The story has many different routes that can be taken. Some options will lead to more desolate routes while others can keep your caravan full of mead and enjoying themselves on the road. Some choices can kill members of your crew off for good, so be sure to choose wisely if there are characters you highly value. I enjoyed this element of the game very much and loved reading through the dialogue. You jump between different stories following Rook, the cover character, & Hakon the Varl. It gives you a good look into the lives of the different types of characters in this world that you are traveling through.

While heading out onto the road you have to ensure that your caravan is packed with supplies and well rested. You can make camp at any point while on the road and rest your soldiers, train, or level up your heroes using renown. You can do all of these things when in town as well, and only in town can you restock your supplies. That is, unless you are lucky in your journey and run into one of many different opportunities to refill your wagons by honest or dishonest means. You need to stay on top of things in order to keep up the morale of the caravan, and trust me that gets harder and harder on this long and arduous journey. Resting, winning, & having supplies should do the trick, but at times that's easier said than done. If you do run out of supplies, be prepared to start losing clansmen & fighters by the day.

So although times get dark and the losses get heavy, The Banner Saga shines through with a triumphant story and terrific gameplay. It is all tied together with a very powerful ending aided by some amazing storytelling that I found to be very creative. I played on PC but it is available on all types of platforms. Xbox One, PS4, & mobile to name a few. So there you have it! There is no excuse to not check out The Banner Saga at some point in time, you can even play it on the bus, at jury duty, or while drunkenly perching on top of your roof while the neighbors call the police.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I'm a big fan of turn-based combat, which is why I initially picked up the game, but by the end I was more interested in the story and where it was going. The combat itself can be a little frustrating, but when you've sussed out all quirks it gets a little better. The story far outshines the combat though, with each choice having, unforeseen and often deadly, consequences that you just have to deal with.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
My girlfriend apparently had plans with me yesterday she says, anyway so instead of hanging out with her I played this game and beat it. She unfriended me on facebook because "she needed space"

10/10 would ditch my girlfriend again to play The Disgaea Trail again.

The game is challenging
Good grid turned based combat
Decent resource management (supplies, items, and leveling up all use same currency)
Good role playing (choices throughout)
Great world full of lore that becomes more elaborate and fascinating the more you get into the game
Average waifu material
10/10 Husbandu material
Great artwork

I'd advise this game, it's certainly unique and it's a game that just about everyone should play.
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13.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
The Banner Saga is a game that delivers mediocre strategic gameplay with lack luster game mechanics. The game drives you into making choices between being able to use the primary resource to feed your people or level up your characters. But no amount of leveling prepares you for the random events that can kill off a character suddenly, without warning, and strip you of a vital character you might have just spent the past hour leveling. While I do not mind random events being a detriment in a game - insta death choices are fairly often additional signs of poor game design.

The best things about this game is the music and the compelling storyline. Place those into a better mechanically designed game and this would be the indie darling that everyone else believes it is.

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9.9 hrs
Posted: October 22
fantastic game
super fun and old school with a challenge throughout
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12.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
The Banner Saga is an inventive stratgy RPG wrapped in a particularly dark fiction.

The Banner Saga sucked me in with its art direction and strategy elements that I found really interesting even if they didn't always work out for me 100% of the time. Battles with the enemy in a more traditional strategy format are separated by sometimes lengthy stretches where you make difficult leadership decisions for your group as they grow weary or contested with each other. These are all text-driven, as is most of the narrative as you travel from one village to the next pushing the story along. I don't know that I always felt confident that the way I was leveling characters or assigning equipment was going to serve me best in battle, or that because of this confusion I was getting the most out of the strategy battle sections.

I think this is sometimes the point of The Banner Saga, though. Nothing is for sure. Nothing is easy. What you and your band are going through is disastrous and the enemy is always looming, never a clear answer as to where you are going next or what you will encounter. The Banner Saga is dark and utilizes left of center mechanics, but I really apprecaite what Stoic was going for here and overall really enjoyed this title.

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12.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Play well, win every battle, and get rewarded by having your daughter die. F- uck this game.
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11.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
Very emotional game that really gets you with it's characters and soundtrack. Loved it.
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11.3 hrs
Posted: October 18
Loved it, beautiful art style and gripping narrative. Only let down was the overly simplistic combat.
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22.9 hrs
Posted: October 17
Fantastic sound track, engrossing story line, pretty decent game play. Very much worth checking out.

In the end I felt like I read a good book! And who doesn't like reading a good book sprinkled with choose your own adventure flavors?
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6.9 hrs
Posted: October 17
When I opened my monthly bundle and saw this, I first thought "cool art style". The second thing I thought was "ugg, turn-based". I gave this game a try purely because of the art style and the high reviews, and I was pleasantly surprised. The combat is a slow-paced chess game, but there is an easy option for those (like myself) that don't have the patience for it. Nice story, leveling teams of characters was satisfying, sound effects (esp melee) were sick. Overall enjoyable experience and a nice change of pace. I'll be checking out the 2nd installment.
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