The Banner Saga
GENRE TACTICAL RPG DEVELOPER STOIC PUBLISHER VERSUS EVIL PLATFORM PC
An Epic Saga... So Far.
Multiple choice questions were a bane for many a student. With answers that seem correct in one way or another, the choice of selecting the correct answer was often left to chance. That experience is once again revisited in the beautifully crafted The Banner Saga.
The first episode in a planned trilogy, The Banner Saga is an intricately woven tale of adventure, sacrifice, camaraderie, and most importantly, consequences. It’s a game where every choice you make affects the storyline at one point or another. The decisions are subtle, yet weigh heavily on your conscience.
With mythical Nordic elements taking center stage, The Banner Saga does away with the common fantasy races such as Elves, Dwarves, and Orcs. Instead, you are introduced to the Varl, a race of powerful giants, your average Human, and the Dredge – who are the main antagonists in this game. Speaking of characters and setting, both are incredible works of art. A large majority of assets are handdrawn, with inspiration from Eyvind Earle, the artist behind the unique background illustration from the 1959 Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.
A Little Bit of Masochism Needed
In addition to making difficult choices, The Banner Saga forces you to truly strategize carefully when in combat. You’ll have to decide between chipping away Armor or damaging the Strength of your opponents. Strength and Health are one and the same in this game – the more Strength you have, the more damage you’ll do, and vice versa. Characters that lose all Strength will be knocked out. Of course, there are unique skills and items that can help turn the tide of battle, if used appropriately.
In a nutshell, The Banner Saga is great game that features a deep and rewarding combat system, which is fun and aggravating at the same time. It’s also a refreshing take on the fantasy genre.