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The Banner Saga (Series) Review

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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.

The main element of progressions is a turn-based combat engagement employing characters you have in your party. Rather than focusing on a specific hero as in other games, The Banner Saga games concentrate instead on the caravan of characters as a whole. Defeats and deaths in battle affect more than your score or arbitrary outcome, but play into the narrative as a whole.

There are three games in the series:
  • The Banner Saga (2014)
  • The Banner Saga 2 (2016)
  • The Banner Saga 3 (2018)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 14/01/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Developer: Stoic Studio (@StoicStudio)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 17 hours to complete.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

The Banner Saga usually costs £19.99 to £27.19.
 

The Banner Saga

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99
Switch Store Switch £22.49

The Banner Saga 2

XBox Store Xbox One £19.99

The Banner Saga Complete Pack

XBox Store Xbox One £27.19
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. On PC there are in-game purchases for "The Legendary Items" that adds titles, items, a digital novel, Survival Mode and Eternal Arena mode. "Deluxe Items" that add a wallpaper, digital world map and Gold Wasp item.

On iOS and console, there are no in-app purchases.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16+ with frequent, moderate realistic violence towards human characters. Characters use swords, long handled axes, spears, bows and arrows to cause realistic looking violence towards human-like characters.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our The Banner Saga Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@StoicStudio) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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