Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Reviews

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is ranked in the 79th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Recommended
Mar 15, 2024

An emotional adventure wrapped in supernatural mysteries that offers a world not always depicted in video games, yet it falls short due to its reliance on a combat system that never becomes deep enough to be truly challenging.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2024

If you’re already a fan of “AAA” style action RPGs you’re likely to enjoy Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden even more than I did.

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Mar 10, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a great example of why double-A gaming is so vital to the industry. Don’t Nod has conjured up an engaging, cool concept and poured a reasonable budget into it, resulting in a game that still looks beautiful without costing hundreds of millions of dollars. And in the end, I enjoyed it just as much as I’ve enjoyed numerous triple-A titles with triple the budget.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2024

Fall for Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden's tragic romance, then unleash hell with combat that echoes God of War's ferocity. Dive deep into RPG systems to shape your path. But the heart of this experience lies in Dontnod's mastery. They've finally woven a narrative so powerful, it'll hold you captive until the very end.

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4.5 / 5.0
Mar 7, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden surprised me with its combat and gameplay but kept me interested throughout with its compelling narrative of love, loss, and sacrifice.

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8 / 10
Mar 2, 2024

As the industry shifts more and more towards mediocre service-based AAA games, the value of traditional AA games is becoming more and more obvious, and Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a prime example of that. It's not without flaws, but the bold decision making in world design and innovative storytelling separates it from the pack and makes it the best game by Don't Nod to date.

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Feb 29, 2024

I adore the story of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. The characters have such distinct, realized personalities that made me love or hate them. While I’ll always cherish the goofy-serious writing of Life Is Strange, it’s hard to deny this is DON’T NOD’s strongest writing exhibit yet. Combat is dull and had me rolling my eyes every time I came across another forced encounter, with only a few of the fights being interesting. No matter how many features and mechanics were introduced, it still felt clunky and frustrating due to the camera controls, repetitive animations, and almost no enemy variety. Thankfully, the compelling narrative shines through, carrying the game along and making me a little more tolerable of the combat. Due to this, I’m awarding Banishers: Ghosts Of New Eden, the Silver Thumb Culture Award. For fans of story games, this is absolutely a must-play if you can overlook its gameplay shortcomings.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 27, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is impressive for its longevity, excellent narrative delivery and setting but alas I did find combat cumbersome with the difficulty spikes being annoying.

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Loved
Feb 27, 2024

With Banishers, Don’t Nod have elevated their craft to a new level. They combine elements from numerous previous games, but always with a new spin on them. They have combined them into a gripping story of life, death, guilt, and responsibility in a novel fantasy setting. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a notably accomplished action game that should not be overlooked.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2024

While possessing an intriguing story and appealing main protagonists with a great dynamic, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden suffers a bit with its world presentation and somewhat lackluster skill tree that can't quite match up to its narrative.

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81 / 100
Feb 25, 2024

Ordained by a clear narrative, resolute characters, intriguing hauntings and an eventually favorable combat model, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a morally infused spirit smasher set in a large world that needed a little exorcism.

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76 / 100
Feb 25, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden will hook you with its emotionally charged story where tough choices and their lasting consequences take centre stage. While the combat might not be its strongest aspect, the game still delivers a memorable experience with top-notch voice acting, stunning visuals, and deep character development.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 24, 2024

Banishers isn't without its challenges, but it's a cleverly put together adventure that doesn't mind the time spent.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is easy to recommend as a compelling action-RPG with well-written protagonists and rewarding systems, though the second half of the game loses the plot - both literally and figuratively.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden tells a wonderfully written and emotionally gripping story that is hampered by repetitive enemy encounters and stale combat.

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9.5 / 10.0
Feb 21, 2024

Don’t Nod has released 2024’s first truly surprising video game release with Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. The 17th-century setting, ghost hunting and ethereal switching combat are all highlights, but building off what they do best, the characters, their relationships, and their story make this game unique.

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Ken McKown
Top Critic
6.5 / 10.0
Feb 20, 2024

Banishers: Ghost of Eden is a unique title that just stumbles along the way. It has some severe pacing issues and clunky combat that really drag down the overall experience. I wanted to love it a lot more than I did. It feels like Dontnod’s usual unique take on a genre that feels just a bit undercooked. Still once it drops in price and perhaps receives a few updates, I think this could easily graduate to the status of hidden gem. There are a lot of cool concepts here that I really enjoyed. I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long to get to them.

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80%
Feb 20, 2024

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a solid action RPG with a beautiful story, enjoyable gameplay, and gripping atmosphere. There's plenty of issues, though, which drag the game down a bit and the overall experience is just good, not great.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 18, 2024

“Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden” thus stands out due to the storytelling prowess of Don’t Nod, offering a rich, emotionally charged journey that melds action, adventure, and narrative depth into a memorable experience. While not without its flaws, the game marks a significant step forward for the studio, hinting at the untapped potential for future titles in this vein. It’s a journey worth taking, not just for the thrills and challenges, but for the questions it poses about love, sacrifice, and the afterlife.

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3.5 / 5.0
Feb 16, 2024

Banishers is not quite the unqualified win I wanted it to be, but it’s easy to appreciate on its merits. While the combat overstays its welcome and the exploration leaves a lot to be desired, there’s enough here to like for those who like strong narratives with great characters.

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