Percentile Rank

The Banner Saga is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 96 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

77%

Critics Recommend

Based on 96 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga's strong mechanics are enhanced by a compelling storyline and characters as colourful as its visual palette.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jan 14, 2016

Released on consoles at last, this elegantly grim adventure at the end of the world is that rare contradiction: a nostalgic original.

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ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Jan 12, 2016
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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2014
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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 15, 2014

If anything, the game's limitations—the wooden conversations, the nonsensical and uneven means of resource management, the repetitive combat, the lack of real agency in determining your fate, the possibility of game-ending failure—become more glaring as it goes on, but unaccountably, they all add up to a coherent whole.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 21, 2014

Yeah, I love the world and the existential agony of it all, but I just don't think it's a particularly well-realised strategy game too.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Jan 20, 2014

No, The Banner Saga hasn't reached its destination yet, but again: it's all about the journey.

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Kritiqal
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 4, 2014

The Banner Saga's awe-inspiring​ scope is both its biggest strength and weakness.

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Scored Reviews

SwitchRPG
Jun 15, 2018

The Banner Saga offers an expertly crafted narrative buffered by fun combat and addictively painful player decisions that could not be more worth your time.

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USgamer
Jan 13, 2014

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.

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Grandma's Game Room
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2018

Normally if a story started in the middle I’d be confused, and if it ended with a lot of loose ends I’d be mad. The first entry in The Banner Saga did just that but I wasn’t mad. Instead, I was invested and intrigued. I felt a fraction of what each character was feeling, and then some. And most importantly: I sympathized.

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RPG Fan
95%
95%
Jan 29, 2014

An experience I advise no one to miss.

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Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jan 14, 2014

If you're getting tired of swords and sorcery, or just looking for meaty tactical battles, few RPGs will satisfy you better.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

The Banner Saga is a beautiful, exemplary game that you owe it to yourself to play.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2014

The Banner Saga brings you into a world filled with monsters, prophecies, and myths, where your decisions matter and characters' lives hang in a delicate balance.

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TechRaptor
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2014

Anyone who plays games to get lost in a world and its story will love The Banner Saga.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2014

The Banner Saga is one of the most original games you'll play this year. That such a small team has managed to create a story that will be unique to every player is astonishing, and that the story actually makes you care even more so. Buy this game.

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CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2014

The Banner Saga's combination of well-designed strategy gameplay with grand storytelling make for an exceptional title.

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GamesRadar+
Jan 14, 2014

With a refreshingly unique aesthetic, well-written story, and challenging gameplay, The Banner Saga is an excellent adventure well worth your time.

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Slant Magazine
Jan 30, 2014

As befits a game funded through Kickstarter, The Banner Saga doubles down on risk/reward mechanics throughout its rather lengthy journey.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga, while not absolutely perfect, ticks many boxes of what makes an RPG great. The story is deep and emotional, and the combat, marching and decision-making all have their own systems in place that work well by themselves and perfectly with each other. A game that will stay with you long after you finish.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

May 28, 2018

This game is undoubtedly a dream on the Switch. Perfect for the console's mobile nature, there's just something soothing about watching your caravan trundle along when you're on a commute of your own.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
May 23, 2018

With agonizing decisions in an unforgiving Viking-inspired setting, The Banner Saga mixes strategic gameplay with choices that truly matter. .

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GameSpace
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
May 17, 2018

The negatives aren't that big of a negative for me, however, I do love role-playing games where you actually control your character and can move freely around the map. This game is one of the best tactics rpgs I have played in my life. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants to try it out whether you get it for Switch or not.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2016

An impressive RTS that offers a well written story, magnificent visuals and a stunning soundtrack that will stay with you long after playing.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jan 14, 2014

Filled with strategic gameplay and impactful decisions, The Banner Saga is a gorgeously epic Norse-inspired adventure whose only real fault is that there isn't more of it. I can't wait for part two.

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PowerUp!
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
May 17, 2018

The Banner Saga is just as good as it’s ever been on Switch and maybe even better thanks to the Switch’s portability.

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

Distinctive writing, nuanced combat and impossibly beautiful art headline The Banner Saga. Strong workmanship went into the character builds. The rethought turn-based tactics are unique and sensible. And I just couldn't slow down the insistent narrative of this brave world and the bold new legend it's sewing together.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
May 29, 2018

The Banner Saga comes to Nintendo Switch via a fantastic and faithful port, its dire tale of survival and strategy completely intact. It plays well, it looks fantastic, and every battle and dialogue choice is here for the taking.

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IGN
8.6 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga is a beautiful, brutal tactical RPG.

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Readers Gambit
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

A piece of art that asks the player to buy in to it's massive cast of characters and fall in love with The Banner Saga's involving story. Finding the perfect route will have players replaying The Banner Saga an endless number of times.

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Game Informer
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

Fans of tactical RPGs can find a lot to enjoy here

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Softpedia
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga is a great game as long as the player is willing to accept its theme and its overall tone, while also harboring at least a little bit of love for the turn-based battle system.

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Game Debate
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 26, 2014

The Banner Saga is a challenging game that is as frustrating as it is rewarding. It has its flaws, but is overall a compelling, fantastically written and beautiful game that makes you care deeply about the actions you take, whilst reminding you powerfully of the thanklessness of leadership in a difficult and dangerous world. Depending on your decisions, the game takes around 7-15 hours to complete, and yet whilst the entire narrative may not be that long, it sucks you into its fantastical Norse would and leaves you wanting more by the end. Stoic has projected a trilogy of Banner Saga titles; if the sequels live up to this first episode, the series will no doubt have a dedicated and very well-deserved following able to more than live up to its Kickstarter campaign.

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Arcade Sushi
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2014

Ultimately, the steep learning curve and focus on statistics management which could be considered a hindrance is vastly outshined by The Banner Saga's absolutely memorizing production value.

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Gameplanet
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2014

The Banner Saga is an absolutely gorgeous, engrossing RPG that features well-balanced and pleasingly tactical turn-based combat. It's a linear journey, but one that's definitely worth taking.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2016

If you've got a hankering for strategic role-playing and an epic narrative with plenty of player choice, The Banner Saga should become one of your priorities on PS4. The combat, while a little uneven difficulty-wise across the game's campaign, nevertheless manages to hit the sweet spot between simple accessibility and strategic depth. You'd also be hard-pressed to find an indie with as much artistic inspiration: gorgeous character art, painterly backgrounds and an exceptional put to rest the misguided notion that indies can't turn out aesthetic appeal on a limited budget. Sure, it's not always perfect — the game's lack of guidance, difficulty spikes and voice acting may occasionally leave you feeling a little lost and alone — but perhaps that's just in keeping with the unforgiving Norse world that inspired it.

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GameTrailers
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 13, 2014

The Banner Saga isn't what you'd strictly call "fun." Instead it's interesting and challenging, more like a chess match than death match. But there's an incredible satisfaction when you take on a gang of armored monsters that by all rights should trample you, yet you're able to hamstring their health then line them up for execution. It's also comforting to know that although you can't outfight a towering Varl, perhaps you can out think him.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2016

A riotous, non-linear RPG with great turn-based battles and a delectable 1980's style cartoon veneer, The Banner Saga is the first truly essential strategy title on PS4.

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ActionTrip
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2014

Regardless of some of our complaints, we invested many hours into this game, enjoying every bit of its refreshingly simple gameplay. We also couldn't tear ourselves away from the breathtaking background drawings and impressive character art that portray a new and mysteriously beautiful world that awaits to be discoverd.

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VGProfessional
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
May 22, 2018

Now available on the Nintendo Switch, The Banner Saga is the first part of a trilogy that lays the foundation for a great story, a complex turn-based tactical-RPG and a wealth of content. It's an excellent pick for fans of the genre who are not afraid of the slow pace of the game.

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jan 23, 2014

There are deeper strategy games, but few where you'll feel quite so invested in the outcome. Recommended.

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New Game Network
82 / 100
82 / 100
Jan 21, 2014

You can nitpick The Banner Saga to death, but despite its flaws the game is a joy to play. People who are looking for a fantasy world with weight and depth will fall in love with Stoic's tale of man and varl pushed to the brink. This studios first attempt at a full single player campaign has demonstrated their skill, leaving me hoping there is more in store.

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
May 29, 2018

The Banner Saga is a highly worthwhile addition to any Switch library.

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Fintendo
Jun 10, 2018

"Beautiful beginning and innovative combat system."

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High-Def Digest
Jan 23, 2016

It has been a few years in the making, but the Xbox version of 'The Banner Saga' is a wonderful experience. I sincerely hope that Stoic releases the sequel on this platform as well, because they have a good thing going here and the more people who experience it, the better.

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Forbes
8 / 10.0
Erik Kain

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jan 17, 2014

As an audio-visual experience, The Banner Saga is hard to beat. Tough choices and an elegant combat system help make the game fun and engaging right up to the end. With a few tweaks to the resource management system and some real soul-searching on enemy variety, Stoic could have a really terrific game on their hands. They're not there yet, but they're on the right track.

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Switch Player
May 24, 2018

Repetitive battles are The Banner Saga’s biggest issue, but they don’t stop the enjoyment from what is otherwise a fantastic experience. Strategy and fantasy enthusiasts should find a lot to enjoy here. Roll on part two!

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jan 28, 2016

The game runs about 4-5 hours long depending on which difficulty you play and how long you take to make choices. Overall, if you are into tactical RPGs and like the whole viking aesthetic, you should enjoy this game quite a bit.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Jan 15, 2014

If you read my preview of the game late last year, there were a few things that didn't click with me about The Banner Saga. Yet playing through the full game, I wasn't noticing those issues as much. They're still there, but I was able to look past them. You can see the BioWare design influences heavily, and it's nice to see the focus shift to the overall story of the world and grand conflict, rather than individual personal stories. It creates a vast story that will change every time you play it, and your choices are surely going to play a part in the next two installments. But, yes, if the story and art style doesn't interest you, then the combat will absolutely draw you in.

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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 23, 2014

If it were titled The Banner Saga: Chapter 1, then there'd be no argument worth mentioning in relation to its length or aspirational goals, and at this stage I can only assume that there is a new Banner Saga game, or Chapter 2, in the works. If there isn't then the choice of buying and playing this great game would become as futile as the ones made within the game itself -- namely, a lot of people will get hurt.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 11, 2016

It makes one or two minor stumbles along the way, but The Banner Saga continues to stand tall two years after its original release. Empowered a truly jaw-dropping art direction and the masterful audio work of composer Austin Wintory, Stoic's plans to expand the franchise are certainly justifiable.

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Game Rant
Jan 22, 2016

Stoic's tactical RPG The Banner Saga makes its way to consoles, and still manages to deliver a fantastic, captivating story alongside a fun and challenging battle system.

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gameranx
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

Stoic had me hooked within the first five minutes through the visual and sound design alone. The hand-drawn art style is reminiscent of animated feature films, and in conjunction with a soundtrack composed by Austin Wintory (of Journey fame), The Banner Saga presents a melancholic, unforgettable atmosphere which will grip you immediately. It's a shame more couldn't have been done to give the battles more complexity, but the choices you're forced to make throughout the adventure, and the sheer beauty of the world, more than make up for a lack of strategic depth. In fact, I could've played The Banner Saga on aesthetic direction and risk management alone—both are that engaging.

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Giant Bomb
Jan 15, 2014

Stoic's debut strategy RPG succeeds far more than it falters.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga is a dark and onerous experience, but it's one that draws you in.  I'll be waiting with bated breath to see which way this winding path darts next. Something tells me we're not out of the woods just yet.

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Dealspwn
Jan 14, 2014

Imagine Game of Thrones crossed with a dark, brutal, bleak Disney production that Disney would never dare to make, and you're pretty close to The Banner Saga. Stoic have delivered a cracking tactical RPG centred around an impressively elegant combat system and a peripatetic adventure that never lets up with tough choices and decisions to be made, letting the burden of leadership weigh heavy on players' shoulders. Engrossing, challenging, and aesthetically striking, The Banner Saga is a crowdfunded triumph.

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Guardian
Jan 15, 2014

The designer Sid Meier famously said that a game is a series of interesting choices. It's a maxim fully embraced by The Banner Saga, which stitches those choices into its very fabric to form a tapestry that is wholly your own.

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The Escapist
Jan 14, 2014

The hand-drawn visuals, interesting combat, and epic story mean The Banner Saga is crafted from flawless pieces - even if the final product is a little rough.

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PC Invasion
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 14, 2014

Hardship and displacement in a Nordic-inspired world make for a splendid, and splendid looking, RPG.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 30, 2014

The renown mechanic was a huge misstep and the Dredge become a bit dull after 15 hours of slaughtering them, but Stoic has still managed to weave a compelling tapestry of epic conflicts with emotionally engaging characters. When I found myself with a dagger in my back courtesy of characters I trusted, I was enraged. When I saw my warriors survive against the impossible odds, I was elated. It's a rollercoaster of agonising decisions and hard-won battles, and as filled with sadness as it is, I was just as sad to step off the ride.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Jan 24, 2014

The Banner Saga has flaws, but that does not stop it from being a worthwhile epic that gets so much right that its issues with railroading and combat variety are minor obstacles in the path of this dark, compelling giant of an RPG.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 12, 2016

Get used to the clumsy controls and The Banner Saga is a great role-playing ride right the way through to its conclusion. Meaningful player choice and engaging storytelling are broken up perfectly by bouts of enjoyable strategic combat, which creates a wonderfully paced experience that's very hard to put down. This is a banner that we want to see soaring well into the future.

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CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2016

The Banner Saga's strong narrative, exquisite visual design and distinctive thematic approach to RPGs coupled with its insistence on making every decision and conversation have an impact on player experience make it a must-buy for Strategy-RPG fans.

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Pure Xbox
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 18, 2016

As a package, The Banner Saga is addictive, attractive, compelling, enjoyable, and truly challenging on the higher difficulty level. Some will find fault with the price, given that the Xbox One version is £15.99 and the PC and iOS editions have been available for a third of that in their time, but we say that the price is fair for what you get here. It's been a long wait, but there's nothing like kicking back and overseeing your merry band of fantastically animated fighters trekking across a frozen wasteland on a big-screen TV, or hearing the roaring clank of metal on metal as you fire in a battle-winning series of attacks.

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Game Rant
Jan 20, 2014

The Banner Saga will find its fans in gamers who love ploughing through fantasy novels, and in those who just love a good strategy RPG.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

[D]espite all its strengths, it somehow falls slightly short in simply being fun to play. Due to the bleak landscapes, the depressing situations your characters find themselves in and the challenging tactical combat, this is a game for those who will find the challenge rewarding rather than those looking for lighter entertainment.

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The Digital Fix
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 26, 2016

The Banner Saga can be unforgiving at times but it is worth all the effort.

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GameSkinny
Jan 14, 2014

The innovative battle system in The Banner Saga will have you hooked.

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Examiner
Jan 12, 2016

If you are a patient person that likes this type of lore and gameplay style, The Banner Saga delivers on what it set out to accomplish.

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Respawning
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2017

The Banner Saga does a lot of things well, the animation, music, narrative and combat is all neatly packed together to make a fun, working experience.

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 24, 2018

If you happen to love Norse mythology or epic fantasy stories full of consequence and deft storytelling, then look no further than The Banner Saga. This is a beautifully crafted game that uses its intriguing cast, gripping tale and absolutely stunning artwork and soundtrack to transport you to a world filled with plenty of danger and surprises. The turn-based strategic battles might not be equally as thrilling to everyone who plays this, and the interface in this part of the game can be a bit clunky at times, but this doesn't detract too much from the collective offering.

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NintendoWorldReport
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2018

If your favorite aspects of Fire Emblem games were the story and you're antsy waiting for the series to arrive on Switch, sitting down with The Banner Saga might be a good way to sooth your tactical RPG desires.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 18, 2018

The Banner Saga is an excellent game, driven by a wonderful score and a moving story. It's a perfect fit for the Switch too, and the port itself is handled well.

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Nintendo Insider
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 22, 2018

The tale that this first chapter in The Banner Saga weaves will have you gripped from start to finish. The player is left to exist in a world that has been meticulously crafted, whether that be the breathtaking art direction, the riveting efforts at world-building or the gameplay mechanics that underpin the experience.

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 24, 2018

The Banner Saga expertly weaves a compelling story and a fun combat system into a memorable experience. The tactical battle system is engaging and the characters are interesting to interact with. Check this one out if you haven’t already!

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COGconnected
75 / 100
75 / 100
Jan 25, 2016

The Banner Saga is a good game when it comes to it's unique combat, art style, and atmospheric score but the awkward transition of the menus to console and the presentation of its plot hold it back from being great.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

If you don't mind a tough experience and a little frustration The Banner Saga is well worth picking up as it's a unique experience, and both story and animation justify a purchase. However the game's flaws mean it may annoy more than delight, and while decently sized at around 15 hours play time I can't honestly say I'd play it again just to make the right choices. Beautiful, well written, but aggravating. That's The Banner Saga in a nutshell.

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GameZone
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 25, 2014

The Banner Saga is not without flaws, but it is a fun playthrough that will definitely challenge you -- if only with the decisions you are forced to make.

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DarkZero
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 27, 2014

The Banner Saga's first chapter opens a window to the potential this series has, but now Stoic need to work on solving the issues for the sequel so that this series can become a truly great strategy RPG.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 13, 2014

More often than not, the gorgeous and intriguing Banner Saga successfully balances the conflicting ideas of strategic control and arbitrary consequence.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 20, 2014

The Banner Saga is a very good game with some obvious flaws. Some are due to budget, some are due to poor design. That doesn't stop the game from being fun, although it can make it occasionally frustrating. Still, it's worth playing and seeing and hearing.

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VideoGamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 13, 2016

The desolate landscapes, the constant fear of death, the beautiful artwork, it's all top notch stuff. I'm just not sure the core mechanics that make up the bulk of actual gameplay are strong enough.

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games(TM)
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 11, 2016

A beautiful journey with a few stumbles

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TrueAchievements
Jan 22, 2016

The Banner Saga paints a bleak world with its dialogue, artwork and soundtrack, one that engages the player with every tough choice that it presents. With each decision, the player helps to write their own story of survival against the odds, although the overarching storyline can at times pale in comparison to the struggles of the caravan. Thankfully, it also presents a tough tactical RPG that rewards the use of careful strategy and punishes those who rush in without a plan. Those with a penchant for a tightly woven narrative and tactical thinking will enjoy the deep layers that The Banner Saga provides.

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Pixel Dynamo
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2016

The Banner Saga, for all its visual elegance, stumbles onto the PS4 with a very spare, workmanlike port that falls short not through any single big problem, but from the accretion of smaller issues. from the interface to the controls to the loading times. For all its faults The Banner Saga is clearly a labor of love.

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Marooners' Rock
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2016

The relationships are strong right out of the gate and at times I felt like made a decision that I didn't want to make, but had to for the greater good.

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GameSpew
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 19, 2016

Sure, sometimes the travel sequences can be boring and the combat isn't quite as fleshed-out as other games in the genre, but it still has that certain je ne sais quoi that makes you want to push on until you make it to the end

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SelectButton
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jan 17, 2014

With beautiful hand-drawn animation and combat, The Banner Saga is a welcome relief to a gaming environment that is full of fast-paced and realistic scenarios. Making decisions and not knowing what the consequences of your decision keeps you on your guard through out the game. Given the slow pace of turn-based combat, I wish the game included a save function in the middle of combat. I also had a problem figuring out when the game last saved, but who needs saving when you are immersed in this epic story of hope and survival.

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GameGrin
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 27, 2016

Despite spending most of my play time watching characters talk or travel from one side of the screen to the other, The Banner Saga includes an enthralling narrative and makes use of some inventive combat mechanics.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
May 22, 2018

Some of the most difficult decision-making in gaming, both tactically and morally, but occasional rough edges betray the game's small budget and short development time.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jul 14, 2018

For almost four years, The Banner Saga has provided a thoroughly enjoyable alternative offering to the standard tactical RPG.

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FNintendo
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 16, 2018

The Banner Saga is a unique tactical game that stands out among its peers thanks to its art style and visuals, as well as to its very challenging combat system. Were this game longer and with a more elaborate plot, it could very well be one of the finest in the Nintendo Switch catalogue.

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ZTGD
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Jan 22, 2014

It grew on me, which I admit is both contradictory and paradoxical in a way, given that I have criticized the game for its redundant features, tediousness and lack of variety. The visuals are certainly compelling and the animation is the most captivating aspect of the game. In the end though, this says as much about the content as anything else. The presentation promises much and is highly polished but it lies at the surface, working to conceal the more problematic aspects of the actual game itself.

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Kill Screen
61 / 100
61 / 100
Jan 14, 2014

The moment when Banner Saga starts to make sense is basically the last minute of the game. It gathers its meandering thoughts into a forceful statement at last, but that message doesn't redeem all the wasted breath before it. The game winds up in a neat place, but it's a shame about the road you take to get there.

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Game Revolution
Jan 13, 2014

The battle system controls easily and is fairly easy to learn; those who see this game basically like chess will enjoy it. Those looking for a new RPG to get into, however, should look elsewhere.

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