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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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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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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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Leif Johnson

Top Critic

8.6 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

The Banner Saga is a beautiful, brutal tactical RPG.

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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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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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8.5 / 10.0
Jan 14, 2014

Fans of tactical RPGs can find a lot to enjoy here

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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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Jan 15, 2014

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unscored
Jan 15, 2014
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