Percentile Rank

The Banner Saga 3 is ranked in the 92nd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a dark, enthralling end to one of the best stories in gaming, a story that needs to be experienced by all.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jul 26, 2018

Stately, vivid and tragic, this brooding epic finally reaches its climax.

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ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Jul 25, 2018
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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 2, 2018

The story I ended up with, with its highs and lows, felt like my story, forged by the calls I made in the stress of battle, and I own them. For better or worse.

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Scored Reviews

PowerUp!
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 25, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is the culmination of years of work and provides an absolutely perfect ending to one of the most brilliant gaming trilogies of all time.

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TechRaptor
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a fantastic end to one of gaming's best trilogies. The enthralling writing and engaging combat combine into one of the most satisfying gaming experiences to be had.

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RPG Fan
92%
92%
Jul 31, 2018

An epic close to an epic journey.

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Screen Rant
Jul 30, 2018

It also packs the series' trademark emotional punch for good measure.

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Grandma's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2018

Just with a few key conversations, Banner Saga 3 managed to remind people of the trilogy as a whole instead of individually. Banner Saga 3 is not only beautiful, but it’s also cunning. What a fitting way to end the saga.

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GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 demands your attention, its story grabbing hold of your emotions and never letting go. As a climax to one of the better modern trilogies in gaming, The Banner Saga 3 is simply magnificent.

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RPG Site
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

Stoic's final game in The Banner Saga Trilogy is finally here, and for those that have followed these characters' stories for the first two games, The Banner Saga 3 will finally offer some closure.

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PC Gamer
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 26, 2018

A daring, exciting and bleakly powerful payoff that handsomely rewards your investment in its characters.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2018

The Banner Saga, The Banner Saga 2 and The Banner Saga 3 make for one very fulfilling experience. From the very start to the very end, the quality of the writing, the animations, the visuals, the music and choices you make mesh to create an experience that others would be hard pressed to match. Would I do it all over again? Not tomorrow but yes. There are still loads of choices that I would like to know the outcomes to and I would like to see the adventure through Alette’s eyes.

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Expansive
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 25, 2018

TBS 3 is a truly special game and the perfect send off for this epic saga. The evolution of Stoic as a studio is apparent with a work that is truly timeless. No doubt about it, The Banner Saga is full of many great gaming moments, many of which are in this concluding episode, and they will stay with me for years to come.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

A fittingly bombastic end to one of the best tactical RPG series on PS4, The Banner Saga 3 closes the book on a trilogy that fans of strategy and epic, sprawling stories should embrace immediately.

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Jump Dash Roll
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

More of the same from Stoic: small tweaks improve the variety of skirmishes, and the outstanding visuals, sound and narrative make this a saga long to be remembered.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

A fitting end to the trilogy, and fans of the series so far will not be disappointed with the new gameplay features or the excellent storytelling.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

The only people that shouldn't play The Banner Saga 3 are those that haven't played the first two instalments yet. However, if you have been waiting until now, this is absolutely the time to get on-board The Banner Saga bandwagon. This is one of the best strategy games in years, with engrossing combat and a fantastic story. The difficulty is almost perfect, making the battles rewarding without being trivial and players may find themselves actively seeking out more fights. It is entertaining from top to bottom, and the only real negative is that the adventure has finally come to an end. This is the conclusion the saga has been waiting for, though, so if the saga had to finish, it could have hoped for no better way to do it.

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PS3Blog.net
90%
PS3Blog.net
the_nmac
90%
Aug 17, 2018

This is a series that you should experience. Not just one game, but the whole trilogy! I suggest you don't come to The Banner Saga 3 without having played the other ones, since understanding how the series works, as well as experiencing the whole trilogy, is how you should take on this excellent strategy series. Play the series and enjoy the ride.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

Despite those hiccups, however, The Banner Saga 3 is good. Really good. Anyone who has played the first two will undoubtedly be picking this game up anyways, but for those who are unfamiliar with the series and curious as to how it all ends: do yourself a favor and pick up the trilogy whenever you get a chance. It's not often that games are made with the kind of style and substance that The Banner Saga 3 has been, and, much like a good book, it's nearly impossible to put down until it all comes to a close, where, inevitably, you'll feel like a small piece of you was left with it in exchange for something new, the way all great stories make us feel.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
PS4Blog.net
ThaRaven403
9 / 10
Aug 13, 2018

The final installment of The Banner Saga trilogy is just as thrilling, fun, and story-driven as the previous two episodes.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

Like closing the final chapter on a thousand-page-long fantasy novel, The Banner Saga 3 delivers a dark and thrilling conclusion to remember. Though at times it might prove to be a bit more of a challenge than some might expect, The Banner Saga 3 is the culmination of Stoic Studio's four-year-long journey through a tense and memorable world that's entirely worth seeing through to the end. While I'm sad to see The Banner Saga series come to a close with its third and final act, The Banner Saga 3 finishes it all in a brutal and brilliant fashion. The story may be over, but The Banner Saga‘s world is one that I will surely yearn to come back to.

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Fandom
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 26, 2018

Combine that host of clever, game-improving systems with an increase in enemy variety, and The Banner Saga 3 is easily the best entry in an already impressive series.

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TrueAchievements
Aug 7, 2018

It's true that from an innovation standpoint, The Banner Saga 3 doesn't do a lot different than its predecessors, but that also means the same great tactical RPG system that has been in place since the beginning makes one final push for the endgame.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 25, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a revelatory experience, at long last presenting answers to the questions that many have had since Rook first rallied clansmen to his banner in Skogr.

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Softpedia
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2018

Finishing The Banner Saga 3 gave me a sense of accomplishment. Even though I did not manage to save everyone, the world will live to see another day. Wounds heal, conflicts eventually wear off, life will ultimately prevail, and that's one of the many things The Banner Saga 3 is teaching us.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 1, 2018

At the end of the day, Banner Saga 3 is the appropriate swan song of the trilogy; hopeful, mournful, and utterly breathtaking.

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PSX Brasil
90 / 100
90 / 100
Jul 27, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is the perfect conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. A strong narrative and charismatic characters reinforce the outcome of an excellent saga, which should be enjoyed by lovers of good stories and turn based strategic combat.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jul 27, 2018

It may not do everything fans wanted, but this is one unforgettable conclusion to an already memorable journey.

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Push Square
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jul 27, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a fantastic tactical role-playing game that confidently concludes the overarching storyline of the series in a manner entirely befitting with what has come before. Little has changed on the combat front - although this game does perhaps feel a mite easier than first two Banner Saga titles - but it's the storytelling where the release truly excels. The stakes are high, and after two and a half games spent getting to know dozens of wildly different characters, watching their fates unfold during the superb finale can be both exhilarating and soul-destroying.

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Gaming Nexus
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

If you've played the first two, The Banner Saga 3 is impossible to ignore. In this final chapter, everything is broken and mended and broken again. I was never sure if there would be--or even could be--any kind of happily ever after to this massive mythology Stoic Studios has built.

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GamePro
88 / 100
88 / 100
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a worthy conclusion of the series, which convinces above all by its dense atmosphere and tough decisions.

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Digiato
88 / 100
Digiato
Seyed Sina Mostafavi

Top Critic

88 / 100
Aug 10, 2018

An epic finale to The Banner Saga trilogy. With tense battles, artistic storytelling and beautiful songs. Your decisions effect the ending and make you play the trilogy more than once.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a proud continuation of the games that came before it.

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The Games Machine
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2018

As the final chapter of the trilogy, The Banner Saga 3 should not be bought with the hope of finding some kind of gameplay innovations, but to savor the last part of an epic journey in search of safe place and truth.

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VGProfessional
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Aug 14, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a great ending to the Stoic Studio’s trilogy, close to perfecting the recipe after six years of development. There’s so much depth and you’ll get involved with the characters and their tragic stories.

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NoobFeed
85 / 100
85 / 100
Jul 29, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a fitting conclusion to a story that needed to be told.

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CGMagazine
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2018

Beautifully hand-drawn artwork coupled with turn-based strategy and meaningful decisions.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

This vibrant, gorgeously animated tale feels as alive as the top live-action fantasy worlds, even more so with the knockout Austin Wintory soundtrack. The battle system reaches a rewarding crescendo and the story hits a lot of excellent beats as it hurtles towards its thrilling conclusion. From the opening moments of the first game to the finale of the third, this is a trilogy worth playing and this is a great close to an excellent narrative-driven turn-based tactics game.

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Destructoid
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2018

Alas, main characters sometimes receiving a single line of dialogue to describe their end, if anything at all, is what makes The Banner Saga so unique. Life is fleeting, as it is for the hundreds of clansmen I lost throughout the past four years, as it is for my characters who wandered off and never returned, and as it is for the ultimate conclusion to The Banner Saga.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2018

Overall, you will get wrapped up in wrapping up the finale of The Banner Saga series of games. This final chapter released on July 26, 2018, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems. Versus Evil concludes their amazing trilogy the way most companies should endeavor to finish out a game series. This thrilling final chapter released with a $24.99 USD price tag, which is very good for the type of game it is.

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Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

In a despairing atmosphere, the story of The Banner Saga finally meets its end. Your choice matters, and every move of the battle matters, so choose carefully. It has some issues in some ways, but overall, The Banner Saga has become an important part of the SLG family, with its very unique art style and strategy design.

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Gamefa
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 5, 2018

Since 2014, The Banner Saga series has seen good improvements and now, we must say that The Banner Saga 3 is the best installment in this epic tactical RPG series. Gameplay elements and battles are so satisfying and addictive and challenge you very well. The Banner Saga 3 takes you to an amazing journey with beautiful Art style, nice music and deep gameplay and I must admit that despite some issues in the game, The Banner Saga 3 is still one of the best choices for fans of deep-tactical RPGs and worth your time very well. So don’t wait and join the epic battles of Vikings.

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IGN
8.3 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8.3 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 offers the darkest entry yet in this beautifully animated tactical RPG trilogy. Choices matter and come fast and furious, making this journey a thrilling roller coaster from the opening moments to the ending credits. Combat can be a bit of a chore once you find your footing, and the story ends all too quickly, but The Banner Saga 3 is a rich and powerful experience and a worthy end to a breakout trilogy.

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New Game Network
83 / 100
83 / 100
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, offering a solid end to the narrative with inventive ways to keep the gameplay fresh. This last chapter is a great game on its own, but it also completes a series that has been exceptionally consistent in quality, which is worth appreciating.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 5, 2018

Despite some gripes about the translation from PC to console, The Banner Saga 3 does an admirable job wrapping up a grim tale of separation and loss. And it does that with challenging and fun tactical battles as well as fascinating player choice throughout.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 doesn't offer real innovations or unexpected elements, but, nevertheless, it's a great concluding of an interesting and thoughtful tactical RPG series that will please all fans of dramatic fantasy stories.

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RPGamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 20, 2018

There aren't many games out there that do such a good job of emotionally tugging at your heartstrings the way this particular series does, and Banner Saga 3 is no exception.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2018
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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 27, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a true epic ending.

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Gamers Heroes
8 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

8 / 10
Jul 30, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 puts a cap on a great trilogy with a fantastic ending. If you played the first two games, do yourself a favor and complete the saga.

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GameCrate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a perfect finale to The Banner Saga. While it's not the most well designed game on the market, it's one of the most well written games I have ever played.

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 closes the epic journey created by Stoic. However, its condition of being the ending makes the game a constant rush and, in the end, the decisions and climaxes lose their purpose.

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Game Informer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 1, 2018

This concluding chapter is uneven due to breakneck pacing and minimal characterization, but it's ultimately a satisfying finale that remains true to the melancholy soul of the series

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Aug 16, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a fitting and triumphant conclusion to the franchise. It's not without its small problems, but the overall experience is polished and deeply rewarding. It may be completely inaccessible to newer players, but people who have stuck with it will not be disappointed.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
NEOsite
redakcja

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a great ending for the trilogy, yet one not without some flaws. Fans of the tactical games with important choices to make won't be disappointed.

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Fun Factor
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a great finish to a saga with very few mistakes in its execution, showing us a solid, but simple combat system, a strong plot and lore in a fantastic world, delivered with a writing that can immerse the player in its story even though the interactivity between the characters is somewhat missing - possibly due to the absence of voice acting -, complemented with an excellent musical score and amazing visuals.

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Fintendo
Jul 25, 2018

"Hello darkness, my old friend."

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Nintendo Life
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 25, 2018

From the beginning, this series has very much been about the journey to the destination in both a literal and figurative sense, and now we've arrived at the end, it's clear that this was the strongest point all along. The development of characters and the gradual progression of the story naturally have less emphasis this time around, as this is the end of the saga, but what you do get is multiple endings with fitting outcomes. Now all that's left is for you to decide whether or not this game and series are for you, much like the many choices present within the games themselves.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
Emily (Pokeflute)

Top Critic

Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 is a journey worth taking -- and a worthy concluding chapter to a winding, fantastic tale.

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SECTOR.sk
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

After six years in the making Viking saga peaks and offers another story-driven RPG with solid gameplay.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

Smart adjustments to mechanics make the act of playing the Banner Saga series finale feel as suspenseful as the story it tells.

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Nintendo Times
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 31, 2018

Banner Saga 3 is the epic conclusion to the series and one that fans are sure to greatly enjoy. There’s not much new here, but that’s fine given that the first two games were so fun to play. Since Fire Emblem was delayed to 2019, give this trilogy a shot!

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 closes the book on an incredible saga of turn-based action and dark, haunting storytelling. It's hard to make player choices and branching narratives successfully payoff over the course of three games, but Stoic Studios have done just that. It's a shame that they never tried to revamp or update the sluggish combat speed along the way, but that's a small price to pay for a once in a lifetime narrative experience like this.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jul 26, 2018

The Banner Saga 3 wraps up its six-years-in-the-making epic in poignant, gripping style. The game's tactical battles still have some issues, but their rough edges have been sanded down to the point they no longer detract from the game's stellar writing. The Banner Saga 3 deserves to be held high as a prime example of both video game storytelling and a crowdfunded project done right.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

7 / 10
Jul 27, 2018

Not a good standalone game but a fine ending to the trilogy, that manages to make three games feel like one.

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USgamer
Jul 27, 2018

“Nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired” perfectly sums up this final entry in The Banner Saga series. Our fleeting time in this world has never been a happy one, and everyone is all the more weary at the end of it. We've had plenty of memorable moments with various characters along the way, but it's in this entry that the entire journey falls into a bloody maelstrom, as the game steams full throttle towards its brutal conclusion with unfortunately barely a thought to spare for its characters.

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Slant Magazine
Aug 3, 2018

The game comes down to two rival parties blandly lumbering toward each other on largely identical stages.

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