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Description

The gods are dead. In their wake, man and giant survived through a tenuous alliance, driving black destroyers called dredge, deep into the northern wastes. Now is an era of growth and trade. Life goes on. Only one thing has stopped. The sun.

The Banner Saga is a Norse fantasy-themed hybrid tactical role-playing game. The player controls one of many main characters, which will change as the story progresses, indicated a story chapter. These main characters lead a party of heroes and a caravan which travels to a linear story-wise destination and it is up to the player to ensure that the caravan survives the onslaught of human, varl, or the fearsome dredge, may it come in the form of combat or story decisions.

The majority of the story is represented by visual novel-style dialogs or events, prompting the player to choose one from several options, many of which may result in a beneficial or negative outcome. These choices, for the most part do not change the overall story, however will affect the player's accessibility to for example, heroes and items or result in the immediate death of a hero.

Heroes
The heroes consist of human or the varl (horned giants), each with a unique biography (lore), as well as different classes and different traits. The character sheet of a hero primarily explains his or her combat abilities, a few examples are:

  1. Ability and Willpower
    Ability is unique combat power that hero possesses due to his or her character class. A hero has one special attack and one passive ability. Each ability has three different ranks, with each higher rank a more powerful version of itself. Willpower is power needed to activate abilities. It does not by default replenish during combat and will have bonus/penalties subject to morale of the caravan.

  2. Armor and Strength
    Armor the hero's ability to block combat damage. The lower the armor, the higher the damage to the hero, up to the point that it may different affect the hero's health. Strength is both the hero's ability to inflict combat damage, as well as the hero's health. When strength falls to zero, the hero will fall unconscious and cannot be revived for the remainder of combat.

  3. Promotion
    Character development of heroes progresses when the hero kills a sufficient number of enemies in combat. If the requirement is reached, the hero may be promoted at the cost of renown to the next level. Promotions will reward the hero with points which may be distributed to increase the aforementioned skills as well as access to higher special ability ranks. Hero levels are capped at Level 5.
Additionally, heroes may also carry a maximum of one item, which have beneficial properties when equipped. Items have a level requirement and may be purchased from merchants or obtained through story events.

The Caravan
As the story progresses, the player's caravan travelling between locations will become a prominent feature of the game. This caravan consists the party heroes, clansmen (non-fighting members), fighters, and varl. Although the destination cannot be changed, the player may opt to break camp at any time to equip or rest wounded heroes, as well as practice combat in training sessions. The caravan also brings supplies, which will affect the moral of the caravan. Supplies will be consumed at the start of each new day.

Screenshots

The Banner Saga Xbox One Willpower can be used to strengthen regular attacks
The Banner Saga Windows Story - Oddleif is one of many archer heroes in the game. Also the prettiest.
The Banner Saga Xbox One Hiding from the lone Dredge
The Banner Saga Windows The forbidden city of the Varl, where no human has set foot. The thousand remaining Varl warriors make their last stand against the dredge onslaught.

Promo Images

The Banner Saga Screenshot
The Banner Saga Screenshot
The Banner Saga Other The next in line to become king of most of the continent and is known as the Prince of Men. He’s not well-liked amongst either peers or rivals, mostly due to his high-born attitude but he’s smart, a well-trained fighter and doesn’t lack courage.
The Banner Saga Other ook is a skilled hunter from a long line of woodsmen who have lived in Skogr, though none of his family have survived the long, hard winters of the north. Since childhood, he has been close friends with the town’s resident varl, Iver. His talents quickly landed him the position of huntmaster of Skogr, and Rook wrestles with wanting to teach his daughter, Alette, to become a self-sufficient woman while also keeping her safe from harm, something he was unable to do for his wife Aldis years ago.

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Alternate Titles

  • "旗帜传说" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "バナーサーガ" -- Japanese spelling

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Games Finder iPhone Mar 05, 2015 9.5 out of 10 95
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Windows Jan 27, 2014 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de iPad Oct 06, 2014 86 out of 100 86
Games TM Windows Mar 04, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Nintendo Switch May 24, 2018 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
4Players.de PlayStation 4 Jan 12, 2016 80 out of 100 80
4Players.de Xbox One Jan 12, 2016 80 out of 100 80
GamersGlobal Windows Jan 15, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Giant Bomb Windows Jan 16, 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Games TM Xbox One Feb 25, 2016 7 out of 10 70

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