The Banner Saga [Banner Saga 3 - July 24th 2018] Dec 31, 2014 5:53:53 GMT
Post by Deleted on Dec 31, 2014 5:53:53 GMT
I heard about this game quite a while ago, but at the time, didn't have the money, and since I'm not too fantastic at strategy games, I decided to wait. And and I'm kicking myself for that now, since this is shaping up to be one of my favorite games of all time, no exaggeration.
The Banner Saga is a fantasy, story-driven game, focusing on strategy in terms of battles and travel, as well as choices and the interactions between the characters. It uses rotoscoping animation, which makes it looks very striking and unique, and just brings everything alive. This isn't reserved for just the cutscenes, like who the Studio Ghibli animation was only for cutscenes in Ni No Kuni, everything in The Banner Saga using rotoscoping animation, giving the entire game a very unique look and feel, and coupled with an amazing aesthetic, it truly makes it a work of art.
Along with this, the story is expertly written, almost right off the bat having crafted this incredible world that just immediately sucks you in, with near immortal giants known as Varls in the North, and most humans taking up residence to the South, having created an uneasy alliance to fight against the feared Dredge, from farther North than even the Varls dare venture. The world has an extensive history and lore behind it that reveals itself as you go along in a very natural way. The game also has some fantastic characters, and it seems that no one is safe.
Your choices do seem to have an impact, both of the gameplay and story, which are greatly tied together. The decisions you make can determine if someone lives or dies, if your people go without food, but perhaps escape a much worse fate, you can pick sides in conflict, thinking of what would best help you and your people, or simply thinking of what's right.
And, though as I had previously stated, I am not all that good at strategy games, the gameplay is very well designed. Strategy is important, you need to think ahead and plan, or there will be major consequences. It's not overly complex, and though I struggled at the start, simply due to not really having picked it up immediately, I've since managed to handle it a little better. The game is very challenging, but in a really good way. It forces you to re-think your actions and learn form your mistakes, constantly keeping you on your toes. I've barely scratched the surface, but I'm already in love with this game.