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Xbox One Game Review

Banner Saga
Complete Pack + Survival Mode


Format: Xbox One
Publisher: Versus Evil
Developer: Stoic
RRP: £31.99
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Age Restrictions: 16+
Release Date: 17 March 2017

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Lead your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape as you fight for survival. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect – not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered...

Review imageThe Banner Saga is a Viking based fantasy role-playing game (RPG) which has so far had two installments (at the time of this release a third game was being planned through Kickstarter funding). The first game was released in 2014, with the sequel launched in 2016.

The game takes place in a fictional world inspired by Viking mythology. The first notable element is how different the gameplay looks. This is due in part to the visual style, which features hand-drawn animation which was influenced by Eyvind Earle's art for Disney's animated Sleeping Beauty (1959), while also drawing from the work of Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth,

Review imageThis package allows you to pick up The Banner Saga and Banner Saga 2 in one release. It also includes the DLC Survival Mode. Here you can test your tactical mettle in 40 escalating battles. Chose six heroes from a selection of your favourite Banner Saga characters and lead them in battle against waves of enemies.

If you're new to RPG games, there's a bit of a steep learning curve here. And even if you're a seasoned gamer there's still a lot to take in. It might be an idea to replay the opening segments at least once to ensure that you're fully versed in the basics, otherwise you could accidentally find yourself losing some of your characters early on.

Review imageAs you progress through the game you soon notice that the battles and decisions you make help move the interactive story along. And, depending on your actions, parts of the story will open up to you whilst other elements will not.

Fans of RPG who are willing to invest the time will find this to be a very satisfying diversion from the usual orcs and wizards style outings.


Nick Smithson

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