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The Banner Saga by Versus Evil

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$19.99

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The Banner Saga is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
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  • Platform: PC
  • Publisher: Versus Evil
  • Developer: Stoic Studios
  • Category: Strategy
  • Download Size:2.49MB
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Product Details:

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

  • Player choice that drives your own narrative - every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds.
  • Over 25 playable characters from 2 different races, human and varl, the horned giants - embark on your epic journey with a variety of characters from 7 different classes, each with unique abilities and upgrade options to fit your play style.
  • Strategic combat with consequences - victory or defeat and even the permanent loss of a character depends on which characters you choose to take into battle and what decisions you make afterwards.
  • The journey is as important as battle - your role in building and managing your caravan as you travel the vast frozen landscape is critical to not only your own survival but the survival of an entire civilization.
  • An epic Viking saga brought to life in 2D glory - beautifully hand drawn combat sequences and animations, accompanied by an evocative score from Grammy-nominated composer Austin Wintory, will immerse you into a fantasy realm inspired by Norse mythology.
  • Multiplayer Combat Enhanced - sharpen your combat skills in the free multiplayer game "Factions". As you play through the single player game you'll also unlock new characters to use in multiplayer.

Specifications:

Minimum

Connectivity
Requires the Steam client to install and play
Operating System
Windows XP
Processor
1.6GHz Processor
RAM
2GB RAM (4GB Recommended)
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Steam Client aside, this game is amazing The Banner Saga is rich in its story, soundtrack, and playability. While I say I recommend it for casual gamers, what I'm really saying is that I think anybody could enjoy this, but especially those who, for instance, enjoy the combat present in the Fire Emblem series. The art is hand-made by Stoic Studios, the music is by Austin Wintory (who did the soundtrack for Journey on the PS3, so you know it's magnificent), and you are in full control of your choices throughout the storyline. You want to send the prince to his death, you can. Ask too many questions during a battle, and you'll lose someone you weren't expecting to, perhaps the same person you were going to end up helping once you figured out a strategy. Spend all your Renown on trinkets instead of food for your company, and everyone will begin to die off. It's all up to you as to exactly how your story ends up, and some choices will end up hurting you in the long run. While yes, it's annoying that the Steam Client tends to update and overwrite your software, what's even more annoying is not giving credit where it's due in a game review. This game is not terrible. It's a masterpiece, and well worth the money. I'm lucky that a friend bought it for me as a present, because otherwise I'd likely never have been introduced to and fallen in love with this game. It's a story you can get into, with combat you need strategy to have any hope of winning, and characters that you find yourself really caring about. While I realize Steam has its issues, asking the actual game developer for a DRM-free version for your OS that isn't through Steam should be your top priority. If they hear enough people stating they want that, then hopefully progress will be made. However, if your grievances are only with the Steam Client, and not necessarily with the game, don't make a negative review solely because the Steam Client's updates don't work with your computer. This game is brilliant, and it deserves better than that.The Banner Saga is rich in its story, soundtrack, and playability. While I say I recommend it for casual gamers, what I'm really saying is that I think anybody could enjoy this, but especially those who, for instance, enjoy the combat present in the Fire Emblem series. The art is hand-made by Stoic Studios, the music is by Austin Wintory (who did the soundtrack for Journey on the PS3, so you know it's magnificent), and you are in full control of your choices throughout the storyline. You want to send the prince to his death, you can. Ask too many questions during a battle, and you'll lose someone you weren't expecting to, perhaps the same person you were going to end up helping once you figured out a strategy. Spend all your Renown on trinkets instead of food for your company, and everyone will begin to die off. It's all up to you as to exactly how your story ends up, and some choices will end up hurting you in the long run. While yes, it's annoying that the Steam Client tends to update and overwrite your software, what's even more annoying is not giving credit where it's due in a game review. Actually, if the Client is "overwriting" your software, perhaps it's not the Client itself but rather something seriously wrong with some other software on your computer. A virus, perhaps, because Steam does not usually tend to overwrite anything when it updates. Either way, this game is not terrible. It's a masterpiece, and well worth the money. I received it as a birthday gift, and I'm glad I did, because otherwise I'd not have fallen in love with it as I have. It's a story you can get into, with combat you need strategy to have any hope of winning, and characters that you find yourself really caring about. While I realize Steam has its issues, asking the game developer themselves for a DRM-free version for your OS that isn't through Steam should be your top priority, especially if your issue is more with the Steam Client than the actual game itself. If they hear enough people stating they want that, then hopefully progress will be made. However, if your grievances are only with the Steam Client, and not necessarily with the game, don't make a negative review solely because the Steam Client's updates don't work with your computer. This game is brilliant, and it deserves better than that.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Indie Game Wonderful tactical RPG with interesting story choices, beautiful art, and great music. A must buy for fans of tactical games.
Date published: 2014-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Steam sucks I have tried a couple of other games through Steam, and do not like buying any game that uses it as their software protection. Steam constantly updates, and will overwrite your installed software without even asking you if you're okay with it doing so. In my case, it deleted the driver for my computer's BluRay burner, then installed some other bloatware that I couldn't permanently delete -- as soon as I uninstalled the bloatware and then started a game running through Steam, the bloatware was back! I tried working with Steam's support, but the people I talked to seemed to be more interested in pretending to be Sherlock Holmes than actually fixing their software so it didn't try to take over my computer. I finally gave up and decided to never purchase any game that used Steam. I was intrigued by the game's seeming simplicity, and the interface looked workable, although Banner Saga strikes me more as a game for hard-core micro-managers than for casual gamers. The price tag isn't bad, but I'm unhappy about having no hard copy as a backup. I'm not at all keen on re-downloading 3 gigs of data, should the drive get corrupted or Steam really bollixes the OS while it's overwriting essential stuff and loading on junk I never wanted. As I said in the summary, Steam sucks!
Date published: 2014-05-24
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