When it first appeared, the Banner Saga attracted a lot of attention on Kickstarter. This apocalypse-themed Norse epic is now coming to an end with the third and the last installment in the trilogy. Although it can be played as a standalone release, The Banner Saga 3 will leave the best impression if you play the previous two games of the franchise first.
Nobody Is Safe!
The in-game world is populated by humans, horseborn (centaurs), varl (giants), and dredge (stone people believed to be extinct). The sun is not moving anymore, which allowed the dredge to return and start destroying the realm. The plot follows Rook and Alette, father and daughter who are hunters, and Juno, a knowledgeable spell weaver. The storyline is pretty complex and will move back and forth between Juno and Alette’s groups. If you think that this turn-based RPG has elements of Game of Thrones, you might be right.
This might be a good time to commend the incredible graphics. They have been impressive since the original release, but the Banner Saga 3 excels in depicting corrupted Darkness and the horror atmosphere is additionally contributed by brilliant voiceover acting and soundtrack. Those who were following the story from the beginning will appreciate the infor that the plot will be properly rounded up and there will be (almost) no loose ends. And yes, you can expect a bit of GOT when it comes to the ruthlessness of the plot towards its characters.
Is Simple Combat System a Positive or a Negative Thing?
The good news is that you do not have to worry about supplies in the Banner Saga 3. Juno’s group won’t consume them while Alette will stay in the Arberrang for the entire game. Don’t think that means there is not enough strategy because a twist will happen down the road and you will find out that caravan management will play a crucial role in your survival. The choices you make truly matter in this game. Some of them will be tough and have severe consequences, but the only thing that is important is to find the salvation.
When it comes to combat, you can expect a similar system as in the previous two games. You will pick six characters and head to a battlefield that is grid-based. The units are equipped with armor and strength points and you are in for a classic turn-based combat. You can choose between numerous classes and characters with different abilities, but everything comes down to killing before you get killed. It is quite simple and a bit old-school, which you can consider a pro and a con. Those of you that were annoyed that you cannot move a unit again until you move all the other characters on your team will be sorry to hear that this feature is still present in the game.