The Banner Saga 3
Release date26 Jul 2018
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About The Banner Saga 3
The Banner Saga 3 is released by Versus Evil in 26 Jul 2018. The game is designed by Stoic. The Banner Saga 3 is a typical representative of the Role-playing (RPG) genre. Playing The Banner Saga 3 is a pleasure. It does not matter whether it is the first or a millionth hour in Role-playing (RPG), there will always be room for something new and interesting. Thrilling levels and gameplay The Banner Saga 3 will not leave anyone indifferent. The complexity of gameplay increases with each new level and does not let any player get bored.
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Witness the Banner Saga as you’ve never seen it before as a dark force takes over and effects everything you’ve come to know in the beautifully hand-painted finale of the trilogy. Choose new playable characters to join your party, including dredge heroes! Take advantage of new upgrade options as they progress in battle. Deeper strategic combat with the new battle waves system against a myriad of new enemies.The valka spear and heroic titles let players customize their playstyle even further. Drive your own narrative as you carry over your choices from both Banner Sagas 1 & 2, leading to different climatic endings in this final chapter. No hero is safe.
The Banner Saga 3 - Analysis
The first of all is to warn that, obviously, if someone has not played the two previous installments, they will surely find the odd spoiler in this text. We are not going to gut the events of The Banner Saga 3, take it easy, but we must put ourselves in a position to better understand the closure.
Stoic has created a trilogy of games that works like the three typical acts of a traditional narrative . The beginning of our journey with Rook and Alette a handful of years ago works as the introduction; We discover the first bars of the dredge invasion, we begin to meet many of the characters that will accompany us to the end (if we are skilled) and we enter the exuberant world of Stoic.
The second installment works perfectly as a knot of the complete narrative arc that the three games represent. The great turn, that the dredges are not the enemies as such and that there is something called Darkness , is revealed to us during the second installment and we will also suffer a terrible loss within our peculiar procession. The Darkness, the new and true enemy of the world, will gain importance until it completely covers this peculiar epic twilight.
The Banner Saga 3, as one might expect, is the final closure of the saga. Everything we have seen and experienced so far begins to close. The paths come to an end and the characters suffer the consequences of their past acts. This is the biggest incentive and at the same time the biggest problem of this last installment.
The previous chapters of this installment, despite having a role in the overall saga, have their own internal narrative development. However, this does not stop happening in the closing written by Alex Thomas . The game is a constant race to close the fate of most of the characters and small open plot lines. Each decision we make seems to be the only opportunity to save (or not) one of our colleagues and the constant feeling of closure and danger is such that it ends up, on many occasions, achieving the opposite effect.
Much of the power of the narrative development of the previous installments was its careful mix between management, combat and dialogue. These three elements endowed his narrative design with greater intelligence by allowing constant decision-making but hidden under different layers of game design. However, in this third installment management practically disappears and we are in a constant combat intertwined with conversations that, for the most part, revolve around important decisions for our characters.
There is no respite, there is hardly any narrative relief and with more than two dozen characters divided into two groups, the fate of most of them ends up not mattering to us very little. Even in the moments of greatest tension for some of the most important characters everything seems to be too routine. We end up getting used to seeing that this or that character dies or abandons us for decisions that seemed more banal. The problem is that it is complex, and the game hardly succeeds in a couple of moments, further raising the point of dramatic tension in a constant climax like the one we are in.
Arberrag is the last city left standing resisting the Darkness. The immense blackness is devouring the entire landscape and turning its inhabitants into bloodthirsty mutated beings. The Dredge line up at the gates of the city, obeying the orders of their last leaders. However, we have learned that they are not the ultimate enemies and perhaps the battle at the gates of the city is nothing more than a waste of life and energy.
The entire The Banner Saga 3 unfolds through two parallel paths. On the one hand the defenders of Arberrag try to protect the refugees and resist the Darkness and on the other Iver, Juno and Eyvind in their desperate journey to try to stop the nothing that is devouring everything. This decision reinforces the feeling of constant danger and tension taken to the extreme that we have discussed. Both paths are a constant climax and both have several dozen characters available who have to close their story lines, however brief they may be.
On more than one occasion, the narrative ends up resorting to various situations that flirt with the Deus Ex Machina to close narrative alleys caused by these situations. Despite all this, Sotoic is still able to handle with ease the dialogues and texts of his game, which, however, are clouded by a translation full of small flaws such as always speaking in masculine, although the character with whom you have decided to continue according to which parts are feminine.
On the next page we talk more about his upgrade system, the combat and the closing of the saga.
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Stefano "Revan" CastagnolaThe Banner Saga 3 - Review
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The Banner Saga 3 is the conclusion of the journey started over six years ago, a journey started with the aim of rescuing a father, his daughter and some refugees from a small village destroyed by an ancient and relentless enemy, but who has then transformed into the thankless task of saving what remains of humanity (and a race of mighty giants called Varl) from the imminent end of the world.
Over time, the Stoic boys have then enriched their puzzle with new pieces, with unexpected revelations, mysteries and new protagonists who have gone on to enrich the complex narrative mosaic. If, however, it is not already easy to write an interesting incipit, it is even less easy to be able to satisfactorily close all the narrative lines and get all the knots to the comb, something that the Stoic guys know well having worked for Bioware, whose controversial Mass Effect 3 finale sparked the anger of thousands of disappointed fans. Will the developers of The Banner Saga 3 have learned from their colleagues' mistakes?
Before giving an answer to this question, however, it is good to spend a few words on the game formula. In truth, those who have followed the series so far will already know very well what they will encounter, since the developers' choice was to keep the system already tested with the first two titles, limiting themselves to perfecting the mechanics and introducing just a few novelties in the form of new usable heroes or enemies to face in battle, some of them belonging to previously unpublished races or classes. Also in The Banner Saga 3 we will follow two different groups of characters, guiding them in battle, managing the resources available to us and making difficult decisions that will influence the development of the story, not always in the way we would have hoped.
Compared to the two games that preceded it, the strategic aspect, already quite simple in origin, in The Banner Saga 3 appears to have less weight in the game economy: the system is always based on "fame", which can be used both to buy supplies and feed their caravan and to empower their soldiers, as well as to buy magical artifacts that help the wearer in battle. This time, however, the food needs of our characters is reduced and it will practically never be necessary to ask whether to sacrifice a warrior upgrade to be able to feed the caravan, or rather one of the two groups that we will control does not provide for any food management, leaving thus freedom for the player to spend all his fame on improving his fighters.
The management of clan members or the warriors accompanying their caravan has also been somewhat simplified: as in the predecessors we will gain (or lose) followers based on our choices, but their number has a reduced influence. We will not be able, for example, to use our fighters to thin out a group of enemies and make the battle easier for our heroes, as happened on some occasions in the predecessors and basically the number of varl, warriors and clan members following us will have of great importance only in a given mid-game event.
Those who have already played their predecessors will also know what to expect from the fights. In fact, we find turn-based tactical battles, with each character having a movement and an action, which can be a simple attack or the use of a skill or magic, to be carried out before giving way to one on the opposite side. To control the fighters there are some statistics: the most important are vitality and armor. The first indicates both the strength and health of the character, while the second is his armor and is subtracted from the attacker's vitality to determine the damage suffered by the defender.
The formula is simple but still guarantees a satisfactory degree of tactical depth: it will always be necessary to choose whether to immediately reduce the health and therefore also the offensive potential of an enemy, or if instead it is more convenient to first weaken its defenses, so that it can deal more damage with another character. Also, given that each turn alternates between its own character and an enemy (until only one opponent remains, in which case the "looting mode" starts and you can use all your characters in succession, before the enemy turn) , not always the best strategy will consist in taking out an opponent as soon as possible and then proceeding with the next, but rather every now and then it will be preferable to keep them alive but weakened so that they cannot do much damage. At first it may seem like an unintuitive system, but in reality we adapt early and end up appreciating the efforts of the developers to offer something different than usual.
Elena SchulzThe Banner Saga 3 in the test - final spurt to the end
The Banner Saga 3 pushes us playfully and emotionally to our limits in the test, but could have gone even further.
Rugga gives us the kind of insidious grin that is normally reserved only for "Game of Thrones" villains and explains that he represents our only chance to survive, because as a strong leader he can unite the besieged city of Aberrang. Okay, Rugga is a pretty uncomfortable guy who likes to cheat other people. But outside the city walls, an army of madmen - eerie stone soldiers - is waiting for us, while people around us are beating each other's heads. Do we really have a choice?
The Banner Saga 3 is to lead the trilogy to its epic finale, in which we now literally have to save the whole world. In the test, the tactical round game convinced us above all with its incredibly dense atmosphere, but we would have liked more courage from the makers - playfully and narrative.
Nobody is safe
At the beginning you choose between three levels of difficulty and Rook or Alette as the starting character. Since both archers have similar skills, it doesn't make much difference in play, but simply determines which path of the story we follow. Optionally, you can also import a saved game. Our caravan from the predecessors has to assert itself in part 3 in Aberrang, which is already surrounded by anger at the beginning of the game. The scenes change depending on the story, so that we accompany the magicians Juno and Eyvind in parallel. They're trying to stop the darkness (an evil force that devours the land) in the underworld.
We make numerous decisions that are even harder than in the previous parts. Because we feel like we're starting the final battle directly and the first big boss fight beckons after a few hours, there is no grace period: For example, we have to persuade our companion Nid to stay after her son was killed in the battle. If we fail, it leaves us. Important characters cannot die in combat, but they can die through our decisions - for example, if we take a wrong turn and are ambushed.
Or we ask a character (whom we do not want to name by name for spoiler reasons) to accompany us to a conversation with the enemy. The situation escalates and the person throws himself protectively in front of us what he pays with his life . If we hadn't taken him with us or acted otherwise, he would still be alive, but the situation might have been different.
However, it is usually not clear what consequences decisions will have. This can create frustration when a character dies just because we told them to run left. Without a clue, we often just have to guess.
The beauty of a dying world
Nevertheless, such uncompromising decisions contribute immensely to the atmosphere , which is the heart of The Banner Saga 3 anyway - here the finale even surpasses its already grandiose predecessors in this regard. We see how aberration crumbles around us, while city dwellers and refugees attack each other for fear of ruin. We have to decide whether to help the angry people or destroy them out of self-protection - although they themselves only fled from the darkness.
Or accompany Juno and her companions on a regular suicide command: Almost every wrong decision here leads to a quick character death, especially since we are not only confronted with anger obsessed with darkness, but are also chased by the mad Varl Bolverk while in front of us a huge monster snake is waiting for us. The end of the world jumps towards us optically over the beautifully drawn backgrounds, not only in the burning city of Aberrang. The underworld welcomes us with gloomy, almost surreal surroundings that provide significantly more variety than the green meadows of its predecessors.
The feeling of melancholy and despair is perfectly underlined by the atmospheric soundscape : Even if there is again little soundtrack and cutscenes are rare, background noises such as chants or hissing as well as the Nordic soundtrack create a good atmosphere. In addition, the dialogues are fantastic again, which is why we enjoy every quiet moment with the characters before the next storm approaches.
Our days are numbered
In terms of play, it becomes more dramatic in the third part: We have to find supplies again to keep our caravan alive. Later in the game, however, the food shortage turns into a merciless countdown that counts down the days for which we still have enough supplies. The amount of food in our possession is converted directly into days, which show us how much time remains to save the world.
If we have previously bought too few resources from dealers or have been too generous with them, we are running out of time. That sounds exciting, but it turns out to be toothless: Even if the counter drops to zero, the game is not over. In the worst case, characters die, but we can make up days through decisions and battles.
Hero titles and opponents
The tactical round battles have remained almost the same: If we have put together our party from different classes, we have one action per turn. We can attack the enemy with armor or health, as well as use skills that cost willpower. For example, magicians are allowed to shoot lightning across the field, which strikes several fields. Archers attack at a long range, but get through armor poorly, which is why a melee like the beefy Varl should deduct armor points beforehand.
With the enemy waves, the Valka spear and the hero titles, there are also three new features. With the waves, after a fight, we have to decide whether to continue fighting and finally face a boss. At each stage (mostly two or three) we are allowed to exchange injured fighters. If we defeat the final boss, there is a rare item as a reward. This optional challenge is ideal for anyone who wants even more challenging combat .
The Valka spear sends electrical discharges across the field in a similar way to the lightning ability, but can be operated by any hero and charges itself through enemy deaths. Due to its low damage effect, we mostly ignored it on the normal difficulty level. It is similar with the hero titles: If you select them when leveling up, they bring bonuses such as increased attack damage for the respective character. But we hardly notice any difference in battle.
The world ends in variety
Instead, the battles are more varied than in their predecessors, because story goals are often built into the battles: for example, we have to protect a wounded figure or not let the opponents come too close to a bell. If it rings, reinforcements will come! A clever approach is worthwhile because the fights are extremely demanding even without special goals.
With the angry, the deformed obsessed by the dark, as well as humans, varl and other races like the horse natives, we also face different types of opponents , each of which requires its own tactics. For example, some enemies are heavily armored, which is why you should attack their armor first to increase your own damage. Others can poison our characters, so you have to kill them first.
Especially if we are already fighting against an overwhelming number of enemies and reinforcements are still coming, this can quickly cause frustration. If you are confronted with ten new opponents while your own party has already shrunk to three out of six members, you hardly have a chance. The developers could have taken a bit of hardship out of this and instead let lost battles have greater effects . Injured characters start the next battle with a penalty on strength and armor, but there are reputation points even for defeat. We can invest them in supplies or character levels. In addition, the story just goes on, no matter how well you fight: If you always lose, but can still achieve a satisfactory ending, it breaks a bit with the tough atmosphere.
Nevertheless, The Banner Saga 3 delivers a worthy finale. Because it not only ends a great narrative in a masterly way, but has also created a world that - if we have our way - is still good for many stories and thus games.
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