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The Banner Saga 3

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Banner Saga 3 is the epic conclusion to a sweeping viking saga six years in the making. This strategic RPG, acclaimed for its strong story and compelling characters has won over 20 awards and been nominated for 4 BAFTA awards. As the world crumbles around you, how will you survive when the Darkness draws near, and who will you trust with the fate of the world? A cast of powerful characters - In the final chapter of the Banner Saga, guide more than 40 heroes to survive against the toughest odds yet, many old and familiar faces, and some new allies you’ve never met before, including powerful menders and, for the first time, playable dredge. Just remember that nobody is safe. Decisions matter - Determine the fate of your travel-weary allies with a multitude of outcomes truly tailored to the decisions you make- not just here, but carried over from previous games in the trilogy as well. Nothing is unimportant. Nothing is forgotten.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

“Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world.” -Saint Venerable Bede, 12th Century.
The Banner Saga, on first glance, is a turn based strategy game disguised as a survival game. You’ll make small choices, you’ll lose friends and gain new ones and beat back your enemies with your own cunning. And if that’s all you’re looking for then this game will do you fine.
But to be so myopic and simplistic is to miss the true greatness of the Banner Saga.
Video Games fall into a unique place in art as it adds a whole nother layer. It’s not the same as a painting or a movie, where you sit and watch the intended piece, digesting its contents from an outside view. You are not at the helm, you are an onlooker, can do little else but observe it and internalize it. There is a sort of numb indifference to these mediums that saturates the message because it does not directly affect you.
With video games it’s different. The interpreter must not only observe but must also act. It makes the actions much more personal and therefore much more impactful. Of course, like any medium, many fail to fully capture this essence. Red Dead Redemption 2 will force you to become a better person regardless of your kill count and Fallout: New Vegas will let you choose all the nice dialogue options.
Don’t get me wrong, these are great games in their own right, but their themes are diluted by their inability to naturally corrupt the player's morals and ethics. It might as well be a movie for all it does to push the player towards these greater themes.
The Banner Saga is different in that regard. It places you directly in the middle of the moral question and must act on it lest you be swallowed whole by your inaction.
The walls of darkness surround you, no sunlight nor starlight penetrates its gaze, only the occasional clasp thunder proves there is anything beyond. That and the never ending cascade of warped beasts that come out of the darkened void. They look almost human, contorted by forces you didn’t fully understand.
You look upon the old wooden walls that surround you. At one time they were considered impenetrable. Rows upon rows of the thickest logs one could find, each cut with a pointed top, expertly woven together with thick iron plating. Now hastily boarded timber dotted its surface, just enough to cover up the large splintering holes along her sides. Long beams jutted out, leaning over, its metal trappings contorted and twisted. Bodies littered its surface and blood ran down its sides.
The walls creak and groan as if crying out in pain. But you keep it alive despite its agony. It’s your only hope, yet in that hope there is dread. The walls that protect you from the outside also keep you in, with no way out.
It is your bastion and your prison.
Not too far off from where you stand are the remains of a city block. The once lively market had been turned to a burning pile of rubble. Blackened stakes of wood dotted the sides of the blood soaked streets. A few bodies still lay face down in the soot covered dirt, now bloated and rotten. It was not the darkness that had caused this fire, but the local inhabitants, your neighbors.
Without food people turned to their most animalistic behaviors. Mother’s who’d cradled babies for others and men who you’d fought side by side with now clawed at each other for the barest scraps. They’d pillage and destroy whatever they needed for another few hours of life. At this rate the city would be ground to dust before the darkness even breached the first wall.
It was a wonder why we ever even built cities. Why we built monuments to the gods just for them to die, why we built walls just so they could fall down, why we built towns just so we could burn them down again.
The pillars of our strength, monuments to our glory. A show of strength, our power, our ability to overcome nature. To conquer the unknown. They aren’t meant to help the people or further our fortune, they exist solely as an example to future generations to marvel at and wonder to the great men who built it.
What happens when all we leave behind are ashes? What if we are remembered by our folly?
The crash of splintering wood drags your attention back to reality. A new breach in the wall opens up with a thunderous crash as a new wave of wicked creatures begins to push through.
You rally your forces, what’s left of them, and push towards the breach. One of a hundred you’ll plug just today. There is no end in sight. Nothing to hold out on, even the gods are dead. There is no hope. All that is left is to see tomorrow and maybe even the day after that. And you will fight every day for that.
Because you are an animal, caged and cornered like a rabid dog. Death is closing in but you will thrash and tear at every corner. Your towers will fall, your walls will crumble and your monuments will turn to dust. But your will to survive will live on.
And one day your banner will rise again from the ashes, like a phoenix rebirthed.
8/10

Review from Steam

A spectacular ending to one of the best games of all time, brutal and strange and fulfilling.

Review from Steam

---{Graphics}---
☐You forget what reality is
☑ Beautiful
☐ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS
---{Gameplay}---
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ It‘s just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't
---{Audio}---
☐ Eargasm
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf
---{Audience}---
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☑ Adults
☐ All
---{PC Requirements}---
☐ Check if you can run paint
☑ Potato
☐ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer
---{Difficulity}---
☐ Just press 'W'
☐ Easy
☐ Significant brain usage
☑ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls
---{Grind}---
☐ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☑ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You‘ll need a second live for grinding
---{Story}---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☐ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☑ It‘ll replace your life
---{Game Time}---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☐ Average
☑ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond
---{Price}---
☐ It’s free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money
---{Bugs}---
☑ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☐ Cyberpunk 2077
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Review from Steam

The Banner Saga 3 is a good game. Having played episode 1 & 2, I find this 3rd game a little more chaotic in terms of writing, direction and scripting. I have encountered around 10+ bugs in my play through (narrative bugs, character issues, crashes) and got left pretty frustrated when epic scenes were only narrated (and not playable whatsoever), while other "boring" events had to be played through endless dialogues (with little to no impact on the actual story). A good game nonetheless, with new features, an extended roaster and other things that I won't be spoiling. Overall, the team did a great job in this trilogy, artists/writers/designers combined. I would recommend it to be played to most of my friends, those that like short stories, good combat mechanics, indie arts, and great story telling.

Review from Steam

I am a 86 yo Great Gran-pa, probably one of the oldest people playing this game. I am a single Gran-pa to my Great Gran-Son, who is 13 now. My Great Gran-Son got this game for Christmas from his Aunt, so we installed it on his computer and he started playing. By the end of the week he had 46 hours on this game. This was horrible for me, as it was already hard for me to find ways to spend time with my Great Gran-Son, as he is always out collecting animal hides or just, eating things he finds outside. So i decided to go back in time and make a Steam account and get this game to see if I could maybe play alongside him. Loaded into the game, made my character and world and started playing but I was stuck on what you were supposed to do. I asked my Great Gran-Son for help and he helped me. Loved it as it was the best time had spent with my Great Gran-Son since my Care taker had died. This game has ever since brought me and my Great Gran-Son closer again and now we actually spend time together in the creek out side as well as the house together . This game reminded me that there's fun to be had in skinning and eating pets in the neighborhood , and it has brought both me and my Great Gran-Son many happy memories.

Review from Steam

Exceptional ending to an exceptional trilogy.

Review from Steam

Wonderful colorful graphics and art style! Great story and turn based combat with drama in it. Great fun and a lot to do in this great game! Loved it!

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