Αναρτήθηκε: 15 Δεκεμβρίου
The Banner Saga's unique flavour first caught my attention when it was first hinted over a year ago. It has a unique art style and the music and mood set a steady tone from the very beginning. I expected a rich story and interesting characters and, while I wouldn't say that I'm disappointed, it does come off as a wounded product in some regards.
Don't get me wrong! I love the game and the story is deep and dark enough to add gravity to every decision you make. The creators did an excellent job of giving the player powerful agency in developing their story--a weight and caution in your tactics that I have only seen elsewhere in Fire Emblem games. The consequences of your actions are severe enough that you will take your time and address every issue with the true consideration of a leader of men and varl. The pace of the game is also quite nice; I finished my playthrough in about eight hours. I had expected more, but on the same note, I consider this game to have exceptional replay value. I see myself completing it in full at least one more time, perhaps even a third.
My gripes with the game generally submerged in the latter half. The story is steady and alluring in the early chapters, but once you reach the halfway point, it begins struggling to play catch-up and develop the world it somewhat neglected while it was busy developing the characters and their conflict. It's very rushed and, without spoiling anything here, it feels like every major event introduces more questions than it answers. The end of the game does not feel so much like the end of a game as the end of a single episode. It is my hope that Banner Saga 2 will come to be and fill in the blanks. Voice acting would have done wonders to add further depth to this story as well and I hope the creators will keep that aim in mind.
All in all, while I may have had somewhat unfair and lofty expectations from a game that brandished such a beautiful first impression, I would say that I remain pleased with the result. This game is well worth your dollar and I hope that you will play through it more than once to experience the variety in the secrets of paths less travelled. Cheers!