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Banner Saga 2 Review

June 24, 2018 / 10:05 AM

By: Jesse Waldack

Thanks to Nintendo Dads Podcast Patron Chad Benoist  for writing the following review for Banner Saga 2

Title: Banner Saga 2
Developer: Stoic
Publisher: Versus Evil
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 6/7/2018
Reviewed by: Chad Benoist

The Epic Journey of Survival Continues

The second installment of Stoic Studios’ Viking inspired tactical based RPG trilogy finally hits the Nintendo Switch this June. It is an epic quest for survival as you lead your caravan of people from an enemy that many thought long extinct. The first Banner Saga landed on the Switch last month introducing the motley crew of both humans and the giant like race known as the Varls. The land is thrown into chaos when the sun suddenly stops, and the war-driven race known as the Dredge sudden appear and slowly start to encroach on villages and slaughtering the innocent. The story is with beautiful 1960s inspired artwork and a musical score by an award-winning composer.

The second game picks up exactly where the first stopped. If you have already downloaded and played the first game, your save file can be transferred over to continue the story. While it would be recommended that you play the first game before playing this one, there is a recap available to summarize the previous events if you missed out or if you played the first game on another platform in the past.

Banner Saga 2 has a very in depth and an ever-changing story that is in-depth and reads like a well-written fantasy novel. Unlike many linear stories, player choices both in the story and on the battlefield will shape the events and outcome of the game. If you lose a hero they are really gone for the rest of the game. The developers took their time to create the main characters’ story and you will spend a great deal of the game learning about each person.

Being a tactical RPG, the main battle mechanics work much like a chess game with different pieces all having their own role and managing resources during your journey. As you play you are able to promote and grow the characters that join your adventure. The developers spent time addressing some of the concerns both players and critics had from the first Banner Saga adding in both new battlefield mechanics and new character types such as a centaur-like race to the factions that are fighting off the Dredge. If you are new to tactical RPGs or to the Banner Saga series or if it has been a while since you played the first installment, the game provides many detailed tutorials and opportunities to hone your skills for the battlefield. You can also change the difficulty of the game as you progress if you find the battles too challenging or not challenging enough.

While the Banner Saga series has found its home previously on the PC, mobile, and other home consoles, the Nintendo Switch gives the perfect combination of home and on the go play that the system is known for. The game can be broken up into short chunks that make it a great experience to pick up and put down while you are out and about with the Switch. However, due to the excellent storytelling don’t be surprised if you find yourself binge playing to find out what happens. The game does have strong language and violent content so this will be a game that younger players should pass. If you are a fan of tactical RPGs or enjoy great storytelling this game is a must try.

Banner Saga 2 is available for download from the Nintendo eShop now, and the final installment of the trilogy will be available later this summer.

US $19.99
CA $25.19
UK £17.99

About the author /

Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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