The Banner Saga 2 Review
The Banner Saga 2 from Stoic came out on the 19th of April for Windows and Mac as a sequel to the great video role playing game and it is the second part of a trilogy, meaning that you can import your save game from the first one.
Even if it was over two years since the first game was released, The Banner Saga 2 continues right where the characters were at with the same problems of an exhausted party, the Dredge making things worse and the world coming to an end.
The first game stood out through its storyline, character development and combat mechanics, making you take tough decisions at each step. The characters are human instead of superheroes, they have many flaws and this makes the game more interesting and harder at the same time.
After the dredge king was defeated in the first Banner Saga the stone miscreants remained a threat and you will now have two storylines unfolding, – one of the caravan trying to reach the city of Arberrang and the varl mercenary company.
New units with different capabilities and a more diverse terrain will make the battles more attractive than they were in the predecessor. You have obstacles on the battlefield and many different ways of approaching a battle (due to several possible victory conditions) so the added complexity is the way in which Stoic answered the fans. More abilities for the fighters, more support classes and mages will take the triviality out of combat. We discussed the combat system in more detail our preview of the game so check that out too.
The choices you make have real consequences, you will lose important characters and the caravans seem so fragile that they could fall apart at any moment so you really get the impression of gloom and hopelessness. The monumental landscape only makes the caravan seem even more fragile but since you have the experience of a long trek now they rarely run out of supplies.
As this is the middle episode of the saga it leaves you wanting to see how it all ends but you are transported through many rich new settings that give color to the bleak world and from a graphical standpoint The Banner Saga 2 is outstanding.
The soundtrack too stands to amaze and would put to shame many games with a higher budget so overall the game is truly worth the effort and it is experienced best if you went through the first installment before to know what to expect story wise. The game definitely deserves 9 out of 10 and we’re looking forward to the last part.