The Banner Saga - Review @ GameBanshee
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February 1st, 2014, 12:47
Checked out the game, fonts are very nice size thanks to fullscreen-windowed mode. The red lettering in the tutorial should be changed to light blue or turquoise.
Character dialogues are a catastrophe.
You don't know who is speaking and why they are saying that. Only clear thing are the answers, but again, who is answering?
UI design is bad: characters are not in the focus of attention. Story-telling suffers from this. The devs have failed to fill this game with emotions, of which Banner Saga is almost completely void. The whole game feels like leafing through bland comic book.
Probably among the worst dialogue designs in the game industry.
Combat is over-designed, supersaturated with icons, nauseating, unclear, not very tactical, not much fun. It feels like Battle of Icons rather than a visceral battle of vikings. This is more like an RTS than a good XCOM-like gameplay, where you care a lot for your squad members and are constantly worrying about them. In Banner Saga a "squad member" is just a paper-cut piece.
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