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The Banner Saga - News Roundup

by Couchpotato, 2014-01-31 01:03:30

Gamespot has an article about Composer Austin Wintory.

As I played The Banner Saga, I was swept away by its chilled tapestry of brass harmonies and meandering woodwind melodies. It was as if the musical score had been woven together of shimmering mithril, evoking both the bleakness of the frozen landscape and the stubbornness of the varl race. I was reminded of several composers, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius chief among them. The opening of Sibelius' fifth symphony captures a similar kind of comforting loneliness with its glowing French horn chords and frigid clarinets. Composers like Sibelius and Carl Nielsen have been often praised for capturing the essence of Scandinavia, but given his work on The Banner Saga's soundtrack, I could argue for composer Austin Wintory to be added to that short list.

Spiderduck has a new video taking a look at the game.

Trevor plays The Banner Saga from Stoic Studio in our newest First Look. The Banner Saga is a turn-based strategy game with good storytelling and smidge of Oregon Trail mixed in.

And for last I have two more reviews.

BlackPanel - No Score

In the end I am simply glad to say I was proven wrong about The Banner Saga. While it does have a few little issues like the simplistic RPG system, it is more than made up for by the excellent combat, intriguing story and utterly stunning graphics. It is clear that the crew at Stoic has poured a lot of love into this game and while it isn’t for everyone, those of you with a hankering for some turn based action could do a lot worse than picking up The Banner Saga. Now if you would excuse me folks I had best get back to eating this humble pie. It won’t eat itself you know.

The Digital Fix - 8/10

As well as providing a great and unique tactical challenge alongside a story full of choices and surprise, the game is great looking to match - from the fantastically stylised cartoon cutscenes to the detailed graphics during the fights which take place on a large variety of maps. The limitations of an indie production do shine through in a few places, such as voice acting only being used for selected parts of the story and the notable lack of combat animation frames for the archer when firing diagonally. It’s a little jarring to see them aim 45 degrees away from the direction their arrow takes.

Information about

Banner Saga

SP/MP: Single + MP
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Platform: PC
Release: Released