The Banner Saga 3 – PC Review

Genre: Indie, RPG, Strategy
Developer: Stoic
Publisher: Versus Evil
Release Date: Jul 27, 2018
Edited by KnightAvenger

The Banner Saga 3 is the third and final chapter of the epic story brought to us by Stoic and Versus Evil. The beautiful woven tapestry of a series that has made us laugh, cry, and even yell has, unfortunately, come to an end. Like all good things that come to an end, there is sometimes a bitter hole left in your life, but the series as a whole can ease the feeling of loss by its replayability. I can say one truthful thing, however, before we move onto what I have to say about The Banner Saga 3. That is, I can’t wait to see what these two bring to our eyes after this amazing series.

Like The Banner Saga 2, the third installment picks up almost immediately after the previous game and you can import your save to continue your story you have woven with your choices. This is one of the best features of the series in my opinion. You also have the choice of starting fresh like with the second game. Story-wise, the game picks up after the caravan reaches Arberrang, which is now the last city not lost to the darkness. The caravan splits into two, one staying to defend the city while the other going with Juno and Eyvind into the Darkness in hopes of saving the world.

The music and art of the game are still beautifully epic as ever and the storytelling, too. As you explore the Darkness, you come across the enemy born out of the darkness, and that’s the Warped. They are those who were left to the Darkness and have, by literal namesake, been warped by it into something sinister. This brings me to the only changes to the combat system they had made in this installment. First is when the warped die, they leave a gooey puddle on the ground that acts as an obstacle and a hazard; the second change is the removal of the willpower horn. The third is that, later in the game, you have a set number of turns before a new wave of enemies appears.

The removal of the horn is a mistake in my opinion because what they replaced it with is not worth as much. The Valka spear lets the players call down an arc lighting, much like Eyvind ability which has the same advantages and disadvantages as in the first game. The goo puddle does force the player to rethink how to proceed in battle and adds some variety from the stagnant combat of the previous games. The turn wave timer, though, kind of is a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it forces the player to think quickly and execute their plan perfectly. It’s a curse, too, because, if you’re not strong enough, you will get overwhelmed and lose the battle.

Other than that, there are very few changes to the game, such as Juno being playable and the title system. The title system replaces the leveling system in a way by giving boosted stats to characters. There is also a surprise twist added to the game in that there is a playable Dredge. This tickles me to no end, and it’s about time they added one. Last change to note is that when you visit places you have been in previous games on your way through the darkness, they have been twisted and corrupted by the Darkness.

That about wraps up everything I would like to tell you about the game without being too spoilery except for the endings. What I will say about the endings is you can save it or damn it to hell, depending on your choices. So yeah, that said, the whole series is definitely worth buying, and if you want to check my reviews of the first two games, you can go here for The Banner Saga 1 and here for The Banner Saga 2. Let’s hope we get another great game or series from these two. Heck, I would even settle for a prequel to The Banner Saga, dealing with the disappearance of the gods or even the great wars. Anyway, go get the game series; you won’t be disappointed.

Pros:

  • A beautiful ending to a great series
  • Still great art and music
  • Juno is playable
  • A playable Dredge

Cons:

  • Took away the willpower horn

BoxCatHero gives The Banner Saga 3 a Drastik Measure of 9.4 out of 10(94)

The Banner Saga 3 is available on Steam for $24.99 (USD).