The strategy is key when battling your way through “The Banner Saga 3”. Tactics styled game with a very rich story, where the depth keeps growing. Before we begin I should state that I have not played the first two games, of which in ways sucks because of just how much I missed, like catching the last 30 minutes of a movie. At some point, I need to go back just so I won’t be playing catch-up again with my next playthrough.

the banner saga 3 the worldof the banner saga 3

Darkness is on the rise on Arberrang (yes, the end days is here!), and you only have a few days left to save the world.

Darkness is engulfing the land, where there is a single bastion of humanity left struggling to survive for just another day. While deep within the twisted shadow there is another group fighting their way that is trying to undo the spread and return the land to what it was.

the banner saga 3 its time to attack

The graphics and visuals are yet again very well made in Stoic’s latest installment of “The Banner Saga”.

Much of the story consists of the two suns, one overhead, and one hidden deep underground. Along with this journey, you are accompanied by the Ravens (a group, guild, or some type of following… I need the first two games), Valka (giant humanoids with ram horns), and Horseborn (centaurs), each with their own reasons to join in the parade.

the banner saga 3 battle ready

You get to guide more than 40 different heroes in “The banner saga 3”, and the heroes are a mix of new and old familiar faces.

Throughout there are several battles between both groups, where their companions are different enough that both require very different strategies in order to win. When someone falls in combat, it takes time (days of rest) to get them fully back into the fight. They can join back in the next battle but will be easy to take down, so rest when you can.

the banner saga 3 the character select screen

“The banner saga 3” has some very interesting characters, and each character has their own motivations, personalities, background stories and life goals.

Leveling up characters shows another deep part of “The Banner Saga 3”. Characters can be customized with perks making them stronger in different ways. For example, some perks give them buffs in battle, while some of them are based around certain rules. On top of all of that, each character can equip a single item to help boost some of their stats, this is something that I didn’t realize on how important it was until about halfway through.

the banner saga 3 the traveling story

The story is very well-written and interesting in “The banner saga 3”, and that works as a great driving force throughout the game. Because you keep coming back to the game because you want to know what will happen next.

My biggest complaint when it comes to “The Banner Saga 3” is that there seems to be no loose point. What I mean by this is that I lost several battles, but the game and story continued on as if I did win…Personally, I would prefer having to start the battle over again until I figured out how to win the battle.

the banner saga 3 the profile screen

Austin Wintory has done a great work with the soundtrack for “The banner saga 3”, because Austin’s music brings life, soul and emotion to the game.

However, instead I lose a major battle against a boss, and yet somehow the boss is dead even though I didn’t kill them. Not to mention that there are battles which seem like you are supposed to lose… But then again, it may just be that I wasn’t good enough to win them (going back to my earlier point).

the banner saga 3 the equip screen

“The banner saga 3” offers a very nice leveling scheme, and there are plenty of challenges to be had as well. As you need to change tactics on the fly, and stay on your toe’s tactics in-order to have any success on the battlefield.

When attacking there are a number of choices to be made. Attack hit points or against the armor rating, to kill someone you have to take their hp down to zero, but attacking their armor will make it so more damage can be done and easier to hit. Then there are special attacks that can be done that can also have a large number of effects.

the banner saga 3 moving around

There’s very few to non cons that I can think of when it comes to “The banner saga 3”. However, I do find it to be a little strange that there seems to be no way to really lose in the game.

There really seems to be no end on what can be done in battle, making it so some strategies work well in one case and not so well in others. Then there are some that just makes mowing guys down just second nature. Nevertheless, at the end of the day. “The Banner Saga 3” is still with no doubt a very good and worthy ending to a great series.

That’s also why I would highly recommend that you pick up and play the game if you enjoyed the previous installments of “The Banner Saga”.

Pros:
+ Very nice leveling scheme
+ Stay on your toes tactics
+ Needing to change tactics on the fly
+ Very interesting characters with their own motivations
+ A story well told
+ The graphics and art style are on point
+ A rock solid soundtrack

Cons:
– There seems to be no way to really lose

Gameplay: 4/5
Graphics: 4/5
Sound/music: 3.5/5
Controls: 3.5/5
Replayability: 4.5/5
Story: 4.5/5

tgg grade 4 out of 5

Verdict: 4/5
“The Banner Saga 3” has you battling your way through two different campaigns, each having their own strategy in order to win. Furthermore, both campaigns is also having their own storylines, and does have an effect on each other along with several choices to be made along the path that can have positive and negative effects.

So one party will have ranged support while the other is severely lacking in this department. Aside from having no real lose conditions making your way through this tactical adventure may be very well worth your time.

Title: The Banner Saga 3
Developer: Stoic
Format: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Strategy/RPG
Resolution: 1080p
Release date: 2018-07-26
Difficulty: Normal
Spent time: +20 hours
Average grade internationally: 85% via Gamerankings.com
PEGI age rating: +16
Price: 24,99 USD via the Nintendo Eshop

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