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quartex
01-13-2014, 10:26 AM
This thread was created to keep a list of all Banner Saga reviews that people find online - so fans (and Stoic) can easily keep track of what reviewers are saying about "The Banner Saga". I'll update this thread with as many reviews as I can find, but I encourage other forum remembers to post links to any that I miss. (I expect reviews to start coming out January 14th) I'm looking forward to reading lots of glowing praise about this game, but I may be a bit biased.

(In the meantime here's a link to a similar thread I created for previews of The Banner Saga: http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?1961-A-master-list-of-Banner-Saga-previews)

CottonWolf
01-13-2014, 10:40 AM
I think you're a bit confused. The Batter Saga is that new RPG about trials and tribulations of running a chip shop in a small Scottish village. It's very experimental.

(You spelt it wrong. :p)

quartex
01-14-2014, 08:08 AM
IncGamers - 1/14/2014

http://www.incgamers.com/2014/01/banner-saga-review

quartex
01-14-2014, 08:45 AM
Giga Games - 1/14/2014 (in German)

http://www.giga.de/spiele/the-banner-saga/tests/the-banner-saga-test-eiskalt-brutal-episch/

quartex
01-14-2014, 08:46 AM
IGN - 1/14/2013 (in Italian)

http://it.ign.com/recensione/11329/recensione-pc-the-banner-saga/

quartex
01-14-2014, 09:10 AM
EuroGamer - http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-01-14-the-banner-saga-review
GameZebo - http://www.gamezebo.com/games/banner-saga/review?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
IGN - http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/01/14/the-banner-saga-review-2
OmniGamer - http://www.omnigamer.com/the-banner-saga-review/
PixelBite - http://pxlbyte.com/reviews/banner-saga-preview/
Pixels for Breakfast - http://www.pixelsforbreakfast.net/2014/01/the-banner-saga-review-a-tale-to-remember/
RockPaperShotgun - http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/14/wot-i-think-the-banner-saga/
SoftPedia - http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/games/pc/The-Banner-Saga-Review-416768.shtml

quartex
01-14-2014, 09:12 AM
Youtube Video reviews:

Angespielt - (a 35 minute review in German)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5xGID6apAw

Elder-Geek
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjO2ll0xLLw&list=UUwzLnfNSQRXnzVH56aR0Tig&feature=c4-overview

Gamespot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-D9DXAeGoU&feature=youtube_gdata

Northern Lion (a 35 minute playthrough in English)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEEw1cpoQPg

TheCosmicEngine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEZttPytzF0

TheSamuraiRabbit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUL54wDmRdk&feature=youtu.be&a

TotalBiscuit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3zmGw8kq2o

VideoGamerTV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_aHjgnZ2_k

quartex
01-14-2014, 09:16 AM
16 Bits - http://www.16bits.co.uk/the-banner-saga/
Connected Digital World - http://connecteddigitalworld.com/2014/01/14/review-banner-saga/
Destructoid - http://www.destructoid.com/review-the-banner-saga-268853.phtml (this review uses obsolete screenshots from the kickstarter vide)
GamerBlog - http://www.gameblog.fr/tests/1829-the-banner-saga-pc#.UtVE15Ze73w
GameInformer - http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_banner_saga/b/pc/archive/2014/01/14/banner-saga-review-game-informer.aspx
GamesRadar - http://www.gamesradar.com/the-banner-saga-review/
GameSpot - http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/the-banner-saga-review/1900-6415626/
Gaming Trend - http://gamingtrend.com/reviews/valhalla-trail-banner-saga-review/
Hardcore Gamer - http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/01/14/review-the-banner-saga-chapter-1/69679/
Noobfeed - http://www.noobfeed.com/reviews/995/the-banner-saga
Only Single Player - www.onlysp.com/the-banner-saga-review/
Quarter to Three - http://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2014/01/14/cartoon-splendor-gameplay-banner-saga/
The Koalition - http://thekoalition.com/review/banner-saga-review/ (this review also uses obsolete screenshots from the kickstarter video)
US Gamer - http://www.usgamer.net/articles/the-banner-saga-pc-review-game-of-thrones-meets-vikings-meets-disney (one of my favorite reviews)

Wiwo
01-14-2014, 09:48 AM
In Spanish:
Akihabara Blues - http://akihabarablues.com/analisis-the-banner-saga/ (this is my review)
Vadejuegos - http://www.vadejuegos.com/noticias/analisis-the-banner-saga--vive-una-saga-epica-inolvidable-20140114.html
Desconsolados - http://www.desconsolados.com/analisis/the-banner-saga/
Vandal - http://www.vandal.net/analisis/pc/the-banner-saga/22766

raven2134
01-14-2014, 10:53 AM
Big thanks to you guys for tracking! Keep it up! WOOOO LAUNCH!

Arnie
01-14-2014, 11:07 AM
A big thanks guys/gals! I'll be using this throughout the day! So far so good! :)

Myll_Erik
01-14-2014, 11:27 AM
Thanks for the list guys! We hope to see it continue to grow!

quartex
01-14-2014, 08:29 PM
Here are the rest of the gaming reviews I've seen today:

Corrupted Cartridge - http://corruptedcartridge.com/banner-saga-review/
Game Grin - http://www.gamegrin.com/reviews/the-banner-saga-review/
Gameranx - http://www.gameranx.com/features/id/19843/article/the-banner-saga-review-come-for-the-vikings-stay-for-the-art/
Gameskinny - http://www.gameskinny.com/g0q4p/the-banner-saga-review-making-difficult-decisions-on-and-off-the-battlefield
Gaming Lives - http://www.gaminglives.com/2014/01/15/the-banner-saga-review/
Gaming Nexus - http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/The-Banner-Saga/Item4307.aspx
New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/arts/video-games/the-banner-saga-blends-the-old-and-the-new.html
PixelVolt - http://pixelvolt.com/2014/01/14/the-banner-saga-review/
Polygon - http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/14/5309206/the-banner-saga-review-planet-caravan
Turnbased Attack - http://www.turnbasedattack.com/review-the-banner-saga/

I'm impressed to see that The Banner Saga was reviewed by the New York Times

raven2134
01-14-2014, 10:09 PM
Factions got into Forbes. Maybe Saga will at some point?

quartex
01-15-2014, 12:40 AM
One more:

Broken Cartridge - http://www.brokencartridge.net/review-banner-saga/

Aleonymous
01-15-2014, 03:40 AM
Big thanks to you guys for tracking! Keep it up! WOOOO LAUNCH!


A big thanks guys/gals! I'll be using this throughout the day! So far so good! :)


Thanks for the list guys! We hope to see it continue to grow!

Thanks is due, primarily, to quartex ;)

Metacritic (http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-banner-saga) is showing 84% at the moment, based on 21 reviews (19 positive, 2 mixed, 0 negative). I think it's a good and fair score.

Shigawire
01-15-2014, 12:47 PM
Big congrats are in order to team Stoic for such a marvelous success. There is a lot of risk involved in Kickstarter, but I thank you for proving that Kickstarter CAN work.

balnoisi
01-15-2014, 10:08 PM
The Verge - http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/15/5312024/the-banner-saga-review

mordredrs
01-15-2014, 11:29 PM
Congrats for the good work! I'm having a very good time looking these.

quartex
01-16-2014, 08:43 AM
Here are two more really well written reviews I've found:

PixelJudge - http://pixeljudge.com/en/reviews/the-banner-saga-1/
The Escapist - http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/editorials/reviews/10910-The-Banner-Saga-Review-The-Gods-are-Dead

quartex
01-16-2014, 12:19 PM
Nice to see that The Guardian wrote a nice review of The Banner Saga:

Edge - http://www.edge-online.com/review/the-banner-saga-review/
The Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2014/jan/16/banner-saga-review
Tech Gaming - http://www.tech-gaming.com/banner-saga-review/

Kuba
01-16-2014, 01:39 PM
Czech review on Tiscali - http://games.tiscali.cz/recenze/the-banner-saga-recenze-65095 rated 8/10

gotthammer
01-16-2014, 05:32 PM
Not a review, per se (since he doesn't really do reviews, but, instead, does first impression videos, among other things), Totalbiscuit/The Cynical Brit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3zmGw8kq2o

Rensei
01-16-2014, 05:42 PM
TB's, Angry Joe's, Yahtzee's etc. etc. reviews are far more valuable and trustworthy in many people's eyes, so him liking it is big news.

gotthammer
01-16-2014, 06:58 PM
TB's, Angry Joe's, Yahtzee's etc. etc. reviews are far more valuable and trustworthy in many people's eyes, so him liking it is big news.

Yup. I agree. Also, TB/Genna released their WTF Research stream footage on youtube (which I haven't been able to watch, yet, but, warning: NSFW language): http://youtu.be/B_sCPPaAEkE

quartex
01-17-2014, 01:27 AM
Forbes - http://www.forbes.com/sites/games/2014/01/17/the-banner-saga-review-beautiful-but-not-quite-brilliant-pc/

quartex
01-17-2014, 09:13 AM
The webcomic Ctrl+Alt+Delete just posted a positive review of The Banner Saga - http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20140115/#n2536

kyriakoshasapis
01-18-2014, 04:38 AM
Has anyone else read this preview before the game?
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/12/16/hands-on-verdict-the-banner-saga/

What was wrong with these guys? Why on earth were they not able to follow the story? It seems pretty straightforward to me...

quartex
01-18-2014, 10:01 PM
I linked that preview a while ago in the "Master List of Banner Saga Previews" thread: http://stoicstudio.com/forum/showthread.php?1961-A-master-list-of-Banner-Saga-previews I don't know why the disliked the plot, but the final review from RockPaperShotgun was rather mixed as well.

Here's another particularly well written review:

Game Front - http://www.gamefront.com/the-banner-saga-review/

AndrewMisinformed
01-19-2014, 11:07 AM
Here's a review I wrote for my gaming site: http://misinformedbros.com/2014/01/18/the-banner-saga-kickstarters-current-magnum-opus/

And if you're interested, here's one for Factions I wrote at the time it came out: http://misinformedbros.com/2013/02/18/the-banner-saga-factions/

balnoisi
01-19-2014, 01:08 PM
another solid 8.5 score in spanish 3Djuegos - http://www.3djuegos.com/juegos/analisis/13463/1/the-banner-saga/

songbirds
01-20-2014, 08:04 AM
http://www.digitalgambit.com/Games/TheBannerSaga.html

This one and a friendly forum member made me buy the game! Cheers guys and let us go kill some dredge!

gotthammer
01-20-2014, 12:09 PM
Hot Pepper Game Review - http://youtu.be/PuZEOZOb6Oc :D

gotthammer
01-23-2014, 12:22 PM
PC Gamer - http://www.pcgamer.com/review/the-banner-saga-review-2/

Rensei
01-24-2014, 05:00 PM
DAY9 is doing a stream on Saga. He is very popular in StarCraft circles and had a steady 2-3k viewers.
http://www.twitch.tv/day9tv

netnazgul
01-25-2014, 03:00 AM
[Most popular] russian game site AG.ru http://www.ag.ru/games/banner-saga/review

Aleonymous
02-03-2014, 11:23 AM
And, with a three weeks' delay, a Greek review [ http://www.techgear.gr/the-banner-saga-review-84245/ ], from the hands of yours truly ;)

quartex
06-15-2015, 12:40 PM
A year and a half after the game was released, RPG Codex just posted a very detailed positive review of the Banner Saga:

http://www.rpgcodex.net/content.php?id=9938

ROG Codex is famous for having high standards about RPG game design (and being critical of famous games like Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity) so it's nice to read their positive comments about the design of The Banner Saga. Looking back I agree with their complaints about the lack of variety in combat maps and in the enemies you fought (too many of the same dredge units), and about how starving your caravan seemed to have little consequence. Overall the combat mechanics were the strongest part and I'm looking forward to the other features being expanded upon in The Banner Saga 2.