Parents' Guide to

The Banner Saga 3

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Nordic fantasy role-playing game presents tough choices.

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This engrossing Viking tale finally comes to a close, with characteristic style and tension. The Banner Saga 3 ups the tension of the game's crucial events by making players manage two parallel storylines, both against a constantly ticking timer. The fate of the world hangs in the balance, and your choices have serious consequences. The stress is hard to take sometimes, but only because The Banner Saga 3 makes you care about its characters. Fortunately, its intermittent combat lets you off the emotional hook to destroy opponents.

This final chapter adds gauntlet-style gameplay to the existing turn-based combat system. Rather than fight a single battle, you're faced with multiple waves of enemies. After the first wave, you have the option to flee or fight again; should you risk going further, you can bring in reinforcements. But the reinforcement mechanics happens to be the game's one big misstep. It just isn't well explained, and using it is very confusing in the midst of battle. You might even have to look online to figure it out, or to see how to best take advantage of this feature. That said, once you do get it, it works well. Other than that one hiccup, The Banner Saga 3 does a fine job living up to its predecessors. It presents new characters and enemies, has incredible sound and graphics, and wraps up with a finale that puts a crazy amount of weight on your shoulders as your clan's primary decision-maker. Without doubt, it's one of the year's strongest role-playing games that strategy fans and Viking lore hounds shouldn't miss.

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