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Game of the Month January 2014:
The Banner Saga
Stories are made of smaller stories woven within one another, crossing here, diverging there, some ending while others go on. The Banner Saga is about one such story, but it's not enough that each character feels like an alien being with his or her own motives and histories: the player also shapes the banner being woven. This ties directly into the gameplay, which is about survival in a god-abandoned world in which the sun never sets. Oregon Trail-like resource management and decision making meets turn-based battles to provide a tense trip across the world. The journeys the characters take are harrowing, and the final hours of the game see your caravan stretched as thinly as possible. People will die, and it will likely be your fault.

Although The Banner Saga is just one third of a story, it feels like a complete package. There's the superlative art design, the luminous soundtrack, addictive gameplay, and potent narrative. We're not alone in impatiently awaiting the next chapter in the tale.

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Explore All RPGFan Games of the Month
November 2013: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds October 2013: Pokémon X & Y September 2013: Valdis Story: Abyssal City August 2013: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn July 2013: Shin Megami Tensei IV June 2013: Muramasa Rebirth May 2013: The Night of the Rabbit April 2013: Soul Sacrifice March 2013: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk February 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening January 2013: Ni no Kuni December 2012: Crimson Shroud November 2012: Persona 4 Golden October 2012: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward September 2012: Borderlands 2 August 2012: Guild Wars 2 July 2012: Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] June 2012: The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinov May 2012: Diablo III April 2012: Xenoblade Chronicles March 2012: Mass Effect 3 February 2012: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning January 2012: Final Fantasy XIII-2 December 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic November 2011: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword October 2011: Dark Souls

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