There’s something about Banner of the Maid I wished to love. Its turn-based preventing feels very old fashioned and polished, with loads of technique and techniques I may get behind, however to get to those strategy-heavy, fun-filled battles, it’s important to wade by means of a ton of story, and I imply a lot. The story is instructed by means of dry and infrequently uninteresting textual content bins that make Banner of the Maid really feel extra like an interactive storybook than a recreation. For some that may maintain a sure enchantment, however for me, the general affect didn’t fairly land as I had hoped.
Banner of the Maid is a turn-based technique recreation, set in the course of the French Revolution. Instructed by means of the eyes of Pauline Bonaparte(yep, that Bonaparte), this various historical past places its spin on historic occasions. This isn’t the identical historical past lesson that you simply would possibly discover in class or Murderer’s Creed, so historical past buffs would possibly need to look elsewhere.
The story performs out by means of a sequence of textual content bins rolling on-screen as numerous different RPGs have finished prior to now, however in Banner of the Maid there gave the impression to be quite a bit, particularly in the course of the first hour or so, and this was a particular flip off for me. By the point I felt I had made any significant progress and the sport began taking part in extra like a recreation than a ebook, I had misplaced most of my curiosity in what was occurring, and this was right down to the sheer quantity of textual content I had needed to plough by means of to get to that time. Full warning – if studying isn’t your factor, possibly give Banner of the Maid a miss.
As a protagonist, Pauline is a likeable sufficient, however among the dialogue and exposition comes off as somewhat clunky. This ends in the characters missing depth, and coming off as one dimensional which makes it onerous to present a monkey about what any of them are going by means of or why they’re doing what they’re doing. A lot of them merely serve that will help you, with Pauline not a lot on her quest however simply doing what she is instructed. There’s a story there, hidden behind the numerous cutscenes and textual content dumps, however bt the time I’d learn by means of the mountains of textual content to work out what it was I merely wasn’t bothered any extra.
Making issues worse, there’s a unusual combine between audio and on-screen textual content that does the sport no favours. I used to be taking part in in English, however there may be an odd combination of French subtitles for some scenes, blended with Chinese language and French audio which did nothing apart from confuse me as to what was occurring – I spent a couple of minutes trying within the settings to see if I had missed one thing however nope, that is how the sport performs. Thrown in for good measure are odd moans and groans as textual content performs out on display, making the sport sound extra like a porno at instances, which did elevate a number of eyebrows when it was overheard. These moans and groans did really feel like an odd selection, particularly because the dialogue on display was speaking about navy positions in an upcoming battle, however hey no matter floats your boat.
Added to all that, some character fashions in the course of the cutscenes (did I point out there are loads of cutscenes?) do look like extra sexualised than they have to be, and once more this felt an odd design selection. All of the male characters seem as square-jawed hunks with flowing locks adorned in full navy regalia, however most if not all the feminine characters seem briefly skirts or in busty corsets that flash a stunning quantity of flesh. Now I’m as red-blooded as the following man, however for a recreation set in the course of the French Revolution, it gave the impression to be somewhat too in your face.
By the point the sport has set the scene and opened up, the battles in Banner of the Maid are enjoyable and attention-grabbing. The turn-based fight works nicely, and levelling up and equipping your characters with gear can flip the tide of battle in your favour. The sport makes use of a cursor system that works nicely for probably the most half, permitting you to choose your models and challenge instructions as you see match. These battles play out in a variety of various eventualities, with the setting typically taking part in an element too, reminiscent of rain slowing down motion or grass getting used to cover in and improve your dodge and defence.
Earlier than every battle you get a selection of two playing cards, every providing totally different bonuses which can be utilized in the course of the upcoming battle. When the battle begins you begin by selecting the unit you need to command, choosing them with X, which then highlights squares on the battlefield which you can transfer that unit too. As soon as the unit has moved to the specified location, you then have the selection between Assault, Merchandise, Trade or Wait. Having finished that with every of your models, your flip involves an finish and the enemy will get their go. It’s a easy system that works nicely, and technique is available in to play in later battles, with some even making use of bonus targets to finish for added rewards.
Though the battle system itself is straightforward at first look, there are some techniques and options that the sport doesn’t clarify till later, and far of the controls and depth I discovered for myself by means of trial and error. I might have most well-liked extra battles with significant tutorials than sitting by means of the huge partitions of textual content that the early recreation is cluttered with.
Banner of the Maid does attempt to provide extra gameplay outdoors of battles within the type of factions, and every one typically presents up a number of quests that may be accomplished to additional your expertise and gear. Usually these quests merely contain going someplace on the map, having a dialog with somebody and choosing the related response from a dialogue field. Once more, not a lot depth is to be discovered throughout these aspect quests, however they do try to combine the gameplay up even when solely somewhat bit.
Banner of the Maid looks like a cellular recreation, and I believe it’s there have been among the magic is misplaced. Behind its text-heavy narrative lies an honest turn-based RPG, however the problem is attending to that earlier than your consideration has waned fully. Sadly I believe mine did, so the enjoyment of the battles was somewhat misplaced on me by the point I finally received to them, which possibly says extra about my consideration span than the sport itself however to me, it simply wasn’t any enjoyable – and finally isn’t that what taking part in video games are all about?
Banner of the Maid PS4 Evaluation
General 5 – Not Dangerous – 5/10
Banner of the Maid is a enjoyable sufficient recreation for those who can handle to face up to the partitions of textual content to get to the precise taking part in half. Behind all of the narrative is an honest turn-based technique recreation, that will in all probability really feel extra at dwelling on cellular than on a next-gen system.
- Pleasant turn-based battles which can be straightforward to choose up however provide some depth
- Very text-heavy to the purpose that the sport turns into an train in studying
- Clunky dialogue that mixes English and French, with somewhat little bit of Chinese language audio for good measure
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Reviewed utilizing PS4 Professional.
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Stuart has had an extended and prolonged love affair with video video games, since he first woke as much as discover Santa had left him a Sega Grasp System full with Alex the Kidd inbuilt no much less. Since then, his thumbs have turn into calloused and he has missed many a nights sleep within the pursuit of these elusive “5 extra minutes…” however his love has by no means wavered.