developer: Pathos Interactive
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-8
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Bannermen is an extensive strategy game, belonging to the RTS (Real Time Strategy) genre. The world presented in this production is a mix of medieval history and fantasy elements. The title combines an old, classic approach to gameplay with new ideas and attractive audiovisuals. Pathos Interactive, an independent studio, is responsible for creating this title. The publisher is 2tainment GmbH.
The player takes on the role of Berrian, a fallen lord, who loses his lands, title and people as a result of a devastating defeat in the Battle of Beckron. Being on the very bottom, he swears revenge and, having gathered the last allies, sets off to fight. However, defeating the troops of the sinister Lord Karthor won't be easy - victory may require huge sacrifices.
Bannermen is a classic RTS. The gameplay focuses on constructing buildings, recruiting units and managing troops while fighting for map control. In order to achieve success, we must wisely manage our troops, making the most of their tactical capabilities and unique skills. It is also necessary to think strategically - manage resources and create bases in the right places.
An interesting aspect of the Pathos Interactive title is the characteristic features of individual maps. Locations are very diverse geographically (snow, desert, forest, etc.), and in addition you can often find unique powers - local spells that can be used against your enemies, provided that you manage to build the right temples in the right places and then defend them against attacks. Another interesting mechanic is the ability to use the environment in combat - we can, for example, prepare a trap by dropping an avalanche of stones on enemies.
We also control the hero - he wields powerful magic, and his skills develop as the game progresses.
Bannermen offers both single and multiplayer modes. For those who prefer single-player gameplay, the game offers an extensive story campaign, as well as the ability to fight single battles with AI-controlled opponents.
Players interested in online modes will find here a full ranking system, thanks to which they will be able to compete with others. WE can also play in free battles (they don't affect the ranking), as well as friendly matches (we choose our rivals and a map ourselves).
Bannermen has a nice three-dimensional graphic design. The game world looks very impressive, with great details even when the camera is far away. Textures are sharp, environment and character models detailed, and the lighting and shading technology is doing its job well. The advanced physics of objects are also worth noting.
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 65 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 9 players' votes.
age requirements: 16+
PC / Windows
Minimum: Intel Core i3-4340 3.6 GHz / AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon HD 7850 or better, 30 GB HDD, Windows 7/8.1/10 64-bit