Do you like Fire Emblem? Then you would probably love a game that takes place during the French Revolution called Banner of the Maid.
My criteria for my top 10 games of 2020 is below.
In order for a game to make my top 10 games of 2020 it has to be released in 2020 and not a remaster. Remakes count before they’re rebuilt from the ground up and is basically a whole new game. I must have completed the game or sunk an incredible amount of time into them. Early access games do not count and will no make my top 10 games list no matter how much I like them. When they release they’ll count towards my top 10 list of that year.
Banner of the Maid is an SRPG that takes place during the French Revolution. I really enjoyed playing this game. Azure Flame Studio did a fantastic job with the story, characters, and gameplay. There’s a lot to do in this game and you can play at your pace. You don’t have to progress in the story right away if you don’t want to. Which is a godsend for me because I like to take my time and grind my party up before every main mission so I’m not underpowered.
Banner of the Maid is one of many successful Chinese games that have been localized in English for us to enjoy and the English is really well done. It’s a quality port and isn’t filled with broken English like most Chinese games I played last year.
The best part of the game, for me, is the gameplay and story. Getting to know the characters, ranking up the different factions by improving my relationship with them, and going through all of the dialogue was a treat for me. This game is really, really good and was an easy choice for my top 10 games of 2020. I even contemplated placing it higher on my list I could have easily placed this in my top 5.
I love the way the characters are designed and have their own unique look. I actually wanted to use everyone in battle because of this. I obviously had my favorite units that I used regularly, but I always made sure to keep everyone within two to three levels of each other just in case I was forced to use units I wasn’t too familiar with. That tactic actually paid off big time and just made me like the game even more.
I like managing my troops, upgrading my characters, promoting them to better classes (like Fire Emblem), and grinding away on those free missions in between the next big story battle. The good story is just added to it and when it was all said and done I wanted more. I want story expansions, extra maps, more units, etc. Even if none of that stuff comes I would still be more than happy to experience this game again. It has good replay value and it even has a new game plus mode that actually lets you keep everything you’ve acquired in the main game.
If you’re looking for a great SRPG that’s not Fire Emblem play this game. It’s every platform outside of the new Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. You’ll easily get over 40 hours per playthrough on top of a good story, a great cast of characters, and gameplay too. This is one of those must-buy games and the fact that it’s less than $20 brand new makes it that much easier to recommend.
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I’m Omar. I’m the founder of drakulus.com and the new founder of Petescorner.net. I cover every type of game genre there is and I’m using all of the skills I learned over the last 7 years working on Drakulus to make Pete’s Corner the best it can be. My favorite types of games are strategy, RPGs, and Shooters. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other types of genres. Those are just my top 3. You can expect my brutally honest opinion on what I think of games in long reviews, editorial pieces, and game news coverage.