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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, the latest action-RPG from DON’T NOD, promises a deeply narrative-driven experience where in-game choices significantly shape the outcome. But does it deliver an engrossing experience worthy of its premise? Read on to find out in our review of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden.

Banishers: Ghost of New Eden Review | TheEffect.NetStory

In Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, players embody Red and Antea, dedicated ghost hunters tasked with protecting people from otherworldly threats. The narrative takes a poignant turn early on as Antea tragically perishes, only to return as a ghost herself, injecting drama into both her relationship with Red and their shared mission.

The game allows seamless swapping between Red and Antea, offering nuanced perspectives that subtly alter the game world. As players uncover the tales of the deceased, they’re confronted with moral decisions that add a personal touch to the storytelling. While these choices resonate emotionally, their impact on the overarching narrative remains somewhat subdued.

Banishers: Ghost of New Eden Review | TheEffect.NetSet against a backdrop of witches, curses, and spectres, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden weaves an original folklore into its narrative, adding a well thought out layer of depth to the game world.

Gameplay

Initially, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden may seem like a conventional third-person action-RPG, but it gradually reveals its distinctive features. Players control both Red and Antea, each with unique abilities essential for both exploration and combat. The dual character system introduces an engaging dynamic, with players strategically swapping between the two to overcome obstacles.

Banishers: Ghost of New Eden Review | TheEffect.NetIn combat, Antea’s spectral abilities complement Red’s physical prowess, allowing for satisfying combos and strategic play. The game’s skill tree progression system enables players to tailor their abilities to suit their preferred playstyle, adding depth to the gameplay experience.

The highlight of Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden lies in its haunting cases – investigative quests that delve into the mysteries of ghostly apparitions haunting the game world. These cases present players with morally challenging decisions, forcing them to confront the complexities of right and wrong in a world filled with supernatural phenomena

Visuals

Visually, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden excels with its stylish effects and detailed environments.

The character models, particularly the ghostly Antea, are striking, adding to the game’s immersive atmosphere. The game’s visual fidelity rivals that of the likes of God of War and A Plague Tale: Requiem, elevating the overall experience.

Banishers: Ghost of New Eden Review | TheEffect.NetConclusion

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden surpasses expectations with its gripping narrative, engaging gameplay, and stunning visuals. While the pacing may feel slow initially, the game rewards patient players with a richly crafted world filled with moral dilemmas and personal stories. Despite its minor flaws, Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a captivating adventure well worth embarking on for fans of narrative-driven gaming.

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden Pricing & Availability

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is available now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC, starting at €49.99 on Steam.

REVIEW: Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden
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4.2

Summary

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden surpasses expectations with its gripping narrative, engaging gameplay, and stunning visuals.

John Reilly

John is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheEffect.Net. His favourite gaming series is Uncharted and his favourite film is Interstellar. He is also known to quote 'Father Ted' and Keith Lemon more than is normal. John@theeffect.net