Bannerman is heartless in its violence, pitting players against clever opponents who will carve them up if they fight carelessly. Blocks, parries, and knowing when to deliver that one precise strike is all that will keep players alive, but even as players struggle to survive in a war-torn world, acoustic guitars and folk instruments will create a soothing, yet poignant soundtrack to back up the gruesome acts players must undertake.

Bannerman follows a man-at-arms who was believed to have been killed. Upon rising from a bloody battlefield, he finds his lord's banner is missing, and sets off through the countryside to find it, battling against whatever warriors stand in his way.

Those battles are going to be rough, though. The protagonist is but flesh and bone, so a few sword strikes or arrows will take him down. This means players will have to carefully protect themselves while gauging their opponent's movements, all animated using rotoscoped animation and an attention to historical weapon detail. Players can unlock a bunch of new moves and abilities to make fighting easier, but it will still be a slow, methodical dance, where players will have to pry at any weakness they can find.

And it will all be accompanied by gorgeous, soothing, and sad music. Using traditional instruments and folk guitar, players will be given a calming soundtrack that is jarring when compared to the bloody violence being committed on-screen. Bannerman looks to make players really soak in the cruel acts they're willing to commit, with the slow pace and beautiful music forcing their focus on their lethal movements. Bannerman promises a thoughtful play experience, and one that offers some enticing challenges as well.

Bannerman is available for $14.99 on Steam. For more information on the game and developer Armitage Games, you can head to the game's site, the developer's site, or follow them on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.