The Banner Saga: Factions is the premiere multiplayer role-playing strategy game on PC and Mac. It brings the feeling of beloved tactical games to a high-definition era with gorgeous hand-animated artwork and a degree of depth unprecedented in the realm of free games. Fight, learn, and lead your clan of vikings to glory!
Nutzerreviews: Größtenteils positiv (566 Reviews)
Veröffentlichung: 25. Feb. 2013

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Reviews

"A mixture of ocean-like tactical depth and frantic mid-match pacing that feels impressively different."
Rock Paper Shotgun

"When you first boot it up, you'll probably find yourself just... staring."

- Kotaku

"In The Banner Saga you feel the cost of every unit weighing on you... Factions might be the Saving Private Ryan of RPGs."

- Indie Statik

Über dieses Spiel

The Banner Saga: Factions is the premiere multiplayer role-playing strategy game on PC and Mac. It brings the feeling of beloved tactical games to a high-definition era with gorgeous hand-animated artwork and a degree of depth unprecedented in the realm of free games. Fight, learn, and lead your clan of vikings to glory!

Systemvoraussetzungen

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1.6GHz
    • Memory:512 MB RAM
    Recommended:
    • Memory:1024 MB RAM
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • OS:10.7.5
    • Processor:1.83GHz
    • Memory:1GB RAM
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2GB RAM
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25 von 30 Personen (83%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
0.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. Januar
No one plays this game....It seems like it could be fun but PvP matches are the only option and there are just not enough people playing to even find a match. They really should have though about having PvE for leveling and training. apparently the tournament is a thing but I can't get to level 12 to participate because no one plays quickmatch in my level range haha. Oh well, uninstall.
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14 von 16 Personen (88%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
5.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 22. Januar
Just buy The Banner Saga proper, and avoid this. Maybe give Factions a go to learn a few in-game mechanics.

The much-lauded combat has all the depth of a game of Tic-tac-toe or Draughts. There's lots of pretty pictures, though.

Advancement comes at a price or by incrementally expanding levels of grinding. For example; it costs 20 Renown to level a character the first time, second time it costs 80. On average you can expect to earn between 3 to 10 Renown (experience points) per battle, depending on how well you do. Classes and customization are behind a paywall (to be expected), and many opponents constantly wait out their turns forcing you to move first and get within distance of their Archers and units with larger movement ranges.

Not fun, could provide a couple of hours distraction but ultimately an endevour that goes nowhere. Possibly provides a decent introduction that could or could not lead to a purchase of The Banner Saga.
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17 von 23 Personen (74%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.6 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. Januar
Dead online community.
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7 von 9 Personen (78%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
83.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 30. März
Aaah this mess and what a mess it is.
Back when The Banner Saga: Factions launched there was so much talk. Talk about ripping off the kickstarter backers (which they weren't ripped off they just never bothered to read), talk about the lawsuit for use of the word 'saga', talk about how the game was so perfectly balanced that it risked becoming stale.

Now no one talks about The Banner Saga: Factions anymore.
Looks like that last one came true.

First of all this is a mini-game, a subgame if you will. The point of this game is solely to PvP so do not confuse it with the main product and likewise this review is for this game not the main game itself.

TBS:F is like a game of chess...With only 4 pieces. But wait, each of those pieces come in 3(4) flavours so their is variety!
Except not really. Confused? We gotta go deeper Leo!
You have your typical 3 classes, you know Tank, damage dealer, how does it go again? shield smasher? Yeah thats it. Whats a healer?

Now without sounding like an instruction manual every unit has 2 bars, a health bar and an armor bar. armor reduces damage but the lowest amount you can do is 1hp. Be warned however that losing your armor is a big deal and a low armor or armorless unit will be cut down in short order! This makes games very methodical. Do you snipe hits for 1 damage each trying to score an early kill, or do you whittle down armor and then deal devastating damage to quickly mop up and win? Afterall their are no healers so every match is a war of attrition!
It works out really well and I can't do it justice with words alone, it is a simple idea that could have gone really badly but here it is balanced perfectly.

Of course not all things are created equally in any video game and this one is no different so what sounds like an awesome and rivetting gameplay experience ends as a battle of patience as a losing player with 1 archer can still run away and then pick your remaining units off and trust me, they will. So every team has archers because being dumb doesn't pay off on the battlefield and most matches become mirror matches. Remember when I compared this game to chess? Imagine introducing a new piece into a game of chess. Imagine the sheer balance upset and new tactics that would bring to the table?! This game suffers that exact same issue because the balance is so fine, it is too fine and very easy to upset that balance.

So what happened?

It stagnated, what did you expect? A competitive game needs a lot to keep the crowds coming back. Look at DOTA, new champions every month is it? Streetfighter, new iterations just about every 2 years. This game? Not a damn thing since release.

The music is fine as are the sound effects and honestly who even gives a ♥♥♥♥? The music has to be great for people to sit up and take notice and here it is just above average. But the art, this game is graphically a piece of art. Playing this game is like visiting an art gallery it just looks so good!

But you play a game to be entertained (usually) and this game is fleeting fun. Their is fun to be had don't get me wrong but when you decide to shake it up a bit and really get into the game you will realize their isn't much more to it to explore, what you see is what you get. So I can't recommend this game.

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3 von 5 Personen (60%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. Januar
enjoyed the single player game this one not so much. since its a fremium game i advise you check it out and get an opinion for yourself.
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7 von 13 Personen (54%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
30.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 13. Januar
The Banner Saga: Factions is easy to pickup, but offers incredibly deep gameplay. The real strategy comes in deciding on the composition of your team, and whether you are going to play defensively or offensively, focus on ranged or melee, have one or two powerful units or spread the ranks of your team evenly.

I've played games that are outright brawls, and games that have been about cautious manuevering trying to outflank the other team. I would recommend giving it a fair try over a number of days as durng my first few hours I almost quit because the combat seemed too chaotic and I didn't appreciate the nuances.

I really like the variety of classes, and love that some of the classes I initially regarded as weak have become my favourites. In fact I would say there are no weak classes and any unit can be good if you use it appropriately.

This game is not in any way pay to win; each side builds a team of equal level based on character rank, so battles are evenly matched. So for instance a rank 6 team could be 1+1+1+1+1+1 or 0+0+1+1+2+2 etc. The payment options just allow you to build that team faster (or even instantly with enough purchased renown), so that does not give any advantage within a skirmish.

I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes turn based tactical battles where skill is the overriding factor.
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12 von 24 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
209.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 20. Dezember 2014
Note: As of this review, I've not played the single player version, The Banner Saga.

This game is a very simple turn-based brawler. In terms of pure mechanics, I'd say it plays like a stripped down X-COM: EU/EW, minus perma-death. Or like viking flavored chess. Of course, both of these examples are simplifications.

I really enjoy the balance of the gameplay. Even though it's pure PVP, I've never felt cheated, which IMO is unusual for a competitive multiplayer game. There's only a limited stock of different units, part of why the game is so balanced.

On the other hand, limited unit type means limited unit variation, which is unfortunate. I've come to understand that besides not including enemy faction units (the dredge) from the single player, there is at least one more viking unit missing.

Additionally, you earn Renown (your currency and XP) at a slow rate, clearly to induce you to go to the shop and spend real money. However, paying doesn't grant access to anything that anyone else can except for skins and extra renown.

While I've spent a shameful amount of time on this game, I have a proportionately substantial team to show for it and I haven't paid a dime. Unlike other F2Ps where I wondered "Well what was the point?" when I finally logged off.

It's free. It's balanced and fun. It's rewarding and beautiful to look at. I fully recommend giving it a try.
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2 von 4 Personen (50%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
311.0 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 6. März
One of the best turn-based tactics games. BS:F remindes me chess, because it is sport, art and science simultaneously. Would be great if developers make tbs heroes-like game with this type of battles.
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4 von 4 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
53.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 11. Mai 2014
Wer sich ein Bild darüber machen will, wie ein zentraler Aspekt des Hauptspiels, das Kampfsystem von The Banner Saga, aussieht, kann sich hier einen guten Eindruck verschaffen.

Die Spielmechanik an sich ist gut durchdacht und einfach zu erlernen. Da man jedoch gegen menschliche Gegner antritt, kann das Spiel mitunter sehr fordernd sein.

Nettes Spiel für zwischendurch.
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5 von 6 Personen (83%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
4.9 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 15. Februar 2014
Selbst nur der Multiplayer macht mega Spaß! Für Taktikfüchse aufjedenfall zu empfehlen!
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6 von 8 Personen (75%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
6.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 18. Januar 2014
Für zwischendurch interessantes F2p Strategiespiel,mit schönem Look.
Die Zeichnungen können sich wirklich sehen lassen und sind sehr stimmig.

Kämpfe werden immer Fair ausgewählt,dh man trifft auf Gleichwertige Gegner.

Freunde von Rundenstrategie mit Rpg Elementen können aufjedenfall mal reinschaun.
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2 von 2 Personen (100%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
129.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 28. August 2014
Wow...great turn-based-tactic game. At the beginning its hard to fight pvp, but you learn fast and the gaming mechanics are great. Community helps at the start (very nice people!), you ve got a lot of possibilities to create your individual combat group. Best Free2play I ever played....
You dont need to buy anything, but it helps a bit at the start.
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2 von 5 Personen (40%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 21. Februar
So I played a couple of matches and there are a few points I really dislike.
1. It`s not really newcomer friendly. At first you dont understand anything and if you dont buy the main game (singleplayer) you are screw, because you have no idea how anything works
2. It`s so damn luck based. In every match I played I at least had 7-10 missed attacks. I mean: What in god damn ♥♥♥♥?! I loose because of damn badluck, which occus every time?!?! Wuth?!
3. It`s pretty annoying, that if you made one wrong click you can be screw for the whole damn match
4. There are abilities of higher ranked warriors, that are not explained in the basic tutorial and make it very difficult to understand for a noob if he fights such a Char. Well I am not quite sure if these are actually abilities or again: badluck
5. It takes ages until a game starts
6. Some people think it`d be funny to just move their guy and wait until the time is over, so it takes like half a minute till I can play
7. I understand this is now just my opinion, but these kind of "strategy" games, where you have to wait 10 minutes until you can interact on a move of the enemy, because you cant choose which Char to play in each turn. I know, that you could now say "Oh well just try to avoid every possibility that could happen in the next 6 turns (double turns?)" but well yea, though its still damn unrealistic. I guess I`ll stay with what I call real strategy: For example the Total War series.

Cheers

P.S. I did not play the singleplayer and so I cant say anything about that, but I assume it`s better. I mean way better from what I`ve seen on YT and heard from other players!
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1 von 3 Personen (33%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.3 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 24. September 2014
Danke noch mal Valve noch mal, das es heute Free ist. Habe es nur einige Minuten Lang gespielt.Ein Super Spiel endlich mal eine Tolle Geschichte und spannend erzählt. Ich muss den Entwicklern Loben, leider kann ich nicht so gut Englisch.Ich habe es gemerkt mit der Geschichte wie früher, Wo noch Bioware noch gute Leute hatte und gute Geschichten erzählen kann.Leider heute nicht mehr. und die Ex-Biowareentwicklern eine ganz gute Arbeit geleist haben. So muss Rollenspiel- geschichte sein,Spannend erzählt und beim Strategie-Rpg einfach gehalten das auch Anfänger mit der Steuerung gut klar kommen.

Ein Dauemen hoch von mir, wer auf Herausforderung beim Kämpfen mag und sein kopf anstrengen will, ist hier gut auf gehoben.Für zwischen durch. Wenn es im Laden günstiger ist kaufe ich es mir noch mal. Das ich es mit Deutscher-untertitelen spielen kann um die Geschicht zu verfolgen.
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0 von 5 Personen (0%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1.4 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 14. November 2014
Öde Story, sich ständig wiederholende Kampfmanöver, langweilige Grafik/Animationen
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0 von 6 Personen (0%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
2.1 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 12. November 2014
hm
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0 von 15 Personen (0%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
0.5 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 16. November 2014
Was soll man schreiben, dass es immer noch nicht geschafft worden ist das Spiel auf Deutsch zu bringen?
Einfach nur Müll ein Spiel in englisch!!
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257 von 349 Personen (74%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
1 Person fand dieses Review lustig
1.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 1. November 2014
I played the solo campain with great pleasure. Ambiance, strong fight mecanisms and nice artwork are still there but...

This declination is a pay to win with quite a bad interface where you always search how to do things.

Please avoid pay to win games, they have to disapear.
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64 von 81 Personen (79%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
127.8 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 25. November 2013
If you like tactics games and multiplayer this game has quite a bit of depth to it. The hand animated character models really feel like living things, and theres quite a bit of polish. There haven't been any huge balance tweaks in a while, but the core game is amazing. Can't wait for the single player to release!
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47 von 59 Personen (80%) fanden dieses Review hilfreich
14.2 Std. insgesamt
Verfasst: 27. Juni 2014
This game is under "Favorites" in my library. It's a free to play multiplayer game that almost anyone can run.
If you want a mature community and a game in which you fight with opponents that are clever and intelligent, this is the game for you.
Certainly not one of Pay-to-win titles.
I like how the art is done and the soundtrack itself is incredible.
Start playing this game, outmaneuver your opponents, upgrade your warriors, participate in tournaments or just play against your friend.
Next to Chess and Worms Armageddon, this is the game I would play with my family members.
10/10 - This is the game I would play rather than some overrated AAA crap!
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