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!
User reviews: Very Positive (498 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 25, 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

About This Game

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!

System Requirements

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
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great game. Artwork is unique and amazing. The strategy has a lot of depth and you'll get punished if you just blindly do something in a battle

There's a few things that this game definitely needs however. The major one would be more base unit types
Right now it only has Warrior, Shieldbanger, Archer and Raider. Each of these units can be upgraded to 3 types. But I believe the game needs AT LEAST 2 more base units to give it more depth. I think the single player has some more units so I hope they add that to the multi as well and add more base units in future

Also a little more customization would be nice. Only customization you currently have is different colors for units which looks a bit repetitive after a while

All in all a solid strategy game but has potential for to do even better
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Very good PVP-game if you've a fan of the strategy elements of Banner Saga. Very good balanced, but exp is hard to come by. Drives me angry that you can specific klasses only with real money but a free game is a free game, right? :D
Definitively worth a try!
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Seemingly simple, yet difficult to master tactics game..
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Great Game...The soundtracks , the combat , the dynamics are great...
Everything is in order , just have to press the ''Play'' button and ENJOY :)
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Nice turnbased action
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6 of 15 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Although I was unable to 'Be Good' at the game, this game shows a lack of originality... In all honesty, this game is nothing new compared to any other turn based games. Although, I will give it this... It has great imagery. It was beautiful and the Intro completely captured my attention. The entire idea of Vikings and Giants is original and if you're into that, then don't let the lack of Originality in the Turn-Based game genre push you away.
I think this game is worth playing, but I sadly don't think I will be playing again.
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4 of 11 people (36%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Just MP, meh. Love the art, love the game, love the setting but without a SP perpetual campaign I'm out.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Mac version did not work for me at all, just sits on a screen that says "loading" forever until I force quit it.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
lack of players ...
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
game is stuck on LOADING...... :(
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Did not start on my Surface 3
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0 of 7 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
I didn't see a story line which would have been nice. I don't just want a mindless tactics game. Maybe I didn't play enough or whatever
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1 of 15 people (7%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
this game suck guys......
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This game leaves a long lasting impact on players the battles were amazing the grapics are ahead of our time 10/10
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Fantastic artwork, and a really old-school feeling on all of it. I really liked the game, even though I usually hate MMORPG and similar kind of games. It really feels like the ol' good turn-based multiplayer that some gamers like me miss so much.
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1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
This game is really cool! It has beutifully hand drawn graphics and decent game play. Even if you don't play it a ton its is still really fun to play for an hour every here and then. I highly reccomend either watching game play or paying attention in the tuotorial as the game can get confusing.
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16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Fun game, perfect for spending time. I play it on my night shifts at work 10/10
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
its stuck on loading screen
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
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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