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 (468 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

PC
Mac
    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
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
One thing I noticed when playing this is that the game looks noticeably better in-game than in the screenshots. The colors are more vibrant and there are some visual effects whereas in the screenshots it looks old and washed out. Like other tactical games, the ones that stand out as one of the 'good ones', Banner Saga: Factions is easy to learn and hard to master. The file size is small so you don't have to wait very long for the download in order to try it. Also, it's not pay-to-win.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
It's a good game if you're into strategy and skyrim.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Beautiful, excellent sound design, skill-based, unforgiving.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Matches take forever because you are required to do more actions/confirmations each turn, animations are slow and opponents intentionally wait for turn to end.

So, just play the single player game because multiplayer isn't fun when you have so long matches and you get so little rewards. Upgrades cost too much so you can Pay To Advance if you feel like it (you probably don't).
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11 of 22 people (50%) found this review helpful
290.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
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!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game does its best it can as a Turn-Based chesslike game. It has some fun little mechanics nothing is buggy or laggy or stuff. Seems metacritic does not count the perfectness of the game.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Factions is a great game for those who really want to perfect their tactics. It is not for me, because I played Banner Saga exclusively for the story, but for those tactically-minded gamers among us this game will be a charm.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I dont see the appeal of this game, there is just nothing to it once you played a few games its already boring. There needs to be more elements to the game, calling it factions suggest you can take part in guild wars but nope!

Might aswell just play some facebook games.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Love the tactics concept and the artwork. But the tutorial got unfun really fast, and my game froze trying to authorize a purchase I didn't even intend to make. I've also been playing for only 20 minutes and I've seen two misspellings, which demonstrates a lack of polish and QA.

After the initial tutorial, I had trouble finding anything I wanted to do. And then my game froze. Game over.
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
boring as hell bs for slowpokes
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
highly anticipating the single-player version!
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
boring and slow
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
SLOW and painful, dont bother
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45.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
The potential in the game is vast as this game is amazing! If your into turn based games this is a must have! at first i wasn't familiar with the theme and it was far from what i was used to. But i learned to love it and the community that comes along with it! Who know's, i might see you around on it if you give it a try.
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29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
You know how sometimes, you play chess and you just wanted less peices? maybe those peices had the same concept of chess as in diffrent abilities per peice and each peice can take down another peice diffrently! WELL!!!!! This is the game :D each unit will have a special ability to help destroy the oposing team! and if your first moves are planned correctly with the capabiltiy to think ahead and counter, you can dominate the board!-----------not like i ever did BUT YOLO!!!
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Great art style exciting gameplay this game is a must if you like this kinda stuff
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8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Really fun multiplayer turn-based game. Beautiful artstyle, neat combat system and so far a well designed game. While there are microtransactions it is NOT a pay to win title. You can accelerate your ingame currency income, but as your team is matched against enemies of the same team strengh it is not a problem.

Worth a try. You might just love it. Now I will have to try the singleplayer Banner Saga.
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2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
This is a fun tactical game. The game breaking issue is if you are losing you cannot surrender. Make a bad move or 2 early, you lose some units. Admit deafeat, but if you actaully surrender, you do not gain the renown (renown = xp) from the match. So you have to stay in game and use each unit until they are all dead. If I know I have lost, let me surrender and more on to the next battle. Why make me stay and take the beating. Not fun at all.
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3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Nice art design. Ok story and some interesting game concepts. Battles slow and repetetive with awkward rules that break any immersion.
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