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9 Great Games Like The Banner Saga

These are hand-picked games similar to The Banner Saga. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like The Banner Saga. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed The Banner Saga, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16+ or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Banner Saga is a beautiful fantasy adventure where your strategic choices directly affect your personal story and the world around you. You play as two characters, each with their own related story.

Unfortunately, The Banner Saga is not available on Mac, PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

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Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/01/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Bad North

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/10/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

Players: This is a single player game

Bad North is a stylised strategy fighting game. You control an army defending an island and must train and develop your forces efficiently. The simple visuals and knife-edge Viking combat along with the jeopardy of losing precious troops make this a lot...

Kingdom (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/10/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @RawFury

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Life Is Strange (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/01/2016

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Playing

Players: This is a single player game

This is a click/tap-to-move adventure where you play a student at high school in a sleepy American town. Despite the idyllic setting, you have a foreboding premonition of a disastrous storm. Along with this prophetic vision, you discover the ability to...

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PEGI Rating 7+ for PyreESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Pyre

Pyre

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/07/2017

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Sports

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pyre is an unusual mix of action role-playing and sports. It takes place in a fantasy world, where you guide a caravan of exiles during Rites fantasy sports games. As you explore you build a party of characters who encounter other groups of exiles and...

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 17/10/2019

Platforms: PC and iOS

Genres: Narrative, Role-Playing, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Six Ages: Ride Like the Wind is a storybook strategy game, set in the same world as King of Dragon Pass. Similar to games like HeroQuest, RuneQuest or God Wars but unusual because you make decisions at your leisure then see them play out through static...

Wargroove

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/08/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

This is a turn based strategy game with a large strategic map that lead into multiple turn based battles. You build your empire with one of six unique factions, progress through each faction’s missions using your wits, military strength and diplomacy,...

Pendragon

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Narrative, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: @inkleStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Pendragon is a character-driven strategy game, from the creators 80 Days and Heaven’s Vault where you rally the Knights of the Round Table to reach Arthur before he meets his fate.

Mass Effect (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 20/11/2007

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Mass Effect is a sci-fi adventure where you role-play a soldier named Commander Shepard, who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful mechanical beings. The series started in 2007 and has fourth substantial instalments that take you from that first...

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In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to The Banner Saga in the following lists:

Face Tough Decisions

Games create virtual worlds where you can experience life from other perspectives. This can be entertaining and light-hearted, but also presents ethical scenarios that require you to think carefully about consequences.

The games selected here each place you in a challenging situation to give you a first-hand experience of what it’s like. It may be nail-biting, heart-breaking or desperate, but often, through all the trials and tribulations, there is still hope. Either way, unlike reading books or watching films about these subjects, here you are emotionally implicated in the choices you are faced with.
 

Free With Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that provides 100 top-tier games. Once subscribed you can download the game at no extra cost. Of the 100 games available the ones in our recommended database are listed below.

You cannot play games you install when your Xbox Game Pass expires, although you do keep any games you have purchased at a discount with your membership. You will need to purchase any in-game extra content in addition to the subscription, although some games include this content for free.
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  • Xbox Game Pass PC £7.99/month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also enables you to stream over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles, similar to the service offered by PlayStation Now, on mobile devices.

Xbox Live Gold usually costs £6.99/month and is the Xbox service that lets you play with others online. It also offers a few free games each month and substantial discounts.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 


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