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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (2022) is a strategy game where you raise an army and fight in large-scale medieval warfare. You build up your troops and complete missions, then place battalions and siege engines where they'll be most effective before heading into the fight, where you order your troops and use your own character to defeat nearby enemies. It stands out for this contrast of grand battles where you need to see the big picture with the smaller scale of one-on-one melee action.

Set in a medieval world, where an ancient empire is fragmenting, you play a down-on-their-luck commander, who sets out on a mission to find a banner that can unite or decimate the empire. You travel to different lands and kingdoms, completing missions and slowly building up an army, then taking it into combat to defeat foes and lay siege to castles and keeps. You can also explore taverns and towns, and build your character with different skills.

At the start of each battle, you view the terrain from above and choose where you want your troops and siege engines to start the fight; using hills, valleys, and tree cover to your advantage to gain the upper hand against your foe is essential to success. Once the battle begins, you can give orders to your troops but not directly control them, while actively participating in the fight as an individual warrior. You use your sword, shield, and bow to defend and fight off enemies, and can move around to bolster your side's attack wherever it starts to waver. Another core part of the game is the multiplayer component, where you can fight enemies one-on-one in arenas, or in sprawling sieges with over 50 players on each side.

The result is a game that accurately recreates ancient medieval warfare, as you fight in close quarters alongside a disarrayed cluster of allies and enemies alike, lead a cavalry charge through a narrow valley, or scramble for a fallen comrade's shield, making for a tense combination of strategy and excitement.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord 4 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 3 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Strategy game with Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 120-player online game. On PlayStation and Xbox, you play in a world with up to 64 other players. On PC you can play with 100's of other players. There are several different multiplayer modes available; the largest of these is Siege Mode, where two teams of 60 players play a capture-the-flag-style match.

Cross-Play: Play across Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S; play across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 30 hours and 70 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Violence.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

In the US, ESRB state: Players manoeuvre troops around a map while engaging in diplomacy and fighting battles; combat is depicted from third and first-person perspectives, with characters using swords, arrows, maces, and spears to attack and kill enemies. Fighting can be frenetic at times, highlighted by screams of pain, impact sounds, and large blood-splatter effects. Arena fighting depicts more dramatic instances of violence, with close-range melee fighting, spears thrown through opponents' heads, and copious amounts of blood (e.g., blood gushing from characters, blood stains covering corpses).
The developer states that "the player engages in fights and battles and may kill or dispatch enemies and possibly horses using swords, axes, bows and other melee and ranged weapons. The game shows blood effects and rag-doll-integrated death animations. Players can purchase wine and ale, and consume these in taverns. The game text includes moderate crude language such as *!@?*, *!@?*, etc."

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to come up with strategies that take advantage of your troop type and the surrounding terrain to come out on top. In addition, when in combat proper, you need to perform well-timed attacks and dodges.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.


Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord usually costs £42.99 to £44.99.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

XBox Store Xbox X|S £42.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £42.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

PlayStation Store PS5 £44.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £44.99
Steam Store PC £42.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
There are two editions of the game: the Standard Edition and the Digital Deluxe Edition. The Deluxe Edition contains a map, an audiobook, concept art, and the soundtrack. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 25/10/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (120 online)

Genres: Battle, Strategy (Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Simulation)

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Tale Worlds (@TaleWorlds)

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