The Banner Saga Is Our TA Playlist Game for September 2019

By Mark Delaney,
Update: And the winner is The Banner Saga! Join us beginning on September 1st with one of the most beautiful games to grace games in the last several years.

The busiest time of the year for new games is upon us. The next two weeks of August bring with them a ton of new games, and that's just the tip of the iceberg that sees major new games like Gears 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and other blockbusters.

With that in mind, we wanted to keep it simple for our TA Playlist faithful this September. We've stuck to games found in Xbox Game Pass, and picked out four promising story-driven games, each from very different styles and aesthetics.

Pick the one you've been meaning to get to, or the one you want to rave about, or maybe just the one with the easiest achievements. Whatever the case, we'll be back in one week with the results.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga

Live through an epic role-playing Viking saga where your strategic choices directly affect your personal journey. Make allies as you travel with your caravan across this stunning yet harsh landscape. Carefully choose those who will help fight a new threat that jeopardizes an entire civilization. Every decision you make in travel, conversation and combat has a meaningful effect on the outcome as your story unfolds. Not everyone will survive, but they will be remembered.

Life is Strange: Before The Storm

Episode 3

Life is Strange: Before the Storm features Chloe Price a 16 year-old rebel who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber, a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret it takes their new found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons.


RiME screenshot

A land of discovery stretches out before you. Explore the beautiful yet rugged world of RiME, a single-player puzzle adventure. In RiME, you play as a young boy who has awakened on a mysterious island after a torrential storm. You see wild animals, long-forgotten ruins and a massive tower that beckons you to come closer. Armed with your wits and a will to overcome—and the guidance of a helpful fox—you must explore the enigmatic island, reach the tower's peak, and unlock its closely guarded secrets.

What Remains of Edith Finch


What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state.
As Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive. Each story you find lets you experience the life of a new family member on the day of their death, with stories ranging from the distant past to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the Finches themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member's death.
Ultimately, it's a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.
It's also worth reminding our Playlist crowd that I tease the next poll around the beginning of every month on Twitter. Starting this month, I'm even giving away a digital game to the first person to guess all four games correctly. This time, our winner is longtime contributor to the monthly event, HawkeyeBarry20. Get in touch with me via Twitter or TA message to browse my list of digital codes and claim your prize!

If you'd like to play my Playlist emoji puzzles, follow along on Twitter and in the TA Playlist Game Suggestion Thread. The first correct answer in either location wins a game!

Check back soon for the poll results, and don't forget to join us for this month's ongoing Playlist game, Borderlands 2.
Which game should the community play for TA Playlist in September 2019?
  • The Banner Saga27.44% (456)
  • Life is Strange: Before the Storm26.23% (436)
  • RiME21.18% (352)
  • What Remains of Edith Finch25.15% (418)
We've had 1662 responses.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.