For glory! For Honor!
For those looking for a medieval brawler, For Honor might just be the thing for you! And coming from first class developer Ubisoft Montreal we are sure we have something special here.
For Honor features a Story Campaign where you get to know the 3 opposing factions: Knights, Vikings and Samurai. But in my opinion this is nothing more than practice, so I recommend to skip this, cause it’s in the multiplayer department the game really shines. There are a couple of modes available: Duel & Brawl, Team Deathmatch, Elimination and Dominion.
Duel is straightforward 1 vs 1 while Brawl features 2 vs 2 combat where, in both, players go head to head in a best of 5. Team Deathmatch and Elimination are a variation of pitting 8 players divided in 2 teams against each other. Last there is Dominion, a 4 vs 4 mode that combines several gameplay mechanics from other game genres. The goal is to capture and hold areas, earning your team points to win the game, this while killing other players and AI soldiers levels your hero unlocking special abilities.
At the beginning of the match you can choose one of the available heroes each with it’s own loadout of skills, strengths and weaknesses. Once the match is over you gain loot, credits and experience. Collected items adjust your stats and impact your playstyle, while earned credits can be spent in the shop where you can unlock the other heroes making a total of 12, or buy some cosmetic items changing the look of your characters. The customization options in this game seem endless.
“add some guard breakers, parries, combos and hero abilities in the mix and you’re in for some deep gameplay making For Honor both refreshing and tactical”
But a melee game like this stands or falls with the fighting itself, and let me say that the fluid combat is where the game really excels. The basics are simple. You can attack or block in 3 directions, left, right or top. Sounds simple? Add some guard breakers, parries, combos and hero abilities in the mix and you’re in for some deep gameplay making For Honor both refreshing and tactical. Just expect to encounter some frustration when playing your first online games. The difficulty online is brutal for newcomers, but once you get to learn the ropes and start to understand the game mechanics you are in for a real treat. Absolute beginners can practice against AI to hone their skills, also earning rewards along the way.
Also worth mentioning is that, if you’re playing on PlayStation 4 and own a Vita, this game also has a dedicated control scheme for Remote Play. Logically it isn’t as good as playing on the main platform, but even playing on the PS4’s little cousin, gameplay actually isn’t that bad. Just keep it to the single player part cause going against another player like this will without a doubt result in a loss.
Graphics and sound wise I can be short. For Honor looks and sounds fantastic, like I would expect from a triple A game. Great setting, beautifully designed levels and fluid characters animations make this an amazing game to look at.
“these things hold the game back a bit, but looking at how Ubisoft has supported its other franchises you can rest assured some of these issues will be solved in the long run”
On the downside, there are some connectivity and grouping issues that still need to be ironed out. For instance, when teaming up with a friend, the matchmaking did put us into separate games. The peer to peer network can cause connectivity issues or even result in the match ending early when the host leaves. It’s strange there aren’t any dedicated servers available, cause that would be a big step in the right direction. These things hold the game back a bit, but looking at how Ubisoft has supported its other franchises like for instance Rainbox Six Siege and The Division, gaining more and more popularity long after release, you can rest assured some of these issues will be solved in the long run.
Without a doubt this game is futureproof, so if you’re looking for a fresh and challenging multiplayer game in a unique setting that will keep you hooked for weeks or even months, make sure to give For Honor a look.