March 06, 2017
By Tim Webb
Developed and published by Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, For Honor is an action fighting game. For Honor allows players to assume the roles of knights, samurai and vikings during a fictional medieval time. The game’s third person perspective offers strategic and technical melee fighting.
For Honor is primarily a one-on-one fighting game; however, situations do arise where players fight several enemies at once. Intricate mechanics and 12 heroes to choose from, each with their own unique weapons and fighting styles, permit players to refine their play style as they wish. Strategic opportunities are ever present for gamers providing a balance and extensive complexity that makes For Honor unique.
The game is all about calculated strikes and defense rather than amateurish button mashing. Reading the opponent and knowing when to counter are imperative if players expect to survive and win. To help refine these calculated abilities, For Honor includes training modes and a single player that teaches the fundamentals of battle.
The game really shines in the multiplayer modes where players can put their training to the test. Players can customize their heroes while taking part in the following five different game modes:
• Duel is a one-versus-one multiplayer mode in which a player must successfully kill the opponent to win.
• Brawl is a two-versus-two multiplayer mode, a team must eliminate the entire opponent team completely to win.
• Elimination, a team of players must eliminate the entire team of opponent players in this four-versus-four multiplayer mode. The team that still has remaining warriors will automatically win the match.
• Skirmish is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players gain points while killing enemies. When one team earns enough points, they must eliminate the players from the other team and win the match.
• Dominion is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players must capture and hold multiple zones in a battlefield. Points are earned through occupying combat zones. When one team earns enough points, they must eliminate the players from the other team and win the match.
Although For Honor does a great job with its combat system, the single player campaign is very linear and could have told an even greater and memorable story. Also, the game is very difficult to grasp requiring players to have patience and practice. To add to the steep learning curve, online battles against players who are already settled may frustrate newcomers.
It’s clear that For Honor has an in-depth combat system with heaps to master. Visually the game is stunning and provides brilliant game play modes to keep it refreshing for a long time. With rewarding fighting mechanics and downloadable content (DLC) planned, Ubisoft has a winning formula with this new fighter.