If you can picture an epic battle scene from movies like Excalibur, 300, Gladiator and Braveheart with steel clashing with steel screams as soldiers die around you on the battle field your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing never knowing if you will live or die, this is what For Honor brings to the table it’s this balance of player skill and well-built game mechanics that just makes this game work, it does have a sharp learning curve but that just adds to its enjoyment each battle draws out this white knuckle adrenaline fuelled rush that brings immense joy when you win a match/ duel or that feeling of utter defeat as you watch your head get taken off by your opponent. I love how unpredictable the game can be even with it showing you where your opponent tends to strike because it relies on your skill to be able to block or parry that attack causing them to stagger giving you an opening to punish them for making a mistake, I have never played a game that requires you to slow down and think and play your moves on the fly while at the same time speeding up the game and releasing a flurry of attacks, I won’t lie I have been waiting for something like this for ages. For all its flaws and boy does it have a doozy in the form of its matchmaking system, this game has the potential to be great especially when it comes to e-sports (this is something I would watch). Childhood dreams truly come true in this game.
What you need to know:
This game has two sides a single player and a multiplayer both separate from each other with each side having a ranking up system for the characters you play. The single player campaign (which can also be played in co-op through the full story) revolves around three chapters which are the Knights, Vikings and Samurai, each chapter has six parts to it and although linear at times they were really fun and helps you get into the “swing” of things for the multiplayer side, as you progress through the story you get to rank up and earn feats which are like boosts for each of the characters you play, all the while building up to this climactic end which honestly left me wanting to know more about each of these factions and characters and why everything is happening the way it is, and if you really want to test your “metal” play the game on realistic and push your skills to the limit but I think leave this for your second play through or if you plan on doing it in co-op.
The multiplayer is where this game really shines with its intricate combat system of blocks, parries, counters and combos which all rely on your skill as a player to pull off perfectly, for example you need to watch your opponent’s directional meter so you know where the next attack might come from so you can set up your counter move, it really is an amazing system and so well built. This game is not just your average hack n slash and its really blown my mind with how much skill a player needs to learn to pull off a win or even to just survive and it makes you really feel like you are in the thick of battle.
A quick overview of the multiplayer is that you have four modes, Duel (1v1) and Brawl (2v2) which are your skill testers as you are thrown into a small arena against another player and you need to fight to the death to win these are a lot of fun and very rewarding when you win or pull off a victory from a near defeat. Next up is your larger 4v4 modes Skirmish, Eliminations and Dominion with Dominion being the biggest as it includes AI which you need to help/ use to control points on the map till you get to a breaking point where if you hit a certain score you get like a sudden death and at this point if you kill a hero from the losing team they can’t respawn and when you take them all out you win the round. For Honor also offers an interesting character building selection with regards to gear and feats where you can rank up and gain gear from each match which you can then upgrade with steel (which is earned during multiplayer fights) or dismantle to use to upgrade another item, each weapon or armour offers different stats which you can build/ put together for your play style and it is amazing how far you can take it.
There is nothing else like this in the gaming world and honestly who doesn’t want to fight as a Knight, Samurai or a Viking I think that’s every kids dream, it’s got an amazing combat system and dare I say it’s a really well balanced game.
This game is built on a new type of P2P system where everyone is a host which seems ok on paper but it does not work very well in practice because as soon as someone leaves a game the whole game either crashes or replaces them with a full health bot, the other issue is the “Region” match making which does not work well at all in South Africa and it becomes very hard to find any sort of game to play with lengthy waiting time to only get hit by a multiplayer error screen.
Even with all its multiplayer issues its early days still and I am hopeful that this all will be sorted out soon as this game has amazing potential and could go onto being something big in e-sports. Should you get this game now honestly maybe not which is sad because from my side I really enjoy this game.
– Game was bought by POI-ZONE and reviewed on Xbox One. –