Over the past couple of years For Honor has become extremely accessible to anybody that might want to try it out. Many of you probably already own it and have just never downloaded it, due to both Ubisoft and Epic Games giving it away for free at separate occasions. If you don’t already own it then never fear the game has a variety of editions you can pay for, the lowest being starter edition at about £12 or $15, although it often goes on sale for as low as $5.
For Honor has a unique playstyle that feels slightly strange at first but becomes extremely addictive once you get the hang of it. The easiest way I can think to describe the style is Dark Souls on steroids. In Dark Souls, and any third person hack and slash you have a few different moves, you can do a light attack, heavy attack, and dodge. For Honor takes this idea and multiplies it by three. Literally. When you lock on to an enemy 3 bars will appear at the bottom of your screen only one of which will be full, you can, depending on if you’re using a controller or a keyboard, use the joystick or mouse to change which bar is full. This bar signifies what direction you will attack, and also the direction you will block, and will flash red in the direction of an incoming attack to let you know which way to block or dodge. It also has other types of attack, you have your regular light and heavy, but some characters get attacks that cannot be blocked, these will flash orange to show you have to dodge or perfectly time a parry. Some characters get a different attack which instead can be blocked but can’t be dodged. It may seem confusing at first but trust me, when you get the hang of it, it is very satisfying.
The game is built as a multiplayer, though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a singleplayer, unlike certain other games. Though the singleplayer isn’t large or expansive it is a great way to figure out the controls before you take on real humans. It has a story made with a short campaign for each faction, and also has a training mode where you can try out combos, and practice characters you don’t yet own, but might intend to buy.
The story mode is fun, and the difficulty scales well meaning it won’t ever be too frustrating or difficult to complete. You can get rewards for completing it, and there are extra rewards for finding all the secrets. The tactics trainer is also extremely useful as it gives you an opportunity to learn combos, and gives you situations specifically to help you learn them.
This is the reason this game was built. The brutal, satisfying visceral combat. Against real people. This is also where most of the games frustration comes in, as simply put, real people are the worst. Ubisoft isn’t the best at balancing the PVP and this has been an issue for years, I have had countless games where a rep 1 is put up against a rep 100, and after the years the game has been around they haven’t done much to fix this other than change how gear works. To elaborate as you level up you collect gear you can unlock perks, without any gear you by default have a perk active, and customising gear only really changes the perks you have to better suit your playstyle. Originally gear increased defense, damage, and more, so going up against someone with much stronger gear was a huge advantage. Unfortunately experience and skill is still something matchmaking issn’t very good at judging, and seems downright broken. According to their stats my deathmatch win rate is 100% and my KDR is 39. I can confirm it should not be.
Different characters lend themselves to very different playstyles, and the frustration comes in when people play characters that everybody hates. Certain characters lend themselves to easy to play but difficult to counter playstyles, Orochi has very fast light attacks that can chain, meaning he can just rapidly hit you at different directions until you die by a thousand cuts. Some characters can stun, knock you on the floor, or pick you up and throw you. The frustration comes in when you feel you perfect parried or dodged and attack, or put enough distance between you and them, and the game magically decides that it hit you anyway. If you want to play this game, be prepared for all kinds of games, well matched, unbalanced, or super easy. also be prepared for the constant sensation of feeling wildly out of control. Some of my best plays have been done by accident. But hey, if I didn’t know I was going to do it, how would an enemy?
This is where my favourite part of any game comes in. I can happily spend hours customising my characters to look as good as they can possibly look, and For Honor allows a huge amount of customisation that varies with each character. You have colour schemes for neutral, blue team, and red team. You can customise all of your armour to have different looks, and you can customise all of your gear to look how you want. On top of this you can also unlock or buy a huge amount of emotes, executions, and effects. With enough time in a character you can really make them look exactly how you would want them to look.
As is similar with Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft every year release a new expansion containing new characters for each faction, or as has happened previously, an entire new faction. This means that the game is always getting changed up, new characters bring in new playstyles, and sometimes even new mechanics. Events come around fairly often bringing new effects outfits and colour schemes. The amount of content genuinely feels like it will never end.
Along with the new faction a whole new gamemode was brought in, along with more singleplayer. The gamemode Breach was introduced with new objectives to win, and they also added an Arcade mode, although for this you need to buy the expansion. The Arcade mode simply allows for a lot of PVE, but gives rewards like unique gear and effects.
Overall my experience with this game is positive. I always come back to the game, and even in my rage I have fun. I definitely recommend anyone that owns the game to try it, and anybody that doesn’t but would like to, I would wait for a sale, but would definitely recommend buying the Marching Fire expansion at the same time for extra characters and the arcade mode.