There’s a new fighting game on the block and it’s pretty good.
Ubisoft knows how to make really good looking games. This one is no different. For Honor is a beautiful game. Everything from the character models to the stages themselves look really good. The lighting, sound effects, and everything in between is top notch. This is definitely the prettiest game I’ve played so far this year.
Do you know how hard it is to come up with something original these days? Ubisoft managed to come up with a system that I’ve never played in any game before. By looking at it you would think it’s a pretty clunky, and slow combat system, but you would be wrong. For Honor’s gameplay is more then it seems. It’s not your typical hack and slash game like Dynasty Warriors. It’s slower paced and takes a good strategy to overcome your opponents. Even when I found myself going up against three opponents at the same time I knew I still had an advantage because of how well the block system is in this game.
If I move my mouse to the right I’ll block right. It took some getting used to, but I was surprised at how quickly I mastered this game. If I lose a match I have no excuse (unless I was cheesed by the system) because the other person had a better strategy than me. I would adjust my strategy and go back in there and win. I never found the gameplay repetitive or boring and when I first started playing this game I put about 8 straight hours of gameplay in before I put it down the first time. Now I have well over 30 hours of gameplay and I’ve experienced everything this game has to offer me.
I love fighting games that lets me customize my favorite fighters. Soul Caliber had a really neat customization system in it and For Honor reminds me of that a little. I love that I can make my viking berserker feel like my own character by customizing him. As I played the game I unlocked more customization options for him like more colors, cool looking emblems, and even new helmet designs. I can customize my weapon too, but it’s nothing ground breaking. It’s actually pretty basic, but it’s still exciting when I find a new weapon customization piece to add to my berserker.
I think Ubisoft played it safe with the customization here. Hopefully they’ll add more further down the line or even in a sequel one day.
For Honor doesn’t have many game modes. There’s dominion, 1v1 duels, 2v2 duels, 4v4 death match, and a 4v4 elimination match. All of the modes are a lot of fun to play, but my favorite modes to play are 1v1, and team death matches. I’ve had some really chaotic matches that went down to the last two participates. I wish Ubisoft would have put a siege mode in this game like in story mode. That horseback riding segment was really awesome too and I would love to see a mixture of siege mode with horses. Make it happen Ubisoft!
Ripping into my opponent with a sword or blocking a killing blow from my foe sounds fantastic. The ambient sounds, soundtrack, and overall sound quality is actually really good and could have easily been in the great section of this review, but the piss poor voice acting really brings it down in my opinion. Story mode was a joke and is only worth playing through for the nice unlockables that I received after completing it.
The single player campaign did a good job of introducing me to For Honor and teaching me the way the game works, but it was complete crap. The voice acting was poor, but the cutscenes were nice. There’s really not much to say about it since it was so forgettable. If you were buying this game to only play through the single player campaign I would suggest waiting for a deep sale before you do or just play something different.
The Community (PC)
For Honor’s community is a bit of a mixed bag right now. People love making excuses when they lose, accusing me of cheating when I take out their entire team, and even talking about the most vulgar things in the chat. I forgot how immature gamers can be since I don’t usually play online games like this outside of ESO. For Honor’s community is toxic right now and everyone likes to bitch and complain about no one having honor when the first thing they do when they start losing is run away.
This won’t actually factor into the final score, but I thought it was worth bringing up.
It’s Easy To Cheese The System
Nothing is more annoying then fighting someone that knows how to cheese their character’s movepool. Some characters are downright broken right now and a good player can exploit their skills and keep us in a infinite stun move while taking our health down. There are ways to defend against this, but it’s annoying and I hope Ubisoft fixes it soon.
For Honor is a really good game. It’s the best game I’ve played this year so far and I plan on putting a bunch more hours into it before I’m done with it. I think Ubisoft played it safe with this game because it’s a new IP, but the future could be really bright for this game if they support it. For Honor does have microtransactions, but they don’t break the game in any way. Everything that you can buy can be gotten if you put enough time into the game. For Honor is a great new IP and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for it.