I’m usually skeptical about Ubisoft releases and I was not expecting good things from their new multiplayer focused IP, For Honor. And for a while I thought I was right…
Once I realised what For Honor was, and what it was trying to do, only did I appreciate the depth and satisfaction of this title. For Honor has the complex mechanics of a fighting game, camera perspective of an action adventure game and the objectives of a MOBA. It is hard to compare For Honor to any other titles out there, simply because nothing else comes close to it.
To add on even further to that, even though there are 12 classes, it does not just take mastering your preferred class type to be good at the game, but also knowing what the other 11 classes are capable of to know the right strategy and techniques to overcome them. Stage fatalities, feints and parries also contribute to your victory or demise at every duel. There is a lot to take in with For Honor, but learning the mechanics and seeing the results pay off with a victory can be incredibly satisfying, especially when it’s against a human opponent.
There is a single player campaign for each of the 3 factions (Knights, Vikings & Samurais) but this portion of the game will most likely be overlooked by most players. It provides insights and perspective into each class, and while the story is muddled and confusing, it is engaging enough to peak your interest and gives you knowledge about the world of For Honor. Boss fights also feature unique mechanics that are not present in the multiplayer portion of the game. You should however run through the single player campaigns as it essentially is a tutorial for the 12 classes that For Honor features and you get to unlock gear for multiplayer as well.
There is a deeper, confusing element to For Honor called Faction War. It is neither explained clearly not does it seem to affect your online experience much. More or less, whenever you win a battle, the overall reach of your faction expands further on the world map, rewarding you with minute benefits. I did not feel like I lost out on anything by ignoring this portion of multiplayer. One disappointing aspect about For Honor though, is that gear can be purchased for real money, which devalues the “rep” u get when another player sees you with your hard earned gear.
It is almost a guarantee a sequel for For Honor will be unleashed upon us a few years down the line, especially with the cult following it will most definitely have by that time.
For Honor is overall a deeply rewarding and satisfying game, but only for the patient gamer. If you put in the time to learn, study and understand this game, this is the perfect game for you.