Wage War on boredom with For Honor!
by Daniel Boylan
What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to play what has to be one of the least romantic games ever made?! That’s right, Ubisoft have decided to release their sword clashing, bone smashing action adventure title For Honor
this 14th February. While they’ve definitely taken the meaning of “bleeding heart” a bit literally, this is very much a game that will get your blood pumping! Development duties have been handled by Ubisoft Montreal, who are responsible for games in the Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series to name but a few. With such an experienced team behind the wheel, it’s safe to say we’re in good hands with this one, so the big question is what is it all about?
For Honor is set in medieval times in a fantasy setting reminiscent of Game of Thrones, with the three main factions of the game being manipulated by the bloodthirsty warlord Apollyon, who wants to create a world of all-out war. These three factions are The Chosen, The Warborn and The Legion who are based on Samurai, Vikings and Knights respectively. Players can choose to brave the campaign alone or have a friend join them in two player co-op mode. Whichever you choose, you can bet you’ll be in for an action packed adventure either way!
You won’t be limited to just a campaign mode though, as there are five multiplayer modes to get your hands on in For Honor:
- Dominion – this mode is a 4v4 battle in which you must break your enemies’ morale by killing members of their team as well as capturing areas and retaining control of them.
- Duel – a one on one arena fight to the death spread out over five rounds. You’ll really need to master your chosen hero’s moveset to come out on top here!
- Brawl – a 2v2 battle over five rounds. The arena is filled with traps here so be careful or you’ll do your opponent’s job for them!
- Skirmish – a points based match which ends in a climatic push to wipe your remaining foes from the battlefield.
- Elimination – a 4v4, best of five round match with no respawns. The tension is high here with multiple strategies to choose from!
The control system used in For Honor is referred to as The Art of War, and it’s easy to see why. It gives you total control of your chosen hero and captures the intricacies of a real duel while retaining the accessible feel of a modern video game. The actual fighting has been motion captured by real martial artists but don’t worry, nobody really chopped each other’s heads off! The medieval setting doesn’t stop the battles from feeling large scale either, with the game boasting huge maps to fight in so you can feel like you’re playing through an epic battle from Game of Thrones!
Ubisoft Montreal are also planning a wealth of new content in the year following launch, with 4 “mini seasons” of DLC on the way. Some content will also be made available through free updates. A full season pass can be purchased using PSN and Xbox credit found in your nearest Smyths Toys Superstore. This will give you extra benefits over buying each pack separately such as one week early access to content and extra XP earned in game. With new characters to play as, weapons to fight with and maps to wage war in, this content will keep you coming back for more, long after the game has been released. Bring it on!