This past weekend a select few in the gaming community including myself got to experience histories dream battle royal; with an alpha build for Ubisoft’s’ highly anticipated up and coming title, For Honor.
Ubisoft’s take on history-altering warrior battles is a fantastic and fresh idea, but could still use some work. For Honor is essentially Samurais vs Knights vs Vikings, with a complex and strategic combat system. You start off by selecting 1vs1, 2vs2 or 4vs4 game modes, in 1vs1 the objective is simple to destroy your opponent, in 2vs2 team up with a friend and destroy the other team; 4vs4 the objective is to take over bases from the enemy and guard them the first team with 1500 points wins. The mode I enjoyed the most was easily was 1vs1 and 2vs2, unfortunately, I could not play against a friend in the 1vs1 mode which I found was a huge faulty function in this alpha.
The battle system was vastly different from any other game I have ever played before; you start out by holding L2 to lock on to your opponent. You then use your right stick to direct which way you want to block from and attack from, if your opponent matches the way you are attacking from he will then block and deflect the attack opening you up to be attacked. In order to attack in this game you use your R1 button for a light attack and R2 for a heavy attack and Square for guard break, allowing you to throw your opponent into a hole; the matched are out of 5 and with each match the warrior you choose levels up with new battle equipment like weapons and armor.
For Honor was fun to play, but requires some work with regards to its tutorials and being able to play against your friends. Nothing is better in this game though then outsmarting your opponent and chopping off their head with a katana or broadsword. I cannot wait for this game to come out and to play more of it. For Honor is set to come out on February 14th 2017
ICE, Gamers of the Round Table
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