Ubisoft’s long-awaited but the tactical multiplayer action title is here, and we’ll tell you all in our For Honor review for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
In addition to presenting new releases of its acclaimed franchises, Ubisoft surprises us every edition of E3 in Los Angeles to introduce new IP’s that usually debut with a spectacular playable demonstration. This was the case of the title we are analyzing today, whose presentation was made in the 2016 edition of the aforementioned California fair.
That first presentation already left us literally impressed to all by its spectacular, with very realistic combats between powerful warriors of different times that were united to distribute wax. Little by little, and as we were proving the proposal of the French multinational, we realized that we were not before the typical game of one against all, but was betting on tremendously tactical clashes, in which agility, tactics and Reflexes were the key to success. Direct confrontations one against one or, against a few fighters, that demand a great skill with the command to try to overcome these challenges to life or death.
A playable concept that captivated us from the beginning to now, after playing long and long for a good number of hours, has confirmed the excellent expectations we had about him. A spectacular title as few, both visually and playable, but also, turns out to be a vice because of the addictive that comes to be. In fact, we have no doubt that we are before the start of a new saga of success on the part of Ubisoft, which in its first delivery turns out to be a breath of fresh air, above all, in its powerful multiplayer side that will have us trapped For a few months we give him a chance and we devote a few hours to understand his mechanics and playable style. If you listen to us, we have no doubt that you will be hooked as you have done with us. So, after more than a week playing with this final version, we are always looking forward to a new game in any of its fun multiplayer modes.
But first of all, just in case you have not heard much about the game or you are not aware of what really offers us For Honor, we must point out that this is a game of action and tactical struggle in the third person that invites us to live brutal And visceral fighting. For it joins three of the most famous warrior factions in history: Vikings, medieval knights or samurai. Although the game also has an individual campaign, the main interest of the title lies in its competitive multiplayer that will allow us to experience moments of unparalleled spectacularness both alone and with the help of other friends or players.
Although it might seem at first glance that this is a new Hack and Slash, nothing further from the reality, since here is not about destroying enemies without stopping, but we find very strategic battles in which a bad decision Or false movement can cause us to end up kissing the ground. In fact, dealing with players of equal or more level than us will make us sweat the most if we want to defeat him. It is not only a matter of analyzing our contenders very well, but also knowing how to take advantage of our strengths, hiding our limitations or weaknesses and being with a thousand eyes to know when we have to choose to attack, defend ourselves or dodge powerful blows.
You can imagine that we must practice a lot to learn to master each of the types of warriors and thus have greater guarantees of success on the battlefield. But even so, we can not go crazy because if you face two enemies at a time and come out victorious is almost an odyssey, if this number is greater we can assume that we will not have practically be destroyed in a few seconds. So, although it may seem obvious, one of the pillars of the game is always to focus on a single human opponent (or one of the bosses if we are in the campaign), always avoiding confrontations in which the number of contenders per side is uneven.
In For Honor we are facing one of those games easy to play but that requires a lot of dedication and hours to get to control with guarantees. But the best thing is that we will always be willing to progress to learn to handle that class that best fits our style of play or unlock new skills that allow us to be more powerful or deadly on the battlefield. It is this permanent sensation of progression that causes it to be a very addictive work. Beyond the three factions with their different types of characters – which we will see later – the main protagonist of the game is their style of combat, called “Art of Battle”. As its name indicates, it will allow us to feel in our flesh the art of war, of those clashes with swords that were protagonists for centuries. This unique system will allow us to take complete control of all our actions, whether they are fast or strong blows, blockades, turns, counterattacks or dodging the attacks of our enemies.
In this way, we will count on endless possibilities in each combat, being the key strength, but also the ability, the reflexes, the attention or the precision when choosing our movements. Any action or movement can determine who will be the winner of the fight, so we can not relax for a second. Ubisoft Montreal has managed to convey the sensations and the tension that these fighters should live between each confrontation, in which only one could remain alive. The game transmits at all times a unique emotion, that will take us to continue improving little by little until arriving to become a fearsome rival and of prestige.
In addition, we must take into account that each historical faction has a series of heroes, each of which has its own characteristics that differentiate them much from the rest. This will force us not only to choose well the character that best suits our style, but also to study what may be the strengths or weaknesses of our rival. In other words, each fight is completely different from the previous one, since it depends on multiple factors. That’s why we can not accommodate even the same fight because we will surely be easy prey for most players. As you will be imagining, this is a yes, but tremendously tactical action game that requires a lot of practice. And for that, before we get into the multiplayer facet, nothing better than focusing on your campaign, which is also the best way to learn the basics and the combat system we talked about.
Despite what it may seem, this campaign is not a mere padding to meet, but is most spectacular and recommended. In fact, much better than you might expect in a game that features a powerful multiplayer competitive mode. Throughout 8 hours (more if we want to get all the collectibles), the game presents us with a variety of situations that allow us to live memorable scenes and moments, at the same time that we adapt to the style of the game and understand better The proposal that we have prepared Ubisoft for its title. In addition to being fun, our advice is to start it before you get into the multiplayer. We could say that it is like a special huge tutorial that will train us for what awaits us then against other players.
Needless to say, the story is completely fictional, an excuse to bring together at the same time three factions so different and attractive. Another of its attractions is that we can enjoy it alone or in cooperation with another player, being this second option of the most recommendable for the fun that results.
History puts us centuries after a great cataclysm that almost ended all traces of civilization. The balance that had reigned since then breaks, beginning the hostilities between the three factions: horses, Vikings and samurai. Thus, the campaign is divided into three major episodes, each starring one of the three sides, living the great battles of this bloody war.
This story mode will present us with a variety of situations such as assaults on castles or fortresses, mass battles or clashes against fearsome bosses. At the same time, as we have already noted above, we will know the different types of heroes, as well as the most important mechanics and movements that we will have to use in their multiplayer mode. And all this, while we enjoy cinematic scenes of great beauty that will tell us the facts and linking the different missions. It will also serve to win steel, which is the currency that will allow us to unlock new types of characters, equipment, skills or emblems, among other things.
As we say, the campaign is not too bad, it is very entertaining and spectacular, but surely we are looking forward to jump to the powerful and complete multiplayer, which is the most attractive of its playable offer. So nothing better than to begin by explaining that the game presents a great battle worldwide in three main factions, although we really should talk about three different colors, within which we can choose and what kind of fighter we want to handle to start adding to our equipment. In this way, we will not have the sensation of going on our own, but we are really part of a side with thousands of players around the world, which greatly enriched the experience. In fact, this cooperative character will also have a great presence in the games themselves, being fundamental teamwork to have greater guarantees of overcoming the enemies of other sides.
In total, the game includes a total of 12 types of elite soldiers, 4 for each of the factions. In spite of the great number of variants, it is necessary to emphasize the great balance between all of them, so that we can always be a great fighter, we choose the warrior that we choose, with training. It is a joy to discover each class, its movements as well as its strengths, weaknesses or peculiarities. And we assure you that to get to dominate only one class can take hours and hours, so our advice is to focus on a single before testing with others. And if we see that our choice does not give us good, change to another with which we find ourselves more secure. There are all types: strong but slow, fast and agile but very fragile, balanced … In addition we must take into account that we will unlock a multitude of new skills, so we have fun for months, and even more with the fun modes included.
To feel even more identified with our character, the game offers us enormous possibilities of customization for virtually all elements, the most visually appealing of weapons and armor. We can always unlock new content by playing more, being relegated payments for those who want to have everything before. But, as we say, the game offers us the possibility of unlocking everything without having to incur any additional expenses.
Focusing on multiplayer modes, the first one we would like to talk about because of the appeal of its proposal is Dominio. In this mode 4 vs 4 not only must we defeat enemies, but we must capture specific areas of each map and keep them as long as possible to add more points. Precisely when a team manages to reach 1000 points, breaking the morale of the opposing side, the enemies can not reappear, unless they kill rivals or recover zones. The winning team will be the one that killed the last hero of the team with broken morale.
Very different are the Duels, a one-on-one mode in bouts that decide the best of three rounds. Epic clashes and very intense, as they will place us in an arena without indications of where our rival is, so we must stay alert and detect his presence to try to finish him.
Even more exciting is Pelea, a variety that faces two teams of two players each. Each of the heroes is located on a part of the map, so that will win the side that eliminated the two rival heroes. Without reappearance, in this mode you have to know how to play with the stage, as they are full of traps and also high zones that will allow us to launch our enemy into the void. In the same style we find Elimination, only here we face four warriors against others, so that the last hero standing will add a victory for his team. With a larger number of players, we must cooperate very well to try to take advantage in the brutal clashes.
Finally, in Escaramuza we will gain points by killing enemy heroes, while each match will end with a break phase where we must eliminate all players from the opposing bank to win.
In short, a proposal of the most varied and attractive that will keep us hooked for a long time. In addition, since Ubisoft have already promised that new content will be added regularly, so it is clear that this is a title with a great tour. But best of all, it’s the tremendously fun and exciting thing to fight in this epic battle between legendary warriors.
For Honor Graphics
The Anvil engine again demonstrates that it is one of the most versatile and powerful at the moment, allowing in this occasion to offer an incredible world, full of details and with a multitude of different scenarios, that will make us feel as if we were really inside the battles. But, without a doubt, the most spectacular thing is the overwhelming work that each one of the heroes that take part in the combats behind, being perfectly recognizable each one of them. Something especially meritorious, considering the great number of types that includes the game.
Each of these warriors have all the details and animations that leave us with the mouth open, leaving moments and scenes shocking in the fighting. All with total fluidity, which is key considering its playability. All the characters respond as they would in reality, leaving a sense of total realism in all their movements and blows. To top it off, the game has a high component of customization, something that will allow us to identify even more with our character.
Also to highlight the high level that show all the textures, as well as the superb lighting that shows the game that allows the scenery still look better if it fits. Logically the version of compatible excels, but without demeaning at all the editions of consoles that have left us also hallucinated.
Sound of For Honor
As usual in all the major productions of Ubisoft, we are facing a maximum care, with spectacular sound effects that enhance each hit and sound with a spectacular rotundity. Before this waste of special effects, the soundtrack stays in the background, although with some subjects of enormous quality. Finally, a great dub to Castilian puts the icing on the cake.
Conclusion of For Honor
Ubisoft has bet heavily on a new IP and this can be seen in the great mime that has been put into its development. An innovative title in his style of tactical and realistic combat, which has proved to be a success. This is one of those games easy to learn but demanding if you want to master. But, in any case, a most addictive game that has hooked us for dozens of hours. Its spectacular campaign is the best appetizer for which it is its great attraction: its multiplayer side. A multitude of modes, each different and equally attractive, that will allow us to enjoy their fantastic gameplay, as we discover each of the heroes that will be part of the battle.
For Honor has been captivated by its playable proposal, its impressive audiovisual section and the enormous potential that surrounds it. Without a doubt, one of those must-have games that every action lover and multiplayer titles should try.
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