There was some some skepticism surrounding Ubisoft’s latest game For Honor because we all know for a fact that their quality of games has not been upto the mark or, just didn’t hit the right spot such as with their annual release of Assassin’s Creed – but there is reason for optimism.
For Honor is an upcoming online action hack and slash video game in development by Ubisoft Montreal and set to be published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One that was announced at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The game features a melee combat system described by the developers as “The Art of Battle” and allows players to play the roles of historical soldiers such as medieval knights, samurai, and vikings within a Medieval fantasy setting.
This is next in Ubisoft’s recent attempts at a multiplayer oriented game – there was The Crew which was fairly good in ideas, but lost out on a mediocre playerbase. The same goes for The Division, even with the decreasing number of players, which made its return with the new 1.6 Last stand update. The Crew is also returning with a new DLC Calling all units which seems to be promising. So Ubisoft seems to be actually improving with the way they are handling games. With the success of Rainbow Six: Siege Ubisoft continues to push its boundary towards a new IP, For Honor.
For Honor might just look like a hack and slash game on the paper but there’s much more to it. The gameplay is totally different from what anyone would have expected. The attack and defense are put together by a stance and you have to actually block the attack from the where its directed (left, right or above). There are total of 3 factions and 9 warriors with which you can play (3 in each faction). Each warrior has its own abilities and also can counter specific abilities too.
The major plus of the game is the multiplayer modes it offers,of which there are 5 types:
- Dominion: Dominion is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players must capture and hold multiple zones in a battlefield. Points are earned through occupying combat zones. When one team earns enough points, they must eliminate the players from the other team and win the match.
- Brawl: In this two-versus-two multiplayer mode, a team must eliminate the entire opponent team completely in order to win.
- Duel: Duel is a one-versus-one multiplayer mode in which a player must successfully kill its opponent in order to win.
- Skirmish: Skirmish is a four-versus-four multiplayer mode in which players gain points while killing enemies. The team that scores the most within the time limit will win the match.
- Elimination: A team of players must eliminate the entire team of opponent players in this four-versus-four multiplayer mode. The team that still has remaining warriors will automatically win the match.
Talking about the optimisation – this time they seem to have got it just right with a sweet 60 FPS on a GTX 760 running on the current Nvidia drivers, but for some reason the MSI Afterburner on screen display didn’t work in the beta. It would prsumably max out on the latest Pascal cards given it’s a Nvidia GameWorks title.
So to sum it up, it has great optimisation, unique gameplay, nice multiplayer and a campaign so For Honor seems to be a game to be hyped for.