For Honor absolutely nails the intimacy of a duel

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In just two weeks For Honor will be out. Perfect timing for anyone whose Valentine’s Day plans usually revolve around wishing wanton murder on all the displays of affection that over-saturate that month. So what kind of a game is it? A scrape of the surface makes For Honor look like the bastard child of Highlander, Dynasty Warriors and the most magnificent beards in game development today.

And you wouldn’t be wrong to think that. While For Honor will ship with a single-player campaign and a multiplayer component that’s kind of like sex (beautiful between two people and fantastic between eight), it’s the more personal duels that strip the game down to a fantastic display of its rock-solid mechanics. And that’s because these duels are absolutely tense games of chess, which require some deft thumb control.

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It’s not just about whacking each other broken and bloody, just in time to leave a quip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. There’s so so much more to the combat than that. Components which build on ideas pioneered in fighting games. Take Street Fighter for example, a franchise which prides itself on spacing. It’s that ability to control your zone that Street Fighter utterly excels at, with players often adapting and countering moves based on their positions within near, medium and far distances of each other.

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In For Honor, that zone control is focused on up close and personal scraps, which makes complete sense in a duel. But it’s that very instant where you close the space and hammer away at your opponent that feels magical. But in the context of a three-dimensional setting, getting around your opponent is just as important as getting close to them.

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Ducking, dodging and parrying are the keys to success here, but my favourite aspect of this puzzles comes from knowing my environment. The arenas of For Honor are filled with all manner of lethal pitfalls and traps, and knowing how to corner an opponent and force them into one of those traps is something that always puts a smile on my face. Hell, I’ve won most of my duels just by selecting the Raider class and using some cunning to trap my opposition and then take them for a last ride that ends with them at the bottom of a ravine.

Glorious stuff.

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And we’re just scratching the surface here. Even with two weeks to go, things can and will change when For Honor is released. I’m already expecting the Raider to get a serious nerf on his grapple skill, but that’s the beauty of this game. To get up close and personal, a tango de la muerte that somehow feels pure and devoid of any unnecessary distractions as you focus on what’s most important.

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Which is decapitating the bastard in front of you with a flail.

Last Updated: January 30, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Viper_ZA

    So no latency issues then?

    • PurplePariah

      Well, there is the issue of latent psychopaths.

      • Admiral Chief

        Just as long as your girlfriend isn’t late!

    • Sageville

      Hard to tell, there were a number of disconnects, methinks due to P2P issues, can’t tell if that’s just beta issues.

      The actual gameplay didn’t feel laggy at all.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor
    • For the Emperor!

      Great scene! Actually only part of the movie I have ever watched 🙂

  • Original Heretic

    It nails the intimacy of the duel? Dunno hey, my last duel was pretty damn intimate.
    There was ear nibbling involved.

  • MonsterCheddar

    “To get up close and personal, a tango de la muerte that somehow feels pure and devoid of any unnecessary distractions as you focus on what’s most important.”

    • Someone gets me 😀

  • MonsterCheddar

    Well, getting this end of Feb. Will see how it is then. The campaign should be awesome I hope.

  • Hammersteyn

    Not completely sold on it, especially with Horizon Zero Dawn at the end of February

    • Viper_ZA

      Hey it’s UBI afterall, wait for the price drop, heck just look at Steep hahaha

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • 1v1 against randoms, great fun
    2v2 against friends, very fun

    But not for R800 (PC)

    Lacks content and gets repetitive fast.

    • Viper_ZA

      Ubi have no shame, I’d rather pick up a copy of Prey and have some change in mah pockets xD

    • MonsterCheddar

      You only played a small part Otto. What about the campaign?

      • If Dark Souls had a beginner mode tutorial, then that will be this campaign.

        Combat is dull after you get the hang of 2 combo’s and to block either left, right or center.

        • MonsterCheddar

          Jy is net moerig want daar is nie ‘n perdjie in nie. 😛

    • Sageville

      “Lacks content and gets repetitive fast.’

      This was a beta demo… lack of content?

      • Apart from the campaign we had access to all characters and PvP modes. And PvP got boring really really fast.

        • Sageville

          Well I can’t deny your experience, but looking at Alpha footage we didn’t see all the modes and characters in this beta…

    • GooseZA

      What’s the latency like?

      • No idea, they don’t have a numerical value for it. Only 5 green bars that turn green, yellow or red.

        But I am guessing it should be the same as all my other games sitting at around 155-170ms

  • For the Emperor!

    Any idea how long the campaign will be? All I can find is that it will be a “full experience”…

    • Viper_ZA

      Those are extremely dangerous words to be throwing around….lol 🙂

  • Admiral Chief

    Remember to block!

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    Speaking of brutal… is this what takealot thinks the average gamer looks like? Who are these tossers? Look at that fool… he looks like a vanilla flavoured Grant Hinds….

    http://media.takealot.com/cms/515018f1e4bb9ab370000089/Slides/9c8a167915b60900eb07ac422c4a60ac.png

    • Sageville

      Hinds has a pink almost-beard now…

      He’s totally lost to us now…

      • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

        …. a pink beard….? Dear heavens! 🙁 I think it’s time we give Rincey his grandpa’s shotgun and tell him to take Hinds behind the barn…

        🙁

        • Sageville

          “take Hind behind the barn…”

          I say nothing…

          • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

            Young Sage looks up, grinning from ear to ear, and around his bloody mouth Grand Hind’s pink beard…. 0_o

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Saving rather for ME:Andromeda.

  • GooseZA

    @Darryn_Bonthuys:disqus What is the latency like? The game looks awesome but I worry that having to connect to EU / US servers will put us at a big disadvantage.

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