Also available on PlayStation 4 and Windows
For Honor is a game that promised a glorious amount of combat and strategy. What it delivered was a glorious amount of disappointment. It was supposed to be like The Division but instead of guns in New York, it's swords and axes in a fictional world filled with Vikings, samurai, and European knights. Just like with The Division, the first thirty minutes or so seem a LOT cooler than the last six or seven hours.
The game looks nice, but as is often the case with Ubisoft, that's about as far as the pros go. It plays well enough for a while, but it gets old fast. I didn't mess around with the online much because, frankly, I was sick of the game halfway through the campaign. I use the word "campaign" pretty loosely because it amounted to little more than a seven hour tutorial. There are about half a dozen missions in each of the three chapters - a knight chapter, a Viking chapter, and a samurai chapter. There's a story there and characters, but it's utterly uninteresting. There's this psychotic lady who wants to start a war between the three factions because apparently eternal war is a desirable state for her. Beyond that, nothing really makes a whole lot of sense. They go and burn the Vikings' land to piss them off. Then they decide to go raid the samurai because Vikings. Then the samurai go attack the knights because they just magically know that they're behind everything. Or something. It's stupid, and there's no real context for these nations except "There's a kingdom of knights, a kingdom for Vikings, and a kingdom of samurai."
The gameplay is very much like a mix of Dark Souls and The Division except replace the rolling in Dark Souls with blocking and parrying. Otherwise, the combat feels similarly slow but powerful, and the sort of openish but pointless feeling online combat of The Division. I honestly can't imagine wanting to play much of this, though. I lowered the campaign difficulty to easy about a third of the way through not because it was too difficult but because it was too damn boring; I just wanted it to be over. Why didn't I just quit playing, you may ask? I don't know, because I'm stubborn and hate not finishing games these days. I really should have, though; that was seven hours I'll never get back.
For Honor is a game that promised a lot and delivered none of it. There was a lot of potential, but despite the game's impressive visuals, the monotonous gameplay, terrible voice acting, and perhaps the stupidest story I've ever heard from a game all ruin what could have potentially been a decent game. The game is pretty and is technically functional. That's really the only praise I can find to give this game. I got it on sale for like $12 new, and I have no doubt that I overpaid.
My Rating - 2 Neps
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