For Honor




Introduction

For Honor is a third person, action, fighting type game. It is developed and published by Ubsoft for the Xbox one Ps4 and windows 10. The game allows players to play the roles of historical forms of soldiers and warriors, including knights, samurai, vikings and since October 2018 the Chinese Wu Lin, within a medieval setting, controlled using a third-person perspective.  It was released February 2017.


Story/plot

After a natural catastrophe pitted the most fearsome warriors against one another in a fight for resources and territory, the bloodthirsty warlord Apollyon believes the people of the Knights, Vikings, and Samurai have grown weak and wants to create an age of all-out war through manipulation of each faction. To this end the perspectives of characters within each faction are shown as events are shaped, battles are waged, and agendas are created as Apollyon works to ensure continuous sparks of conflict between the Legion, the Warborn, and the Chosen from the myre. 

The story is starts with your castle being sieged by a group of knights called the Blackstone legion. after a lot of fighting the battle stops and one of the Blackstone Lieutenant challenges your leader to a duel and he chooses you the player to fight for him. once you beat the other champion you are seen as a strong warrior and recruited into the Blackstone legion. you quickly come to releases that the Blackstone legion doesn't care about saving people and only starting wars everywhere. you will play as the knights, vikings and samurai each character you play as has to deal with there own struggles and try to stop the Blackstone legion from creating wars everywhere. 

Hero's

Knights


Warden



Class: Vanguard

Weapon: Longsword

Armour: Steel Plate, Chainmail

Description:
The Wardens are powerful, noble warriors dedicated to the defence of their land and their people. Striking a balance between defence and offence, wardens wear partial plate Armour with chain mail and leather. The Warden is the first character you play as in the knights faction there are good with defence and offence while also being somewhat agile and straight forward.
Fighting Style:
The warden is a jack of all trades character and have a balance between offence and defence. They are easy to play have all round good moves and abilities and are good for newcomers to start of with.





Conqueror

Class: Heavy

Weapon: Footmans Fail

Armour: Steel Plate, Chainmail and Shield

Description:
Conquerors are ex-prisoners and forced conscripts who have risen to the rank of elite soldier. They are heavily armoured warriors, relying on a defensive style and their massive flails to whittle away at their opponent’s stamina until they fall under the Conquerors’ massive onslaught. The Conqueror is a heavy and relies on Strong hits and high defence to beat the opponent.

Fighting Style:
Conquerors are heavily armoured fighters armed with massive flails. They destabilise and overcome opponents through multiple defensive abilities and infinite attacks. They can go into a turtle like mode using their shield to block almost anything from any direction.





Peacekeeper

Class: Assassin


Weapon: Sword and Dagger

Armour: Leather, Hide



Description:
Peacekeepers are quick, lethal, and can win a fight before their enemy even knows they are there. They are an instrument of death, wielded to turn the tides of war. You may never see them. But you will feel the difference they make and trail they leave behind.


Fighting Style:
Peacekeepers are fast, manoeuvrable, and deadly. They use their dagger to inflict Bleed Damage to their opponents. Their limited range is compensated by high mobility to counter enemies or back away to safety. They use light armour to move around quickly which makes them much weaker than other characters, they aren't very good in defence but very good offence.





lawbringer

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Polaxe

Armour: Heavy Steel Armour

Description:
The Lawbringers are the justice in Ashfeld. They enforce the laws and dispense punishment. Their Armour is without equal. Their weapon is a grim reminder of the ultimate punishment for lawlessness. They are a Hybrid of a heavy and a Vanguard.

Fighting Style:
The Lawbringer combines the features of a Heavy and a Vanguard Hero. Strong but extremely effective at counter-attacking. They have very good range and can use a charge ability to push the enemy on to the ground or across the battlefield. They are very good at disabling enemies and good at counter attacking but very difficult to use.





Gladiator
Class: Assassin

Weapon: Trident, Blucker

Armour: Not much armour only some leather/hide, shoulder pads and helmet

Description:
The Gladiator is a fighter by trade. They have honed their skills through gruelling matches in the arena and are now the top of their field. Armour is minimal to allow for greater mobility with their shield and trident but also to better highlight their skill.

Fighting Style:
The Gladiator is a brash and boastful fighter they rile on speed and rush tactics to defeat their opponent. They have decent range very good stamina control but not as much defence yet their defence is not as bad as the peacekeeper they can withstand a lot more attacks and counter using the shield. They are easy to use and good for new players.





Centurion

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Gladius

Armour: Heavily armoured, Steel plate armour and full faceplate helmet

Description:
The Centurion sees the battlefield like a chessboard. Each warrior has their part to play and sometimes sacrifices need to be made. This is the nature of war and the Centurion revels in it. They are a Hybrid of a assassin and vanguard.

Fighting Style:
The Centurion is an in-your-face character, specialised in opening your defence and draining your stamina. They have a lot of fast mix-ups to put pressure on their opponents. Their range is short and their main challenge will be to close the gap without causing too much damage. They are very difficult to learn and have charged heavy attacks, they have fast attacks and decent defence.




Vikings


Raider


Class: Vanguard

Weapon: Longaxe

Armour: Leather, Iron helmet

Description:
Fighting with heavy two-handed axes, Raiders are always found at the forefront of the Viking horde, hacking through enemies crazy enough to stand in their way. They are clad in leather and iron rings, with their bodies covered by tattoos,souvenirs from past battles, which they bear proudly.


Fighting Style:
Raiders are the Viking’s archetypal warriors. They wade through battles with a large Dane axe, dishing out several disabling attacks and dealing high damage. Much like the warder they have good offence and defence,hey are slower but have high damage, strong throw attacks and also a stun attack which makes them very different to any vanguard hero.





Warlord

Class: Heavy

Weapon: Gladus and Shield

Armour: Iron Chstplate, Lather and Hide Shoulder Pads.

Description:
Warlords are not born into leadership. They’ve had to earn it through blood, sweat and steel. To be a Warlord means a life of service to their people. Their shield protects those who cannot fight -- their sword will cut down those who would attempt to cause their people harm. Their fighting style is simple yet brutal. You will always find them leading the charge.

Fighting Style:
Slow and strong, Warlords are great counter attackers who hit hard and sustain a lot of damage. Their attacks have limited range but they offer defensive properties that make them perfect tools to counter incoming attacks or trade blows with the enemy.





Beserker



Class: Assassin

Weapon: Viking War Axes

Armour: Hide and Leather

Description:
Berserkers are chaotic and brutal dual-axe-wielding Vikings. Their savage love of combat strikes fear into the hearts of most, friend and foe alike. The Berserker fights relentlessly, capable of vanquishing foes before they can mount a decent defence. Unconcerned with their personal safety, they care little for their own defence, focusing instead on killing as many enemies as they can.

Fighting Style:
Berserkers are intimidating Viking engines of death. They combine close-combat harassing abilities and have infinite chain attacks that can be initiated many different ways. They are very fast and very good at attacking they don't have very good defence but their speed and damage makes up for this. They can use quick side attacks and some attacks can hit multiple times in row.




Valkyrie
Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Spear and Shield

Armour: Thick Hide, Iron Helmet

Description:
The Valkyries have made a deal with the gods. They will fight and earn glory so that those who can’t will be counted in the halls of Valhalla. They are scouts and trackers who use their spears and shields to deadly effect.

Fighting Style:
he Valkyrie is versatile and complex. She is a very adaptable Hero and very good at keeping the enemy off-balance. She is a mix of a heavy and a assassin, making her have a very interesting playstyle. she has fast dodges,light attacks and also can use the shield for defence and shield basing.




Shaman
Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Hatchet and Dagger

Armour: Light Leather armour 

Description:
The Shaman lives a solitary life in the forests scattered around Valkenheim. This isolation has left her little to no civility and she appears to be utterly savage. She sees omens and communes with the gods, practising rituals that one she knows.


Fighting Style:
Shamans fight like wildcats on the battlefield. They use dagger and hatchet to stab and slash relentlessly, overwhelming their opponents. When they smell blood, they will pounce upon their prey and remorselessly deliver the deathblow. Shaman is a fast attacking character and short range stabs that cause bleeding damage over time.





Highlander

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Claymore

Armour:Leather, Thick hide Armour

Description:
Highlander is not a typical hard-headed Viking. Ancient alliances and obligations have pulled them into this war otherwise they would have remained guarding their homelands. They can stay in a defensive posture and stand toe to toe with the fiercest of warriors, weathering the flurry of blows with their claymore, until they see a momentary weakness and then they pounce.

Fighting Style:
he Highlander is a stoic warrior with exceptional strength and an almost infinite patience. He stands like a rock weathering a furious storm but can strike like lightning when an opening presents itself.
Their true strength and speed revealed with sweeping strikes and heavy blows. He is a mix of Heavy and (dps) high damage per second, he has very good moves and his heavy attacks are very powerful. But a lot of his very powerful moves leaves him exposed and defenseless for a second which could give his enemies a good time to strike.




Samurai


Kenshi

Class: Vanguard

Weapon: Nodachi

Armour: Heavy Hide, iron , wood

Description:
Kensei are the living incarnations of Bushidō, the samurai way of the warrior, or as close as one can get. Masters of multiple martial arts, they are trained from infancy to fight and die for their emperor or their fellow samurai without asking why. Kensei wear heavy armor and fight with the nodachi, a longer version of the katana that cleaves enemies in a few elegant and powerful strikes. 

Fighting Style:
Kensei are balanced samurai armed with nodachi. They are slower than other units but have longer melee range. They provide interesting defensive abilities and deliver devastating attacks.




Shugoki


Class: Heavy

Weapon: Kanabo

Armour: Iron Plate Armour

Description:
Shugoki appear slow and cumbersome. Don’t let that fool you -- they possess the strength of a demon and an unbreakable will. It takes incredible fortitude to be the guardians of your people. You must defend them at all costs and put their needs above your own. This has never been an issue for the Shugoki. Their weapon of choice seems unwieldy. But in their hands, it is as deadly and precise as any blade.

Fighting Style:

The Shugoki are the disruptor Tank. They absorb a lot of hits thanks to their high health and passive uninterruptible stance which allows a bit more freedom while attacking. They’re excellent at dealing with crowds with his massive kanabo, but they’re very slow, both in movement and attack.




Orochi

Class: Assasin

Weapon: Katana

Armour: Light plate armour

Description:
The Orochi are the Imperial assassins of the Samurai. They roam the battlefield like ghosts, terrorizing and slaughtering those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Lightly armored and trained in the arts of stealth and deception, the Orochi dispatches enemies with a katana. Usually loyal beyond reproach, the Orochi holds the darker samurai secrets of dealing death in myriad ways, from throwing deadly knives to using a poisoned blade.

Fighting Style:
Orochi are very agile katana-wielding samurai. They offer a good mix of harassment and counter-attack abilities but require skill and timing to have an effective defense




Shinobi
Class: Assassin

Weapon: Kusargama

Armour light hide armour

Description:
The Shinobi are silent warriors who move with a dancer's grace and kill with the precision that can only come from a lifetime of disciplined training. They are fast and deadly using their unique weapon for close and ranged combat.

Fighting Style:
The Shinobi excel at repositioning, are extremely mobile, and are able to move about the battlefield with ease and speed. However, their very low health and difficulty performing defensive counters leaves them highly vulnerable.




Nobushi

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Naginata

Armour: light armour


Description:
The Nobushi are the defenders of the villages too far from the Imperial City for the army to reach. They are elegant fighters with a curious weapon. They have the lightest armor that allows them to move like the wind but cannot take a lot of damage. But don’t let their appearance fool you, they are one of the most effective fighters the Samurai have.

Fighting Style:
The Nobushi is a Zone Character. She tries to keep her distance while constantly annoying any attackers. They can cause damage over time as their blade had a poision effect, making them use deadly at long range but at short range they can get overwhelmed. They are a hybrid of a vanguard and assassin.





Armusha

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Duel Katanna

Armour: Light Armour


Description:
The Aramusha is a Samurai fallen from grace. They are not silent nor elegant but they move with the precision of a predatory cat and waste no movements. Their dual blades make short work of any who stand to them.
The Aramusha and Shinobi are members of the same secret order though their roles are vastly different. Where the Shinobi are the silent assassin, the Aramusha are the brash enforcers or sometimes the bodyguards for the more powerful Samurai houses

Fighting Style:
Aramushas use their blades for offense and defense. They can move very carefully or dodge very quickly on the battlefield. They capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents to unleash a never ending flow of fast attack in every direction. They are a mix of a vanguard of (dps) damage per second so they can deal lots of damage very fast but have little defense.




Wu-lin


Tiandi

Class: Vanguard

Weapon: Dao

Armour: Steel Armour


Description:
Shidou was the most skilled fighter among his brothers, but he sat fourth in line to the throne. Unwilling to settle for a life of servitude to his brothers, he killed them all one dark, bloody night.
When the King discovered the carnage, he collapsed in sorrow and killed himself in shame. With a weakened family, the kingdom was overrun by raiding armies and all was lost.
Realizing the full horror of his handiwork, Shidou fled the palace and abandoned his claim to the throne. He exiled himself from the Empire he had failed, and traveled west, where another war was raging.

Fighting Style:
The Tiandi use graceful dodge attacks to weave through combat and avoid enemy attacks. They can destabilize their foes by kicking them to the ground and creating attack opportunities for their allies.



 


Nuxia



Class: Assassin

Weapon: Hooksword

Armour: Hide Armour

Description:
was the secret bodyguard of a Wu Lin Governor. People used to believe she was a graceful dancer, but she was in fact trained to hunt would-be assassins.

She would bait her targets with her graceful smile, then strike them with her dancing blades – the hook swords.

When the civil war broke out across the Empire, a vast army surrounded the Governor’s city. Lin Yao was ordered to seek help from a neighboring Prince, but she fell into a trap. The Prince was a traitor who joined the assault and killed all within the city.

Lin Yao found the conquering Prince and slit his throat. Then stripped off her dancer’s robes, donned a soldier’s armor, and turned her back on the corrupted Empire. She set her sights Westward.


Fighting Style:
The Nuxia is an agile fighter who wields dual hook swords. She isolates her enemies into one-on-one fights, then uses a barrage of attacks to strike them down. She has a unique offensive ability called “Trap” which only strikes enemies who are actively blocking, parrying or deflecting her.





Jiang Jun



Class: Heavy

Weapon: Halberd

Armour: Thick Hide

Description:
From his worst enemies to Emperors and Kings, all believe Guan Yu is the epitome of fortitude and wisdom.
Guan Yu spent a lifetime leading great armies into battle. With him at the front of an army, victory was assured.
Returning from battle one day, Guan Yu’s depleted army was ambushed. Vastly outnumbered, Guan Yu stepped off his horse and challenged their best to a duel.
Instead, a lone arrow flew and pierced his heart. The mighty Guan Yu collapsed... But he rose up, ripped out the arrow and laughed. His army charged. The invaders retreated in fear of the beast risen from the dead. The legend was born.

Fighting Style:
The Jiang Jun is a slow, but durable fighter who wields a guandao. His special stance, Sifu’s Poise, regenerates stamina and allows him to easily dodge incoming attacks. He specializes in group fights, where he is able to inspire his teammates with Sifu’s Poise and keep enemies at bay with his Zone attacks.




Shaolin

Class: Hybrid

Weapon: Staff

Armour: Leather,Hide


Description:
As a Shaolin warrior monk, Wei Chang closed his monastery doors to warriors fighting the civil war. Most left in peace, but one army would not be denied. The monks fought back.
With his monkey-like fighting, Wei killed scores of soldiers, but the monastery was soon overwhelmed and all the Shaolin were put to death.
As Wei prayed before his own execution, a monstrous quake shook the land. The earth opened up and swallowed the monastery and all soldiers.

Fighting Style:
The Shaolin is a fast-paced, staff-wielding monk with a huge array of tools at his disposal. He is highly mobile and can alter the flow of combat with his special Qi Stance, which gives him access to various special attacks. His attacks are quick, relentless, and unpredictable.




Gameplay and controls

It is a third person fighting game set during a medieval fantasy setting. Players can play as a character from three different factions, the knights, vikings, and the samurai. A fourth faction was added in October 2018 as dlc but does not impact the story in any way it is only additional content for multiplayer. Each faction has multiple hero's to choose from. the game started of with three hero's per faction and added two more to each after every season. the hero's are divided into separate classes to make it balanced each faction has the same classes. there is the vanguard which are good for attack and defence, the assassin class has very good speed but deals less damage, the heavy class have good defence and strong attacks but are very slow and the last class is the hybrid which can be a mix of two of the three main classes which can make for very interesting and good tactics.

All hero's have there own unique weapons, moves and play styles. they all have a move list with instructions on how to use the character. The fighting system works when two players lock onto each other which revels three points of direction. You have to predict which side your opponent will attack from to block the attack and you will have to do the same by trying to beat your enemy from attacking from left, right or top you can also parry an attack by attacking at the direction the enemy attacks but it has to be timed perfectly to work. Each character has heavy and light attacks which are very straight forward and a stamina bar if your stamina runs out the screen will go grey and your character will attack very slow and can fall to the ground from strong attacks so it is best to keep your stamina up. There are many different game modes and features like being able to customise your character, emblem and go into training mode. Depending on the game mode you can unlock Feats as the game goes on which are like abilities such as an swarm of arrows or a catapult shot to fire at your enemies.


Graphics and audio

The graphics are very good as it was released in 2017 and its constantly being improved on making it a very good looking game. Every map has very good graphics and backgrounds with lots of detail. The sound quality is great, every time you attack or block it really sounds real.


Replay value

I think there is a good replay value for this game as there is some much you can do in this game. The customisation is great every character has there own unique armour, weapons, style, executions, emotes and much more. You also unlock gear to equip to your character which can change the look to your character. There are many game modes and different features such as emblem creator and a practice mode to learn the game. There is also DLC constantly being added which is very fun such as new maps and characters. A whole new faction was added to the game which shows how active it is.



Conclusion

I think this is a very underrated game it had a lot of hype around it but had a bad start at launch buy after a while once it was updated from time to time it has improved a lot and considering that it has been free many times and has a big price drop its defiantly worth the price now only thing is that it has a big learning curve as in you will take weeks just learning how to play 1 or 2 characters it can be very difficult and requires a lot of skill. But other than that i think it is a fun game, the gameplay id very good and can be balanced. I love the customisation as its very detailed for each character and every character is unique with there own language and voiced lines there aren't many but they are there.The story is very sort and lacks detail but its still very good compared to other games but if you are interested in this game i think you should definitely give it a try.




Final Verdict


Story/Plot 


6/10




Gameplay and Controls


9/10




Graphics and Audio


7/10




Replay Value 


8/10




Final Score


30/40


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