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For Honor

For Honor review

Axe on, axe off

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A Good Thwacking

A sticky issue

1 year ago

Feature: Your honour or your life

For Honor needs more than new warriors to stay alive

There goes my head again. Rolling along the ground like a wet turnip. The ahistorical three-sided war of For Honor has always been a tough battleground. During a recent free weekend, it became a conflict not only between Vikings, Samurai and Knights, but between practiced veterans and absolute newcomers. I’m somewhere in between. A mediocre warrior returning to the fighting pits after a long absence,…

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The troubling MS Paint executions by For Honor’s players

Three-sided brawler For Honor recently added two new heroes. So I’m back in the gladatorial pits, trying to revive my previous dishonourable form. But it’s tough. The game itself still has problems and my own rustiness only makes things harder. The veterans of the community seem happy, however. They particularly like the brutal execution animations recently added. So much so, that a troubling trend has…

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Feature: Hey, listen

Podcast – Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Need For Speed

The hosts of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, have accidentally overdosed on EA games this week, and they don't like it. You could say they're in a ... critical condition! Ha ha ha. But seriously, don't buy the new Need For Speed.

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For Honor reveals new murderers, maps and modes

Has medieval ménage à murder For Honor undergone that renaissance everyone keeps predicting yet? The whispering wisdoms of the internet told me it would follow in the footsteps of Rainbow Six Siege – somewhat underwhelming and skittish when released but stronger and more confident many months afterwards. But if that’s destined to happen, Rich hasn’t noticed. Maybe two new killers, a couple of fresh maps,…

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Feature: Update Night

Has For Honor been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. The burly girls and boys of For Honor might make a big show of their bravery, grunting and screaming their way to ignominious defeats and glorious victories, but their brutal hand-to-hand fights aren’t actually for hono(u)r. They’re for “Renown Points,” for “Steel,” for…

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2 years ago

For Honor starts free trial weekend

Honour is one of the daftest justifications for killing, but I suppose Ubisoft didn't want to call For Honor [official site] 'Because Video Games'. If you want to stab a load of men because video games, this weekend you're invited to have a crack at For Honor for free. You can now download and play the full game -- both campaign and competitive -- to…

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For Honor season 3 introduces Highlander and Gladiator

Stop me if you've heard this one: a Gladiator and a Highlander walk into For Honor [official site] and, without a third character to catalyse a joke, simply stab each other to death. Thank you, thank you for your rapturous applause. It's the way I tell 'em. This ha-ha-hilarious joke will come to life later this month with the launch of For Honor's Season 3…

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About bloody time: For Honor getting dedicated servers

You know what they say. "Better a late fix to bring back some fans to your waning multiplayer medieval fighting game that shouldn't have been built this way in the first place than never." What? That is what they say. Whatever. The vikings and samurai and knights of For Honor [official site] will finally be getting dedicated servers, says Ubisoft. It's a big deal for…

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Feature: 43 absolute gems

The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

Update: The year is finished, which means you can now read our final list of the best games of 2017. 2017 has already been an extraordinary year for PC games, from both big-name AAA successes to no-name surprise indie smashes. Keeping up with so much that's worth playing is a tough job, but we've got your back. Here is a collection of the games that…

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Warning: Ubisoft’s servers are wonked today

If you're planning to play a spot of For Honor tonight or perhaps a little Rainbow Six Siege, er, revise your plans. A lot of Ubisoft's online servers and services are down today for reasons unknown, disrupting games and causing trouble. Ubisoft say they're investigating and want everything shipshape but if your Monday date night involves ninja fights, you might want to formulate a backup…

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For Honor season 2 launches new maps and classes

Ubisoft's staborama For Honor [official site] has kicked off its second season of competitive play with an update adding two new maps and, initially only for season pass holders, two new characters. The sneaky Shinobi and stompy Centurion will become available to other players on May 23rd, but all stabmen are invited today to murder in the new Temple Garden and Forge levels. Alongside all…

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For Honor season 2 adding Shinobi and Centurion in May

Shinobi and Centurions will join the historical battlefields of For Honor [official site] when season 2 kicks off on May 16th, Ubisoft announced today. The Samurai faction's Shinobi is a nippy Assassin type armed with two sickles on chains (kusarigama, if you want to get technical), while the Centurion is a Vanguard/Assassin hybrid who fights for the Knights with a gladius. The update will also…

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Resync: For Honor’s High Fort map returns

Ubisoft's stabfest For Honor [official site] once again has all the maps that were in it at launch, seven weeks ago. Two of 'em were pulled due to performance problems, see. River Fort returned last week alongside the patch boosting Steel rewards and now High Fort is back too. Something about those Forts in particular was causing the most desync problems. I guess the game…

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For Honor update ups Steel rewards, River Fort returns

Tidying up some of the week's leftovers before we shuffle into the next... For Honor [official site] has launched an update reintroducing the River Fort map and boosting the amount Steel players earn by playing. (Steel is the virtuacash used to upgrade and customise characters.) And Ubisoft say they're going to start communicating a lot more about what's going on with the game.

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En garde, away: For Honor starts banning AFK farmers

Put a progression system in a game and someone will try to game it. If it's a multiplayer game, that'll often be at the expense of other players' fun. That's how it's gone with Ubisoft's swordfest For Honor [official site], where some dastardly players have been 'AFK farming'. They rig their games to keep their character moving, to avoid being kicked for inactivity, so they…

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Feature: Ubichart

Steam Charts: the really Wildlands show

Framed for murder, now they prowl the badlands, an outlaw hunting outlaws, a bounty hunter, a renegade, it's only the weekly Steam charts! These are the ten games which sold best on Steam last week.

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Feature: Great combat, terrible loot

For Honor’s rough edges hide a diamond worth polishing

For Honor is everything Brendan says it is in his review - an often broken and bruising game that assaults your senses with indicators and split second decisions, as well as assaulting your sanity with frequent network issues and inexplicable matchmaking bugs. It's also my favourite game so far this year, thanks to a deliciously layered combat system that draws you in piece by piece…

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Feature: For dishonor

A collection of dishonourable acts in For Honor

The murderfields of For Honor [official site] are busy - despite the god-awful networking – and it has become a place where all sorts of foul multiplayer deeds occur. It’s obvious now that Ubisoft called the game For Honor as a joke, because I have seen (and done) all kinds of dishonourable acts. Here, in handy visual form (warning: many GIFS!) are just some of…

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Feature: Only one will survive

Steam Charts: guns vs swords

Blood for the blood god, it's only the weekly Steam charts! These are the ten games which sold best on Steam last week. The debate has raged for an eternity. The infinite dilemma that has defeated even humanity's greatest minds. Which is best: guns or swords? Today, I have a definitive answer for you.

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Feature: An axe to grind with Ubisoft

Everything wrong with For Honor

The menage-a-trois of murder and mayhem that is For Honor [official site] does a lot of things very well. You can be down to your last sliver of health, limping across a bridge like a deflated balloon and you still might manage to grab a giant knight in panic and throw him off the ledge. Victory has never felt so dirty. But its matchmaking is…

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