Posts Tagged ‘For Honor’

Ubisoft are testing For Honour dedicated servers, and you can join them even if you don’t own the game

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Get ready to grab your great axe, long-sword or naginata and set some heads a-rolling, because Ubisoft are finally testing dedicated servers for their melee brawler For Honor. Everyone, including people who don’t own that game, can download the test client now then start helping them with that from 1pm GMT on Thursday, when you’ll be able to slash around in the usual multiplayer modes but on dedicated servers rather than wonky peer-to-peer ones. They’ll stay up until 1am on Monday the 18th.

If you do own the game and you’ve been getting annoyed at unstable servers, then I can see why you might not be interested in testing out some new, differently unstable test-phase servers. Maybe just sit back and hope that Ubisoft make the server infrastructure switch early on in 2018.

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Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and more

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The sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is here, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as there have been deals going on throughout the month in preparation for the big day.

To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, want to splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset and get a more reliable mouse and keyboard, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem.

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For Honor needs more than new warriors to stay alive

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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, a little slower and flabbier than before. Two new heroes were also added to the game recently – the bloodthirsty Shaman and sword-happy Aramusha – but, as with previous additions to the roster, they don’t feel like enough to save a game with a barrel of other flaws, whose player numbers have dropped significantly since launch. I marched back into the decapitating grounds to try the new maps, modes and murderers, and spoke to the game’s director about its problems.

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The troubling MS Paint executions by For Honor’s players

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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 emerged whereby players have begun making their own suggestions for deadly final blows, using the medium of MS Paint. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast – Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Need For Speed

"It's a giant slug or something!" - "Kill it before we get attached!"

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. Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor reveals new murderers, maps and modes

Is this man putting the swords in, or helpfully taking them out?

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, and a new game mode will help. I take a lot of pot shots at Ubisoft, but I’ll say one thing for ‘em – they really love #content. Read the rest of this entry »

Has For Honor been improved by its updates?

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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 “Reputation,” for “Feats,” for “Salvage,” and for “War Assets.” They’re for a whole mess of currencies and awards that, six months after release, make For Honor feel as cluttered and clumsy as it was at launch.

This is a Ubisoft game, after all, so unless Hono(u)r can be capitalised, counted in blocks of 100, and displayed on an overly busy user interface, it’s hard to see where it would fit. There’s so much superfluous stuff going on already, with an overarching war map, TV-like seasons of conflict, and a complicated upgrade system obfuscating the core of the game: a historically improbable three-way thunderdome between samurai, knights, and vikings.

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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 stab fools until until Sunday evening. Our Brendan didn’t really dig it in his For Honor review but Michael Johnson told us it had promise. Which was right? There’s only one way to find out. Fiiight! Read the rest of this entry »

For Honor season 3 introduces Highlander and Gladiator

Here we are! Born to be kings!

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 update, adding the Gladiator and Highlander along with two new maps, new gear, and 1v1 duel tournaments. En garde! Touché! More details are this way! Read the rest of this entry »

About bloody time: For Honor getting dedicated servers

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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 stabfans because until now the firm-but-fair-ish ahistorical brawler was running on a peer-to-peer networking system, and although the 1v1 mode of play remained fairly stable this way, larger game modes have been plagued with infuriating connection problems since the time of its release. Hopefully, the dedicated servers will finally fix some of those problems.

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The Top Best Bestest Games Of 2017 So Far

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 have rocked the RPS Treehouse so far this year.

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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 plan. Read the rest of this entry »

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 this is a big ol’ update with changes including rebalancing gear, fixing bugs, and making levelling faster. Read the rest of this entry »

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 bring new maps, new gear, and a rebalancing of the gear stats system. Probably some other stuff too. Bits and bobs. Read the rest of this entry »

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 lacked fortitude. Fortitude. FORTitude. Like a fort. Like in the maps, which have forts and have ‘Fort’ in the name. FORTITUDE. FORTS. FORT. FORT. FORT. FORT. Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 can receive progress and rewards without playing. Which, of course, spoils the fun for other players. Ubisoft are now cracking down on that. They’re given 1,500 of these ‘AFK farmers’ temporary bans and warnings to thousands more. Permanent bans may follow. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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 while you learn, adapt and try to master the simple yet versatile brawling. Let me explain to you why it’s great and why it urgently needs fixing. Read the rest of this entry »

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 the terrible or stupid things that can happen in any hard-fought battle. Things you can do to your foe, things you can do to your mates, things that can be done unto you…
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