The brutal third-person fighting action game For Honor pits three major factions against each other and introduces a huge selection of heroes with whom you can charge into battle. In addition to having a diverse list of playable characters, the game features a truly unique combat system that demands timing, patience and precision.
So I have created a beginner's guide to help you find your bearings when starting #ForHonor.
Approach 'For Honor' With A New Mindset
On the surface, For Honor plays like a straightforward third-person game, with the addition of a slower-paced strategic melee combat system. The nature of the game is aggressive and it visually suggests that you should strike fast to defeat your opponents.
Now, because of this, it may seem at first that playing aggressively should be the way to win, but as you progress, you'll realize that For Honor's combat is deep and requires players to be accurate, precise and strategic.
Right off the bat I would like to forewarn players that jumping into this game with the mindset that you can simply hack and slash your way to victory will undoubtedly lead to failure. For Honor should be approached with the understanding that it is a third-person fighting game first before it is an action game. If you approach For Honor knowing that it is a strategic fighter, it will be easier to adjust to the controls and combat system as you make your way through the game.
In addition, try not to play the game aggressively (as in just swinging your weapon around like a madman), as this will create lots of frustration during boss battles in the campaign and loss of momentum and focus in multiplayer matches. Instead, try being calm and observing your opponents' animations and directions to prepare for their incoming strikes.
Choose An Easy Or Medium Hero To Practice With
Start by selecting your favorite hero. Feel out their weight, movement speed and fighting style to see if that hero is right for you. Each of the 12 heroes in For Honor has a rating of how difficult they are to use.
I recommend choosing an easy or medium hero first to learn the basic mechanics of For Honor's combat. Choosing an easy or medium hero ensures that you have a balanced character that can hold up in almost every combat scenario.
Easy characters such as the Raider, Warden and Kensei are more straightforward — except for the Shugoki, who is a heavy character with an easy difficulty rating. Easy characters have decent overall offensive and defensive stats, while some medium heroes such as the Conqueror and Warlord are heavy and slow, with higher defenses and stronger attacks giving you a better chance of survival.
If you plan to jump right into multiplayer, For Honor has you covered with a default tutorial that covers the basics, and this is just the first stepping stone to understanding the game's combat. I will suggest, however that if you want a better chance of surviving multiplayer, you should try playing both practice and advanced practice modes first, and afterwards put some time into free mode.
Free mode is never-ending, so you can continue to practice with any hero for as long as you need. Also keep in mind that every hero has a specific move-set. When practicing, refer to this list as much as possible to learn all the moves your hero can perform.
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Practice Timing Strikes, Blocking And Parrying
After you learn which hero suits your play style, try playing Player vs. AI duels. Dueling against AI allows you to take on bots and spend time practicing your blocking and parrying skills. Parrying allows you to break an opponent's stance for a split second and also enables you to close in on them to land a better strike.
Duels also allow you to practice timing of your light and heavy strikes, helping you find out which combinations are more successful against each hero.
Being able to use all of these techniques cohesively will allow you to win almost any battle. Another major element to remember in combat is dodging. Timing a directional dodge properly could mean saving your life in tough situations, but just be careful not to dodge into any environmental hazards or run out your stamina meter.
As you sharpen your skills in For Honor, eventually you will learn that you can take down each hero with a specific strategy once you master your own. But even though you may understand how to use your hero well, there are other ways to win matches by using the environment.
Many players like to win quickly by rushing to throw you off the edge of a cliff or ledge on the map. Sadly there is no way to avoid this except to jump out of the way of the unbreakable attack or counter it before the attack lands, so try to predict when your opponent will strike with that move. Try to keep an eye on your surroundings and use them to your advantage when facing a tough opponent. Try your best to wait for a chance to counter and knock your opponent off an edge if they are keeping the pressure on you.
In some cases you can also knock an opponent off a ledge and the match will not end, since they fell onto a lower platform. This is confusing, but check after they have fallen and complete the kill with an overhead strike if they are still alive.
One final thing you must always be aware of is your stamina meter. When you attack or dodge you will drain stamina, and so will your opponent. If you wish to knock them around more easily, wait for them to use a combo, block it, then use your unbreakable stun attack when they have low stamina. This will knock them to the ground easily and give you a moment to dish out some extra damage.
Stunning an opponent with low stamina can also allow you to push them farther away, forcing them off ledges more easily or into environmental hazards like open flames.
For Honor is a beautiful game with a solid campaign and challenging multiplayer. It's a game that is easy to pick up, but difficult to master, so don't be discouraged if you find yourself losing a lot of fights when you start out.
To me, what makes For Honor so awesome is that almost every match is intense, chaotic and satisfying. When you win, you feel like a champion, and when you lose, you want to come back and try again because you know you can do better. It provides you with lots of fun challenges and entertaining combat that can be truly satisfying when you face opponents with equal skill.
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