Woah, a post on the weekend? What is going on? Well, I’ve been slacking a bit this week with the website, so I wanted to give you all a normal, Cyberphile update. Honestly, I’ve just been really into For Honor, so really, almost every update would be “I’m playing For Honor”.
At any rate, if you don’t know much about For Honor, check out my video on the Open Beta. What I said there isn’t much different than the full game, there’s just 3 more characters, a story mode, and an extra game mode. I don’t think it’s enough to put a whole new video out about it.
That said, I will talk a bit about the Story Mode. I liked it! I’ve beaten it twice, once on normal, and once on the hardest difficulty: Realistic. Realistic mode is kind of brutal, as they remove the guard UI (meaning you can no longer see where you or your enemies are guarding or attacking from, so it’s have to time your parries and stuff) and the checkpoints are far less unforgiving. It’s tough, but obviously not too tough, or else I wouldn’t have completed it! The 4 difficulties, as you probably could have expected are Easy, Normal, Hard, and Realistic.
The story itself is nothing to really write home about. It’s split into 3 chapters, one for each of the factions, and takes place over a course of about 6 years, and revolves around the Blackstone Legion, headed up by the sinister Apollyon. As I talked about in the Open Beta video, this fictional universe takes place where Knights, Samurai and Vikings all exist at once, and each one is vying for land and resources. At one point, some geological cataclysmic event happened, leaving people to try and scavenge and rebuild societies as best as they could. Apollyon’s grand scheme is to drive everyone into war. War with each other, and war against themselves. She does some pretty sinister things throughout the story in an effort to create an endless war. While her motives never really struck a chord with me, personally, her voice acting is absolutely stellar.
There are numerous Observables and Breakables hidden around each of the 18 levels in story mode to give you an incentive to explore, and come back if you missed any your first time through. Breakables will give you different things to customize your heroes with, while Observables will give you some dialogue and insight into the land and story of For Honor. Most of the voice overs are spoken by Apollyon herself, which is great, as again, her voice acting is fantastic, and the few that aren’t her are well acted as well.
While the overarching story isn’t too exciting, the small, sort of sub stories that play out in each chapter are pretty interesting, and a lot of the missions involve some really cool set pieces, like chasing down a corrupt leader on horseback, taking out pursuers and avoiding obstacles all the while. Lastly, completing each mission and obtaining the collectibles gives you experience, and you can level up in story mode giving you access to feats, small abilities that you can perform to help give you an edge from the endless onslaught of enemies. For the variety and fun of most of the missions, I would highly suggest checking out the relatively short, maybe 5 hour story mode. You won’t be disappointed, I think.
Also, tonight at 7:30pm EST, I’m gonna try to stream some For Honor, so keep your peepers peeled to Twitch.tv/CyberphileTV if you wanna see some of that!