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For Honor: 5 Ways to Crush the Competition

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For Honor: 5 Ways to Crush the Competition

For Honor launches February 14 on PS4, but if you’re eager to get a head start on swinging steel as a knight, samurai, or viking before then, the open beta is free to all players on PS4 today through February 12. And it packs in more features than any of the tests before it.

The open beta features nine playable heroes (out of a total 12 available at launch), as well as a new game mode, Elimination, which pits two teams against each other in a best-of-five, four-on-four match with no respawns. Teamwork — and moving quickly to revive downed players — is an essential part of victory here, so we strongly encourage you to stay in constant communication with your teammates. It’ll also give you an edge in the other available modes: Duel (1v1), Brawl (2v2), and Dominion, a four-on-four match in which two teams fight for control of a huge battlefield.

For Honor: 5 Ways to Crush the Competition

If this is your first time playing For Honor, adjusting to the unique flow of the Art of Battle system may take a little time — but we’ve got a few useful tips to help you get started:

Switch Stances Frequently
You can raise your weapon to automatically block attacks from the top, left, or right — and your enemies can do the same. Keep an eye on your opponent’s stance (indicated by the arrows hovering over them) and match it to block attacks, or quickly switch to a different stance to cut around their guard.

Different Heroes, Different Abilities
Each of the nine available heroes in the open beta have a different feel, different attack combos, and special abilities that make them an asset to their teams. The Warlord, for example, can keep enemies at bay by blocking in all directions at once, while the Peacekeeper can cut foes so they bleed out gradually. Also, bear in mind that the Peacekeeper and Orochi only maintain their stances for a few seconds, so stay engaged and keep their guard up if you’re playing as them.

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Communication is Key
This is especially true in four-on-four matches. Players who coordinate attacks on territories in Dominion matches and call out for help when they’re outnumbered have a better shot at victory than those who bunch up or strike out on their own.

Use the Environment
Are you locked in combat near a cliff? Maneuver your enemy near the edge, break their block, and throw them to their doom for a quick victory. Also, keep an eye out for spiked walls and other hazards, which can deal damage or instant kills if you shove an opponent into them.

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Don’t Forget Feats
Each Hero comes with a selection of Feats, special items and abilities that you earn through combat. Some of these are passive buffs, but others can blind enemies, heal your wounds, and call down arrow or catapult strikes to immediately turn the tide of battle. Keep an eye on which ones have unlocked and use them when you can.

The open beta will also continue the War of the Factions competition started in the previous closed beta. The War of the Factions is a metagame that asks you to declare allegiance to one of the three factions at the outset, and then counts every battle you fight and victory you win toward your faction’s eventual success.

The Vikings are in the lead now, but if you can wrest their victory away (or ensure it) when the open beta ends, you and your faction will win in-game rewards that will carry over to the full version of For Honor when it hits PS4 on February 14.

The open beta action starts today, so sharpen your steel and get ready to charge.

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  • Ah, cool I was hoping beta would come around again because last time around it took me a while to download and then I couldn’t actually play it due to lack of available time. This time I will start downloading early and then have it ready when I get chance to play.

  • Loving the beta so far! Anyone interested in grouping up and grinding should send me a friend request!

    Bushi no meiyo no tame ni

  • اذا لعبت بعطيكم رأي

  • Oh its awesome to have a confirmation that the open beta will be on PS4 too,I simply loved the closed beta and it was essential to decide whether I’ll buy the game or not and…its a must-buy.Was in doubt cuz I went to the game’s site and PS4 wasn’t available as an option to pre-load but whatever…will put downloading as soon as I get home.Thank you ubi and lemme say this:

    Samurais ALL DAY!!

  • xxdmcgee2288xx

    I’m at work!! Nooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! I want to be playing this! Right now! Lol. It’s all good. I’m going to be tearing it up on the battlefield soon enough!

  • Am I able to stream this? Only recently started streaming and I’d love to stream this for a bit

  • ive been playing the beta on pc and matchmaking system is broken and staying in a match is on ps4 better I have it downloading right now?

  • BELERIAN1982

    Yesterday I had a lot of connectivity issues
    I only played some 1 v 1 matches but for the 4 v 4 as soon as the match started all the team members get disconnected and the screen freezed.
    :(
    I hope this is fixed soon because in the closed beta I played fine.
    Anyway I have the deluxe edition already preordered :)

    • They have been patching the Beta on the fly. I had some issues around 5pm EST, but by 9pm EST the game was much more stable.

  • inSertCoiNoW

    Tried it, liked it, not gonna buy it… A multiplayer only game worth 60$?
    The servers are going to be empty fast because there is not going to be initial exposure at this price. Oh wait, there are no servers, only a matchmaking server. That’s why I can only finish 1/7 games.
    If it was free game and sold cosmetics they would have made much more money.

  • Anyone else here ****ed at the fact that we were promised goods for winning the closed beta faction war, and then all of a sudden now it goes to the winners of the open beta? Vikings won the first war and didn’t get **** for it, but now all the knights get something for winning? How’s that fair? Idc too much if all it is is frames, but if they get a jump on loot or steel it’s gonna be some bull. Other than the rant, I enjoy the game. The fighting system is unique and I enjoy how certain heroes counter others and the such. Though I wish they’d make it harder to just spam unlockables, or shield breaks, but other than that I like it. Solid 4/5.

  • genuinexeal

    Played the beta and I really liked how the game looked. I did not like anything besides that. From the silly premise of the three warring factions, to the very boring gameplay, to the low (maybe around 20?) framerate. As a tech demo, it looks good (although it is way too slow on the PS4), but as a game is a … not really a game :)

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