Full disclosure: up until recently, I haven’t really cared about For Honor. I saw its reveal trailer and thought it was fine -- something that’d find a home in the arms of gamers, but not something I was tripping over myself to play. So all the news, articles, footage, and interviews that have likely gone up by this point? My tactical dodge-rolling let me miss every last bit of it. Am I richer or poorer for it? Time will tell.
Conversely, my brother was decidedly amped up for it. He’d bring it up in passing every now and then, in the same awed tone he’d used to show excitement for upcoming games he was sure wouldn’t let him down (like Destiny and The Division, both of which he dropped within 1.5 months). But when it comes to hype, he’s no stranger to it. So he announced one night that he got into the For Honor alpha -- through what I assume is a Faustian blood ritual vis a vis uPlay and the Ubisoft Club -- and invited me to try out the split-screen multiplayer. It turned out that said split-screen wasn’t in the alpha (which I can’t say was a surprise), but we both had some hands-on time with it.
What do I think of it? Who cares, baby? There’s a bigger question at hand here: what’s Ubisoft’s endgame with this, uh, game?