For Honor isn’t perfect. It is a hell of a lot of fun and a visual stunner. It probably won’t become the next ‘big’ game, but it wouldn’t surprise me one bit for it to see the same kind of success as Rainbow Six Siege.

It might seem light at first glance and could turn some off with a $60 price tag. But you can’t put a price on fun. And with friends, For Honor is a blast.

Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself next week. Ubisoft confirmed the For Honor open beta will take place from February 9-12. Try out a big chunk of multiplayer before the game releases on February 14.

A For Honor Story

For Honor does include a campaign, but the meat of the game is undeniably the multiplayer. Tackled solo, or with a friend, Ubisoft describes it as “an immersive tale of larger-than-life warriors plunged into one of the bloodiest wars between Knights, Vikings and Samurai.”

A mysterious warlord named Apollyon threatens all three factions. Who knows if For Honor’s story will deliver, but this story trailer sure looks badass.

Play For Honor next week

We don’t often get a chance to play a finished product just before release. Play it and see what you think yourself. Reviews won’t matter in For Honor’s case. You’ll get a good amount of time with it just days before its release.

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Also, play with friends if you can. I know that’s the rule with most online games, but it’s even more so with For Honor. A buddy and I played 2v2s over the weekend, and I kept finding myself saying one more match before I get off. 10 matches later and I was stilling saying the same thing. The only game that makes me do that is Rocket League.

Ubisoft is expanding the game modes with the open beta with a new 4v4 Elimination mode. Two teams of four warriors will cut, slice and smash their way through a best of five series. The chaos of Dominion will be diminished just a little bit here. I can’t wait to the see the epic 1v4 match ups that will hit Reddit and YouTube next week.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s available to play next week.

Nine heroes – The same nine from the closed beta. Three heroes from each faction. 12 heroes are coming when the full game launches.

War of the Factions – This a persistent cross-platform metagame pitting the three factions against each other. Factions get rewards based on their placing during each season. Here’s a short video breaking it down.

Dominion, Brawl, Duel and the new 4v4 mode – These aren’t all the game modes available at launch, but you’ll get a good taste of what to expect on February 14. Duel and Brawl are Elimination modes with no respawns. Dominion is pretty much Domination. Once one team hits 1,000 points, the other team can no longer respawn. Both teams can hit 1,000 points during a match, so it makes things interesting if the match lasts long enough.

For Honor won’t be for everybody, but give it a chance. You might just be surprised at how good the game is.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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