Posted by Ken McDonnell @Ken
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One of the most exciting games announced at E3 2015 was undoubtedly Ubisoft's For Honor, an action adventure that aims to introduce the most realistic and challenging melee combat gameplay the industry has seen. We'll be taking control of samurai, knights and vikings in intense multiplayer match-ups that will require skill and perfect timing. But that's not all.

E3 2016 just showed us that For Honor is much more than a multiplayer experience, as it will thankfully support a full campaign for each of the factions in the game. Below, you can catch a glimpse of what playing as a Viking is like as you lay siege to a beautiful seaside Japanese castle.

Vikings vs Samurai Is All The Awesome

For Honor will allow us to take control of a variety of different class types within the campaign. The one you're seeing above is the "raider," a class which wields a devastating axe to savage his enemies. It has elements of Dynasty Warriors in its approach to AI enemies in that the majority of them can be struck down with one simple attack; they're cannon fodder and these tiny beings break at the slightest movement of your axe. But come up against a noble warrior or perhaps another player online, and For Honor reveals the intricacies of its gameplay mechanics.

You'll have to react quickly in order to block or parry incoming attacks while being unpredictable when it comes to launching your own. These impressive bouts can last for quite a while in the right hands and there's something so satisfying about a viking fighting a samurai while a massive war rages around the two.

Singleplayer & Multiplayer Together Again

I think a lot of us bemoan the movement of the industry towards online multiplayer games which aim to keep players actively playing (and paying) for months or even years at a time. Singleplayer campaigns aren't as prevalent as they once were in video games and we saw how disappointed fans were when the likes of [Star Wars: Battlefront](tag:2684021) shipped without a campaign in sight.

And yes, it sucks that we're now at a stage when a game like For Honor is almost celebrated for featuring singleplayer content, but we're delighted for the campaign nonetheless. After all, who doesn't want to see Ubisoft completely f%$% with historical timelines and throw knights, samurai and vikings into the same ring? GAMES!

As mentioned above, For Honor will be releasing on Valentine's Day, 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC. If you want to be in with a chance to engage with the game's closed betas, then fill in your details over here and be sure to let us know what you think of Ubisoft's For Honor in the comments below!

What do you prefer: knights, samurai or vikings?