For Honor: Marching Fire Edition

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Brutal brawler gets a bloody makeover, new faction to fight.

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Positive Messages

Brings together some of the greatest warriors of ancient history, but sole purpose is to fight each other in a bloody battle to prove who's the best.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Warriors in this game all lived by their own specific codes in real life, but for the purposes of the game, they're simply soldiers hacking and slashing through the opposition.

Ease of Play

Basic controls are relatively simple to learn, though executing commands and combos effectively requires a lot of practice and patience. New features, such as the perk-based gear, require players to give more thought to overall strategy and planning for character development.

Violence

Blood and gore were the norm in For Honor, and Marching Fire doesn't change that. In fact, thanks to the remastered visuals that are part of the included update, the game's even more visceral than before. Decapitations, impalements, and executions are more detailed than ever, and on a much grander scale.

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Language

Although there's no swearing in the game, players could still be exposed to offensive language in party chats during online games.

Consumerism

For Honor: Marching Fire Edition includes updated version of the base For Honor game plus content included in the paid Marching Fire expansion. Update adds visual enhancements, equipment changes, and Breach mode for everyone who owns the base game, while the expansion is required for early access to the new Wu Lin faction as well as access to the exclusive Arcade mode.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that For Honor: Marching Fire Edition is a retail package including the updated version of the base For Honor game as well as the Marching Fire paid expansion, and is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows-based PCs. The game pits various factions from ancient history against one another in brutal, bloody hack-and-slash fights for dominance of the battlefield. New visual enhancements bring the gore in greater detail, with visceral violence that includes swaths of blood, decapitations, impalements, and other graphic scenes of dismemberment and death. While the game doesn't include any swearing, players could still be exposed to offensive language while playing online with others.

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What's it about?

FOR HONOR: MARCHING FIRE EDITION is a bundled and updated edition of Ubisoft's medieval hack-and-slash title For Honor. The Marching Fire Edition includes the base For Honor game, complete with the Marching Fire free title update, which features enhanced visuals, an overhaul to characters' equipment, and a brand-new epic scale 4v4 Breach mode. It also includes all the content from the Marching Fire paid expansion, including early access to four warriors from the new Wu Lin faction and a new Arcade mode. The game is set in an alternate world called Ashfield, where the warlord Apollyon and her Blackstone Legion rule with an iron fist. Despite her admiration for the various warrior factions in the land, she feels as if they've grown weak during times of peace. To that end, she plots to set the factions against one another, ushering in a new "Age of Wolves," where the warriors fight for survival and those that strive for peace are simply sheep to be culled from the herd. Vikings, knights, and samurai are joined on the battlefield by a new faction from the Far East: the Wu Lin. These four great warriors have come to Ashfield on a personal quest for vengeance, leaving the home they once loved to spill blood on a new stage of war.

Is it any good?

This action game's expansion brings a new faction and gameplay modes onto the battlefield, refreshing the medieval combat game from top to bottom. For Honor: Marching Fire Edition pits knights, samurai, and Vikings in one massive arena with a new faction, the Wu Lin from ancient China, as well as a number of new additions and enhancements meant to improve and expand on the original experience. The new Arcade mode gives players, especially solo players, something extra to do after the campaign wraps up, fighting against waves of AI enemies in randomly generated challenges. Various modifiers and disadvantages add an extra layer of strategy to these encounters but still feel repetitive after the first few rounds. Breach, on the other hand, adds a grander scale to the combat, with players fighting to either defend the walls of a castle from invasion or lead the charge and deliver a battering ram to the castle gates.

While the new game modes add something extra to the For Honor experience, one thing that has been left surprisingly untouched is the actual gameplay. One of the problems with For Honor when it was first released was that the combat, though visually destructive, was sluggish. It often felt as if you were fighting in a field of molasses. While it adds a level of realism to the combat for factions like the knights, who wield cumbersome broadswords while weighted down with bulky armor, it still feels plodding and slow. Trying to counter attacks is a chore too, simply because it seems to take so long for some characters to respond to the controls. It's not the end of the world, as it's something that players can adjust to over time, but for fans used to more fast-paced action, this is like watching a movie at half-speed. That said, it's still oddly satisfying to see these fantasy matchups in motion and see who might win between a Viking berserker and a Shaolin monk. It's these moments when For Honor truly shines, and when Marching Fire's extra polish shows.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in For Honor: Marching Fire Edition affected by the brutality of the gory imagery shown in battle? Would the impact of the violence be softened if there was no blood or gore shown?

  • What are some of the ways that people have fought against each other throughout the ages? What lessons can we learn today from the actions of those who fought in the ancient past?

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