The critics are attempting to play enough of For Honor to warrant a numerical review score, with final reviews delayed from all major publications due to a lack of sufficiently early review copies.

Ubisoft’s latest action fighting game, For Honor, takes a step away from intricate plotlines and satirical modern environments to give gamers a visceral, crunching fighting experience filled with mud, screams, and a focus on the baser instincts. For Honor released on February 14th, allowing gamers to choose their own faction and bite into some obligatory microtransactions. While the bread and butter of the title will be on its multiplayer longevity, the game also changes things up in comparison to other Ubisoft multiplayer-centric games like Rainbow Six Siege by including an expectation-defying singleplayer component – but does this make the game worth its hefty retail price?

Unfortunately, the Ubisoft servers did not go live until Monday afternoon, so gamers looking for full reviews will be hard-pressed to find that truly gave the game a thorough vetting. That being said, many publications have posted some of their pre-review thoughts, though it seems like no official scores have been dolled out for the time being.

Gamers did have a chance to test out the visceral hack, slash, and slam title during its open beta last weekend, which attracted over 6 million would-be fighters. Those who are already diving into the muddy battlefields of For Honor may want to know how to actually parry attacks in the meantime, or at the very least how to quickly collect a sufficient amount of steel, but for everyone else cautiously waiting for reviews, this week will be a week of testing patience.

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Here’s what a selection of various critics are saying about For Honor so far. As we previously mentioned, there won’t be a pile of numerical scores for gamers to quickly give a once over here, as Ubisoft failed to doll out copies of the game to press reviewers everywhere in sufficient time before the game launched on Valentines Day:

GameSpot (Oscar Dayus)

Despite these evident shortcomings, For Honor already has the workings of a well-made multiplayer fighting game. However, I still have a lot to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of each class, and how to exploit them in the heat of battle.

Score: Review In Progress

IGN (Brandin Tyrrel)

For Honor is a unique and somewhat risky venture in this day and age of publishers being hesitant to stray far from the model of their proven hits. Like a delicious, gamified Turducken, it’s a brawler with the depth of a fighting game inserted into the body of a third-person action game, which is in turn stuffed into an online team-based objective game. And in my roughly 40 hours spent playing a combination of alpha and beta tests, it’s easy for me to say that For Honor’s combat system is the most tactically complete and flexible version of melee combat I’ve ever experienced.

Score: Review In Progress

Destructoid (Nic Rowen)

For Honor reminds me of the kind of game that gets featured in TV shows where the writers don’t really know a lot about games. It’s just this crazy mash-up of fantasy warriors, cool martial arts, and plenty of blood splashed about without any real context or plot. Turns out, I’m totally fine with that.

Score: Review In Progress

PC Gamer (Andy Kelly)

Fighting is why For Honor exists, and there’s a satisfying heft to every swing of your sword and poke of your spear. You really do feel like you’re lamping someone with a heavy, lethal object, although this comes at the expense of some fluidity. It’s a slow, lumbering game, which I suppose makes sense given that the characters are all enormous, armoured beefcakes.

Score: Review In Progress

Gamesradar (Chris Thursten)

The missions themselves constitute a solid introduction to the game’s combat system and its various classes, with multiple difficulty levels and rewards for good performance to encourage re-play. Hidden collectibles feel like a bit of an afterthought, however, and at its core this is still primarily a game about hitting people with swords: you don’t seem to get to do much more than that. It’s better produced than most fighting game campaigns, but is probably best thought of in that light regardless. Perhaps my view will change as I dig deeper into it.

Score: Review In Progress

While things do sound like they’re landing in the positive end of the spectrum, it’ll still be a few days before the final review scores start pouring in from reviewers around the board. The game was already on the receiving end of a day one patch, although the Ubisoft forum still has its fair share of bug complaints. Those waiting to pick up the title may get the benefit of another patch alongside finalized reviews to consider, or at the very least they can read up no how to play as the Valkyrie character.

Will you be picking up For Honor, Ranters?

For Honor is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.