Build a sterling reputation. You're going to need it.
For Honor features an interesting take on the things that make a lot of competitive multiplayer games great, taking mechanical ideas from a variety of places: there's the mood of Chivalry, the focus on animation priority, frames and character positioning of fighting games and the frantic action of shooters, all in one. It's being critically praised for a reason.
One system that appears to be causing a little confusion among fans first getting stuck into the game is the Reputation System and the concept of Reputation Points. Just what are they? What do they do, and how do you earn them? As we've done for a few other of For Honor's systems including the Parry System, Guard Breaks, Honorable Kills and more, allow us to break it down real quick.
How the Reputation system works in For Honor - Earning Reputation Points to equip new gear
For Honor's reputation system actually bears a striking similarity to a popular system from another major multiplayer series. Call of Duty fans listen up: It's basically the same concept as a prestige. We're not even joking.
For those of you who don't play Call Of Duty, Reputation is basically a feature which is a secondary judgement of your rank. Player levels are one thing, but reputation is a side that levels up every certain number of levels incrementally, and this secondary number has its own bonuses associated with it. It's important to pay attention to it.
If you look at a character name you'll notice two numbers next to it. The first number is your player level. You might notice some players have decoration around that number. That decoration serves to show off your overall reputation level. A reef, for instance, indicates somebody has reached the first reputation level.
The first level up of reputation happens once you're done with Player Level 20, so Player Level 21 is the first reputation level. As you level up your reputation will also increase. This is fun to show off, but For Honor also rewards you in a more important way: you unlock new potential equipment with each reputation point earned, since some high-end equipment is locked behind a certain number of reputation points. You'll also be more likely to see better gear drop the higher your reputation is.
Like Prestige in COD, Reputation basically gives you a reason to keep on grinding... Pretty much forever. There's more in it for you than just bragging rights, however, and that's nice.
How to earn Reputation Points - Level up fast
The above should make this all pretty obvious, but for the avoidance of any doubt: you earn reputation points by levelling up to certain points.
The best way to level up quickly in For Honor is to follow orders. Orders are basically randomly generated missions that encourage you to play the game in different ways, such as by trying to specifically rack up honorable kills or by trying out a different character. Look at the orders menu on the multiplayer menu and check the available tasks - each you complete will go some way to raising your level.
Don't also forget that there are boosts in For Honor, and those of you who pre-ordered will have access to some experience-boosting bonuses, so don't forget to use them.