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For Honor Highlander Character Review

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Highlander

Nothing plays quite like the Highlander. Hybrid to the core, this Technical Fighter character has the biggest learning curve so far.

Gameplay

The first thing to get to grips with regarding the Highlander is the two stances; Defensive and Offensive. Defensive form has access to Block, Parry and Guardbreak whilst Offensive form has access to a number of un-blockable attacks. Notably, the Highlander has the ability to ‘Fast Flow’ into Offensive form and this is where the big damage comes in. Chaining fast lights into superior lights, un-blockable grabs and heavies is possible, but a few days still hasn’t been enough for me to do this reliably.

Timing is an important part of effectively using the Highlander, particularly the Celtic Curse move. Celtic curse is a heavy over-head that gains super armor, but can also be cancelled into a side dodging heavy (also with super armor). Sounds complex, yet has a satisfying feel when pulled off successfully. It also forces the opponent to play defensively, pre-empting the direction of attack for fear of taking a sizeable chunk of damage.

Players will quickly realise the combination of slow attacks and high stamina use are the pitfalls of the Highlander, leading to many calling it the lower tier class compared to the Gladiator. I would agree with this view, but also see a number of highly skilled players performing elaborate and unpredictable combos with the character to great effect. Put the time in and expect most people to not be prepared for your onslaught.

Design & Cosmetics

Kilts and animal skins best summarise the look of the Highlander and fit perfectly into the rugged designs characteristic of the Viking faction. Claymores are undoubtedly impressive looking weapons and the sheer size of it is incredibly imposing. Most notably, the Highlander is the first character with a completely uncovered face, so if you like the idea of your hero staring into the eyes of their enemy then enjoy!

Armor and weapon customizations generally maintain the raw look, with some of the higher tier weapon gear pieces being the only departure. They are magnificent, however, and add to the sense of superiority you will probably feel at having mastered the class at that point. Personally, the Bran design seems the best balance between elegance and practicality.

Conclusion

If you like the complexity of the Shinobi, the pure power of the Raider and an array of un-blockable attacks like the Lawbringer, then Highlander is a good bet. For Honor classes him as a ‘Hard’ character to learn and for good reason. I will be sticking to simpler heroes myself, but will be very wary of Highlanders knowing how dangerous they can really be.

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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