The Order: 1886
Awesome Original Game
This game is obviously an original because we have never seen these types of time periods mix together like this. This is a PlayStation Exclusive that will hopefully turn into a trilogy. Definitely on my list of games to pick up at launch.
Not What Reviewers Say
The game is delightfully cinematic. It draws you in and gets your blood pumping with intense action sequences and well placed QTE. It is one of the most immersive games I have ever played. It has such a rich atmosphere, and good god the graphics are insane. Aesthetically the game is beyond my expectations, gameplay wise, it is a terrifically fun game with tried and true 3rd person (over the shoulder) mechanics with a new unique steampunk twist! Seriously play it!
Beautiful, quality story and execution
Having received the game on release date, I find myself disstressed at being able to finish it the day after. I don't often binge play games, but this game was so enrapturing in both story and wanting to find out what happens next that I continued watching it. Yes, watching it, as for the majority of the game it was mostly watching the game. There were only three or four times during the game where the uninterrupted or mildly interrupted game-play extended beyond thirty minutes at a time.
With all the complaints about game length out there, I really didn't mind the overall duration, it was a little brief for the quantity of cinematic scenes that were included, where there have definitely been other games with as many cinematic scenes, most of those touched on the thirty hour mark, those games rarely had the quality of story that The Order presented.
Playing The Order felt a bit like watching an excellent TV show, with a storyline somewhat a cross between True Blood and with the seriousness of Game of Thrones; The Order managed to present the story and imagery beautifully. The downside is the point that it felt more like watching than playing.
Now the game-play, while all the controls felt flawless in their execution to me for what was intended to be the character I was playing, and the character felt right to the environment, it still felt like playing a knight of Camelot in the time of Camelot who hadn't changed since Camelot, where the knighthood should have been more focused on agility and finesse to fight their enemies rather than the brute force the game presents. The game felt like it put too much real history into the world rather than accepting that it was an alternate history and allowing the game-play to have adapted to the world.
Was it short, yes. Was it long enough for the presented story, almost.
Beautiful cinematic game
First and foremost, this game is not very long. So for many, that will make it a great disappointment. For those that complain about no multiplayer, isn't there enough multiplayer shooters on the market? The story is pretty good, with the gameplay and cutscenes flowing seamlessly. Sound was great using the Sony Gold headphones. The controls were decent. The biggest disappointment would be that there is no reason to explore levels (Chapters) because there are no real objects to find. What this game truly shows is the graphical power of the PS4, levels loaded quickly and were beautifully detailed. Lighting and effects were incredible. It shows what can be accomplished with the next gen hardware. It is worth playing, and while short, is worth the money. Especially when compared to what we pay to see movies at the theaters. I expect Ready at Dawn will be working on a follow up game to continue the story. The game is fun and engaging which is one of the chief requirements in my book.
A Blast from the alternate-past
I managed to beat the Order in one day. The story took me approx 7 hours, of which I enjoyed immensely. The graphics are top notch, the absolute best I've seen yet. This makes the gunplay all the more thrilling as you pick off your targets in lavishly designed environments. I can definitely understand why there is a lot of complaint around the length, because you simply don't want it to end. I know this might be an odd comparison, but I would say it's like RYSE in that it's Sony's way of showing off the power of their hardware. I do have some minor gripes that aren't really worth mentioning, hopefully you won't notice them if you decide to play, which you definitely should at some point. I hope that if they decide to make a sequel, they ad more RPG elements like the Last of Us that will give you a reason to explore every nook and cranny and ogle at the detail, although I did anyway. So in conclusion, loved the story, loved the ending, loved the gameplay, loved the game, wish it was longer.
A beautiful, engaging and unfairly criticized game
This game is unique, and I want more of it. For starters, the story is engaging. The characters are well thought out, properly developed, and beautifully acted. The gameplay is solid and tighter than most third-person shooters that one could compare it to. Think Gears of War meets The Last of Us, and you'll have a pretty good idea of how this game plays. The weapons are an absolute blast to shoot, pun intended. Visually, this game is stunner. The sound is also a par above the rest, though it feels a bit quiet at times. The game is linear, but so cinematic and engaging that you won't even care. Though short, it was an absolute thrill from beginning to end, and I cannot wait to see how the sequel improves upon the fantastic foundation this game has set. The only game thus far that captivated me like this one did was The Last of Us. If you liked The Last of Us, get this game.
Dont believe what others say.
This game is fantastic, the story is interesting so far, the gameplay is well done, and the lycans are scary. Don't listen to what reviewers say about this game, as there are more people who like this game than not liking it. i just got to chapter 5 at the time of typing this, so i am not even close to halfway done (there are 16 chapters in this game), but i think i am far enough for me to write a review on this game. So what if its short, it not that short. There are games shorter than this without co op or multiplayer, and yet people still like those games. People seem to forget that this is Ready At Dawns first ever console game, so at least give them credit. I am sure their future games will be just as good as this one. Anyways this game is fantastic, the weapons are unique and interesting, and the melee is downright brutal. And when they said this game was not easy....they meant it. i recommend this game, to anyone who likes games with dark settings, and lycans/werewolves.
Better Than Given Credit For
This game has garnered a lot of unfair criticism. My only real complaint is the length, which is arguably too short. But criticizing it for being too linear is completely ridiculous. Not every game belongs in an open world setting. Has everybody forgotten that the game many claim this game ripped off in terms of game play, Gears Of War, is praised as the pinnacle of cover-based shooters? Gears Of War deserves that praise, but don't forget that all the Gears games are very linear and offer no more chance for exploration that this game does. They can also be finished in under 10 hours, and I've beaten the first one in just over 6. There are a fair number of cut-scenes and QTEs, but the story is fairly interesting and the shooting mechanics, while not as solid as Gears Of War, are very smooth. This is easily the best looking console game to date and one of the first truly polished new-gen games to release. I encountered no glitches through my eight hours playing the campaign. The weapons are being criticized as well, but there are 16 different weapons and each one is distinct from the rest. You can tell by just the sound and feel that each gun has when it fires which gun you are using. The last thing I'll say is that the criticism for the lack of multi-player is the dumbest complaint to have next to the complaint about a linear campaign. There are so many third person games that have unnecessary multi-player modes, and I'm extremely happy that this game didn't make the same mistake. If you can't deal with a lot of cut-scenes or really hate QTEs, this game isn't for you. But if you don't mind that and you want to play a cover-based shooter with strong mechanics that isn't Gears Of War, give this game a try. If you don't go in having already made up your mind that it will be horrible, you will probably be presently surprised.
Netflix with a controller.
If you want an animated movie with a few controls, poor controls, this is for you. The biggest waste of $40.00 on a game ever. Like a movie you have to wait for the control you need to flash on the screen for a nano-second and you wind up in an endless loop trying to figure out what you saw. If you enjoy watching a movie with a joy stick and little input from you...this one is for you. If you want a GAME that gives you control over your character with full knowledge of what controls what then don't waste you hard earned cash on this Hollywood effort at gaming.
Not worth it
I was excited for the history and story behind this game prior to its release. I preordered for the bonus and boy was I was severely let down. I found there to be a serious lack of character development. We only get a glimpse into the characters. I also think the story could have been more involved not only in regard to story line but also Lycan involvement. Plus, what was up with the vampires and crate burning? It needed to be more in depth. Finally, the game itself is an extremely short play. I wanna say I spent a whole 10 hours on it, if that. I expected more from this game, in story depth and a length. I also wasn't a fan of the linear play with limited free run. You move at the pace of the game, not faster. However because of this, trophies are easier attained. I think having the ability to explore London and interact with more enemies and lycan would have severely heightened my opinion of the title. Graphics were great, but graphics aside, this game wasn't worth the money at full price and definitely wasn't pre-order material.