The Order: 1886
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not So Jaded
I almost decided not to get this based on some of the criticisms being aired just prior to the game's release. My wife looked at me as I stood in the local GameStop mulling it over and said "you waited forever to get this game, give it a chance". I am genuinely glad I did. Yes, the gameplay mechanics will be familiar to many gamers but I still found them to be sturdy and enjoyable. I have seen numerous comments on the game's beauty which, are well deserved, as this is truly a gorgeous game to behold. Admittedly, I truly wished to explore more of this fascinating world but this was a minor point as as I found the story and characters to be the true heart of this game. The story is excellent, well told, and superbly acted. This was a true cinematic game experience and I look forward to another chapter. While the game does not strive to be the open world that many games do so well, it more than makes up for this in the fascinating story it tells. This is a beautifully crafted game that I highly recommend for those not entirely jaded by negative reviews.
Waste of time
I don't write reviews, but if this one solves someone's question of "to buy or not to buy", then good. My opinion? Don't waste your money. Wait for it to drop to $19.99; perhaps then it will be worth a purchase. The graphics are pretty good, and the game plays well, but my two big issues are the story that isn't what I expected, and the length of the game. I expected a "Knights of the Round Table vs Creatures of the Supernatural", but it wasn't really; the player fights, maybe, eleven lycanthropes and gets to see a vampire. At the end, the story drops off with no further explanation of what is happening, or is going to happen. The game is way too short. I didn't time the first play through, but timed my second, and the game ended in just under seven hours (6hr 54min), so I would estimate an extra 30 minutes to an hour more on my first play through. I waited a year for this game to release, and it isn't worth the $60. No where near worth the $60.
Capable Of Being Saved
The game is magnificent none the less. Gameplay, graphics, sound, all of it was fantastic. With just some minimal gameplay flaws in my opinion the game was great. Thing is the developers failed in the end of this product. I will not give spoilers, but if this is how they choose to end the game I can surely tell you I won't be buying anymore of their products. With a short disappointing story, there is no doubt it would anger players. The idea of myth and history colliding was amazing, but you rarely fight any of them. I think you see more of them in cut scenes. You end up fighting more humans then anything. Then introducing a new mythical being just for moments only had me guessing and hoping to encounter them. Find out shortly after you don't. I really hope they either make a new one or make some ridiculously good DLC. READY AT DAWN NEEDS TO SAVE THIS! The game has potential! Don't make this a huge let down! I'm only hoping for The Order 1887 to come out. Hopefully that will be soon. These graphics are once again AMAZING by the way. Still not enough to get me from being upset with this ending.