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User Review : The Order: 1886

Ups
  • Brilliant photo realistic graphics
  • Excellent voicework
  • Cool imaginative guns
Downs
  • A bit short
  • Frequent cut scenes may bother some
  • Needs more gameplay segments

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The Order: 1886 takes place in 19th century London where you are part of the group called the Order hence the title, which consists of knights who protect the country from any form of evil, in this case Vampires and the likes without going into much detail. The story plays out in a series of gorgeous cinematic cut scenes a la 'Metal Gear' and to be honest it kept me glued to my chair as I wanted to know what the hell was going on and how the story was going to unfold.

Visually The Order: 1886 looks absolutely stunning, it has that PS4 exclusive sort of look, character models are super detailed, and the photo realistic graphics had me standing still a couple of times, just to admire the scenery or the beautifully crafted environments that you come across in the game.

The Audio is also of a high quality for nearly every aspect of the game. Dialogues are always top notch and thus create believable character interactions, the musical score and sound effects set the mood of the game perfectly.

Gameplay is solid and enjoyable overall, I had fun blasting enemies with some cool imaginative guns but sometimes you start getting excited about the gun fights, it soon ends and you have to wait for quite some time to get to another fight, which again doesn't last long enough. Maybe if it did it would have been a bit repetitive, but I think there is that little something which is missing. Nevertheless, it's got solid gunplay with some destructible environments to enjoy which for me are just enough considering the intriguing cinematic story and the obligatory stealth bits without spoiling much.

Perhaps the only downside is the length of the game, which is roughly 7-8 hours, and half of the time you're watching cut scenes, which personally I don't mind at all, since I like cinematic games, though some chapters could have used some more gameplay. Some of the later chapters are literally just a cinematic cut scene. But, all in all, I had fun playing The Order: 1886, there are some cool ideas, I like the alternate timeline, the Vampire mysteries, and definitely wish and hope that the developers work on a sequel. The Order's story deserves to be continued.

Score
9.5
Graphics
Photorealistic visuals
9.0
Sound
Top notch dialogue, great music and sound effects
8.0
Gameplay
Varied and fun, a bit on the short side
7.5
Fun Factor
An intriguing story makes up for the lack of gameplay, which makes the game enjoyable to play.
Overall
8.0
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daBUSHwhaka209d ago (Edited 209d ago )

Short & shite...gameplay 8.0.Fun factor 7.5. Eye alrighty then.

Luc20207d ago

Been playing this game since Friday and I'm really enjoying it. I live in east London so it's cool to see some familiar areas such as Whitechapel etc. It is a bit repetitive but it's got an interesting sorry so it doesn't get boring. I'd love to see a sequel. The photo mode is great. I often stop the game just to admire it's beauty. It's a solid 7.5 - 8 from me.

thorstein206d ago

Nice review. I loved the game as well. Certainly didn't deserve the hate it received.

Nemesis4567205d ago

I agree. I think the hate was due to advertisement. As all the ads showed this game with futuristic guns and werewolves, but you only get to kill like 3 or 4 werewolves. Reminds me of Metal Gear Solid 2 when all the advertisements showed Solid Snake gameplay when a good 80% of the game is Raiden. Anyways great game.

GunsOfLiberty204d ago (Edited 204d ago )

True, Nemesis4567... you have to play the game to really know what's it all about.. nowadays I don't bother reading reviews anymore
I only go for the scores, I play the game and then I judge for myself :)

GunsOfLiberty204d ago

Thanks thorstein.. Yes it definitely doesn't deserve all the hate.. you know I picked this up only after it was at a bargain price, (beginning of this year) but to my surprise it was a good game! And the graphics considering it's a 2015 game, rival many recent titles in my opinion

DJ_Professor_K205d ago (Edited 205d ago )

This game was a legit start as any other for a first chapter
P.s CAN YOU DIG IT !!!!!!

And yes it had it flaws

coolbeans203d ago

Great to see some more user contributions like this. Keep it up, Guns.

I'll be honest though, I disagree completely. It feels like a 'cinematic' game in the most annoying ways possible: a plethora of unskippable cutscenes, forced walking segments, and constant railroading of the player. Whereas The Last of Us keeps those 'filmic' moments on a leash--allowing for more player engagement, The Order just seems to revel in those almost constantly.