How ‘The Order: 1886’ Put Me To Sleep…And Then Woke Me Up

Shaz Mohsin says: "The Order: 1886 is a good game. A game that was crushed by expectations of what a $60 game should look like. Even if it may not be “worth it” at $60, it’s a game that is a solid deal at $40, a bargain at $20, and a steal for anything less. With decent gunplay, a good number of fairly creative guns, alongside an impeccable visual design, this game from an eagle eyed view, is a simple and inoffensive addition to the third-person shooter genre. But it’s when you go into it, and look closer, and play it for what it is – a cinematic experience – is when you truly appreciate what this game offers. Although it may be riddled with QTE’s, but the way in which the game utilizes those QTE’s in specific moments to provide the sense of immersion in a brilliantly told, and brilliantly weaved narrative, voiced by capable actors that bring these characters to life, results in a game that I am happy to let play itself, simply to enjoy the story that’s being told."

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IcarusOne523d ago

With writing like that, how could I NOT click! /s

Nu523d ago

Sounds like the story of my life.
My girlfriendputsme to sleep and then she suddenly wakes me from my slumber.....

SquidBuck523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

Dawg, none of us care about you or your girlfriend. Also, what a dumb analogy.

Team_Litt523d ago

False! I care.
Tell me more about your girlfriend, friend.

nix523d ago

yeah. how did she wake you up from slumber?

Skull521523d ago

I never got far in the game, it keep taking me out of the action or making me walk around all boring, really a terrible game.

Nu522d ago (Edited 522d ago )

How she woke me is actually xXXX rated /s

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rainslacker523d ago

I enjoyed the game, and have probably defended it against attack on these forums more than I really should have, but just reading the description I can't really imagine who the writer is trying to convince. The game was decent enough, and the game play was solid, and the graphics are still some of the best of this generation, but there were things that brought it down, and the cinematic experience was not a good selling point when it was too intrusive and took the player out of the game too often, and for too long. The cinematics and story itself were great, but the balance between presenting that story, and the game play itself was very unbalanced.

gbsrnctaln521d ago

To me the graphics were a mess, monochromatic blue, and blurry. The Order was also fairly monochromatic, but in every other aspect visually shit, and I mean SHIT all over QB.

MegamanXXX523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

Actually I thought the order 1886 was better than Quantum Break but that's just my opinion

Soulst0rmer523d ago

The only major flaws I had were the too-cover based pop up target combat and the lack of a good navigation/collection systems. The QTEs, stealth, graphics, story, length, gun play, melee, etc were all great.. it just needed polishing mechanically. Hoping for a sequel to really shine.

Kribwalker523d ago

I got it for $5 during the flash sale in January and can say for $5 it was pretty good, I liked it better then the original remastered uncharted, but I don't think it was a better game then quantum break. There was way too many points in the game where they made you walk with no way to move faster that was so frustrating and after play all of the gears games, the cover mechanics weren't up to the task I felt

MegamanXXX523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

The game play mechanics was horrible in Quantum break and you couldn't even take cover. Not to mention the cutscenes or movie scenes was like 30 minutes long and boring.The game kept crashing on my PC. Angry Joe review was very accurate imo.

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goken523d ago

i saw it at $4 in april, but i was in China and couldn't pay for it. by tge time i got back the sale was over... sigh

ninsigma523d ago

The order and quantum break both fit into the same tier really. Neither are pushing the boundaries of games and neither are amazing titles but both were good and enjoyable in their own right. The order was much better imo though. Had a better story, characters and gameplay while also looking graphically awesome. It was worth extra play throughs while QB was a one and done for me.

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81BX523d ago

Strongly disagree. For me QB was way better than the order. I loved the show tie in.

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81BX523d ago

I prefer my Xbox but make no mistake I'm a gamer 1st. For me the best gaming experience this gen is until dawn... not on xbox btw

Septic523d ago

QB was better but still a letdown.

The Order was thoroughly bad aside from visuals and voice acting.

ninsigma523d ago

Thoroughly bad my ass. If you weren't on a hate crusade to downplay it, you might actually enjoy it.

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morganfell523d ago

The Order put a lot of people "to sleep" that were intent on disliking the game without playing it. Similar to those that talk about it being so so that still haven't played it despite what they post. I just do not see someone with a record of having written so nastily about the title having purchased it later. The Order is great cinematic gaming and as a fan of both The Post Vulgate Cycle as well as the remarkable Lakshmi Bai, the Rani of Jhansi I couldn't be more pleased.

Kiwi66523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

You pretty much just described every person who has hated on a game that they will never play because its on another console so they downplay it instead 👍🙂

Kribwalker523d ago

If you are questioning me playing it or not, go to your PS4, type in my user name and go to my trophies. You will be pleasantly surprised. I'm also playing knack right now because I got it for $5, as well as infamous ss, and I beat until dawn after I bought it for $8. Until dawn is my favourite PS4 exclusive so far. Bought uncharted 4 during the E3 sale, but wanna play the others first, only played the first one and it turned me off them for now.

DJustinUNCHAIND523d ago

Why would I spend my time and money on a game that was deemed mediocre to bad across the board?

morganfell523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

Why you ask...

"deemed mediocre to bad "


Because you shouldn't make gaming decisions on outstanding titles because someone else told you they were bad. You should decide for yourself.

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gbsrnctaln523d ago

Loved The Order, hated the suckfest that was QB.

WilliamSheridan523d ago

What a strange, almost fanboy like thing to say. Comparing two very different games. Uncharted vs Quantum would be more fair.

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S2Killinit523d ago

The Order was a great game. The atmosphere was really good, the music original score, I was really happy with my purchase.

freshslicepizza523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

"The game play mechanics was horrible in Quantum break and you couldn't even take cover. Not to mention the cutscenes or movie scenes was like 30 minutes long and boring.The game kept crashing on my PC. Angry Joe review was very accurate imo.

You know you're a diehard fan when an article about a Sony exclusive turns into a discussion about a MS exclusive. I think The Order is the game Sony used to advertise the battery life of the PS4 controller.

MegamanXXX523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

I liked Quantum Break better than No Man Sky. I actually thought that No Man Sky was the worse game I have ever played this generation. I downplayed any game that I don't like. If you don't like it don't reply.

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Dlacy13g523d ago (Edited 523d ago )

for the record...letter box was a way to show movies that were developed for the 16:9 aspect ratio to be viewed as originally shot when viewed on a 4:3 aspect ratio TV. Without that technique movies that were put on DVD originally shot in 16:9 looked zoomed in and cut off much of the screen space when played in DVD players hooked up to TV's that were 4:3. It served a purpose a good 10+ yrs back when 4:3 screen ratio was more prevalent. Today its not really an issue given all TV's being sold for quite some time are in a 16:9 screen ratio as is. This game using that ratio was nothing more than a work around to get the game to perform better given how much it was pushing graphically.

plmkoh523d ago

That's incorrect, movies are not shot on 16:9 ratio, movies are 1.85:1 and 2.39:1. Letter boxing exists because TV formats are 16:9 and 4:3, this then allows those movie ratios to be viewed without stretching or zooming.

When you correctly shoot a movie at 1.85:1 and 2.39:1, you aren't seeing less picture compared to 16:9 or 4:3. People often mistake seeing black bars are seeing less picture, but in reality the movie ratio means the camera lens used is ultra wide and you are seeing a panoramic shot. The picture is zoomed out, not cut.

In games like 1886, you are seeing more game than compared to a 16:9 full screen. But there are badly done ones like The Evil Within, which uses a standard 16:9 viewing angle with fake black bars, in these situations you are seeing less.

Dlacy13g523d ago

I just pulled from Wiki to correctly put it into context as I may not have had all the ratios right...but I was right about why it was used early on in the 80's.

Letterboxing is used as an alternative to a full-screen, pan-and-scan transfer of a widescreen film image to videotape or videodisc. In pan-and-scan transfers, the original image is cropped to the narrower aspect ratio of the destination format, usually the 1.33:1 (4:3) ratio of the standard television screen, whereas letterboxing preserves the film's original image composition as seen in the cinema. Letterboxing was developed for use in 4:3 television displays before widescreen television screens were available, but it is also necessary to represent on a 16:9 widescreen display the unaltered original composition of a film with a wider aspect ratio, such as Panavision's 2.35:1 ratio.

On Television:
Digital broadcasting allows 1.78:1 (16:9) widescreen format transmissions without losing resolution, and thus widescreen is becoming the television norm. Most television programming in the United States, Britain and France is in standard-definition 16:9 and is transmitted in anamorphic format on digital platforms. When using a 4:3 television, it is possible to display such programming in either a letterbox format or in a 4:3 centre-cut format (where the edges of the picture are lost).

A letterboxed 14:9 compromise ratio was often broadcast in analogue transmissions in European countries making the transition from 4:3 to 16:9. In addition, recent years have seen an increase of "fake" 2.35:1 letterbox mattes on television to give the impression of a cinema film, often seen in adverts, trailers or television programmes such as Top Gear.[6]

Current high-definition television (HDTV) systems use video displays with a wider aspect ratio than older television sets, making it easier to accurately display widescreen films. In addition to films produced for the cinema, some television programming is produced in high definition and therefore widescreen.

On a widescreen television set, a 1.78:1 image fills the screen, however, 2.39:1 aspect ratio films are letterboxed with narrow mattes. Because the 1.85:1 aspect ratio does not match the 1.78:1 (16:9) aspect ratio of widescreen DVDs and high-definition video, slight letterboxing occurs. Usually, such matting of 1.85:1 film is eliminated to match the 1.78:1 aspect ratio in the DVD and HD image transference.

plmkoh523d ago

What I'm saying is the original movie shots which is ultra wide screen is a 'bigger' frame than the 16:9 and 4:3 than what we have standard on televisions.

What you see 'letter box' is the shrinking of the larger picture to fit in our television screens, not the otherway around, there is no cropping. 1886 you are seeing more picture than if it were a 16:9 game, because FOV has been adjusted for the movie aspect ratio. The downfall of fitting it on 1080p is pixel density suffers, up side is less pixels rendered as you said.

Have a look at this graph:

All the movie related aspect ratios are the largest frames.

rainslacker523d ago

Letterboxing still exists. I believe the most recent one I saw was Rogue One. The letterboxing does indeed maintain the original framing of the movie, but that doesn't mean all movies fit on 16:9.

The letterboxing on The Order was supposedly to give it a more cinematic feeling, which means that the frame was wider than a typical game. It's all about the aspect ratio of the camera, and has nothing to do with the framing of the screen itself.

I don't know how much stock I put in that, but that was the reason given by the developer. While playing, you don't really notice it anyhow.

fenome523d ago (Edited 523d ago )


My phone hates me, I've either dropped it in too many toilets or watch too much porn...whichever order you choose on that. Lol

It's a great IP, it has great style and storytelling, I don't care what people think. Hopefully Sony hand this off to a solid team. They teased us with vampires at the end, I wanna fight 'em, plain and simple.

morganfell523d ago

You dropped it in the toilet while you were watching porn :P

fenome523d ago

Wouldn't be the first time, but you'd get the first interview, it'd be an exclusive ;)

Rearden523d ago

This article is really woke.

81BX523d ago

Me too. Red bull will do that though!