Controversy surrounding new video games is rising at an alarming rate. In the last 12 months we’ve had downgraded games like Watch Dogs, completely broken games being released like The Master Chief Collection, Evolve’s overuse of DLC, and also bug filled games like Assassin’s Creed Unity. The Order 1886 can now be added to that rapidly growing list of games that are receiving pre release backlash due to early leaks. Many in the gaming community have now called out gaming journalists for going into “damage control” but in this article, it is a true and honest opinion from a gaming journalist.
If you are unaware of how The Order 1886 backlash started, here is a brief version of the story. YouTuber “PlayMeThrough” got an early copy of the highly anticipated “The Order: 1886” for PS4 coming out next week. He has posted an entire YouTube walkthrough of the game which consisted of 5 hours run time on his channel, which has since been taken down. To clarify The Order: 1886 is a purely single player experience with no addition of multiplayer. Now depending on your view of video gaming as a media source you as a player can decide whether or not you are willing to pay full price for a game that is rumored to clock in at around 5 hours. 5 hour long campaigns for games aren’t new; almost every Call of Duty game that releases has a 5 hour single player; however you do get an extensive multiplayer portion of the game as well.
Many others who have their review copies and the developer themselves (Ready at Dawn) stated that the game is much longer if you actually take your time and do all the side quests and activities. A few others on YouTube have stated that the game has taken them upwards of 10 hours for completion, however it was not stated whether or not they played just the campaign or did the additional side objectives. If a game is extremely innovative, with vastly gorgeous graphics, smooth controls and the best story you’ve ever experienced in a video game but only clocked in at 5 hours would you buy it for full triple A price? Only time will tell if Ready at Dawn’s upcoming shooter The Order: 1886 will be worth it, stay tuned to ThisGenGaming for our review.
I feel that The Order: 1886 will be a good game for what it is, but I don’t expect it to be anything fantastic. Ready at Dawn is primarily known for PSP, Wii and a few PS3 ports which makes me nervous for them to take on a fully fledged next gen title. Ready At Dawn has a promising team comprised of ex Naughty Dog and ex Blizzard employees but I still have a worry in the back of my mind the controls are going to feel off just because they’re mainly a mobile developer. Now after that what ties the whole mobile gaming into why I feel the length is actually 5 hours like the aforementioned YouTuber showed is that mobile / handheld games are shallow and quick. They are not meant to suck you in (with a few exceptions) they are meant to play while on the go, on the bus or in a car or something of the sort.
The Order: 1886 from what we’ve heard from people who have gotten a chance to play a demo of it and all the footage found online and through popular YouTubers impressions I’ve come to find that there holding back A LOT on the “mutants” and that wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t such a driving point to the game, it’s a zombie style apocalypse in the 1800s sounds awesome but if you’re hiding such a selling point to the game either the game is super long and you’re saving the good bits, or there’s a distinct lack and such a shallow small experience. When I think of this game I get a real “Aliens Colonial Marines” vibe and it makes me very uneasy. The Order talks up a lot of very cool enemies and features and things that you’re supposedly going to do but they don’t SHOW any of it; and that’s exactly what happened to Aliens Colonial Marines a lot of talk to get the hype up but delivered a brutally short game that was undercooked at the best of times. With the recent trend of games releasing with crippling bugs I feel The Order will be no different. I want The Order to prove me wrong and be a great game but given what I know and the info they have given it makes me feel like the game will be short, dull and undercooked.
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