Well, The Order has certainly pulled us away from the negativity of Evolve. More importantly, while plenty of people seemed to completely ignore Evolve, Ready At Dawn’s exclusive has clearly engaged a lot of people.
Although there was a lot of positivity around the game, not everyone was absolutely in love with it. cam_manutd, for example, described The Order as “a work of technical and visual excellence” that was only lacking in one area: the gameplay. Kennykazey took a similar view, saying the game “does nothing new or particularly interesting gameplay-wise”. Others were slightly more forgiving, with JR. calling the gameplay “familiar but still perfectly refined and enjoyable nonetheless”, which beeje13 almost echoed when they called it “basic, but really refined, particularly the gunplay”.
The real sore spot for the game came in its length. While some defended it, with Tony Cawley calling it the “Perfect length” and Tuffcub praising the fact it isn’t “5 hours of game, padded out to 40 hours” like many other titles, some commenters were less pleased.
doug said they were “definitely disappointed by the length of the story”, while beeje13 felt it was “expensive for the basic length”. max also chimed in to say that some may feel “cheated if paying full price for the title since content wise it does not match other big titles”.
Lets change the tone slightly here and look at what people really liked. The game’s graphics seemed to be key for many, with Tuffcub calling it “stunning to look at”, and Lieutenant Fatman praising the “great graphics and atmosphere”.
Youles touched on this point too, calling the “environments and graphics… the best I’ve ever seen on a console”. TSBonyman took a very similar tact, saying The Order has visuals “which you simply won’t see on any other platform”. Even the somewhat negative cam_manutd called the graphics “freaking amazing”.
The game’s story was also generally well received, although a few of you did highlight issues. JR. felt it was somewhat “over-edited” and needed to “progress/unfold at a natural pace”, while max complained that it was far too linear.
We also heard from Tony Cawley, who enjoyed the story but felt that some “areas of the story could have been further explored”. However, they did also accept that perhaps Ready At Dawn were keeping something back for a sequel, which Tony would “definetly buy”.
For the final comment of the week I’m going to turn to Wozman23, who won me over with their positivity and speculation on The Order’s parentage:
It’s easy to praise the insanely stunning visuals and rich atmosphere, but its pacing and the way the narrative unfolds were the most impressive to me. It’s got an ebb and flow that really feels like you’re participating in a good summer blockbuster. ‘Cinematic’ has been a pejorative in many cases, but The Order does the term a favor. It’s like The Last of Us and Heavy Rain had a baby.
Finally we have the verdict. Even with the issues that some highlighted, The Order did very well. Six of you rated it as a Sale It, but the remaining nine selected Buy It as your verdict. Whichever way people voted, it’s clear that The Order: 1886 is worth reaching into your wallet to get hold of.
In tomorrow’s WeView we’ll be taking a look at LittleBigPlanet 3, while you can vote for next week’s game below.