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  • Summary: The Order: 1886 introduces us to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London in which Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient enemy. As Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course ofThe Order: 1886 introduces us to a unique vision of Victorian-Era London in which Man uses advanced technology to battle a powerful and ancient enemy. As Galahad, a member of an elite order of Knights, join a centuries-old war against a powerful threat that will determine the course of history in this third-person action-adventure shooter. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 75
  2. Negative: 7 out of 75
  1. Feb 19, 2015
    95
    Literally no game has ever looked this good. It’s strange to even write that, but The Order: 1886 raises the bar so far above its contemporaries that it stands in a class by itself. Joined by a soundtrack that perfects the mood, The Order is a cinematic masterpiece.
  2. Feb 19, 2015
    80
    It's a promising opening chapter of what could become a great saga from Ready at Dawn. When credits will roll, you will have the distinct feeling of having witnessed something special and different, the rising of a new and interesting character surrounded by a fascinating background. It's still a shame that gameplay doesn't go beyond what's given for granted, many narrative aspects remain untouched, and the hour count itself remains thin, but that doesn't diminish the value of this debut.
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    80
    The Order: 1886 is an interactive work with extraordinary sound, visuals and a thrilling story - work you watch, experience and play equally. It will be appreciated mainly by those who prefer strong story over a freedom of play; or by gamers who want to spend few nights in a fantastic world of steam-punk England but have not much time to spare.
  4. Feb 19, 2015
    70
    The Order: 1886 is outstanding as a cinematic experience, with some of the best graphics we've ever seen. However it's very short, with quite simple shooting sequences, and there's no reason to replay it once finished.
  5. Feb 20, 2015
    64
    The premise is solid, the graphics are great, the voice casting is excellent, but in the end you have to ask yourself, are we buying games to watch them or to play them? This is something you need to ask yourself before picking up The Order. It’s a shame, too.
  6. Feb 19, 2015
    60
    The Order is a beautiful dud. Instead of building the core mechanics and then wrapping everything else around it, instead it appears Ready at Dawn made a movie and wondered how to put a game into it. By all accounts it still hasn't worked it out.
  7. Feb 19, 2015
    20
    The Order: 1886 is a terrible game. Not because it’s broken or made without skill. Certainly not because it’s an average-length, story-driven shooter with minimal replay value. It’s just a bad game, forgettable in every conceivable way and safely ignored by all but the most ardent Trophy hunters.

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  1. Feb 25, 2015
    10
    Outstanding game. Cinematic presentation? Check. Amazing visuals? Check. Superb voice acting? Check. Zero padding or pointless quests?Outstanding game. Cinematic presentation? Check. Amazing visuals? Check. Superb voice acting? Check. Zero padding or pointless quests? Check. Don't be fooled by the QTE complaint as there isn't a whole lot of them. I think the "critics" are counting regular button presses, such as opening doors or view items, since a button pops up when you're near, which doesn't count because that's just a basic action.

    All in all, this is something you want to experience for yourself because the "critics" are absolutely wrong bashing this game. I'm more than glad with spending $60 for this type of game and will be pre-ordering the next one as soon as it's available.
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  2. Feb 21, 2015
    10
    This game is great! Do not buy into the stupid and strangely odd negativity that the people on Metacritic are saying about this PS4 exclusiveThis game is great! Do not buy into the stupid and strangely odd negativity that the people on Metacritic are saying about this PS4 exclusive title. The Order is a storytelling game with amazing graphics, tense moments, and a great story and characters. I just don't understand the negative feedback... and I'm sure Sony is just as shocked and puzzled to see this as well. I think people are comparing other games to new IP's way too much. Let the new game's speak for themselves without any comparisons! This game is meant to be a cinema type experience where you play through the main scenes of the "movie " and then proceed to watch the cut-scenes and then back to playing the main scenes again. Hence the top and bottom black bars on the screen... like a movie!! Hmm... I guess people are not used to the whole cinema game experience. I don't know? Or maybe they refuse to accept a cinema game as a good game? Who knows! People are weird. If there's something they want to rant about with bad things to say, they will find a way and a reason to do so.

    One thing I do know: I have been enjoying every second of the game very much so. Do not listen to all the negative crap people are spewing at you. The game is great and I love everything about it! The Order set out to be an interactive movie with a lot of gameplay elements and to tell a story.. they did all of that extremely well! It's not trying to be an open world massive game of any sorts, stop acting like that's what they were going for. People are horrible for rating this game with mediocre reviews. Rate on a higher, more professional level and not something like... "It's not Call of Duty, I hate it.", and then proceed to rate it a very low score... possibly a 0. That's just wrong and irresponsible. Also, a score of 0 should not even be allowed!

    It's not just gaming either that suffers from silly reviews... check out the latest movies on Metacritic! You'll see. Everything is crap... or so the reviewers say. Don't ever buy into reviews of such, and form your own opinions. Anybody on the internet can say anything they want about everything. Doesn't mean the game is bad, but that people are not quite right. Take these weird, mediocre reviews with a grain of salt, and enjoy The Order: 1886. I know I am! I hope that more good people like myself step forward and rate the game with the proper high score that it deserves.
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  3. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    An engaging, unique and thoroughly exciting thriller.

    The Order 1886 has been copping a lot flack by reviews, I would like to pint out a
    An engaging, unique and thoroughly exciting thriller.

    The Order 1886 has been copping a lot flack by reviews, I would like to pint out a few things to help YOU decide if this is a game for you...

    If you prefer constant action, gameplay and the bullets flying (and that is totally cool btw) then you need not keep reading, go play Call of Duty or Gears of war.

    However if you enjoyed games like Heavy Rain, The Walking Dead and Life is Strange but also love a bit of third person action then this a game you will want to check out.

    ready at dawn have created a wholly unique piece of gaming art, it is completely story driven- with a lot of QTE's splashed around that don't feel lazy- they help progress the story, as this is exactly what the game has set out to be- a long, cinematic period movie.

    The story itself is full of mystery, intrigue and lore with amazing characters who you come to truly care about by the end of the game.

    The graphics are stunning, almost life-like in parts but it is the atmosphere and progression, just like a film that really got me engaged.

    I see The Order: 1886 being seen as a 'fail' by mainstream audiences, however I also see this as a cult classic for the niche market of gamers who enjoy a great tale of history and revenge.

    I am giving a perfect 10 because for what it is, that is exactly what the game deserves. It is epic beyond words.

    Again, I can not stress enough if you are looking for an action title, best save your $$.
    But if you are willing to try something new, have an open mind and are not bogged down by the pretty unfair negative press you will be pleasantly surprised by what i would call a masterpiece of cinematic gaming.
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  4. Feb 23, 2015
    9
    THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

    Still there, Ok. Let's get to it. SO I have been waiting for this game since the teaser reveal at
    THIS REVIEW MIGHT CONTAIN SPOILERS.

    Still there, Ok. Let's get to it.

    SO I have been waiting for this game since the teaser reveal at E3. A steampunk Victorian London with werewolves? Count me in I said. And so I waited. Was the wait worth it? Was the hype deserved? IS this game that good? Yes, on all three.

    I have to admit that this game might not be for everyone. Those people that just want action without any exposition, that just want to shoot stuff without any reason might be disappointed. This game is not about shooting, it is about telling a story. Yes there is shooting, but most importantly the story takes center stage. And I for one am so glad they decided to do this. Not only is the story interesting but the writing is top notch. I am talking Hollywood worthy writing. They talk like they are in 1886. But not just the story, The audio is amazing, you have to listen to these game with your headsets at full blast. Every punch of the rifle, every grenade explosion sounds ultra realistic. And the soundtrack is what makes this all work. Dark and brooding the soundtrack makes you immerse yourself in the game.

    All that being said, and to answer the polarizing statement around length. I would say this game is as long as it needed to be. I finished it on Hard in about 12 hours. If you have been gaming for a long time then you should start the game on Hard difficulty. If not you'll breeze trough it, and maybe finish it in 5 hours. But why would you do that? Take your time, immerse yourself, enjoy the view.

    And for those that are comparing it to Gears of War (My all time favorite game until I played The Order). It is not like that game, it was never meant to be like that game. If you come in with the expectation of it being like GoW you will not enjoy it as much. And I think that is what is happening here. People are coming in hoping this game will be like GoW and then complain about not having enough action scenes (which there are a plenty). If anything I would compare this to Resident Evil 4, in pacing. I'll give you an example. When the movie Godzilla (2014) came out I was expecting a battle royal. I expected the movie to be 95% Godzilla battles and 5% story. Thats not the case. You hardly see Godzilla. And when the movie ended I hated it in that instant. I thought "That is not Godzilla". But then my brain started to digest the movie I have just seen. And started accepting that my expectation for the movie was unrealistic. After I realized that I went back and saw it again for what it was. Just simply THE BEST take on the character since the original Gojira came out.

    BUT if you HAVE TO compare it to GoW then Gears would be The expendables to the The Order's Saving Private Ryan. One is heavy in action the other one is heavy on story. And I would pick the story one every time. The Order is just like a book that you read cover to cover to then start again and experience it one more time. It is that good. But I wouldnt call it perfect.

    The black bar while not cumbersome during the most part of the game in instances would not let you is top your cover. In hindsight why should you be able to see over your cover? You are in cover right? But for a game like this I would have preferred a camera that was more separated from the character at least by a few feet. And I know there has been some complain around Chapter 7 where it is all cinematic before jumping to Chapter 8. But if they didn't showed you the "title card" for the chapter change you wouldn't even care. And I think that exposition sets up the second half of the game perfectly.

    All in all should you buy it?
    - If you like greatly written stories, with visuals and audio to match, then it is a definite YES.
    - If you just want a dumbed down action game that just lets you shoot everything in sight without rime or reason, then this game is not for you.
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  5. Feb 25, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Order 1866 is a lot like a Gears of War, but it has the tunnel vision that Final Fantasy 13 brought to that franchise. Now I know I may not sound like I am reflecting the score, but keep in mind there is more to read. The game has an excellent presentation, Solid to Ok gameplay mechanics, and a lot of empty. I will focus on the Good, Ok, and the bad in that order.

    The presentation is pretty much mind blowing, and I own a ultra high end PC, Xbox1, PS4, etc gaming system I have it. However, the visuals, audio, and just atmosphere in this game is just excellent. I like the lore and due to the way it is presented this game is aching for a 2nd and or maybe even a third game. A lot of the times there will be a beautiful cutscene and the game will pan out to a gameplay moment and I am sitting there waiting for something to happen, as I can not believe that this game is actually in real time. The cutscenes are great, but what makes them truly special is the acting which is on par with some of the best movies. The visuals and sound leaving nothing to be desired its just that good.

    Gameplay is where the game starts to drag not because they don't work well or are sloppy, but because utilization is not as deep as it could have been. The shooting feels as good or better then any cover shooter, the cover system is the best I've ever used. However, all enemies are funneled to their death and its just not enough or lacks any variation. The QTE are not all over the place as some had me believe, but rather minimalistic and appear in appropriate moments. I wish there was a hand to hand combat, and especially during spoiler**** when you face one of the lycans in the hospital**** I wish it had some sort of Batman Arkhan style combat system. Oh well its not bad just wish there was more and maybe more of a variation.

    Now my biggest gripe with the game it reminds me of the old school RE games on PlayStation one in a not good way. See the visuals are breath taking, and the environments are amazing; however, everything around you is dead... no pun intended. I mean Its all for show you do nothing with it, and when there is a interaction or collectible there is no notification that this is something special you found. The level of detail is sickening, and my biggest wish for this game is Sony allows Ready At Dawn to add some more menus and maybe a inventory system.

    I take two steps in the right direction and one back, but overall I have had great fun with it and is an excellent show piece of what current gen systems are capable visually. I hope that on the next games my issues with lack of quantity or variety in gameplay is addressed, and just maybe add a notification system when I find a cool item. This is a solid game and great entertainment and I will defiantly revisit it if any DLC or sequels are announced.
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  6. Feb 24, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First of all, the fact that it makes people feel it's too short proves that it's a good game. Did you feel the same finishing Kill Zone Shadow Fall? I was thinking why do they make the campaign so long/ I just want to see the ending...
    I didn't want to praise the graphics as it has been celebrated again and again and has become so boring. But it is stunning. Absolutely staggering. Definitely a treat for your eyes.
    However as a movie-like game, the plot is mediocre and did NOT utilize the background very well. Vampires, lycans, 1886's London, steampunk. They could definitely done better. Plus they ended it with the primary antagonist still at large, it's like screaming: we'll make a sequel... hate it! That being said, the campaign is still a good one.
    Shooting is alright. Actually more than alright. The shooting is a lot of fun. Typical TPS shoot from cover along with cool bullet time and new guns. Enemies are predictable but dangerous nevertheless, especially those helmet guys and shotgun specialists.
    I tried to consider this as Heavy Rain or Beyond Two Souls packed with more action. But the story is not nearly as good. And as a shooter, CoD provides a fun multiplayer mode after an equally good campaign. No matter how you look at it, 1886 is an OK game but not worth 60 dollars. Buying a used one and selling it after finishing the story or getting all the trophies (which would not take much more time than finishing the story) would be a wise choice. But if there's a season pass in which a MP or/(preferably)and coop survival DLC is included, I'd say it's better to get this than CoD+season pass.
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  7. Feb 20, 2015
    0
    Cinematics, QTE's and forced walking/infiltration (because yes, the game decides how you are supposed to play, don't expect to run when theyCinematics, QTE's and forced walking/infiltration (because yes, the game decides how you are supposed to play, don't expect to run when they want you to walk or crouch) there is actually very few actual gameplay.
    Sadly, we get nothing else than endless corridors with wave of enemies to kill (terrible level design)
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