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Average User Score: 6.7Feb 20, 2015I haven't written a review in a while but felt it was probably necessary given the amount of mixed press surrounding the release of The Order.I haven't written a review in a while but felt it was probably necessary given the amount of mixed press surrounding the release of The Order. I'll point out initially that I haven't yet completed the game so these are just my impression of the first few hours of game play (I'm on Chapter 5 out of what I believe are 16 so about a third of the way through the game) which I hope will help people undecided about whether to buy it. The main criticisms coming out of the press are aimed at the game play (or lack thereof) and also the story. In my opinion there are some grounds to gripe with the game play but certainly not the story. The order is a cover shooter and really wants you to know it, in fact aside from Heavy Rain style QTEs (think press X to Jason) and a lot of walking that's pretty much all the game play you will be doing . There's absolutely nothing wrong with the cover shooting system, it works very well and for the most part is pretty enjoyable, but the thing that other successful cover shooters on PlayStation achieve is to have some additional elements to the game play. Uncharted throws in the odd bit of driving along with plenty of platforming and puzzle solving, Vanquish had a suit with crazy abilities to add some melee combat in, and games like Sleeping Dogs and GTA V have an open expansive world to explore with plenty of side activities. I'm not saying that The Order needs all or any of these elements but it certainly would benefit from the odd change up in a while, hell even a levelling system would spice things up. On the subject of the story, I haven't found any reason to find fault so far, in fact I'm fairly gripped both by the topic and the performances. I'm genuinely interested to find out how everything unravels! The final thing I will mention is the graphics. I'm sure PC gamers will point out that high end PC's have been sporting these kind of graphics for ages blah blah blah, but for console gaming it really is a wonder to behold. Be it a reflection in a window, a cloud of smoke from an explosion or just the glow of a lamp in the dark, the sheer impressiveness of the visuals is there for all to see!
Whether or not you should buy The Order boils down to a few things, if you aren't strapped for cash and enjoy a decent bit of story driven gaming then definitely check it out. If you are interested in experiencing the graphics and story but are unsure about the game play and the cost, then wait to get a pre-owned copy (there is unlikely to be any worthwhile DLC to miss out on). Finally if your games collection consists of only FIFA and/or CoD/Battlefield then give it a miss, you wont enjoy it and will probably spend the next month slagging it off on message boards!
I hope this has been useful for anyone on the fence about whether to pick up The Order: 1886 this weekend.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.1Sep 26, 2012The changes to FIFA 12 were a ground breaking step forward in terms of realism in the world of football games. However these changes bothThe changes to FIFA 12 were a ground breaking step forward in terms of realism in the world of football games. However these changes both enhanced and detracted from the enjoyment of a series I have played since the very first iteration of the game on the SEGA Megadrive. Offline I thoroughly enjoyed the game and felt the tactical defending really amped up the skill levels required to play the game, even if most games I seemed to play were akin to an Arsenal game from the early 90… Expand
Average User Score: 3.4Nov 8, 2011Modern Warfare 3 is an excellent game and one of the most enjoyable FPS games I have played, especially online. I wanted to start off with theModern Warfare 3 is an excellent game and one of the most enjoyable FPS games I have played, especially online. I wanted to start off with the verdict on this game as there seems to be a lot of negative feeling towards it, a lot of which appear to have no substance. Is MW3 similar to previous Call of Duty (CoD) games? Yes. Is this a bad thing? No. Once again the single player experience is decidedly short, probably no more than six hours, and delivers the usual array of intense gun battles and jaw dropping set-pieces that have become the norm for the CoD series. The visuals have been polished from previous entries in the series, although these aren't groundbreaking improvements, and there are also significant improvements in the sound department also. The real reason why anyone forks out their cash for a FPS, be it Battlefield or CoD, is for the multiplayer experience and once again CoD delivers in a big way. The variety of maps available is very good and the new focus of finding a preferred gun and developing it is an interesting new feature that allows the player t refine their online style. The new pointstreak system is also an excellent system and is much more welcoming for newer player to the series. When I first got into the online gaming experience with MW2 it took me quite a while to build up the skill to be able to effectively use killstreaks and I would've welcomed this feature when I was first starting out! My favourite new addition to the multiplayer experience this year has to be the Kill Confirmed game mode. The added pressure of having to round up dog tags following your kill makes for a frantic experience, and popping a grenade into a room full of camping enemies and collecting all those tags for yourself is a very satisfying experience! It's important to note that the frenetic online multiplayer experience has always been the charm of CoD for many people, including myself, and people need to realise it is perfectly acceptable for BF3 and MW3 to be very different and both excellent at the same time. I personally don't find the large maps and style of online play in Battlefield as exhilarating as the quick CQC in CoD, but nonetheless it is an excellent online experience. But if fast paced, adrenaline pumping online play is your thing MW3 is a must have game and will certainly keep you entertained for many months to come!… Expand