The Order: 1886 Review
The Order: 1886 Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Ready at Dawn
Pub: Sony
Release: February 20, 2015
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language

Graphically, The Order: 1886 is stunning. There are a few instances of framerate issues, but nothing to detract from how amazing this game looks. It is due to this that I feel the characters and atmosphere really come to life. With the heavy cinematic approach, this had to happen, otherwise the game would feel much flatter than it already does.

The Order: 1886 Screenshot

Much like how the story needs the graphical presence, it also need to be executed near flawlessly by an excellent voice cast. The Order: 1886 does just that. Be warned, some scenes might come across as almost too over the top, and underlying emotions might get lost in the boisterous delivery. Also another warning, do not turn off subtitles. I know most of us will turn them off to have a more “authentic” experience, but turning them off also turns them off for all foreign languages as well, and some of those conversations are important to know.

As I said earlier, I’m not a stickler to the requirements of game length. I, for one, enjoy the more straight to the point adventures. What I am a stickler on, however, is that you must have a game inside your experience before you should call yourself a game. Sure, there are game activities in The Order: 1886 but here’s the thing, there’s not enough. That is the biggest problem. There simply is not enough.

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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. Werewolves are always getting a bum wrap in entertainment, and this game isn't going to help their cause.

By
Matt Walker
Editor-In-Chief
Date: February 19, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
This is the best part of the game hands down.
3.5
Control
It’s not they're broken, it’s that everything just feels sluggish.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Another high mark for the cinematic feel of the game.
3.2
Play Value
This is entertaining as a film, not a game.
3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Assume the role of Galahad, one of the most experienced Knights of The Order, and enter a unique vision of Victorian-Era London that fuses real historical figures and events with new twists on familiar myths and legends.
  • Conflict rages in this 19th century London between enemies new and old. Rebels declare all-out war on The Order and the police state they represent, while mankind's true enemy, a powerful and ancient foe known as Half-breeds grows in strength and numbers in and around the city.
  • Wield cutting-edge weapons and gadgets like the Arc Gun, Thermite Rifle, and Monocular, as you struggle to maintain peace and order amidst the growing civil unrest and Half-breed threat against humankind.

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