The Order: 1886 May Have a Legitimate Shot at Game of the Year

Everyone loves to bash The Order: 1886 but the bottom line is that it could end up being one of the best games of the new generation.

Ever since we first saw gameplay for The Order: 1886, we've seen nothing but haters posting ridiculous headlines.

Why? The answer should be obvious: As one of the very first games announced for a brand new generation, expectations were understandably through the roof. We should all admit that no matter what Sony or Microsoft showed off early last year, many of us would've been unimpressed.

After a very long generation that led to widespread disinterest and fatigue, everyone was champing at the bit for a new era. The result: Nobody satisfied with anything, from Titanfall to inFamous: Second Son. Now, don't get me wrong; I don't believe we've seen a true example of "next-gen," either (according to my own personal definition).

But I ardently believe we'll see it in The Order: 1886.

It's ironic that everyone bashes the game for looking "generic" when in fact, "generic" is what everyone seems to want

The best-selling video games year after year? Gee, I think they're franchises with names like Call of DutyAssassin's Creed, and Madden. The most innovative, unique titles hardly crack the sales charts, so it seems to me that gamers are a bunch of hypocrites. Either that, or the core gaming group is a lot smaller than everyone seems to think, and the mainstream casual masses dictate the sales charts. Yes, I think I'll go with the latter explanation.

The Order: 1886 is a third-person shooter. So? Last I checked, Uncharted has always been a third-person shooter, too, and I don't see anyone slamming the franchise for this trait. When we finally see gameplay of A Thief's End, will it be labeled "generic?" Not a chance in hell. What separates Uncharted from The Order? A better story? From what we've heard, Ready at Dawn is attempting to pen an extremely compelling. in-depth story. Linearity? Hardly; both are linear adventures.

I'd very much like an explanation from the haters as to why one third-person shooter gets called "generic" while the other is revered above all others.

We still need to see a LOT more of The Order before we start passing judgment

I do believe The Order: 1886 will be a fantastic game when it arrives. Sony simply doesn't allow mediocre first-party titles out the door. This isn't about fancy graphics; this is about a fantastic concept, an excellent - and even unique - setting, what could be extremely intriguing characters, and a style of gameplay that is tight, polished, and even diverse. I guess everyone ignored gameplay details that involve systems beyond third-person shooting, but they do exist.

That being said, we've seen just a few minutes of gameplay and nothing more. This is a perfect example of gamers refusing to read because they base their entire opinion on a visual, and not text. The gameplay, story, setting, and character details are extremely promising; don't forget that the general feeling surrounding The Order before the gameplay footage was very positive. Then, a few minutes later, everyone reverses, and after having seen precious little of what that game will ultimately offer.

I guarantee that if Ready at Dawn comes through, this will be one of the best games of 2015.

Published Aug. 20th 2014
  • Christina Virginia
    Featured Contributor
    "The gameplay, story, setting, and character details are extremely promising..."
    You hit the nail on the head. I'm very excited to play The Order: 1886, because these are the things I value most in video games. Everybody has different tastes, so I can definitely understand people who place a high value on next-gen graphics and online multiplayer capability being disappointed. Personally, I prefer a single-player experience, and could care less whether a game runs at 30 or 60 fps. Compelling story? Fleshed-out characters? I'm there.
  • Bryan_6771
    I was quite interested in this game until I saw the actual game play footage, it looks absolutely spectacular visually but the game play just doesn't live up to expectations. Granted, this is entirely based on a 4 minute demo, but the demo just didn't do anything interesting. A concerning amount of it was entirely scripted moments and general "oh shoot things from behind cover now". The first gameplay shown should be the very best (non-spoilery) moment they have to offer. Either this was a really bad choice of gameplay or this is a really bad sign for the game. I'll still be waiting to see how the reviews turn out, but right now I'm not wildly optimistic.
  • Cartman_5251
    LOL. I have a PS4 and this is definitely the game i WON'T buy in 2015. If you think that a bunch of cut-scenes with 30 seconds of mediocre gameplay is how you make a great game(or any kind of videogame) you must have started to play videogames only 5 years ago.
  • escopablobar_0739
    I am highly anticipating The Order but as with anything I am choosing to curb my enthusiasm and reserve final judgement for after release. It is obvious that the visuals are impeccable but we know very little of the other elements. Beyond the novelty of the setting and period is the actual narrative any good? Do the mechanics allow for deep immersion? Will the final build be devoid of QC issues? We should all curb our enthusiasm a bit and hold this new IP to as high a standard as any other game. Don't let the visuals cloud your judgement. Story is paramount and we don't quite know yet if The Order has a compelling one.
  • medman_9866
    I love the setting, graphics, and hopefully they nail the story and it's a win.
  • Triple Counter
    Wah, Uncharted is beloved. (A 3rd person PLATFORMER with shooting elements, but hey, I won't fuss over the details.) Why not mention the Gears of War hits and flops? -Because it wouldn't suit your point.

    People aren't excited about The Order because it looked like crap, that's why. You picked "generic" out of the batch so you could counter-douche all the douches who were getting all uppity about it. It doesn't make you any less like them, just so you know.

    Next time you end up in my Flipboard feed, I pray that you actually come up with a valid argument. Better luck next time.
  • Triple Counter
    And no, it doesn't have a shot. Based on your comments alone, you know this. Destiny or Call of a Duty is going to take it.
  • Pardon22
    Simply put, it is popular to hate this game and call it "bland, linear & boring" when everyone has only seen/played a 5 minute snippet of gameplay. It's truly a ridiculous sentiment to call it either way, good/bad. We simply have not seen enough. The Last of Us was a by the bones shooter that had very regular weapons & shooting mechanics & it managed to do pretty well for itself. When they present the Order to journalists and they get to play a full mission/full game we will get a better picture of what it will offer. So how's about we actually wait until we have concrete evidence everyone?
  • Cannibal_2335
    Thank you for finally saying this. I have held the game in high esteem since it's reveal trailer. To this day, I can't find the "generic" that they're talking about. Cover shooters of the 3rd person variety have existed since MGS2, albeit bare bones compared to today's cover flare. However, games like Gears of War and Uncharted are not blasted for their copy and paste usage of this style. I can not wait for The Order!!! Day one purchase!!
  • pixmaa
    Featured Contributor
    And this is why it takes guts to start a new IP.

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