Monday, February 9, 2015

The countdown until The Order: 1886

There are plenty of video games to look forward to in the first quarter of this year. Returning franchises, new game IPs, HD remastered games, and indie titles are all shaping this first quarter to be an exciting one. One PlayStation 4 (PS4) exclusive, that I kept in mind is slated for release on February 20th. Yes, I am referring to The Order: 1886.

The Order: 1886's visuals is absolutely stunning, but initially, what raised my eyebrows while watching the game's debut trailer back at E3 2013 were the developers working on this game. The development team behind this PS4 exclusive is, Ready at Dawn, and they're collaborating with SCE Santa Monica Studio on this project as well. Prior to The Order: 1886, Ready at Dawn created critically acclaimed titles such as: the God of War PlayStation Portable (PSP) games, Daxter (one of my PSP favorites), Okami and God of War: Origins Collection. I think it's a wise choice for Sony to decided to make Ready at Dawn collaborated with SCE Santa Monica Studio. This studio founded in 1999, has tons of experience collaborating with other developers in the creation of popular Sony exclusives.

I'm a fan of horror games, and games that has horror elements, so it's no surprise that I find The Order: 1886 intriguing. The gameplay consist of taking cover and shooting baddies, similar to Gears of War, and quick time events. I must say, I like the game's setting because it's in an alternative history London. Video games' settings are extremely important because, it will have a huge impact on the entire game, from the storyline, all the way to the gameplay. With that said, I hope that Ready at Dawn creates a fulfilling single player campaign that attempts to try something new. My biggest fear is that, since it's a third person shooter, it's core gameplay will get in the way and will become repetitive.

The Order: 1886 is expecting to come out at the end of next week, and I am hoping for best.

Game On!