Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Batman Arkham Origins. Much like movies this summer, the next-gen titles have been dominated by new installments of existing franchises. We all have a huge decision to make in just a few weeks, Which next-gen console to buy. For me the decision will be made in the game offerings, and I think there is one game that may be falling under the radar.
When it comes to the titles releasing exclusively on the next-gen consoles, one keeps raising my eyebrow a little higher than the others, and just might be that decision-making, game-changing title that puts PS4 over the edge. That game is Ready At Dawn's latest project, The Order: 1886.
Meet the Cast
The Order: 1886 is billed as a supernatural, period, action game. Umm, yes, yes and yes please. The basic premise is that centuries ago there was a split in humanity. While the majority of humanity remained exactly that, human, some become something else entirely. An animal-like human exhibiting bestial traits affectionately known as "half-breeds". Now as with any divide, conflict begins and soon the superior half-breeds, while far fewer in number, are quickly gaining ground in the fight.
Until they meet the knights of The Order. The Order is a squad of knights based out of the legend of King Arthur. The first knights find a source of power known as "blackwater". When the knights drink it, they are blessed (or cursed) with supernaturally long life. Now, do not mistake long life with immortality. They do age, just at a slower rate (think Wolverine) and anything that would kill a normal human can kill a knight of The Order.
Now fast forward a few centuries to the year 1886 in London, and here is where we find ourselves joining the fight.
We play as Sir Galahad (true name: Grayson), who is the third knight to bear the name. You see each time a knight dies another is promoted to his/her place taking on not only the position but also the name. Now we join a war that has been raging for centuries, and now not only against the half-breeds, but also against starving rebels and political radicals. The Order now fights to keep peace on two fronts, but fear not for they come equipped for the task.
The Weapons of 1886
Now simply because this is a period game, don't think it will all be swords and muskets. The knights come equipped with futuristic weaponry that look like they could have been straight out of the pages of Leonardo DiVinci's notebooks. Each knight carries a standard issue side arm, but lets take a look at just a few of the other options available to us in gameplay.
So as you can see, RAD has made sure that you will have plenty of toys to play with that will keep the game fun, exciting, and clearly explosive.
A fresh Setting For a New Breed of Action Game
As we know, the game is set in the streets of London. Honestly, this might be the most exciting part for me. I love a good period piece, its what made games like Assassin's Creed so interesting. So here we get to explore a new era, that was already gritty, dark and chaotic. Aside from being visually stunning, if done well, the setting itself can serve as a character all its own and present it's own challenges in gameplay. I can't wait to see it!
Now for the final piece of the puzzle that makes me so excited to play this game. Something the RAD team calls "filmic presentation". This refers to the way the game is "shot". Now RAD and Sony caught a lot of criticism after E3 for making this game look a lot better than it might be by presenting an overly CG'd cinematic trailer. Here is where the story gets good. That trailer was not made to be cinematic, but rather was constructed using actual in game rendering. So basically, what you see is what you'll get when you put in the disc and play.
If you haven't seen it already, take a second to check out the trailer below.
On top of the incredible graphics and renderings, the other element that makes you feel like you are playing a movie rather than just a game is how the camera functions in gameplay. The game is played in a third-person view, so we have the perspective of someone in the action, following the lead character. However our view truly feels like we are looking onto the scene through a camera lens.
Light flares will fall across the screen as the sun enters the lens, mimicking the way a camera would treat being exposed to direct light. The way objects in your peripheral will bend ever so slightly as they reach the edge of the lens. And how particles and dust in the air catch the light and will settle slowly on the ground and the lens itself. All these things and more give the illusion of something far more organic and less digital.
I could go on and on since these are just a few of the surprises that RAD has in store for us. I'll definitely be playing all those games I listed above, on my 360. I'll even pick up a copy of Titanfall next March...on my 360. And I am stupid excited for Destiny, but luckily for me that is not an exclusive title. When it comes to next-gen exclusive games, you can keep Dead Rising 3, Halo 5 and all the rest Microsoft, I've been there and played that. The Order: 1886 seems like it might be the future of gaming and with the subtitle 1886 it sounds like it may only be the beginning and I definitely don't want to miss out. This one may be a game-changer folks, and for me it's only one reason why PS4 is the way to go this time around.
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