The Order: 1886 is set in the Victorian era in London. The whole game is in an alternative world living an alternative history, but based on the clothes, armors, weapons and tools which were available back in the Victorian era. If you can remember, another game is coming out this year, Assassin’s Creed: Victory, which is also set in the Victorian London. At the end of the year, maybe we will be able to compare them, but at the moment we don’t have enough information on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game and we haven’t played The Order: 1886, which will be released just on the 20th of next month.
I have tried to collect all the available information on The Order: 1886 and after the article I think you will have a better view on this game and you will have an idea that how good the game is compared to how much hype it has received since the first announcement.
We have seen Watch_Dogs right at the beginning of last year that the studio over-promised and underdelivered in terms of gameplay and world immersion. I really hope that when we see the title The Order: 1886 we will be looking at the game as a masterpiece and not just a wanna-be.
The Order: 1886 is one of the best-looking game so far, no question about it. But we want more than just graphics, we want a game which is playable and gives a great experience to most of the players. We want a game, and not a movie, a game which can be replayed multiple times, which gives us a unique feel everytime we switch it on. And of course a storyline, which answers many, but creates even more questions.
The graphics are truly amazing, the animations were captured with full-motion capture suits and everything from the most minor ones to the cutscenes are at the same quality.
I am quite impressed with the textures, reflections and special effects (fire, detonation, smoke, reflection, sparks), these are really setting this game apart from many of its competitors (if not all of them).
The Victorian London
London was not recreated, but reimagined. Basically they did research about 1886’s London and the have added watchtowers and zeppelins, which makes the whole scene really cool and futuristic, but also makes the player accept it as nearly a fact. We will be seeing historical locations and pre-WWI parts of the city with carriages and people dressed in clothes from the XIXth century. The old streetlights all over the city which give the game a mysterious feeling.
Most of the weapons are based on either Victorian weapons or other, more modern ones. There are also some very exotic ones in the rack, like the electric guns and the thermite ejecter.
The real enemy: Half-breeds
The half-breeds are human-like (to be correct: partly human) creatures, who are at war with the human race. We are not talking here about an all-out war, but a secret one with secret agents from the era. Before the industrial revolution knights were battling these werewolf-like beings. In that grand battle the humans had been loosing for about a thousand years, but when the Victorian era came, many weapons and new tactics were developed, which eventually turned the battle in favor of the human race.
The half-breeds have a certain level of intelligence and they are also able to speak the human language, which makes them quite different and more believable, than other bad creatures from other games and movies (for instance the uruks from Middle-Earth).
It was really interesting to see what the team has on their minds for us. They were really thinking trough their game concept and their aim is to create something a bit off the hook, but at the same time it feels somewhat real and looks believable. I think that it’s a real shame (yeah, I know that it’s an exclusive, but c’mon!) that the game will not come out for PC and for Xbox One, so only a slice of the gaming community will be able to play and enjoy The Order: 1886.
I am looking forward to see the first reviews and gameplays of the game, but I think that this game will deliver and successfully complete most of the expectations.