ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Order: 1886 - Review

Updated on March 30, 2015

With The Order: 1886 video games have finally manage to come full-circle. Here's Dragon's Lair for 2015.

The first interaction you get in The Order: 1886 comes from a quick-time event. As your mysterious protagonist escapes from jail, your sole inputs come from a few quick button presses, and the option to push up on the analog stick in order to move forward. This tutorial chapter, sums up Ready At Dawn's game succinctly. This isn't a game you play so much as watch.

Taking place in an alternate past, where Britain not only has access to strange steampunk contraptions, but also succeeded in finding the Holy Grail, the Knights of the Round Table are tasked with hunting down werewolves and vampires. You play as one of the fabled knights, Sir Galahad, a gruff, no-nonsense military type in a game filled to the brim with clichéd characters.

If things already sound familiar that's because they've almost all been done before. The game's depiction of London is a bland, boring replica of Dishonoured's art style; pulling the key aspects; the funky technology, the slightly Gothic vibe, but doing so in a way that kills all sense of personality. Similarly, the attempt to create an alternate history comes straight out of the Assassin's Creed handbook, with the Knights of the Round Table effectively being this game's equivalent of the Templars.

You're rarely alone during each of the games chapters and are usually required to follow someone somewhere, resulting in bouts of bland, boring banter, as the game tries to breathe life into its cardboard cut-out cast.

Galahad is frequently sent out on missions with his "squad", a word that's frequently used throughout the game but feels completely out of place in what's supposed to be 19th century England. This group includes Igrane, a fellow knight and Galahad's love interest, and Marquis De Lafayette, a French aristocrat and knight-in-training. I'd talk more about these characters if they had any more depth, but frankly, they don't. The Order: 1886 wants to be the next Uncharted or The Last of Us, but lacks all of the interesting writing we'd need to be even faintly interested in its characters.

Inspecting items by moving the analogue stick is about as interactive as some chapters get...
Inspecting items by moving the analogue stick is about as interactive as some chapters get...

Sadly there's very little left of The Order once you strip away the narrative that underpins it. The Order: 1886 draws on the Uncharted/Gears of War formula for the few times there's actual gameplay. Interactivity is kept to an absolute minimum however, with the majority of chapters simply having you move forward and take part in the occasional gunfight. The game's combat is the third-person shooting at its most bland. It lacks any kind of visceral punch or unique tweak to the standard formula.

Very occasionally the game will let a sliver of creativity sneak out and leverage the steampunk setting by giving you access to some fancy weapon. In particular the game's flamethrower was something of a treat. The firing mode fills an area with flammable gas, and the secondary fire launches a small rocket to ignite the area. Sadly, these unique weapons are only doled out when the game demands it. The Order: 1886 is terrified of having you think for yourself, and its combat sections largely seem to exist as nothing but padding. Boring filler until the next barrage of cutscenes.

Combat is incredibly boring, suffering from a lack of interesting enemies and being poorly paced.
Combat is incredibly boring, suffering from a lack of interesting enemies and being poorly paced.
The unique weapons rarely have much ammo, meaning you'll be back to using boring old rifles in no time.
The unique weapons rarely have much ammo, meaning you'll be back to using boring old rifles in no time.

Even worse, for a game whose universe features werewolves and other monsters, almost every combat scenario pits you against ordinary humans. It's a classic example of a game's story having ideas but the gameplay being unable to represent this. Combat with werewolves and "half-breeds" are few and far between, and suffer from the game's mediocre combat system being simply incapable of handling anything other than men shooting at you from behind boxes.

Likewise, many major encounters result in nothing more than a fancy QTE, as you jab buttons in line with on-screen prompts. Worse still, one quick-time fight is recycled for the final encounter in the game, using essentially the exact same inputs and animations, albeit in a slightly different room.

To put it simply, The Order: 1886 is a gorgeous-looking mess. Its story is what it purports to focus on, but is full of bland characters and poorly thought-out motives. Even more frustrating, it ends in what can only be described as sequel-bait, leaving numerous loose ends and cribbing most of its ending off of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. It's a silly story that has you traipsing around doing very little for around six or so hours and hopes that the pretty visuals and slick animation will trick you into thinking it's all really fun.

Meanwhile, its gameplay acts as nothing but filler and somehow manages to be cast in the entirely wrong genre, with the third-person gameplay feeling like nothing more than half hour loading screens until the next batch of cut-scenes mingled with a few quick-time events.

Having a game focus less on actual gameplay and more on story and characters is not always a bad thing. Telltale Games have shown just how impressive this can be, and classic adventure games have similarly been story-oriented since their inception. The problem with The Order: 1886 is that it not only manages to be bad but also tries to come across as if it's the most important game ever committed to disc.

Being bad is one thing, but being bad and pretentious. Well, that's much worse.

The Order: 1886 was released on February 20th, exclusively for the PS4.

© 2015 LudoLogic


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)