ByKen McDonnell, writer at
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Microsoft and Black Tusks' Gears of War 4 is yet to receive a release date or any news for the Xbox One in terms of progress. But Sony's PS4 exclusive The Order is set for release on February 20th and is desperately trying to be the Gears of War of Playstation. Which game will be the victor on NextGen consoles?!

Sony has longed for a great shooter on the PS3 and now the PS4. They tried it with the Resistance trilogy, which was a lot of fun but couldn't really capture a huge audience. They've so desperately longed for Killzone to become their great shooter, but alas, though the games have excelled, it has failed to gather the appeal of Gears of War. Could The Order 1886 be their moment of triumph?

Xbox One & Gears of War 4 vs PS4 & The Order 1886

You can check out The Order 1886's latest trailer above. It shows off the great cinematic detail the game has, the intrigue, the effective rendering of old London and the unknown nature of these supernatural creatures is a serious draw for Sony. Let's face it, the game has our attention at least.

The Order 1886 features a great many similarities to the Gears of War franchise. It's a cover-based 3rd person shooter, you move around in a squad, there is some kind of supernatural beings attacking the earth. But whereas Gears of War is about all-out warfare, this game seems to have stealth and kind of an undercover vibe. Could this mean it'll never receive the appeal of Gears of War?

Gears of War is one of the most respected franchises for the Xbox. Halo 5 and Gears of War 4 are the two main reasons you'd want an Xbox One if you haven't made the move already. Gears of War 3 was an incredible send off for Epic Games (not a big fan of Gears of War: Judgement). It's characters and story were a delight and the combat was always sensational. And even thought he campaign was a sensation it still has one of my favourite multiplayer elements of any game.

Therefore, when I look at the likes of The Order 1886, I wonder whether it's going to have this kind of appeal. It certainly looks interesting, with its cool guns, intriguing setting and unknown story. But I don't know if this lead character will be anywhere near as badass as Marcus Fenix. Sony are still struggling to find a great shooter franchise with a great lead.

Gears of War 3
Gears of War 3

One of the greatest aspects of Gears of War is the camaraderie that the lead characters continually exhibit. Their interactions with one another are beautifully balanced and continually engage us and bring us ever closer to understanding how they work. Will The Order 1886 have this? Can you see that in the playthrough above?

Let us know in the comments what you think about Gears of War 4 and The Order 1886! Will Sony finally have their great shooter on the PS4? For more on Gears of War 4, check out this article where Rod Fergusson talks about betraying his fans in the next game!


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