So, [The Order: 1886](tag:2707754) has been revealed to the world. We finally got to witness what all the hype was about and what Sony and Ready At Dawn were pushing at us for months on end. We here at Moviepilot were less than kind to the PS4 exclusive. The Order: 1886 is a game that is obsessed with itself. It's like Prince Charming in Shrek, constantly staring at itself in the mirror and reminding those around it how good it looks. Only it's not funny. It's boring.
What a disappointing start to the 2015 exclusive race, but I feel The Order: 1886 has solidified so many tropes that we've come to associate with bad games in the industry. The hype was one thing. You couldn't go onto the internet without seeing a damned trailer for the game and I'm sick to death of that live-action teaser. Alarm bells were ringing for a lot of us, and it's now abundantly clear why.
All we ever heard about The Order: 1886 was how it looked, and the degree of detail and effort that was put into its creation. And of course Ready At Dawn employees spent the last few weeks before the game's launch defending its short length claims...which were true. Has this year started as it means to go on? Could 2015 see a load of PS4 exclusives fall flat?
Three of the biggest titles of the year will be getting an exclusive release date for the PS4, [No Man's Sky](tag:2684052) , Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 (PS4 owners are also getting games like Until Dawn). Could they be met with similar review scores?
No Man's Sky, Bloodborne & Uncharted 4 - PS4 Exclusive of 2015
This year is saturated with highly anticipated games. We have the likes of The Witcher 3, [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985) and [Batman: Arkham Knight](tag:2683936). And yet amongst all of these incredible looking titles, Bloodborne and No Man's Sky remain my two most anticipated titles of 2015. My excitement for Bloodborne is something that never dwindles, and I so rarely count down to the day a game is released. But you can be sure that my counter is running.
But that's the problem with being so excited for a game. Our disappointment can be even more devastating, as was the case with The Order: 1886. I was completely an utterly excited to play a linear experience after the mountains of open-world games I've been playing lately. But not to the extent where I was content with meandering down The Order's lifeless corridors and suffering through its QTE filled, banal plot.
But when we take a look at the likes of Bloodborne and No Man's Sky, we can see the inherent differentiations between how Sony is handling their marketing. Bloodborne is speaking for itself, with some great walkthroughs and intense atmosphere. Its music and visual style (along with the promise of great difficulty and a creepy plot) are enough to draw anyone into this world.
And then we have the extremely rare case of No Man's Sky, where we actually don't really know what this game is. How exactly will we spending our time in this procedurally generated universe? Hello Games and Sony have done a beautiful job of maintaining an air of suspense and intrigue around No Man's Sky. I hope that prior to its release date the game won't be fully explained but will be left to the gaming community to define.
So what do you think fans? Are you excited for the big releases on the PS4 this year like Bloodborne, Uncharted 4 and No Man's Sky? Has The Order: 1886 made you more wary of believing hype or only confirmed your beliefs? I sincerely hope Bloodborne is everything I want it to be, or this really will be a disappointing few months.