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I’m still excited for The Order: 1886

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The general reception to Ready at Dawn’s The Order 1886 was rather positive when it was first shown. That managed a rather sharp turn when the game became playable at E3 this year, with most who’ve previewed it saying that though it looks gorgeous, when it comes to gameplay, it’s  dull and uninspired; playing like a second–rate Gears of War. I’m still excited for it.

I got to see a presentation on the game at Gamescom , led by Ready at Dawn’s head honcho, Ru Weerasuriya. It wasn’t, frankly, all that enlightening – but it did highlight just how passionate Ready at Dawn is about the things they make. There’s just so much research and knowledge going in to every facet of the game, that it’s difficult to imagine the team would slip when it comes to the most important bit; the gameplay.

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The focus of the presentation at Gamescom was on two things; the inclusion of Nikola Tesla in the game, and the unbelievable attention to detail that’s gone in to the game’s plethora of weapons. Tesla functions as The Order’s chief scientist, and works much the same way that Leonardo Da Vinci helped Ezio in Assassin’s Creed. Like with that game, they’ve had to play about with history a bit, but Ready at Dawn has largely kept the timing true to Tesla’s actual biography, and will feature things the genius actually invented.

They’re all realistically grounded weapons, with the majority of them being not only based on real-life guns, but intricately modelled after them. Well, at least most of them. There are guns from Britain; like the Essex M82 carbine; the sort that British infantrymen would have used. You’ll get guns from Germany, like the Feederle Machinepistole – all lovingly digitally recreated, with time appropriate nicks and scuffs, scratches and markings.

While there’s a large number number of real-life gunpowder-based weapons, there are also a fair few that Ready at Dawn have created, like a triple barrelled shotgun. Other use Tesla’s technology – but these too are all based on realistic, era appropriate technologies.


That same level of detail carries through to the frankly incredible recreation of a Victorian London, with real-life places like Mayfair, White Chapel, Westminster and Blackwall Yard recreated as closely accurate to history as possible – anachronistically peppered with Steampunk elements, of course. In levels like the one set in Whitechapel’s London Hospital (now the Royal London Hospital) even the rust on the doors is textured to be accurate.

The level of detail is frankly insane – and it’s because of this that I’m still excited for The Order. As somebody who’s drawn to history, I know I’ll be spending hours looking at everything, absorbing every detail

We then got a live gameplay demo, which was unfortunately  the same bit from E3; Knights from The Order going up against a Lycan threat within. It features that same seamless transition from gameplay, to cut-scene, to…ugh…quick time event that we’ve seen. From the bits we’ve seen, and the bits that people have played, the game itself does seem a little tepid. I, however, am going to give Ready at Dawn the benefit of the doubt. With their attention to detail and obvious passion, I just can’t see this being a bad game.

Last Updated: August 21, 2014


  1. CAE9872

    August 21, 2014 at 14:39

    So am I; I remember the first E3 trailer – had me hooked then.


  2. Rinceable

    August 21, 2014 at 14:52

    I really hope it isn’t just one cut scene after another, the game looks amazing and the engine too, please people, fix that! Don’t need another Beyond two souls ‘Le puff’


    • Pieter Kruger

      August 22, 2014 at 08:36

      Cut scenes, QTE’s, cover shooter……..so much innovation…….????


  3. Admiral Chief Assassin

    August 21, 2014 at 14:59

    Anyone else affected by Vox’s little outtage today?


  4. HisDivineOrder

    August 21, 2014 at 15:08

    The funny thing is this reminds me so much of Ryse.

    Pretty, reminiscent of a far superior game on another system, but put in a different era.


    • KingRell25

      August 23, 2014 at 14:29

      Whatever you say dude.


  5. FoxOneZA

    August 21, 2014 at 15:15

    And from that day onwards 2:40:1 became the standard for cinematic gaming experiences…


  6. Jac7

    August 21, 2014 at 16:02

    As long as it is memorable.


    • Pieter Kruger

      August 22, 2014 at 08:35

      It will be remembered for setting the bar for disappointment this gen….????


      • Hammersteyn

        August 22, 2014 at 08:39

        Damn, you’re just dumping your bowels all over this article.


        • Pieter Kruger

          August 22, 2014 at 08:43

          Well, I did just have some McDonalds so…????


      • Jac7

        August 22, 2014 at 09:11

        My, I dig your optimism.


  7. Pieter Kruger

    August 21, 2014 at 18:34

    I’m more excited for my McDonalds order to be honest…..


    • Brian Murphy

      August 21, 2014 at 19:04

      Well, if anyone was on the fence before, knowing you’d prefer McDonald’s over…anything, confirms you have no taste whatsoever 😛


      • Pieter Kruger

        August 22, 2014 at 08:34

        Sadly, just like McDonalds this game will also not fail to disappoint…….


        • Brian Murphy

          August 22, 2014 at 16:18

          That’s a pretty absolute statement, from someone who’s seen probably 5 minutes of the entire game, thus far. But hey, enjoy that McDonald’s ye of little taste 😛


    • iAmWeasel

      August 21, 2014 at 20:37

      Don’t worry bro, you have a bazillion hours worth of Halo remakes gaming coming up.. much excite!


  8. Actually

    August 22, 2014 at 09:09

    There actually is such a thing as a triple-barreled shotgun…


  9. Pieter Kruger

    August 22, 2014 at 10:39

    Ready at yawn……


  10. Gemini

    August 23, 2014 at 21:42

    The Order 1886 is like The Last of Us, but without the multiplayer and instead of zombies, it’s lycans.


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