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Published on January 8th, 2015 | by gareth


CES 2015 Gameplay Overview Of The Order:1886 Continues To Impress

During our cover of the 2015 Consumer Elctronics Show in Las Vegas, I got some hands on time with the pending PS4 game The Order:1886. I had played the game previously at PAX Prime and enjoyed what I saw, but I was a bit concerned about the linear aspects of the gameplay as it did seem to me like I was playing a rail shooter for much of my gameplay.

The new build I played was in a mix of a study and museum, and I started out with a scoped rifle sniping at enemies above and below me. I noted how enemies took cover behind doors and other objects but would reach around and over to fire at me from a covered position.

I did seem to be on rails for a bit as I slid behind cover and out of it near the railings, but I did stand and move over to a table where I was given the option of a pistol.

At this point I had enough of blasting the bad guys from afar even if I did enjoy smashing the display cases and doors with my gunfire.

Rushing down the stairs, I took great joy in riddling the bad guys with my auto fire pistol and dispatched as many as I could. My aggressive style worked well until my gun ran dry and allowed the enemies to use me for target practice. Thankfully I was giving the option to heal using my triangle and X keys which got me back into action.
I was able to locate a shotgun, and although slow to load, it packed punch and allowed me to blast the bad guys into oblivion.

I also had a grenade option which allowed me to help even the odds from the waves of attackers coming at me, many of whom displayed some remarkable survival instincts and tactics.

While I am still a bit concerned about the linear nature of the gameplay at times, I was happy to be able to move up and down the stairs, down hallways, and into rooms with freedom and dispatching the enemies as I saw fit. I am sure the gameplay will not be ideal for some as there are already many who wish to complain about a game they have not seen nor played, but from what I have seen and played on two different instances, the game looks promising and should be not only a hit exclusive for Sony but the cornerstone of a new franchise.

You can see my report on the game from PAX Prime here.

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