Those who are intuned with gaming news have heard about the The Order: 1886 gameplay length. Between 5 to 7 hours seems to be the average time gamers need to spend to complete the story. The issue is exactly that, it’s pretty short gameplay wise. A narrative based game is not bad at all. Some of the best games I own such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution is all campaign. I do believe there is one main force acting around the hysteria of The Order: 1886. So let’s dive in shall we?
MSRP for a newly release game is $60, of course you can games cheaper through other retailers and sites. For the sake of argument, a newly released game retails for $60. Gamers have become even more cautious on the games they buy do to technical and defective games that have come out. So, as gamer I feel that my $60 must be well spent on something I know or hope I will have fun with. This idea of wisely investing your money in a videogame is highly valued nowadays. So, as far as The Order goes does it deserve to retail for $60. I 100% say no! The Order is stylish, cinematic, and ultimately short. Gamespot’s Kevin VanOrd describes the game as simply “boring”. Other reviewers call it “short”, “uncompromising”, and have some writers question the very nature of “quality and value” in videogames. With such adamant opinions one can not help, but think twice about buying The Order:1886 at $60 or buying the game at all. The $60 price tag is undeserved when it comes to this cinematic Victorian narrative. So if $60 is the price point, what should it be?
This of course is debatable, but reflecting on solely based on the various reviews and gameplay I have seen, The Order: 1886 should have been retailed for at least $35 to $40. Besides the games length and mixed opinions of its narrative, every one agrees The Order has some great moments, beautiful scenery, and an interesting weapons. On those fronts The Order should be praised. If it’s $40 bucks worth of praise, I think so. Yes, there is no multiplayer and dlc has yet to be announced. This is one of main reasons its hard to even justify this $40 price range I’m suggesting. From a business perspective if the game start selling at too small a price point, that could mean bad news for Ready at Dawn.
All gamers want to feel that they are getting the best bang for their buck! No one wants to feel cheated or that they have half a product. The onslaught of broken games has made the gaming community question every game that comes out. At the end of day The Order: 1886 should not have come out at $60. One could argue it should have just been download only. The ideals of the gaming market is always changing and as gamers we change with it. But, is my change worth 5-7 hours of gameplay with no multiplayer, side missions, limited access to the in game environment? It all depends on if it’s worth spending the money to play or watching walkthroughs on YouTube.