The Order: 1886 - PS4

Also known as: The Order: 1886: Blackwater Edition

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Viewed: 3D Third-person, over the shoulder Genre:
Shoot 'Em Up
Media: Blu-Ray Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ready At Dawn Soft. Co.: SCE Studios Santa Monica
Publishers: SCEE (GB/GB/XX/XX/XX)
Released: 20 Feb 2015 (GB)
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Ratings: PEGI 18+
No Accessories: No accessories


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Long-awaited as a showcase of the PlayStation 4's capabilities, The Order 1886 thrusts players back into an alternate vision of Victorian London. It's a London in which technology and myth exist side by side, and an elite order of knights fight a centuries-old war that has shaped - and will continue to shape - the flow of history.

The game really makes use of the war's history - it stretches back through the time of King Arthur, when a mysterious liquid called the Black Water that extends a human's lifespan was discovered. As such the knights in question bear some names you might recognise from Arthurian legend - Galahad and Percival, for example. Being long-lived isn't necessarily a big enough advantage to fight the half-beasts on the other side, however, and players will need to use this alternate history's strange technology if they want to win the day.

Nothing is quite what you'd expect in this Victorian London. Zeppelins already haunt the skies, while thermal imaging and wireless communication affect how the world unfolds before the player. Weapons unleash electricity, drop clouds of molten metal onto foes and act as frag grenades and proximity mines.

All of this comes without the game losing its Victorian feel. It oozes atmosphere, with a filmic quality and a dark pall that matches the game's grim stakes.

The Order 1886 is a game that promises to really show what the PlayStation 4 can offer.