Is The Order: 1886 Doomed To Receive Low Review Scores?
Everything seems to be working against The Order: 1886.
All things considered, it seems unlikely that it will be a critical darling. In fact, don't be surprised to see some pretty lukewarm scores for the anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive from Ready at Dawn Studios.
There are several problems: First, there's a common trend throughout the critical world right now and it basically clamps down on anything perceived to be "generic" or "rehashed." Generic is a really bad word in the reviewing community these days and the worst part is, that word has been associated with The Order: 1886 since gameplay first appeared online. Whether it's true or not is irrelevant; the point is that such an association can and does have an impact, whether critics want to admit it or not.
Second, we're talking about a new IP on a relatively new console. As such, expectations are absolutely through the roof; many are thinking The Order could be the new stellar franchise for the PS4, as Uncharted was for PS3. Not only are expectations high, but don't forget that PS4 owners are pining for a high-profile AAA exclusive. Everyone is hoping this game will qualify and if it falls short, you're going to see a lot of bitterness and backlash.
Third, I've noticed a certain bias toward open-world games in the critic community, and a bias against some linear games. Younger critics in the field are part of this phenomenon but it's definitely there. Toss in a complete lack of multiplayer and The Order runs the risk of being called "dated" or "old-fashioned" (despite the graphical achievement).
Mark my words: No matter how good the game is, you'll see some or all of these complaints in reviews later this month.
Related Game(s): The Order: 1886
2/3/2015 9:50:20 PM Ben Dutka