Stand Fast, RAD, Don't Let The Haters Hurt The Order's Sequel
I made it abundantly clear in my review:
Far too many critics messed this one up.
We saw far too much subjectivity passed off as fact; i.e., the nasty and erroneous belief that open-world is simply superior to a linear structure, that any cut-scene longer than a few minutes is now considered "too long" (and consequently, a huge "flaw"), etc. We also saw more evidence that games without multiplayer and games that aren't sandbox-oriented are quite simply treated unfairly by the critical community.
I've got just one thing to say to developer Ready at Dawn: Ignore this sh**. I'm sorry it has hurt the scores for The Order: 1886, and I'm sorry the game suffered through such a hugely exaggerated - and often completely false - series of negative headlines prior to launch. Inevitably, I expect all this to have a negative impact on sales (even though it has debuted at #1 in the UK). But if you are cleared to make a sequel, do not let this mess hurt the next project.
Don't kowtow; don't bend and scrape; stick to your guns. You want to create a linear, narrative-driven adventure and there is nothing wrong with that. No, it doesn't need multiplayer; no, it doesn't need to be longer, and don't listen to this tripe about the pacing. The pacing is excellent; the only "pacing" twitch gamers complain about is the fact that they can't run around and do whatever they want every second of the game. Ignore it all, RAD.
As you've probably seen from a very vocal contingent of fans, and despite what some critics and journalists want everyone to believe (that linear is "inferior"), there are still plenty of people who appreciate what you're trying to do. As such, stick to the plan. Now, we'll all welcome better AI, fewer QTEs, a more robust stealth mechanic, a less predictable story, etc. By all means, we're not saying you shouldn't address these shortcomings; they're precisely why The Order isn't the AAA PS4 exclusive it could've been.
But just fix those things; don't change what this new IP is about. Please don't. Not every gamer in the world only cares about multiplayer, open-world, etc. I promise.
Related Game(s): The Order: 1886
2/24/2015 9:45:44 PM Ben Dutka