E3 2014: The Order: 1886's Werewolves are a Constant Threat

Once bitten.

During its E3 2014 presentation, Sony showed off the spookier side of their upcoming third-person shooter, The Order: 1886. It was a quick demo set in the bottom of a hospital below Whitechapel in which our hero was being hunted by a werewolf. Now that E3 2014 is in full swing, I had the opportunity to take an extended look at this part of the game and demystify some of my previous assumptions.

Is this entire demo one big boss fight?

Yes. As the developers described it, The Order: 1886 won’t have typical boss encounters in the sense that you run into an area, fight the big bad guy, and then split. Boss encounters in The Order will be extended encounters split up into multiple stages. Seeing our hero being hunted by the werewolf is just one example of how these encounters will play out. It’s a game of cat and mouse, only, in this case, the mouse is taller than you and has razor-sharp fangs.

Is this the first (and only) werewolf you fight?

No. Not only is this not our hero’s first encounter with a werewolf, but it’s also not the only one you’ll have. Werewolves pose a serious threat to you and your companions, and will have to be dealt with multiple times throughout the game. While this sequence plays out as a prolonged encounter, players can expect to fight werewolves as part of typical enemy encounters later in the game.

Can you die in those scripted sequences?

Yes. During the werewolf encounter, there are a few parts where you’re either running backwards down a hallway, or have your back against a wall, or our otherwise forced into a down-the-sights view where your only choice is to shoot the werewolf. In these sections, you must hit the target a certain number of times in order to survive the encounter. If you just let the werewolf come at you, it’ll rip your face off, or smash it against a wall, or bite out all of your throat. Your hero may be immortal, but he's not invincible.

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14 comments
rasterror
rasterror

I'll admit, I was extremely critical of this game. I felt you watched most of it and pressed some buttons occasionally. But now I see what they're getting at. A seamless experience. I'm still on the fence but Golly is this game stunning looking. I'll give it a rental since it doesn't have multi-player and looks really linear but I definitely will have to play it. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

reanor2
reanor2

Once upon a time Zombie and werewolf had sex and gave birth to an ugly overgrown baby...

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

This game is going to be awesome it is closer to a Gears of War but way better

cantloginnow
cantloginnow

This seems to be a heavily scripted game.Thats not good.

rasterror
rasterror

Can you die in those scripted sequences?

That question should not have to be asked about a video game.

djentmaven
djentmaven

@cantloginnow yet people love Telltale games? Sounds like a double standard by people that just love to be negative. Sure it may not be your type of game but having scripted areas is not a negative thing. This game looks amazing and if the story is great and the gameplay rocks it will be.

coldreboot
coldreboot

Ryse comes to mind...QTE's that are more a suggestion than a requirement.

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

@djentmaven @cantloginnow the difference is telltale is selling an adventure game where most interaction is done through dialogue, and they don't hide from it. the order 1886 is selling itself as an action game, so it would be nice if it had, you know, action. seeing action and participating in it are different things, and for an action game, having control over said action is much more important than in the glorified visual novels from telltale games.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@djentmaven @cantloginnow I agree completely.  Scripted games can be amazing...  it's all about the emotional power of the story and how it's told.

This game is taking a lot of heat before anyone knows the reality of the game.  READY AT DAWN has made some good games.  I'm willing to go on this trip with them.

rasterror
rasterror

@coldreboot But it looks like you spend the majority of time watching the Order 1886 rather than playing it.

battlefront1943
battlefront1943

@rasterror @coldreboot Your opinion is based on a few short segments of the game...  Uh, kinda ridiculous to make the assumption based on what we've seen.  Once there's an extended gameplay I'd take that opinion seriously, but not on teh little we've seen

PS -- you might want to hide your previous mountain of posts on your GS page where you bash the heck out of Sony for everything.  Just sayin'...  and you might want to hide that you're just making trouble on any and every Sony article