A youtuber named “PlayMeThrough” recently uploaded a full walkthrough of The Order 1886 and it clocked in at just over 5 hours. Knowing the hype and enthusiasm behind this game I hoped this was not the case. The gameplay in the wakthrough also sparked a controversy over the hype of AAA games in general. But how long is the actual game? Founder @ Ready at Dawn studios, Andrea Pessino, said this on twitter I am done commenting on click bait rumors about game length, “downgrade” idiocy and such nonsense. Don’t bother asking.” He also came out and said that the rumors going around the the game was less than 5 hours were false.
Whether he is lying or not the gameplay on youtube proves that the game can be roughly finished in 5 hours. That is shorter than the length of an average Call of Duty campaign. The unskippable cutscenes in this game make it extremely difficult to rush through, especially when they are interactive. The Replay ability of this game is also thrown into the air as well. There will be no New Game Plus or multiplayer mode at launch, so if it really is 5 hours, that’s all you are getting.
Don’t get me wrong there are plenty amazing 5 hour games, but they were not $60. And the fact that the founder did not say the actual story length or even give us an estimate leads me to believe that the youtube walkthrough is pretty close to accurate. Andrea instead goes on to say the Modern Warfare campaign was a short campaign that he loved, not taking to account the thousands of hours people poured into the multiplayer of that game.
Unless this game is truly a masterpiece it is really hard to justify the price. Transistor is a great 6-10 hour game and it is free right now. I can’t speak much more on the game itself since I have not played it. But knowing what I know now and seeing the game on youtube, I would choose Dying Light over this game any day. Not to say this will be a bad game, just the content they are giving you justifys to a $30-$40 price range.