Dishonorable Mention and the One That Never Was
Now the reason why I even bothered to play any Uncharted game. Vice’ Rob Zacny has scoured every AAA action game he reviewed in 2020, yet he couldn’t stop praising the Order 1886, a loathed by many PS4 exclusive, on Waypoint Radio. To shut up my inner Zacny voice, I paid the high high price of about 12 US dollars for a second hand copy and played it.
In short, the Order is a bad Uncharted wannabe. Even the biggest similarity between it and Naughty Dog’s beloved treasure hunting series I found is a negative one: the characters are animated in a way that it is often hard to tell if enemies are killed or not. Zacny’s praise focus on how the game is self-reflection of a shitty cop. But that theme combined with an action game just finding excuse for player to fight something, the whole story just goes in circles until its non-ending. If it’s a comment on how meaningless violence is, it succeeded.
The studio Ready At Dawn didn’t even bother to create a sense of closure for their console debut. Whether it’s their own hubris or someone up the corp chain pulling the plug, I don’t know. But I have to agree with “main stream naysayers” like Tyrell of IGN, Jeff of Giantbomb and Kevin formerly of Gamepot, Order is just not a good game. Any redemptive quality it has is all in people’s imagination.
With this loathed PS4 exclusive with no sense of closure in my mind, I started to seek some beloved PS4 exclusives with sense of closure by their ends. That led me to Uncharted games. For its effort and ambition, Order does belong on a ranked list for Uncharted games. So here, it gets a dishonorable mention.
P.S. 2020, with Supergiants’ Hades going 1.0, reminded me that Ready At Dawn had done Persephone, queen of underworld in Greek myth, very dirty by making her a generic final boss in God of War Chain of Olympus on PSP. That is a decision in line with God of War series’ shitty gender politic. Guess the Order’s gender representation is at least a step up from that.