Although games have not become more expensive in the last decade or so, gamers’ perception of their value has certainly changed. Where a retail release used to feel worth the money with just a short campaign and maybe a chance to replay at a harder difficulty, now it seems like if a game doesn’t include single player, multiplayer, and co-op then it’s not worth the money.
It’s a debate that will no doubt continue on for some time to come, but has come to the fore thanks to the imminent release of The Order: 1886. The Sony published title may be one of the bigger titles hitting the PS4 in 2015, but it has also accumulated its fair share of controversy in the process.
More specifically, the majority of the conversation surrounding The Order as of late has to do with the game’s length. Several competing reports surfaced that suggested the game was incredibly short, taking only about three hours to complete, but they were mostly hearsay. Developer Ready at Dawn quickly dismissed those rumors as false, meanwhile, urging gamers to wait until playing the final product.
The Order's 5-Hour Campaign
One gamer, however, has seemingly got his hands on the final product and come back with a similar story. This You Tuber, who goes by the handle Play Me Through, claims that his playthrough of The Order: 1886 only took about five hours. What’s more, the YouTuber has provided an unedited series of gameplay videos to support his claim.
Obviously, the videos include spoilers for a yet-to-be released game, so those who don’t want to have their experience hunting half breeds spoiled should tread lightly. We should also mention that the videos feature a straight playthrough of the game, wherein the player takes few detours for collectibles and rarely dies. In our playthrough of the game at E3, we noted a fairly linear path, but that doesn’t mean players can’t get lost exploring along the way. The visuals certainly support a fair bit of sightseeing.
Value vs. Quality
Only time will tell how long The Order takes for each gamer to complete - one player has nabbed the Platinum Trophy after only nine hours - but the game’s perceived short length has created an interesting dialogue. In fact, some gamers have even switched positions on shorter games, saying that they’d take a quality, but concise, experience over one with unnecessary padding. While others are saying they want to play The Order, but will wait for a sale. Whatever the case may be, the reception to The Order could influence how developers approach their content in the future.
How do you feel about claims The Order only takes five hours to complete? What do you define as a $60 experience?
The Order: 1886 releases February 20, 2015. Look for Game Rant’s review on February 19th at 5am PST.