The Order 1886: Complete

In a strange turn of events, I’ve managed to complete another game from the backlog in under two weeks. I’m not sure how it happened but my focus was on this title and it was short enough I suppose that I finished it in a reasonable amount of time. In only a few short play sessions I managed to knock this one off the list, culminating in the finish last night. The story line was managable but not necessarily the best thing I’ve ever experienced. The Steampunk alternate time-line London felt realistic enough despite the existence Lycans, mainly because of the inclusion of real world locations and people. Nikola Tesla made his appearance early on and continued to be a staple throughout the title. The game takes place in Whitechapel and that’s a real world location as well. It felt firmly planted in reality and the supernatural and technological details were original enough that they didn’t deter from the game as being something you’ve seen a thousand times before — nor were they so over the top as to harm your suspension of disbelief.

The culmination of the conspiracy plot ended in a way that there was clearly the intent to make a sequel, though looking around I can’t find whether or not this is in the works or will never come to fruition. Clearly the devs were interested in making sequels when interviewed, saying “The Order was never written as a one-off story,” however it doesn’t seem to be in development either. Cliffhanger endings like this suck when they happen in any medium (more common with TV shows I’d say), but it is part of the business.

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We may never get to see what’s in store for Galahad and the Knights of the Round, but it can be concluded that the Order isn’t going anywhere, and Galahad will likely be up to his own agenda working as a sort of vigilante. Perhaps one day we will see for certain, but for now I’ll just say that the game was fair. It looked nice, played well enough, and wasn’t too frustrating. I would be interested to play a sequel if it ever comes, but either way I’m glad to have completed another game from the backlog!