With its release only 3 days away, The Order is garnering a metric crap load of discussion. Is it about its rad steampunk aesthetic? Nope. The ghouls and demons? Nope. Did a kid kill someone with cogs strapped to his arm and blame the game? Not even close. No friends, it’s far, far dumber that.
Reports have begun popping up that the game is too short. Apparently you can knock it over in 5 hours. Well then, this clearly makes it a sub-par title not worth the retail price they’re asking! Good day to you, sir! That was a far more civilized paraphrasing of the collective, entitled outrage that’s been circulating this most noble of Internets we inhabit. Which begs the question- since when did length dictate quality? (feel free to add your own phallic joke here).
In an interview with Eurogamer, CEO of Ready at Dawn Ru Weerasuriya refused to clarify average playtime for the game, and said his team was not going to discuss it either.
“At the end of the day, we’re not going to comment on it,” he said. “We can’t stop people from writing the things they do. And we’re not going to jump at every single mistake that is made out there.
“But the industry has always had diversity. You go back 10 years, there were a lot of games that were just single-player, one time play. There were some games that were single-player and you could jump back in and get more. That’s what we did in our game. You can jump back and get other things out of it.”
Regardless of The Order’s length- as there’s conflicting reports of that- I think we can all agree games have changed. Unfortunately peoples expectations and understanding of the production process hasn’t. I’ve seen a lot of comments saying ‘Pfft, 5 hours? I’d pay $15 for that’, equating a triple A release like The Order to a downloadable title. Those slick visuals, high quality voice acting, tight gameplay, stellar looking design, hell, you even knowing the game even exists, all that costs more money than Greece’s GDP!
A game doesn’t need to take the best part of a year to complete to make me appreciate it or pay the price of admission. Shit, Dark Souls and Metal Gear Solid 3 are two of my favorite games ever made and I can finish those in under 7 hours! Not worth their price on release? Get fucked.
The point is, The Order hasn’t even been released yet and it’s being crucified by a speed run. There’s been no mention of the strength of the story, the depth of the characters or if the gameplay is lack luster or enthralling. Nothing. Nothing but a time to beat. And when you think about it like that, it really seems kinda dumb right?