What if The Order: 1886 Sales Success Leads to More Interactive Movie Games?

Going by various sources from Youtube playthroughs, message board posts from gamers getting early access to the retail game and the first media review coming from French game mag jeuxvideo, the game is heavy in unskippable cut-scenes and jeuxvideo rated it 15/20.

Link to jeuxvideo scan

1424173420-wp-20150217-12-33-13-proCut-scenes have been timed at anywhere from about 2 hours (people watching the walkthroughs and estimating total cut-scene timing) to jeuxvideo’s claim in their review that their 7 hour playthrough was half cinematics (which means 3.5 hours).

The key issue is that what if The Order: 1886 sells a ton of copies?  Sony profits big time and focuses attention on more “cinematic”, “filmic”, and “interactive movie” style games at the expense of traditional gameplay genres?  What if other publishers notice and they copycat making more cut-scene heavy games where it can encompass half the total time playing the game?

Is this good for gaming?  Is this bad for gaming?

There can be a case made for both sides:

On the plus side, it can be profitable leading to using the money to bankroll other games (on top of more cinematic games).  It can lead to better balance sheets so they won’t go bankrupt.  Cinematic gameing is a genre that is small, so what’s wrong with more of them?  It’s not like it’s going to overtake FPS games.  This style of game can lead to a more cohesive story line, less chances of bugs and other issues large scale games experience.

The downside is that devs replace traditional games with more cinematic games (the total games they make stays the same, which gamers may not like.  More issues include giving gamers less to do in games, more linearity (for gamers who prefer freedom), and forcing gamers to watch unskippable scenes (for gamers preferring to press X to move the game along briskly).  Imagine if many devs decide to all follow the dollars and there’s a retro focus on movie style gaming like the PC CD-Rom era from 1995?  I don’t think too many gamers would like that.

  • Cerny’s Super Cunty C0ck

    Since the order, interactive movie has become “important” all of a sudden. Ponies eager to kiss Sony devs ass no matter what

    • R2D2

      Ps4 mediocre APU is not overpowered…sony know it really well so they always want to make the games to be ‘cinematic’ or ‘filmic’ to smoke screen the Ps4’s limitations
      – games have to run at 30fps for better quality, not gonna hit stable 60fps otherwise
      – poor multiplayer performance, thanks to GDDR5’s latency
      – 1080p but poor AF
      – runs better on indies

      • lollipopa

        You forgot about thermal factor, the PS4 runs pretty hot after prolonged gaming sessions. The exclusive games won’t get pass 8hrs for safety measure.

      • And the nazi xbots TOO

        stupid american gay,
        even 5 years-dev exclusive games can barely run at 900p, on your Xvcr one.
        you are the kind of idiot that i would like to see being blown up in the street, or seeing you eating a Boeing 747, right in your face.

        you guys, are so stupid, so stupid, so stupid, that it’s only normal that 99.999% of the planet earth hates you and all your delusional race. you open your mouth 1 second, and there are 1 billion facepalms, asking themselves “wow, how can we be this idiot?”.

        i could type a list of 20 games that run poorly at 720p, on your console of choice, but you don’t even deserve i spend 1 second with you. that second would be more useful, if used for farting, instead of saying something.

        and the other gay above you, the super_major_nelson_dick_up_his_ass_since_2005, is just another missed abortion everybody hates, a 25yo virgin, that will be fapping when controlling his masterchief idol.

        you guys, and your whole gaming race, really make us vomit. seriously, how can someone be so delusional, so stupid ?

        grab your champagne, idiots, your american press is hard at work, releasing all the poor The order scores.that makes you so happy, it’s another reason for another little 1-hour fapping, isn’t it ?

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