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The Order: 1886 (18) for PS4 – The Big Release

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The Order: 1886 . Dark Knight rises to take on the monsters of Victorian London

Of all the Playstation 4 exclusive games released so far, perhaps the greatest expectation has been placed on the shoulders of The Order: 1886. First announced in 2013, there have been suggestions that development started several years before that. Its hyped release has been a long time coming.

So is it any good? Well, it has one of the freshest, most involving storylines in modern gaming, which is a good start. Set in a dingy, smog-filled Victorian London, the type often seen in Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper dramas, The Order: 1886 sticks to many of the tropes of the time, albeit with a slightly skewed grasp of real-life historical events. This is an alternative English capital where artistic licence is acceptable – werewolves and knights of the round table roam the streets, zeppelins command the skies. There’s also a dodgy accent or two.

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Hero: Sir Galahad discovers a sinister plot in alternative London

You assume the role of Sir Galahad, who unravels a sinister plot amid mysterious goings-on and numerous
twists and turns. We’re not giving any secrets away but what can be said without holding back is how beautifully this Cinematic tale is presented.

This is undoubtedly one of the best-looking games for this generation of consoles yet. The facial animation on the main characters is unsurpassed in gaming. And as action and cut-scenes have been interspersed seamlessly throughout, you never get the feeling they are pre-rendered.

The cinematic tone is further enhanced by the game being entirely presented within top and bottom black bars to give the impression of a movie’s aspect ratio. Smoke effects – of which they are plenty – more than likely benefit from the reduced resolution.

Ultimately, though, it boils down to the gameplay. The Order: 1886 utilises a cunning blend of Gears of War’s cover-based, third-person shoot-’em-up style, puzzle-adventuring and stealth, switching between them depending on the scenario. This keeps things interesting throughout the campaign, which is just well as there is no multiplayer mode to fall back on.

Nonetheless, the payable filmic nature is enough to captivate until the very last thermite bullet has been shot. And you will more than likely come out the other end feeling like you’ve taken part in a blockbuster that is superbly set up for a sequel. The Order: 1887, anyone?

Author: Rik Henderson

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

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IF you were ever in any doubt as to the difference in power between old and new-generation consoles, just ask the team behind fighting game Dead Or Alive: they’ve leaked an online trailer comparing cleavage movements to illustrate it.

Objectification aside, things look mightily impressive in full HD 60fps. The series has never shied away from sexing things up with kick-ass female characters – bikini – clad girls bashing each other into submission on a beach is fair game here. There are male fighters too, of course, and some original-looking stages to do battle on, including a kind of Saturday Night Fever disco level for busting out some actual killer moves. JAMES DAY

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Total War: Attila

WAR, what is it good for?
A virtual, historical and brutal ushering in of the Dark Ages, that’s what. Now on its ninth instalment, the Total War series switches focus to AD395 as the Huns plot their way to the top, raiding and pillaging across most of modern-day Russia.

Total War: Attila features no fewer than 56 factions, such as the Visigoths and Sassanids, each seeking their own ideals in this mammoth turn-based strategy title — and you get to play as any one of them.

Rome and Constantinople are among the historical capitals faithfully depicted. But if you pick a nomadic tribe with nowhere to call home, you can simply go on the rampage. JD

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Amiibos Wave Four

THE collection of Nintendo’s hugely successful interactive figurines grows even larger with some surprise inclusions, such as Sega’s Sonic The Hedgehog – how times have changed.

Others getting the plastic fantastic treatment include Xenoblade Chronicles blonde, blue-eyed boy Shulk, iconic Mega Man, Kirby’s arch-enemy King Debede and Meta Knight from the same series. Steve Carell-esque 40-year-old virgins at the ready: Amiibos have become big collector’s items, so if you’re keen on any of the above, get in quick to avoid disappointment. Of course, it’s actually way more fun if you get them out of the box and use them with games like Super Smash Bros. JD


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