The Order: 1886 Trailer – Victorian Eye Candy or Black Lung?

By | February 18, 2014

Little boys scrubbing chimneys is the first thing that comes to mind when Victorian England is mentioned.  And then Sherlock Holmes.  And then the Zulu massacring the best of the British Empire.  Not really King Arthur and the Round Table as in The Order: 1886, but it is an intriguing concept and the game looks Dickens-hot!  Check out the trailers below.

It’s bizarro London where an order of knights protects society from bloodthirsty mutants that crawl on walls and jump out of the dark and kill people.  Crazy fun.

What also is interesting is that it’s another game at 2.40:1 1920×800.  Black lines at the top and bottom, more horizontal plane, less vertical.  I actually have not played a game like this, but my theory is that it really doesn’t make a difference.  Perhaps more on the peripheral?  More cinematic?  More artistic?  I’m in the camp that believes games at 720p and up are pretty much the same and your eyes really don’t care if the candy is a little sweeter.  1080p is a gimmick to sell more, and make new gen feel more like new gen.  That’s it.

Having said that, some movies are not worth the high admission price unless it’s 3D (e.g. Avatar, Gravity).  But at the end of the day, a good movie beats a gimmicky average movie any day.  And a good game will be a good game regardless of aspect ratio or resolution.  So does The Order: 1886 need the gimmick?  Well, if the game’s alternate universe doesn’t include little kids getting black lung, then it’s good enough for me.

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