The Order: 1886 is the first major exclusive release for the PlayStation 4 in 2015. Sony seems quite confident with the new intellectual property when you take into account that the publisher is going to be releasing not one but two special editions of the videogame. So are The Order: 1886 Collector’s Edition and Premium Edition going to be worth buying? Let’s check out a few factors.
About the Game
The Order: 1886 is the first major console game to be developed solely by Ready at Dawn. The company first developed Daxter for the PSP in 2006 before porting Okami to the Wii in 2008. They then went on to work on two PSP God of War games (Chains of Olympus in 2008 and Ghost of Sparta in 2010) in addition to the eventual PS3 ports of the handheld titles in 2011 with the God of War Origins Collection.
The new IP from Read at Dawn is a cinematic third-person shooter. The reactions have been a little mixed so far. While the game has been praised for its graphics, story and unique Victorian steam punk setting, there are some concern about the gameplay. Early videos have shown a linear experience that is heavy of cut scenes and quick time events.
So it looks like The Order: 1886 may not be for everyone. With that said, you will most likely enjoy the game if you like a story-driven experience that has solid gun play. If you are really interested, you may want to get either of the special editions.
Extras Included in Both Collector’s Edition and Premium Edition
The Collector’s Edition and Premium Edition do share some common extras. On the physical side, you will be getting a “Coat of Arm” sticker pack in addition to a collectable steel book. The digital bonuses include the Knight’s Arsenal DLC pack (which contains the Red Knight uniform with Arc Rifle Prototype and the Black Knight uniform with the Arsonist Rifle), official game soundtrack (with bonus tracks) in addition to unreleased behind-the-scenes videos.
Premium Edition Exclusives
Of course, the premium edition also comes with a few more exclusive bonuses. One of which is a 22-page art book that contains a hidden compartment to store a blackwater vial with chains. As opposed to the cardboard box from the Collector’s Edition, the Premium Edition also uses a premium collector’s box.
The Collector’s Edition and Premium Edition also have different statues. For the former, Sony is including a7-inch figure that features the main protagonist, Galahad, taking cover behind a barricade as he is under fire. The Order: 1886 Premium Edition has the 13-inch “Endless Duel” statue where you can see the same character fighting against the Lycan, a werewolf-like enemy. You can compare the two statues, as well as content from both limited editions, below this paragraph.
While the Premium Edition contains more content (and, in our opinion, a better statue), it is also quite a bit more expensive compared to the Collector’s Edition. If money is not the issue, then we suggest getting The Order: 1886 Premium Edition. Otherwise, you may want to get the Collector’s Edition if you don’t care about the extras from the premium package and/or think that the statue from the collector’s package is better.
The Order: 1886 is coming out on February 20 as an exclusive for the PlayStation 4. You can preorder both limited editions, and the standalone regular release, from Amazon with these links: The Order: 1886, The Order: 1886 Premium Edition and The Order: 1886 Collector’s Edition.