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E3 2014: Hands On With The Order 1886 And Murasaki Baby

By Ryan Winslett 2014-06-19 19:24:18 discussion comments
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The PlayStation E3 2014 booth offered loads of games for players to sink their teeth into, two of which could not possibly be at further ends of the spectrum. Get ready for a hands-on look at the PlayStation 4 third-person shooter, The Order: 1886, and the PlayStation Vita's bizarre puzzler, Murasaki Baby.

While the Sony booth (more of a large, open arena displaying rows and rows of television screens and consoles) played host to dozens of PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita games during this yearís big show, only a small collection of titles were set aside for the press to dive into, giving us a chance to get in some hands-on time with games we might have otherwise had to wait in line for hours to play.

One such game was Freedom Wars, which I enjoyed enough to do a more fleshed-out hands-on preview with earlier this week. You can check that out right here, if you feel so inclined. Thatís not to say that the rest of these games didnít entertain, just that Freedom Wars greatly exceeded my expectations. As for the rest of what I got my hands on, hereís a quick look at some of the upcoming goodness.

The Order: 1886
The most visually impressive game of E3 also had one of the most lackluster showings in demo form. In the playable sequence, you get to take out enemies with a nifty thermite gun. Basically, you aim and spray the area as if it were an ordinary rifle, then you hit an alt fire to launch a flair that will set the whole mess ablaze. There was some typical cover-based shooting, a pretty cool slo-mo section where you get to pick enemies off one at a time with a pistol and then, boom, the demo is over.

Make no mistake; Iím still very excited for this game. As I said, it looked absolutely amazing and the cast of characters and their gear is intriguing. It also controlled perfectly fine and Iím a huge sucker for ďsecret organization fights monstersĒ storylines. But what I got to actually play at E3 was all-too-brief and didnít really give me a chance to see what the game will do differently from the rest of the third-person shooters on the market. Hell, I barely had the opportunity to see what it does the same. What I got to play of this PS4 exclusive was solid, I just need to spend more time with The Order before I can start ranting or raving about it.
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