With the recent leaked gameplay footage of The Order: 1886, which is due to be released today, claiming that the main storyline could be completed within five hours, the internet has been set abuzz with discussions on whether the length of a video game matters. My main argument would be that while having a video game that has plenty of content that can last huge amounts of hours is a definite plus, if a game is presented well and is entertaining to play then the length doesn’t always matter.
Currently I am playing Dragon Age Inquisition and have plunged 40 hours of gameplay into it and I still have a lot to do in the main storyline, and double that in extra content. As a student it is great to have this much gameplay as AAA games come at a price and so the investment has, so to say ‘made its moneys worth’. However, I thoroughly enjoyed playing The Wolf Among Us which has about 8 hours of gameplay, as it had an immersive storyline, great visuals, and overall entertaining gameplay. Both of these games would rank high in a figurative list of my favourite video games, with length not being the main determining factor.
In regards to The Order, length may have been detrimental to its success as the main storyline is all it has to offer. As it is a ‘shooter’ game, you wouldn’t expect it to have the longest of main campaigns. Successful ‘shooter’ games like Call of Duty have main campaigns that roughly average 7-8 hours of gameplay. However, they have multiplayer which can add hundreds of hours of gameplay to the game. As The Order only has the option of single player, fans of the ‘shooter’ genre may feel disappointed as they cannot engage with the game like they could with another game in the genre. Also, the fact that it comes with a hefty AAA price tag, people may feel its not worth the investment for a short game that, although was supposed to be innovative in its play style, many reviewers have found it to be largely similar to many other games of its genre. As I have not played The Order, I feel like I can’t place a full judgement as there may be some redeeming qualities that make it worth playing. However, its not a game I will be anxious to play for a while, at least ’til the price has lowered.