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The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Playstation, PS1, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

Earlier this week, the PS1 (or PSX for our US readers) turned 20 years old since its Japanese birth in 1994. Think about that, we’ve been playing PlayStation for 20 years. There have been some incredible innovations and games from the multiple generations of PlayStation. But let’s take a look at seven of the most influential brands that shaped the original PS1’s success and turned the gaming world upside-down.

The Sunday Seven: Top 7 Influential Brands on PS1

7: Gran Turismo

Racing cars and video games have gone hand in hand for as long as we can remember. But they were always very much experiences set in a fictional world of kart racers or repetitive scrolling roads. Then Gran Turismo happened. The handling was more realistic than anything that had come before. The graphics seemed as close to reality as we thought possible (hey, we’re all young once) and the number of cars and tracks included meant that the experience lasted for months, even years. No other console was even attempting to do things Polyphony were doing and the PS1’s sales soared accordingly.

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Sony's last chance to wow us in 2014 - what we need from the PlayStation Experience!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS4, Sony

Sony's last chance to wow us in 2014 - what we need from the PlayStation Experience!

The PS4 has sold like hot cakes this year, but there's no denying that Sony's first-party output has been less than stellar. Supporting the PS3 so well during its final year left the biggest new-gen games deep in development, leading to a lacklustre Christmas lineup bolstered by third-parties.

2015, however, is going to be a different story. The likes of Bloodborne and Uncharted 4 are on the way, and Sony has one last chance to wow us this year with their PlayStation Experience event. Stuffed full of livestreamed panels and events, we're all technically invited, even if you can't make it over to Las Vegas this weekend.

You can find the panel and livestream schedule here, but some new announcements have also been teased. Here's what has been confirmed, what we currently expect, what we desperately want and a bit of wild theorising too.

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PlayStation 20th Anniversary discounts go live today: Tearaway from £6.30, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from £8.50

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
PS Vita games, PS2 games, PS3 games, PSN, PSOne games, Sony

PlayStation 20th Anniversary discounts go live today: Tearaway from £6.30, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection from £8.50

Sony have rolled out some fat deals for the PlayStation 20th Anniversary celebration today, with discounts on a number of PSOne, PS2, PS3, and PS Vita titles. Here are a few of our favourites:

Remember, you get an extra 10% off with PS+. There are plenty for PSN deals to be had, so check out the full list to see if there's a bargain in there for you.

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PlayStation Vita Christmas Buyer's Guide

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Buyer's Guide, Christmas Buyer's Guide, PS Vita, Sony

PlayStation Vita Christmas Buyer's Guide

With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, it's time for our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software.

The PS Vita is a premium handheld with incredible specifications and a deceptively deep games library. Despite having an unfair reputation for providing few AAA exclusives, Sony's portable offers some of the best handheld games ever made, on par with home console titles, alongside a thriving g indie scene, excellent localised Japanese games and a back catalogue spanning the PSOne and PSP. Not to mention nifty remote play functionality when twinned with a PlayStation 4.

Put simply it's a must-own device for gaming connoisseurs. In this guide we'll discuss the hardware, software and then the cheapest way to get up and running.

PS Vita Bundle Deals!

PlayStation Vita Christmas Buyer's Guide

PS Vita bundle deals are fairly thin on the ground, but a few spring to mind. The first is the Slim console with an 8GB memory card and the 5-game adventure pack which includes some absolutely astounding games. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, TxK, Tearaway and Escape Plan can all be yours for £149.99 from GAME, saving you £5 versus Grainger Games.

Speaking of Grainger Games, they also happen to still be in stock with the 10 game Mega Pack Bundle, which will set you back only £154.99 compared to Amazon's silly £229.

Otherwise you can't go wrong with the action Mega Pack, which will cost you £159.99 pretty much everywhere (including Amazon if you want to try Flubit). I did say it was thin on the ground! It's likely that Sony and retailers want to prioritise the newly-released PS Vita TV, which we haven't yet tested comprehensively enough to recommend one way or the other.

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Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

I've never seen a price war like this before.

Sure, console manufacturers and retailers tend to sling together a few bundles ahead of Christmas and Black Friday, but usually it's a token effort intended to make the most money from put-upon parents, Christmas presents and stocking fillers before the big January sales. Often we even see prices go up to grab as much Christmas cash as possible, and false savings instead of real discounts.

Now, however, Microsoft has broken the rules and started a console bundle price war of monstrous proportions, where there's only likely to be one winner.

Us!

Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

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PS4 camera only £33.52 at Gameseek (via Rakuten)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, PS4 Camera, Sony

PS4 camera only £33.52 at Gameseek (via Rakuten)

Looking for a cheap PS4 camera? Gameseek's Rakuten marketplace has you covered, you livestream superstar in the making.

Remember to use voucher code MSERAK10 for the extra discount! You'll need a full account, since guests can't apply vouchers. We're not entirely sold on whether this peripheral earns its keep for most gamers, but if you're big into streaming or voice commands, £33.52 is a fairly major saving. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII & Chanchi32 @ HUKD!

Get a Playstation DualShock 4 for £37.85 from Amazon

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Amazon, Controllers, DualShock 4, Playstation 4, Sony

Get a Playstation DualShock 4 for £37.85 from Amazon

This isn't the cheapest price we've seen, and there's a good chance Black Friday will probably yield better offers, but Amazon currently have the best price for a Dualshock 4 controller. Considering how most other online retailers are normally asking for around £45, it's certainly a tempting offer for those in urgent need a spare or replacement.

We here at Dealspwn are big fans of the Dualshock 4, considering it a vast improvement over the DS3. Comfortable for long sessions and less likely to give you 'the claw' is a plus, but the fact it also works as a PC controller without configuring 3rd party software is nice little bonus. Thanks to knight01 @ HUKD for the heads-up!

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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Forza Horizon 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft, PS4 games, Sony, Sunset Overdrive, Xbox One Games

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

But will it make a difference?

Shoppers are girding their wallets for Black Friday, consumers are readying themselves for the Christmas crunch. Which console is it to be this Christmas? PS4 or Xbox One? Is the Wii U still alive? Which console has the better games?

I'll deal with the Wii U later, what with Nintendo's console having a clear advantage (and the first-party games to back it up) after launching a year earlier, and being utterly irrelevant in terms of a mass audience and the big third-party releases of the winter. That said, if you're choosing a platform based on the single best game of the year so far, buy a Wii U. It's the Bayonetta 2 machine. I'm biased, but if you love games, you'll do it.

Elsewhere, though, choosing a console become far more difficult. We'll go into greater depth in a massive comparative buyer's guide towards the end of the month, but for now let's talk about the games.

COMMENT | Xbox One has the better games lineup for the second Christmas running

When the PS4 and the Xbox One launched last year, we tipped the Xbox One as having the more attractive Christmas lineup. Microsoft's console simply had more variety, more interesting exclusives, and it's a position that I still standby. In fact, throughout the whole of this first year, I think it's safe to say that the Xbox One has had the edge in terms of marquee exclusives.

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Get a Glacier White PS4 for £299.97 at Gamestop

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a Glacier White PS4 for £299.97 at Gamestop

Looking for a cheap Glacier White PS4? Gamestop's £299.99 offer might be the deal you're looking for now we're headed into the holidays, saving you fifty quid on the retail price.

The Glacier White PS4 is certainly rather snazzy, but you'll need AV equipment and decor to match to avoid the garish machine sticking out like a sore thumb. We also have to point out that, exclusive games-wise, Sony are only shifting into gear next February, so this is more a case of getting a foot in the door early. Make a beeline for the likes of inFamous: Second Son and some of the corking multiplatform titles. You can click here to read and watch our PS4 review. Thanks to ahmadfirdausazmi @ HUKD!

Sony fixes PS4 Rest Mode issue in new firmware update

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware update 2.0, Playstation 4, PS4, Sony

Sony fixes PS4 Rest Mode issue in new firmware update

The PS4's 'Masamune' firmware update brought a slew of great new features to the console experience, such as Share Play, but it wasn't quite perfect. Many gamers reported that their consoles refused to boot up after being put into Rest Mode, which isn't what any of us signed up for!

Thankfully Sony have sorted things out by way of a new patch, update 2.0.1, which is rolling out today according to the latest tweet from PlayStation Europe. Sorted. Hopefully.

If you haven't tried out Share Play yet, we'd highly suggest you give it a whirl after checking out Matt and Carl's PS4 Share Play Video. If you suffered from the PS4 Rest Mode issue, let us know in the comments!

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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DriveClub, Evolution Studios, PS4 games, Racing Games, Sony, The Sunday Seven

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

The racing game PS4 owners have been waiting for since launch is finally here and it's facing a hell of a lot of pressure after a prolonged development that has seen some mixed messages emerge during the course. It's not been the smoothest of launches either, with the online side of the game being blocked off to most gamers. So, our review is going to be a short while yet as there's no point reviewing half a game. In the meantime though, let's have a look at some of the highs and lows we've experienced in our first four days with the game.

The Sunday Seven: DriveClub's Ups and Downs

Superb Track Design

With so many games opting to recreate real-life professional racing circuits, it's always nice to race on brand new track, especially road ones. DriveClub excels with its collection of unique tracks spread around countries like India, Scotland, Chile, Canada and Norway. If you found the recent Need For Speed entries' abundance of straight roads to be a bore, then you'll adore the curves and wriggles offered in DriveClub. To be honest, they feel more like rally tracks, minus the handbrake turns, which is just fantastic seeing as rallying has been on the backfoot in recent years on PlayStation.

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Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Get a PS4 with FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, CoD: Ghosts and a year of PlayStation Plus for £399.99 at GAME

Christmas is fast approaching and the bundles are getting fatter. GAME are currently charging £399.99 for a great big one, which includes the PS4 console, FIFA 15, The Last Of Us Remastered, Call of Duty Ghosts (shame) and a year of PlayStation Plus.

Naturally it's possible to save more by buying a cheap solus console and cherry-picking a game or two, but for those who want to hit the ground running or win at Christmas presents, this one's rather impressive. Thanks to cbr6fx @ HUKD!

Sony @ TGS 2014 | Persona 5 PS4, Resident Evil Revelations 2, Still No Last Guardian

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Capcom, PS4 games, Sony, Square Enix, TGS 2014

The Tokyo Game Show is about to kick off, but you can always rely on Sony to turn up to the party early. They've been busy this morning; dropping a slew of major announcements including a Japanese release date for Bloodborne, a new platform for Persona 5, a new Resident Evil and absolutely no new details about The Last Guardian.

You can watch the press conference above, but I've rounded up the biggest headlines and trailers for your convenience.

Bloodborne: New Trailer & Release Date

Bloodborne is already looking seriously tasty, not to mention playing brilliantly, ahead of its launch next year. Let's face it: you're excited. As such, feast your eyes on this brand new Japanese trailer, which proudly proclaims a February 5th release date.

Japanese release date, I should stress. It's likely that Bloodborne will be somewhat delayed in Europe to give The Order: 1886 time to breathe, but we probably won't have to wait too long.

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Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £319.99 at ShopTo (eBay outlet)

Destiny is so close we can taste the moon-wizards, but what platform to play it on? If you're in the market for a PS4, ShopTo might be about to make you an offer you can't refuse, seeing as they'll sell you a black Destiny bundle for £319.99 -- £30 less than a solus console at RRP!

Hot. HOT. Thanks to vimaltailor1 @ HUKD!

COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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PS Vita, Sony

COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

And that's okay!

Everyone keeps telling me that the PlayStation Vita is dead in the water. From our own Brendan Griffiths to James Portnow and co, it's hard to argue with the logic. Sony didn't mention the device once during their Gamescom presser, sales figures are buried in their financial reports and landmark releases have slowed from a trickle to a standstill over the last few months. If Sony hadn't nailed it to the shelves it'd be pushing up the daisies.

But there's a problem. If the PS Vita is floundering and fading as badly as many pundits believe, then why am I constantly spending every minute of my free time reviewing PS Vita games? I'd nail down the coffin lid, only there's so much new software spilling out of it! And I have to finish off my Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Danganronpa 2 reviews for tomorrow. And play some more Borderlands 2.

So no, dear reader, the Vita is very much alive. But the idea of the Vita, the whole philosophy behind it and even the reason many of you bought it, has radically changed. It's life, Jim, but not as we [no, stop it - Ed].

COMMENT | The Vita isn't dead, but it's not the console you thought you bought

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Sony let the Vita and Move die. Is Project Morpheus already doomed?

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Project Morpheus, PS Move, PS Vita, PS4 games, Sony, Virtual Reality

Sony let the Vita and Move die. Is Project Morpheus already doomed?

As gamers, we really hope VR takes off. Oculus Rift has impressed us since we first put the virtual reality headset on and back in March, Sony announced Project Morpheus, their own brand of VR headset that would let PS4 gamers to get involved. Which, speaking as a non PC gamer, was music to my ears as I was getting dangerously close to investing in a rig so I could play with an Oculus Rift.

But is Project Morpheus doomed to follow the disturbing pattern Sony has dragged itself through over the last few years? The main PlayStation consoles have been huge successes of course; I’m talking about the state of affairs for the PS Move controllers and the PS Vita.

The Move controller is a quality piece of hardware, proving to be a big step up from the original concept of the EyeToy on PS2 and the Wii’s controller on Nintendo’s mega-hit console. The Sports Champions games are up there with the very best of motion-controlled games and even Killzone 3 works really well with the motion/nav stick setup. But thanks to the scarcity of releases, I really have to think hard about what other games I enjoyed with the Move. It failed to get the support it so badly deserved from third-party developers, who were cautious to invest in development of anything more complicated than party minigames.

Sony let the Vita and Move die. Is Project Morpheus already doomed?

As that third-party support dried up, Sony also abandoned the development of any future projects, with Project Dawn being scrapped until its recent PS4 rebirth -sans PS Move control. This lethargic attitude to the Move controllers has carried over to the PS4, where they can only be used if gamers stump up the extra cash (£40-£60) on a new camera. But with Just Dance 2014 being the only big name title to support this setup, it’s no wonder there’s a sense of trepidation amongst gamers when faced with investing in more new hardware.

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"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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PS4, PS4 games, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

"It's just beyond our imagination," said Sony Worldwide Studios boss, Shuhei Yoshida, speaking about the PS4's success. Over 10 million sales thus far, and counting.

"We are so happy. But I for one am a bit nervous because we do not completely understand what's happening. You need to understand why your products are selling well so you can plan for the future, right?"

It's a humble statement at first glance, but looking back at what's gone on over the past year or so, it's no surprise really that Sony have managed to extend a strong lead at the start of this new generation. Sony's message has remained so resolute, their communication never wavering for a second. Every step of the way they've delivered when it counts, not necessarily with perfect execution but, crucially, with more poise and appeal than their competition.

"It's just beyond our imagination" - A few reasons why the PS4 is doing so well

There was parity at the start of this generation -- unlike last-gen, neither Sony nor Microsoft had much of a jump on the other in terms of timing -- but being prepared counts for much, and having a solid strategy is invaluable.

So I don't believe you, Mr Yoshida, when you suggest that your company doesn't quite understand the recent success. To me, at least, it looks like a plan well executed. Here's why...

Staying on message

This has defined everything. #4thePlayers -- a motto much more than a social media hashtag, it underpins the entire philosophy behind the PS4. This isn't an all-in-one media centre, it's not one box to rule them all, it's a games console. Yoshida told Eurogamer that there was some trepidation over really focussing on games. "It defied the conventional thinking. Lots of people thought the dedicated game hardware might not be needed going forward, but still lots of people are very excited."

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Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
Tags:
Bungie, PS4, Sony

Black PS4 Destiny bundle only £329.99 at ASDA

Yesterday we ran a deal for the white PS4 Destiny bundle, which was a good price, but had one major problem. The console is utterly hideous. So if you're blessed with a sense of taste and an AV cabinet full of black devices, why not save an extra tenner and grab a black version of the bundle from ASDA instead?

Unless you want your PS4 to blend in with your kitchen appliances rather than your living room kit, that is. Remember to use voucher code CONSOLE at checkout!

Thanks to hatcher @ HUKD!

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bungie, PS4, Sony

White PS4 Destiny bundle just £339.97 at GameStop

White PS4 + Destiny pre-order | GameStop | £339.97
Destiny Alpha GameplayDestiny preview

It may be garish if not bordering on the hideous, but the special edition white PS4 certainly turns heads. Especially since it also comes bundled with a physical copy of Destiny for £339.97 at Gamestop. This is a fantastic price and one that I'm not sure I can personally resist, to be perfectly honest.

Remember to join the Dealspwn Destiny Clan whatever platform you choose. My Little Dealspwny needs YOU! Thanks to roshambo @ HUKD!

PREVIEW | The Order 1886 has brilliant boomsticks, but is it a slave to cutscenes?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Games previews, Gamescom 2014, PS4 games, Ready at Dawn, Sony, Third Person Shooters

PREVIEW | The Order 1886 has brilliant boomsticks, but is it a slave to cutscenes?

Galahad's Thermite Rifle might be one of my favourite virtual weapons of all time.

Rather than firing boring old bullets, this steampunk boomstick throws out hundreds of fragile iron oxide and aluminium shells, which shatter on impact and flood the stage with thick clouds of choking gas. However, secondary fire lobs in a magnesium flare, which sets off a chemical reaction that reaches up to 2500°C.

In layman's terms: everything burns.

PREVIEW | The Order 1886 has brilliant boomsticks, but is it a slave to cutscenes?

As such, using it is an absolute blast -- pun most definitely intended -- when The Order: 1886 actually lets you. Fighting through the neo-Victorian London streets as a latter-day Templar Knight requires you to keep your head and push forward, throwing up billowing thermite smokescreens to cover your approach and igniting them to wreathe entire squads of cockney rebels in flames.

Unfortunately, The Order 1886 is also very keen to be as "cinematic" and "filmic" as possible, meaning that much of your time will be spent gawping at what amounts to unskippable cutscenes.

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