Review

If you like a good story and can follow plot points that twist and turn in time (literally) then Quantum Break, from Remedy Games, is the game for you. While the concepts presented within this game are not new, it does it in a fresh new way that will definitely leave you wanting more.

I’ve waited a while before writing this review because I wanted the experience to settle in my brain for a bit. Quantum Break is one of those games that will not soon be forgotten, and has some major components that make its replay-ability very high.

At its core, Quantum Break is a story-driven action adventure. It has elements of a shooter, it has mild puzzle components, and even some platforming. Let me be clear that none of those single elements on their own are stellar set pieces, but when you put them all together and wrap them up with a live action TV show component, you end up with something that is definitely more than the sum of its parts.

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Without spoiling the story the basics are that an old friend has asked you to come and visit him at a local University and has mentioned that your brother (with whom you are estranged) is supposed to be meeting you there as well. This friend thinks you are the only person who can get through to your brother about this project that involves time travel, and you’ll soon find yourself in the middle of the story.

Along the way you will develop powers that help in combat and you will be presented with game altering decisions that you must make. Those decisions actually have impact on a live action episodic television program that focuses more on secondary characters. You can also interact with the environment and cause “ripples” in time which also affect the TV show. What is very interesting about this is that you will want to play the game again and make different choices to see things you didn’t see the first time around.

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The combat in Quantum Break isn’t perfect, and can get a little repetitive over time (see what I did there?) but you do have enough choices between weapons and powers to keep things interesting overall. You will also find at points that you can lose your powers, requiring you to focus on more traditional combat methods.

The graphics in the game are amazing. Throughout the game time will stop and “stutter” leaving you in a world with frozen objects and glitches that are extremely interesting to look at. The motion capture and character modeling is also very well done and because you can often compare the in-game characters to those in the live-action show on the same screen in the same environment, there is nowhere the developers could hide when it comes to looking realistic.

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There is also a collecting element to Quantum Break where you grab documents and other “narrative” objects. While they might seem a little useless in the sense of just something else to collect, reading the e-mails and other things along the way will actually give you some pretty decent insight into the overall game and make the experience that much more immersive.

Quantum Break was simply amazing to me overall. It isn’t perfect, but it’s fun and it’s worth experiencing. The main campaign is around 10 hours long but you can replay any of the parts of each of the five acts as well as stream the live action episodes as many times as you’d like (you can also download them rather than stream but it comes in at a hefty 76 gigabytes, likely because of all the branching). Of course, it is perfectly set up for a sequel. My only wish? That I could do a time dodge and get the next part sooner. I didn’t want this one to end.

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About the Author

Syd Bolton
Syd Bolton surrounds himself in thousands of classic video games as Canada’s top video game collector at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. He plays all of the latest games on his 80" Sharp TV and provides the "Lost Treasures" segment during The OMG! Hour. Follow Syd on Twitter @sydbolton.