Immerse yourself in the world of Quantum Break as the game takes you through a cinematic shoot-em-up world over five distinct chapters of engaging an immersive story telling. Over the course of this Quantum Break review, we will take you through the ins and outs of Quantum Break while analyzing its distinct elements and whether or not it is a game worth the money or time invested to play.
|Type of game:||Action-Adventure/3rd Person Shooter|
|Total Play Time:||10-18 hours|
|System Requirements:||CPU: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x
RAM: 8 GB
OS: Windows 10
HDD Space: 55 GB
The World of Quantum Break
To best understand the quality of Quantum Break gameplay, we will take a look at the different features the game involves, including: atmosphere, characters, storyline, and available DLC. Overall ratings for Quantum Break are varied, but generally sit in the lower 60-70 percentile.
Atmosphere and Location
The game takes place in a gritty urban fantasy world with modern firearms as the primary weapon of choice. You start out in the town of Riverport at a college campus looking for an old friend which quickly devolves into a time-bending shooting spree as bad guys descend upon the time machine lab that you are brought to. Thanks to a machine malfunction during the fracas, your character is gifted with new “powers” that allow him to manipulate the time stream.
This story-based introduction and tutorial sets you up with a good idea of the world you will be venturing through, but it is not a world that has not been seen before. Despite its stellar graphics and overall immersive atmosphere, Quantum Break is not a new idea and it is easy to blend its overall gameplay with similar sci-fi urban adventure games.
Remedy Entertainment is known for its previous games Max Payne and Alan Wake, and in Quantum Break, the Finnish gaming company continues to show its love for the cinematic, story-driven shooter style of play. Unlike these earlier games, Quantum Break implements a TV element which gives players a greater sense of cinematic quality during their playtime.
However, this mix of TV and gameplay should not be confused with such styles as Heavy Rain, as Quantum Break actively plays scripted scenes featuring live actors in areas that can later be accessed by the player in the game platform.
The primary allure and saving grace of Quantum Break is its gameplay choice system that gives you the power to decide how the overall story will play out. Do you choose to be the hardline bringer of justice who will do anything to bring the villain down? Or do you choose to take the more difficult yet more properly moral route?
The story follows Jack Joyce, played by Shawn Ashmore, as the main protagonist. Joyce is beset by his former best friend and present enemy Paul Serene, played by Aiden Gillen. Joyce’s brother William, played by Dominic Monaghan, also makes an appearance in a few integral scenes. William has long been estranged from his brother, and is the former physicist responsible for the time-related technology that Serene utilized to create his time machine.
Jack Joyce is not a stand-out character, but the events surrounding his adventure and new time-bending powers make him an intriguing protagonist, nonetheless. For those who enjoy the brotherly-love angle of a story, the interactions between Joyce and William will be a welcome addition to the plot.
Quantum Break employs a number of recognizable actors and actresses across the game, including such names as Lance Reddick from The Wire, Patrick Heusinger from Gossip Girl, and Amelia Rose Blaire from HBO’s True Blood.
Joyce visits the local college at Riverport to meet with his friend Serene and help him with a demonstration involving Serene’s time machine—which is based on previous work done by Joyce’s estranged physicist brother, William. After a critical malfunction, both Joyce and Serene are granted certain time manipulation abilities (such as freezing time, speeding up time for themselves, or subtle future sight in the case of Serene).
The technology behind the time machine utilizes “chronon particles” that act as a form of radiation theorized to be able to interact with the flow of time. During the demonstration, William suddenly appears and tries to stop the pair from using the machine. But of course, he is too late, and the machine begins its malfunction.
Serene is sent forward in time where he witnesses what he claims to have been the “End Time” and, despite William’s offer to help fix the now-broken time stream, Serene insists that there is no way to fix time and has his goons detonate bombs that had been placed around the building. In the following cutscene, William appears to get crushed by debris, and Joyce is knocked unconscious.
Throughout the rest of the game, Joyce is pursued by soldiers employed by the mysterious “Monarch Solutions” company as he seeks to confront the increasingly paranoid Serene who has become ill due to the chronon radiation exposure. The overarching goal for the Joyce brothers is to find a way to repair the timestream as it was damaged during the initial time machine malfunction.
DLC and Expansion Packs
According to the communication director at Remedy Entertainment, Thomas Puha, there are no current plans for any DLC to be released for Quantum Break. The game stands as it is, and no further additions to it should be expected.
That being said, Puha did hint that future expansions are likely depending on Microsoft’s (who owns the rights to the game) analysis of Quantum Break’s sales success. Whether or not any further installments in this game world should be expected is still up in the air, especially thanks to the overall low rankings for Quantum Break across the board.
Overall, Quantum Break does not fall into the realm of “terrible games,” but neither does it quite rise above the designation of “adequate.” The game is likely worth playing through for the experience, especially for gamers who enjoy the cinematic TV-show aspect added to their games. However, because of Quantum Break’s less than satisfying gameplay and overall storytelling, its replay ability is severely limited.
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