Quantum Break | Game Review

This review is an unedited version of the review written by Zombie Dredd and published in the Tech Magazine: Issue 35 July 2016.

Quantum Break is an ambitious and unique project that brings games and TV closer together than they have ever been. At its core, Quantum Break is a good third person shooter that allows the player to manipulate time. It is however the addition of a live action TV series to aid in the storytelling that makes the overall experience a very good one and looks likely to change how games as stories are handled in the future.

But let us rewind things a little… You play Jack Joyce who is drawn into a story featuring friendships destroyed, loved ones lost and the battle for the control of time itself, after being caught in an experiment gone wrong that causes a fracture in time. The story is at times a convoluted one that sees time travel easily throw the player into a dizzy spin, but it is a gripping story that is brilliantly acted in both the traditional cutscenes found in most games, as well as the aforementioned live action episodes that form part of the game’s mini-series.

Standing in your way is Monarch Solutions – an organisation founded by Paul Serene who is driven by his own personal agenda and an old friend of Jack Joyce. The organisation has plenty of armed cannon fodder to exercise your skills against, but it also features some of the more intriguing characters in the story. As you progress through the story, there are moments where some of your actions will have an impact on the game’s outcome as portrayed in the integrated live action TV series.

The game itself plays similarly to many other third person action games from recent times, and while it features a cover system, this is poorly implemented when compared to other games. The time control elements on the other hand are brilliantly handled and time stop, slow motion and time rush are exhilarating abilities to use. These time manipulation abilities can be upgraded to improve cooldown periods, range and effect and the player will rely heavily on them in combat. The very same abilities also form a crucial part of solving some (relatively easy) puzzles which include rewinding time to rebuild an element critical to moving forward.

Graphically, the game looks great, with character likeness and facial animation being quite remarkable. The acting is of the highest quality and the live action components can easily stand up against many specialist TV shows of current times. I would even go on to say that the quality of the CGI cutscenes comes close to putting the same live TV shows to shame.

Quantum Break is a game that has so many great ideas thrown into the mix, and while not all of them are fully realised, the end product is still an ambitious and unique one that is worth playing time and time again. Ultimately, it’s the quality of the story and the storytelling and not the basic gameplay itself that is the real game changer that will stand the test of time.

Score: 8/10
Available for: Xbox One and PC
Distributed by: Microsoft and available at all retailers of games

About Zombie Dredd

Wannabe gaming journalist. Wannabe zombie. And sometimes clan leader of OAP. Clint O'Shea when in his human disguise.