Quantum Break is another innovative release from Remedy Entertainment, a studio that created Max Payne series. It is a weird but creative mix of two different media – TV and video-games. The complex narrative puts you in the middle of a time-bending conspiracy with the task to save the world (or time). The creators apparently had a considerable budget thanks to the agreement with Microsoft to publish the game, but it seems like they invested most of it into the cinematic part of the release.
They Told Us “Go Make a Movie”…and We Did
The part of the gaming community that believes movie-like sequences shouldn’t be an integral part of games often complain how the ones that implement them in their releases should just “make a movie.” It seems that is what Remedy did with Quantum Break. The game has five chapters with four TV-like episodes that each last about 30 minutes between them. The list of actors includes Aidan Gillen, Shawn Ashmore, and Patrick Heusinger, so we are talking about some A-list Hollywood names.
The main character is Jack Joyce, whose brother is a genius that manages to fracture time. As a result, Jack finds himself in a complicated plot involving the evil Monarch Corporation, but also a family friend Paul Serene. He also discovers that he has super-abilities that would come in handy during the combat.
Is Anyone up for Bending Time?
When you finally come to the gaming part of the movie, you notice that Quantum Break is a third-person game. In fact, it is a shooter that is advertised as cover-based. However, the latter part is ruined by the fact that your character will automatically take cover whenever one is near and available. That destroyed our dreams of anything tactical occurring in this game. There will, however, be a lot of shooting, so QB might be better described as an arcade shooter.
Your superpowers will have a crucial role to play while battling the enemies. You can use bubbles to trap enemies inside them or shoot in slow motion (Max Payne, anyone?). Although this isn’t a dull concept, it also doesn’t offer anything innovative. And the fact that the gameplay gets clumsy at points doesn’t help at all.
The End of Time Is Near…Better Check Your E-Mail
Some peculiar things happen in Quantum Break. The movie sequences are phenomenal, and the actors did an excellent job, just like the people who did special effects. However, some integral parts of the story are not delivered in cut-scenes. Instead, Jack will need to collect diary entries and read e-mails to find out what the hell is going on and why time went crazy.
On the plus side, the graphics and audio contribute to the spectacle. The surroundings, such as a ship that ripped apart the road bridge, are impressive. All the rips and tears are fantastic, and the visual presentation is unmatchable.