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Quantum Break is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 11.
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  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: Microsoft
  • Developer: Microsoft
  • Category: Action , Adventure

Product Details:

Time is Power

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Quantum Break

Show Time
by Ben Reeves
Concept:

Tell a unique time-travel story through a third-person shooter and a television show


Graphics:

Remedy's time-manipulating effects are truly impressive, and the characters look great. However, seeing real-life actors juxtaposed with their in-game counterparts is jarring


Sound:

Suspenseful firefights come alive through great sound design, and solid acting work helps bring each character to life


Playability:

The gunplay feels precise and your wide array of time powers helps keep the action moving even when time isn't


Entertainment:

The show leaves a bit to be desired, but the game is full of breakneck firefights and stunning action set pieces


Replay:

Moderately High

Peanut butter and chocolate. Thunder and lightning. Country music and road trips. Some things go really well together. Television and video games aren't two of those things. Only a few developers have experimented with combining the two mediums, but television/game crossovers never feel like more than the sum of their parts. The closest I've ever gotten to an entertaining game/television experience was watching South Park reruns while playing the South Park game. Quantum Break combines these two media in a new way, including a short-run television series in the middle of a third-person shooter. Unsurprisingly, the show does little to elevate Quantum Break as a game, but the action in this time warp is strong enough to stand on its own.

In previous games, developer Remedy has attempted to tell character-focused narratives in the midst of frantic firefights. While I enjoyed Max Payne and Alan Wake, those stories felt ham-fisted and overwrought. In contrast, Quantum Break is Remedy's best script to date. The story of Jack Joyce is a pulpy sci-fi tale about a failed time travel experiment that grants two men the ability to manipulate time, and their subsequent battle to save timespace from complete collapse. Throughout this journey, Remedy explores the "rules of time travel" in an interesting way and hints at a larger world through scattered emails and other pieces of ancillary story content that I was actually interested to read. The cast of established actors like Aidan Gillen and Lance Reddick also help bring depth to each character, and a few plot twists hold genuine emotional weight.

These interesting story moments are surrounded by impressive time-altered shootouts. Early on, you gain a suite of clever time manipulation powers, such as the ability to create a time shield that slows bullets around you, and a time rush move that essentially turns you into the Flash. All of these powers encourage you to jump out of cover and mix it up in the environment. I loved dashing through the world until my enemies lost track of my position, and then getting the drop on them with a blast of time powers before slipping away again. Your time powers are so diverse that each combat encounter can easily play out in a variety of different ways and the cool downs on each power encourage you to use your full suite of powers while recharging fast enough so that you always have at least one ace up your sleeve.

See the rest of the review at Game Informer

FIX TIME BEFORE IT DESTROYS EVERYTHING

When time breaks, catastrophe becomes your playground. As hero Jack Joyce, you'll fight your way through epic disasters that stutter back and forth in time.

PLUNGE INTO A DRAMATIC STORY

A failed time machine experiment has fractured time itself, leaving Jack Joyce to pick up the pieces. As he fights to save time he must also fight ruthless security corporation Monarch Solutions, led by his old friend-turned-enemy Paul Serene. Jack struggles to save time as Paul seeks to end it forever.

EXPERIENCE TIME-AMPLIFIED COMBAT

Push cinematic action to the next level in this time-fractured world. Freeze time to gain the upper hand. Warp past enemies. Turn time-frozen objects into weapons with a single touch. With time itself in your arsenal, combat is never predictable.

MANEUVER THROUGH EPIC DESTRUCTION

Time collapses around you, creating epic stutter moments where a suddenly frozen world jerks back and forth violently. Stutters can strike at any moment, causing every manner of disaster as time skips forward and back. Navigate these unpredictable catastrophes or become their victim.

GO FROM GAMEPLAY TO SCREENPLAY

The game is just the beginning. Go deeper into the fast-paced world of Quantum Break with a thrilling live action companion series. Your gameplay affects how the live action story unfolds, creating a completely unique entertainment experience. The fusion between game and show leads to dynamic storytelling unlike anything you've experienced.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible story! I've played this game three times and still I'm finding new content around every corner. The game is story-heavy but does so well at creating interesting combag scenarios that don't feel repetitive. I can't sing my praises enough for this game-- it's beautiful, incredibly fun, using an intertwined TV show as another storytelling platform was SUPER cool, and hands down this is one of the best games I've ever played.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great game, great story I was reserved about QB because of all the disasters I had heard of previous TV show/Movie games, but once I got my hands on this and started playing, I really got sucked into the story. The plot is engaging and has some neat twists, especially on how they fix the time situation, and the gameplay is a lot of fun with the time powers. The TV show takes up a good portion of the game, and while it is skipable I personally would recommend watching them, since they give you insight on what's going on with the villains. A few of my gripes is that the campaign is relatively short once you cut out the TV episodes, and the replay value is kinda low. You might play it a second time to make different decisions and see how they play out differently from what you did before, but aside from that there is not a whole lot to bring you back. Overall though, I can't say I was terribly disappointed with my purchase.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Total of maybe 15 minutes of actual gameplay. The entire game feels like a bad tv director demanded all the creative power over the game designers. The gameplay can be cool, for no more than two minutes every hour and a half or so. The rest of the time you are being handheld to the point that it feels more like being forced at gunpoint. Combat is the only cool part, and it is so easy and scarce you forget it is in the game. It's like Someone was directing a tv show and continually forgot to include the game designers. Just awful all around.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best game of 2016 so far. after a few years of being cancelled, I would definitely say that the wait was more then worth it. this game has to be a masterpiece, in my opinion even though it only received an 8.5/10 by gameinformer. I personally love this game and would download the live-action episodes; IF IT WAS WAY LESS THEN 75GB,LIKE MAYBE 20 OR LESS!!!!!!. because it takes forever to download 75GB and I think it should have already came with the game from the start. that is my only complaint. other then that, this game is awesome, especially with all of the time powers and shootouts. overall best game of 2016 so far.
Date published: 2016-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Game that brings a new style to Shooters So I've played and beaten the game once already and i'm going to play it and beat it again. It offers multiple choices after each act that will affect a short (30 minute tv show) that happens in between acts. As well those choices carry over into the game as well and follows it throughout. Now these aren't OMG spend 20+ minutes on it, but just enough to make you want to replay and see what else would be different. (along with beating the game on multiple difficulties for achievements.) The Game offers some very nice features like auto cover so that when you run near cover you instantly just lower your body behind it. You don't have to spam buttons to try to hide and recover health. The stuff that got me hooked was the powers that you get and can use throughout the game. The Story was very well done and really well done and you got to witness the game from multiple view points. I would recommend this game to anyone who wants a little action and some nice story telling. (btw the graphics are very good)
Date published: 2016-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story. Great adventure. The game has a very compelling story that keeps you hooked. The time powers are crazy fun to use, and the t.v show is a nice little bonus. Graphics are the best I have seen. Alan Wake comes with it too! Which is another awesome game by Remedy.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good To be honest I was a little skeptical about the game since I already own halo, and the story is based on Time travel, but The game is actually really good. The game isn't just shooting your enemies to death. It's bigger than that. You can alter time to stop bullets and speed yourself. There are opportunities where you get to control what happens in the story. I highly recommend this game to anyone.
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rent, or Wait for a sale This game isn't awful, it just isn't that good either. The graphics are pretty good, but they aren't as amazing as the trailers and videos have showed. The character models are really impressive. But, it seems like they spent more time on that than anything else. The gunplay is pretty rough. You cannot crouch and shoot, you have to stand which leads to you getting shot a lot. The powers are pretty fun at first, but after you get them all relatively quickly in the game, it loses the entertainment aspect of the powers. They then just feel like a way to power through people. The game has some decisions but they only make a small impact there are really only 2 different stories so unless you have to know both stories I wouldn't recommend paying full price. I would wait for a sale, or rent the game. It lasts around 10+ hours.
Date published: 2016-04-11
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