Quantum Break - Xbox One

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    • Quantum Break

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1151 out of 1234)

    Product Details


    • Developer: Remedy Entertainment
    • Publisher: Microsoft
    • Platform: Xbox One
    • Genre: Action and Adventure
    • Release Date: 04/05/2016

    Synopsis


    From Remedy Entertainment, the masters of cinematic action games, comes a time-amplified suspenseful blockbuster. Time is your greatest weapon as the end of time threatens. An intense and thrilling storyline brought to life in a way never done before by fusing gameplay and a gripping live action show.

    Features


    In the aftermath of a split second of destruction that fractures time itself, two people find they have changed and gained extraordinary abilities.

    One of them travels through time and becomes hell-bent on controlling this power. The other uses these new abilities to attempt to defeat him — and fix time before it tears itself irreparably apart.

    Both face overwhelming odds and make dramatic choices that will determine the shape of the future.

    Quantum Break is a unique experience

    One part hard-hitting video game, one part thrilling live action show, featuring a stellar cast, including Shawn Ashmore as the hero Jack Joyce, Aidan Gillen as his nemesis Paul Serene and Dominic Monaghan as Jack's genius brother William.

    Quantum Break is full of the vivid storytelling, rich characters and dramatic twists Remedy Entertainment are renowned for.

    Your choices in-game will affect the outcome of this fast-paced fusion between game and show giving the player a completely unique entertainment experience.



    Customer rating

    4.3
    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Exciting new direction for video games

      Posted
      N3xiumCrash
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I had been following the progress of this game for quite some time and was impressed by this developer's last entry Alan Wake (which also comes with this game in the form of redeemable content). What Remedy has done with Quantum Break is successfully merge gameplay with a cinematic TV experience that could rival or match almost any original programming Netflix currently offers. The basic hook of the story and gameplay is timetravel and you get 6 different powers to play with throughout the game that you unlock about halfway through the game. The plus to this is you get to experience them early on but the drawback is this leaves you with not much else to unlock except collectibles for the later part of the game. For those wanting the best comparison on how the gameplay feels I would compare it to something like an Infamous on PS4 or Prototype 2 for Xbox. So some might wonder how the TV stuff fits into the actual game. In essence you will complete an Act just playing like you normally would and then a "Junction" part of that Act will follow at the end which is the part of the game in the "bad guys" point of view in which you choose a direction that Monarch will take. Your choice will effect later events in both the game and the TV episodes that come up right after your Junction choice. There are 5 Acts in total and your playtime will range depending on if you like getting the collectibles which I did since they added a lot to the stories much like Bioshock's audio diaries. If you go the collectibles route and do 2 playthroughs to see the effects of the two different choices then it will take you about 40 hours or so. If you only want a single playthrough and are not big on collecting then it will likely only take you between 10-15 hours. Something I would be remiss to not mention is this game features one of the best casts a video game has ever had as it has Shawn Ashmore, Aidan Gillen, Courtney Hope, and Lance Reddick to name a few. Overall I give 4/5 stars!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Exceeded Expectations!

      Posted
      MaestroX101
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      I will preface this review by stating that I was worried pre release that this may have been a flop on Microsoft's end, due to the multiple delays and the integration of the television show. Cool concept, but very risky. Quantum Break exceeded my expectations across the board. The presentation was amazing, on in game and during the show. The constant distortion of the game world did not affect gameplay (unless it was meant to of course), even when it became more consistent the more you played. Voice acting was spectacular, from the main character, to the villain (Who plays "Littlefinger" in Game of Thrones by the way), to even the supporting characters. This again goes for both in game and during the show. Gameplay is more or less like your standard shooter with various power ups. It takes a while to get used to the positioning or the combinations you may use. I will say that the cover system mediocre, but it overall it won't hinder gameplay. As far as the show itself, it's tailored to the decisions you make after each chapter, and if you collect/view certain objects during the game (these give unique dialogue or slightly modify a scene). You sometimes forget you're playing a game. The show is well written, and it integrates the story very well. Even though the show is optional, it never feels like a chore when you watch. Overall, Quantum Break is a must play game for the experience itself. It's definitely a step in the right direction for this generation of gaming.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Well-Crafted Game from a Solid Developer

      Posted
      Al1977
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Quantum Break tells the story of Jack Joyce, the wayward brother of a physics genius who has discovered the workings of quantum theory and, in the process, threatened the fabric of time itself. There's a greater conspiracy afoot involving family friend Paul Serene and the mysterious — of course — Monarch Corporation, and Jack is thrust into the middle of it all as he tries to pick up the pieces and save existence. Time travel stories are a tricky thing, and most collapse under the simplest scrutiny. Remedy's narrative operates from a simple, stabilizing premise: The past cannot be changed, but the future isn't set. By sticking to this concept, and mercilessly driving it home, Remedy pulls off the Looney Tunes rule pretty well —€” if you just keep running and don't look down, everything will be fine. The way Quantum Break handles story is, easily, the most interesting, successful thing about it. It's not that combat is bad —€” though its success is a little more uneven —€” but Remedy accomplishes something no one has really tried, much less successfully executed on: The studio has integrated the game of Quantum Break with a fully live-action episodic component.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not a bad game, not a good one either

      Posted
      Duke
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I had high hopes for this game but IMO it felt a little flat. The story and characters are pretty forgettable and not nearly as fleshed out as I thought a game with live action episodes mixed in would be. I kept waiting on some neat revelation or twist in the story to happen considering it's a story about time travel but it never did. The story just slogged on and when I reached the end I was underwhelmed. Combat was serviceable but was too easy and became repetitive. The only difficult part of the game was the final boss (I hate when games are stupid easy but become insanely hard on the final boss). Plus the game isn't very long and I beat it in about 3 nights playing after work. There are some things to like with this game mainly the graphics and the attempt at innovation with the inclusion of the live episodes. The powers you acquire are kind of neat but also feel kind of gimmicky/hokey too. Overall I'm glad I played this game but also glad I bought it on sale for under $30 instead of paying full price. My recommendation is to wait for a good deal on this game, buy it, play it quick, and then trade or sell it because this game really has no replay value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Average Shooter With Interesting Ideas

      Posted
      BillB
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      I've enjoyed this studios earlier games (Alan Wake, Max Payne) and wanted to give this a try based on that. It was on sale, so I figured why not. What I got was a pretty basic shooter with a fun time altering mechanic. It's very fun at the beginning, but starts to feel "samey" the later you get in the game. Still fun, but the wow factor from the beginning fades away. Where it is innovative is the story telling aspect. If you don't already know, instead of standard cut scenes, you basically get live action episodes of what is essentially a TV show at all the major story junctures. I've only played through once, but I'll probably play it a second time just to see how these episodes change based on my decisions in game. This may not be for everyone though - it depends on how you would feel about sitting through 30 minute cut scenes. You can skip them, but that would defeat the point of the game. It's also pretty short, but that would lend itself to multiple playthroughs to see the whole story. I'd say give it a shot. the price is pretty good at this point.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great game for Xbox One

      Posted
      FireStarter
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      I have played through Quantum Break twice and I really enjoyed the story line. The time travelling, time altered story is very fun and cinematic. The TV hybrid format was enjoyable, but different. It was weird to sit back and watch for 20 minutes after playing for an hour. The gameplay felt a bit like Mass Effect, with the cover-based shooting and powers to use that need to cooldown before using again. Being able to make decisions that alter the story line and characters is also similar to Mass Effect. Once you make a decision you have to live with it and let it play out. The graphics are very good, 720p or not. The developers created a unique style to their design and graphics, and it shows throughout the game and succeeds on that front. This was a good game that I was looking forward to, so I did not mind pre-ordering for $48 (Prime member). But if you are on the fence about this game, you may want to wait until it's in the $30-40 range. Very enjoyable, but maybe not worth full retail price. Also, there's no multiplayer, so don't buy this if you are interested in multiplayer or co-op.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Closed timelike curves

      Posted
      Sfactr
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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      What makes Quantum Break so interesting isn't its sub-par shooting mechanics or the four 20 minute pre-recorded episodes interspersed between Acts. Actually while the TV show is interesting, the brief decisions made as the villain provide some perspective, and time abilities are fun if not fully realized, it's the story and a reliance on one scientific theory that elevate it beyond an ordinary action game. Quantum Break is based around the Novikov self-consistency principle, a scientific theory that argues against the possibility of paradoxes. Quantum Break's adherence to this principle allows the writers to craft a rather engaging time travel story line where the past is set and cannot be changed. Experiencing the events of the game and piecing together the timeline becomes the most enjoyable, sometimes emotional, and successful aspect of Quantum Break. If you are into solid scientific mysteries and can handle some loose but acceptable 3rd person shooting, Quantum Break is worth a look.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Cool, but far too short

      Posted
      JDThird
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      The game was fun. Gameplay was unique compared to most of the games out there, the time powers giving you things to do that I've never done or dealt with before in video gaming. Graphics were good, on my XB1 I had great framerates, no tearing, smooth gameplay. Controls were mostly spot on once I got the hang of them. But I think they spent too much time in the "TV show" side of things, and not enough on the gameplay side, since I spent more time watching the "show" than I did playing. The game was over far too quickly. I would've preferred the video game and no acting, maybe just storyboards or something like Infamous did with graphic visualization of a story line between things. And a longer game play, more missions, or at least LONGER missions. As fun as it was, it was just too short... I got this on a very big sale, so insanely cheap. Had I paid retail, or even half retail, I would've given it a lower rating due to the shortness of the gameplay.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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