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Quantum Break - Xbox One

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 1306 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exciting new direction for video games

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    N3xiumCrash
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    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

    great Single player story driven game

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    Molly
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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceeded Expectations!

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    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

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    Al1977
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    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

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    Duke
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great game for Xbox One

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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average Shooter With Interesting Ideas

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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Closed timelike curves

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    Sfactr
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    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

    Great storytelling; Great Game

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    JRod
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    I wish I can give it a 5 start rating because I feel in some respects it deserves it. Cinematically and graphically this may be the best looking game on the XBOX One, and as an exclusive, we are lucky to have only for XBOX owners. The campaign is somewhat short, but that still should not takeaway from what was accomplished. The 4 real action drama series is pretty good, and it gave the game more heart and soul to the characters themselves. I was impressed with the talent level Microsoft was able to harness. Shawn Ashmore and Aiden Guilleb were the absolute standout and developer Remedy nailed the presentation. The game is a great game, and hopefully there will be more developers to experiment how remedy has. The gameplay was so much fun, I couldn't put down the controller unless there was a natural disaster happening. I just wanted to keep playing and learn more about the story and what will happen with the ending. The degree of difficulty is fairly easy, but this is more of a cinematic game anyway. I knew what I was buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Gorgeous, Story-Driven Title

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    JustAGamer
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    From what I've played of this game it's really amazing. The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is a ton of fun. This is a really story-driven game, based around and intricate and well thought out plot that will be a lot of fun to unravel. Unfortunately there is one catch, it's based around a mini-series show. It's great that the show is included with the game, but it's not included on the disc. Instead you get a code for a 75 gig download. That's a HUGE download!! I'm in a limited internet area, and that's more than I get in a month, and that's not even taking into account download speed. This is probably not an issue for most people, but for those of us that need to remain download conscious it's a real problem. Since I bought this game for the story I haven't really played it much, since I'm missing out on a big part of it. At some point I'll figure out a way to get it downloaded, and then I'm sure I'll love playing it. But it would have been nice to know about that big download before I bought the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool, but far too short

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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Story, Good Gameplay

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    Josh
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    The story is very interesting, the gameplay is enjoyable. I didn't expect platforming but there is actually some of that. Be warned the live action parts come in 30 minute chunks, which sounds so long when you're sitting there to play a game, but they put the most exciting parts in them, like car chases, so it really kept me from noticing the time spent just watching. Not a lot of replayability for me, but there are some choices you make that could be interesting to try the other option. Though on that topic, I ended up annoyed by the choices because I like to put myself in the head of the character making choices in video games, weigh all the factors and make the choice that I would be yelling at the TV if it was a show, but because you're making choices as the antagonist this didn't really work that way. At one point you have to choose "who the antagonist thinks is a traitor", but at that point, you flat out know who the traitor is so I don't understand how I'm supposed to choose.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Quantum Broke

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    Ctuck
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    Such potential. Interesting story premise with an interesting delivery method through choices and mini live action tv shows. Thats where the positives end. The game is full of glitches in gameplay. I'm beginning to think all the flashes and stuttering of visuals were done to,close up how broken the mechanics are. The over the shoulder look is awkward, the running feels like your feet are in mud, bullets hit po8by areas are random often feeling like your shooting a pillow with an entire clip with no result while other times one bullet in the leg will end it all for a for. So many times your character gets stuck and falls out of the level. Checkpoints are often right before a cut scene which is most frustrating. Graphics are inconsistent looking fantastic one minute and circa 1995 in the next. I would suggest a pass and not even rent it. Spend the hours watching paint dry, it will be less frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous game that never reaches in true potential

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    finellskii
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    Definitely one of the best looking games on the current generation. The gameplay is very fun and smooth and the story is a fun sci-fi adventure that really rewards you if you delve deep into the collectibles AND play the game twice. A good game for people who like decision making in games and like to go back to make a different choice after beating the game. The best parts of this game are when you are playing on the hardest difficulty and you have multiple different types on enemies on screen that need to be defeated in several ways and you have to take advantage of all your powers at once. The TV show that takes place between acts of the game is very cool and different. Could have been a show on it's own even without the main game. Remedy is a great story telling and world building company. Fun game that is just way too short and never full reach it's potential. Not a full price game.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Sci-Fi, Poor Language

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    gamer253
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    I like Sci-fi a lot and although the plot is not mind blowingly new, it is entertaining. The game itself if ok so far. Infamous is a much better game on all fronts. Infamous better story, powers, upgrade system and tighter controls. This game could've been so much more. For the discount I paid for it, its worth the money but definitely not full price. For $15 or less I would recommend it, anything more I would not. Oh yeah, the language. Every other word is the "f" word. I get it, it's not for kids but seriously? Out of the hundreds or thousands of English words we have to cycle through a few curse words every few sentences.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good story and cinematic, but weak game play

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    NRDSB
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    The story and cinematic of the game is great, they even made real person story episodes for each chapter - one for both path! Each chapter you have two choices to make, and depends on the choice you make, the game will play a different episode. Though the game + the cinematics are about 120GB size, so watch your hard drive space. Game play on the other hand, is kind of weak, there's not a lot of combat, with really limited weapon choices, only a few enemy types and your time control ability feels better when solving puzzles. It's some what like mixed Uncharted shooting and Infamous second son super power together, but much weaker on both aspect. If you like good story telling with cinematic, I would recommend this game, it's very well done on those part, but if you are aiming game play, I would say skip it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You have to see it for yourself

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    Nampahc
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    I'm an action adventure gamer. Uncharted, Tomb Raider, Alan Wake: these are my go to. I expected another good A-A title that would be fun for the duck and shoot action, platforming and cinematic breaks that these titles are known for. And it's all there! But this one is different. The time-altering game play mechanics remind me of Prince of Persia-Sands of Time only more intense and meticulous. The CG and game play characters are so spot on it's difficult to tell where one starts and the other stops. The switch between game and live action TV is a nice touch and the acting is big-screen worthy. The gameplay is linear enough to satisfy gamers who simply want to get from beginning to end and there are enough secrets and side-items to find to keep the more in depth gamers happy as well. I highly recommend to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible story, pacing problems.

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    SavageSasquach
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    I really liked Quantum Break overall. Its one of the better stories I've run across in games in awhile, and I play ALOT of games. My biggest complaint preventing a perfect score here is that alot of the story comes through collectibles you find throughout the missions that you have to read. There is a ton of reading in this. Not required, but it does enrich the story - I just wish it had been encorporated in a different way - 15 min of reading in places breaks up the pace of a great story. Action is great - time manipulation powers are cool. Acting is also great and the 20-30 min tv shows in the first 4 chapters are unlike anything I've seen in a game. Choices given to the player also let you sculpt the villain to your liking which was a nice inclusion. Groundbreaking game though - worth playing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Cool, Unique Game

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    Bender
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    From my review at ShortPause.com: "The most immediately noticeable distinction between Quantum Break and other games is the live-action mini-series that was incorporated into the game's narrative. I found this to be a very well done, refreshing change of pace from typical video game cut scenes. Developer Remedy Entertainment has woven an exciting and enjoyable tale, and the top-tier acting talent involved brings it all together nicely ... Once you master all of your powers and learn when to use them, the combat becomes very fluid and satisfying ... Overall, I thought Quantum Break was an awesome, action-packed game in what will hopefully be a series of adventures. Not only was it fun to play, but the story was excellent, and the live-action episodes were well done and enjoyable to watch."

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Advanced graphics, ok gameplay, bad live action

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    deztructo
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    This is a Siggraph award winner and deserves it. Geometry seems 720p, but apparently uses fancy temporal-ish tactics to get to 1080p. None of that overshadows the bad gunplay and rubber band-ish platforming. It's hard to tell where your enemies are and they just seem to spawn out of no-where too many times. The platforming puzzles are enjoyable but the movement is basic jumping but they can't even get that working with much accuracy. Both I'm sure these are patchable, but when you throw the high school production of the TV live action episodes, it really all brings it's rating down. I enjoyed Alan Wake and this except for the graphics is a let down. I'm still looking forward to their next game. Hopefully the TV episodes don't take time away from the game.

    I would recommend this to a friend