Review: Quantum Break – Shoot ’em up

By Xite - May 1, 2016
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Timing is everything, but in the case of our protagonist Jack Joyce, it is anything but that. He was involved in a time travel experiment that goes terribly wrong. To make matters worse, his best frie....

An action packed game, Quantum Break, has spectacular graphics with many incredible action sequences, despite a rather weak storyline. We find out if it is a landmark game or not…

Timing is everything, but in the case of our protagonist Jack Joyce, it is anything but that. He was involved in a time travel experiment that goes terribly wrong. To make matters worse, his best friend, or rather ex-bestie, has taken advantage of all this chaos and heads the sinister Monarch Corporation in the future. It’s not all gloom and doom though, as the experiment leaves Jack with powers that aid him in battling the Monarch’s cronies.

So, the powers you get to play with are quite awesome, to say the least. Jack can play around with the ever forward moving time. That’s right, he can freeze time or stop enemies when they are getting all set to attack him before you retaliate and wipe out the Monarch’s minions. Jack can also change his position from one place to another at lightning speeds and take out the enemies. If needed, he can sprint so quickly that it actually turns out to be the perfect getaway for Jack. And to top it all, his time shield can stop bullets.

Quantum Break Review

Now, with so many powers, one may think this gives Jack too much an edge over his foes, but Monarch’s troops use strategy as they try to finish you. They are also very agile, so it’s not like shooting ducks in a barrel. If going out all guns blazing is your cunning plan, then you might as well give up right now. Visually, Quantum Break is a scintillating game. Actually, it is one of the most stunning games, graphically, on the Xbox One platform. The game looks more like a television show rather than a console game. In general, if you rate the performance of this title, it is fairly good, but as Microsoft is pushing it as a path breaking game, this is where the controls start feeling sluggish. And for a third person shooter game, that’s not very good news.

The storyline is also in many ways fractured. As per the little information given, Jack and his friend-turned-nemesis Paul Serene are childhood friends, but after the experiment goes south, everything changes for reasons unknown. Now one has to admit that this game has a lot of gloss with spellbinding visuals, but the gameplay suffers, as after a while the sequences are repetitive. Also, there could have been a wider variety of enemies, which would have killed the monotony. The game might not be a landmark, but still it will keep you glued to the screen. If sci-fi time travel theme is something that arouses your curiosity, then Quantum Break is the way to go.

REVIEW
OVERVIEW
7.5/ 10
OVERALL SCORE
  • Design 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Pricing 7.5
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