QUANTUM BREAK

Amy Moore provides a review based on real time thoughts during gameplay.

Warning, content may contain spoilers.

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“Time is Power” in the world of Quantum Break.

Quantum Break was released exclusively on Xbox One on April 5, 2016. The brainchild of Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, Quantum Break is a modern-day science fiction action-adventure game that sees lead character Jack Joyce fight to prevent the “end of time.”

Quantum Break features a well thought out and gripping plot that is separated into five acts, which is supported by a commendable ensemble of well known actors including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Aidan Illen (Game of Thrones) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings).

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Quantum Break masters the art of interactive storytelling, combining advanced gameplay and live action shows that stitch together each act. Each live action show lasts around 20 minutes. The attention to detail is impressive, as each clip features the same cast depicted in gameplay.

Jack Joyce fights for survival in a world where time is broken. With his family in danger and the world on the brink of collapse, Jack must battle Monarch Solutions using the only weapon he has: time itself.

Jack Joyce’s newly-acquired time manipulation powers make combat sequences a lot more interesting, yet less challenging for a third-person shooter; making it my kind of game.

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Bullet-time sequences let gamers know when an area has been cleared of enemies.

Advanced enemies would shift through time, making them harder to detect.

Gameplay is similar to Crystal Dynamics’ recent Tomb Raider reboot, with various documents and collectibles scattered throughout each level, with the added opportunity to enhance Jack’s time manipulation skills. Certain collectibles reveal hidden aspects of the game. There is a slight puzzle element, which is ideal for gamers who like to explore and experience.

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Quantum Break is very much plot-driven. You occasionally play as archetypal character Paul Serene, with your decisions altering the narrative of the next act, making each gamers experience unique.

For me, Quantum Break was highly addictive and a pleasure to play. Subtle twists you may not have noticed at the beginning are revealed as you work your way towards the abrupt, but satisfying conclusion. Although a sequel is yet to be confirmed, Quantum Break ends on an obvious cliff-hanger. Only time will tell.

Quantum Break features a captivating soundtrack, as demonstrated in the trailer.

GAME COMPLETED 23/04/16

92% COMPLETE

ACHIEVEMENTS UNLOCKED 575/1000

ADD ME ON XBOX LIVE @AMYHARLEYBOOM

*All screenshots from personal gameplay.

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