Quantum Break Review Roundup: Time is on Its Side

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The reviews are in for Remedy Entertainment’s star-studded, third-person shooter Quantum Break, with many critics giving the time-twisting title favorable scores.

With Quantum Break‘s release date for PC and Xbox One less than five days away, Remedy Entertainment’s time-traveling action-adventure title ought to surely pique the interest of many fans upon its availability next week, but naturally, a lot of gamers will undoubtedly want to get a feel for what the game’s all about before purchasing it. Thankfully, loads of reviewers have already been given the chance to play through all that Remedy’s latest project has to offer, and a lot of them have weighed in with generally positive feedback.

For those unaware, Quantum Break has been touted as an innovative experience that blurs the line between television and gaming, as it attempts to blend both elements into one. As a matter of fact, Remedy Entertainment’s senior narrative designer for the title, Greg Louden, explained there will be at least 40 variations of its live-action show integrated into the game, and that it will be vital for fans to watch the program in order to fully understand the entirety of the release’s plot.

With such ambitious scope, it makes sense as to why many have considered Quantum Break to be one of the most anticipated video games of 2016 prior to its release. Of course, now that the official verdict of its overall quality is in from myriad sources, fans now have the opportunity to do their research before buying the game and deciding whether or not Remedy Entertainment hit the mark in terms of the goals it set for the final product. Bearing that in mind, it’s worth noting that the majority of the reviews below will reflect the gameplay found on the Xbox One version of the title.

Game Rant (Riley Little)

Quantum Break pushes the third-person genre through a star-studded cast and time-bending gameplay, although it lacks the replay value that many may have hoped for.”

Score: 4.5/5

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Game Informer (Ben Reeves)

“Quantum Break isn’t a perfect game; it’s a bold experiment in how two mediums can tell a larger story, and at times it pays off. It would be foolish for every game to attempt to emulate this form of storytelling, but Quantum Break as a gaming oddity deserves attention. I wish the events of the show were more significant to the main story, but Quantum Break more than makes up for that with some of the best storytelling and gameplay Remedy has ever produced.”

Score: 8.5/10

GameSpot (Peter Brown)

“Getting to the end of Quantum Break can be an interesting ride at times, but no matter how impressive the combat is, or how great the game looks, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s driven by a story with limited appeal and hindered by disappointing design decisions.”

Score: 6/10

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IGN (Tristan Ogilvie)

Quantum Break is an artistically distinct shooter, with a compelling and malleable plot and excellent performances from its main players in both their digital and live-action forms. While I wish more thought had gone into maintaining the thrill of discovering its time-twisting powers from start to finish, it ultimately didn’t prevent me from thoroughly enjoying Quantum Break’s 10-hour campaign, two times over.”

Score: 8/10

Destructoid (Brett Makedonski)

“The gameplay is excellent, the cutscenes are interesting, even the live-action stuff is surprisingly engaging. Everything about it works great individually, but everyone will absolutely notice that they’re just that: individual parts. The overarching story connecting it all isn’t enough to keep it from feeling disjointed…It’s a disappointing realization, but not a damning one. Far from it, actually. Remedy’s keen understanding of how to make an action title shines through, and it’s every bit a game that has been lovingly crafted for years.”

Score: 8.5/10

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GamesBeat (Dean Takahashi)

“The story is quite elaborate, the human character animations are outstanding, the performances are great, and there are some real moving moments in the game.”

Score: 9/10

GamesRadar (David Houghton)

“The elements of a fantastic and creative action game are all present and correct, and at times Quantum Break is indeed both of those things. But unfortunately its various disparate parts tend to get in each other’s way, leading to a needlessly complicated presentation that inhibits anything from shining as brightly as it should.”

Score: 3.5/5


Polygon (Arthur Gies)

“There’s some wonky shooting and a few cringe-worthy story cliches present. But ineffective cover systems and narrative fridges notwithstanding, Quantum Break feels like the first action game taking real lessons from the Netflix binge-watch era, and in that respect, it’s a surprising success.”

Score: 8.5/10

Although a lot of the analysis has given Quantum Break solid scores for its strong gameplay mechanics, compelling narrative, and bold action sequences, it’s understandable as to why some fans might still harbor a bit of skepticism regarding the title. After all, it’s rarely a good sign for a new property like Quantum Break to encounter myriad delays, as it did numerous times before being finished.

Nevertheless, most fresh IPs that hit the market have a lot to prove, especially when a title like Quantum Break is attempting to provide fans with somewhat unconventional gameplay for its genre, which leads to folks becoming worried it won’t meet the hype. With that being the case, such releases are often scrutinized a lot more closely than established franchises, and perhaps unfairly in some instances. In spite of that, it seems as if Quantum Break has been given a general thumbs-up from a lot of reviewers from the gaming community.

What do you think about the reviews for Quantum Break? Will they sway you into picking up the game next week on PC or Xbox One? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Quantum Break is set to release on April 5, 2016 for PC and Xbox One.