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ShopTo talks Quantum Break with Remedy Entertainment

Quantum Break can be a confusing concept to understand, that's probably because it's a hybrid of third person action, story telling and live action Tv-style drama. While the game itself is your typical narrative driven, action-adventure, it's the time bending twist and the way your actions have consequences that really makes this game stand out.

When playing Quantum Break for the first time, it's fair to say things start out slowly, helping you to form a bond with the main character, Jack Joyce, as well getting a brief introduction to the soon to be villain, Paul Serene. Wandering around the grounds of Riverport University and entering the lab to meet Serene for the first time, things soon take a turn for the worse when Jack's brother shows up in the middle of you taking part in a time-travel science experiment, at which point time starts to break down, with Jack caught in the middle of it all. This results in Jack starting to develop time bending powers, which soon come in handy when a group founded by Serene, known as Monarch Solutions, decide that they are going to kill Jack and take his brother William to further their own means.

While Jack's powers start off with him being able to temporarily stop time, it's not long before he can use time to dodge, reverse the direction of bullets, speed up time and even create a shield to deflect enemy attacks. Having all of these abilities can be difficult to get to grips with, however once you remember and master them all, it makes for a fun experience.

Being an action game, you are able to pick up weapons from downed enemies in order to defend Jack. Weapons vary from your typical handgun, to sub-machine guns, shotguns and more. When you combine these weapons with Jack's ability to scan the surrounding area for threats, it makes staying alive a whole lot easier, although Remedy makes sure to throw in plenty of twists to make sure you are kept on your toes.

While the main focus of the game is on story and action, Remedy has also broken things up with less action-orientated scenes, where you'll have to use Jack's abilities to progress further. Examples of this include using time freeze to stop an lift from lowering when Jack jumps onto it, allowing him to reach higher ground and climb into the building to reach his objective. We only played a few acts, but could see from our time with the game that these sections will play as much a part as the action heavy sequences that the game will likely stand out for.

One of the most interesting things about Quantum Break is the way in which it is presented. The game is split into segments, with the first part focusing on the gameplay. This is followed by the junction point, which sees players taking control of Paul Serene and being asked to make decisions which will then directly affect the content of the third segment, which takes the form of a 20 minute+ TV Show - yes different we know. What's interesting is that the TV Shows have been filmed in 40 different ways and also affect the gameplay, so it could be that a friend who is playing the same game will have a different experience from you.

There's no doubt that your interested in the presentation aspect of Quantum Break and we're happy to report that it looks stunning. Not only is the frame rate smooth during heavy action sequences, it seems pretty flawless too. Even the live action sequences seem of very high quality, more like you'd see on HD via Netflix rather than in a b-movie. The acting is of very high quality also, no doubt helped by the game's high profile actor's, so there's that too.

Of course we need to play a lot more of Quantum Break before we can give you our final judgement, but so far things are looking very promising.

Quantum Break arrives on April 5 and you can pre-order from ShopTo below.

Edited On 03 Mar, 2016

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Turniplord's avatar
Turniplord 8 months ago
very good joe - you should do more of these video interviews :D
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Joe Anderson (Editor) 8 months ago
Was fun :)

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