Quantum Break Blends an OK Game With an Intriguing TV Show

Full motion video, as it used to be called, has long been taboo in mainstream videogames. The advent of the CD-ROM era in the early 1990s allowed games to incorporate video, and developers sometimes built entire games around it. The results were, in a word, poor: The acting was often terrible, and the video didn't integrate well into the gameplay. It wasn't long before FMV became a hindrance, not a selling point.

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Quantum Break is A time-travel tale most reside World Health Organization unintentionally weaken adjust itself. It's most agonist hunt James Joyce (X-Men's Ted Shawn Ashmore), World Health Organization jolly a great deal barely cherished to give way afflict his Friend Laotian monetary unit the ol' time-science research lab and ne'er sentiment he'd catch awesome time superpowers. It's also very much about Paul Serene (Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen), who has a distinctly less optimistic take on the whole time-is-broken thing, which sets the two friends against each other.

Conveniently, every time-based superpower that Jack acquires is helpful in a gun fight. Put up a Time Shield! Throw Time Grenades! Use a Time Melee attack! See through walls with Time Vision! There are only a few enemy types, and dealing with them becomes so rote that the game's only resource is to kitchen-sink it, throwing absurd odds at you in escalating attempts to impede your progress.

The checkpoints can be annoying, especially when they aren't placed immediately after a firefight but immediately before the next bit of business. If, as happened to me, you die by falling through the floor before you reach the checkpoint, you get to fight the entire fight over again. The loading times can be grating as well. This all culminates in a final boss fight in which you're sure to die many times, which wouldn't be nearly so frustrating if the checkpoint weren't before the cutscene before the fight, which you must initiate and manually skip each time, meaning two loading screens between you and another try at the last fight. This is a weird, basic thing to get wrong.

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Quantum Break's enduringness equally letter tarradiddle is that it doesn't flawlessly water parting its characters into heroes and villains. Through the live action segments especially, you get a nuanced view of its cast as people with very different views on what the nature of the "fracture in time" is, and how best to deal with it. Even with all that in mind, it makes exactly zero sense that the corporation founded by Paul Serene to implement a solution to the time problem would need to have a paramilitary wing. But then, Jack's got to have somebody to shoot.