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Quantum Break Review
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Posted: 7 weeks ago, last updated 5 days ago.

Author: Angela Hickman Newnham, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Quantum Break is an adventure shooting game with action-packed combat sequences. You explore and influence a world where the time has been distorted, make important decisions in intense narrative scenes. Play in punctuated with live action TV-style episodes at the end of each chapter to create an unusual and high production multimedia fusion of video games and television.

You play as Jack Joyce, a regular guy caught up in a dangerous experiment gone wrong, and are now imbued with powerful abilities that let you manipulate time. You use your time powers to evade enemy agents, engage in supercharged gunfights, and solve puzzles as you try to escape a secretive organisation and save time itself.

Play involves a mix of several dramatically different experiences. Sometimes you hunt for clues to the mystery of what has happened or use your time powers in clever ways to solve puzzles. Other times you take on fast-paced high stakes combat with a combination of time powers and shooting skills to clear an area and get past some enemies.

At the end of each chapter you make important narrative decisions, sometimes from the viewpoint of your opponents, that shape the story. Then, at the end of each chapter there is a non-interactive television-style episode that incorporates some of the decisions you’ve made and takes around 30 minutes. It is not required to watch these to progress, but they do contribute to the overall story of the game.

The result is a highly polished game that experiments with mixed media and the use of a well-known cast to do the motion capture and voice-acting as well as the live action show episodes.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2000

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete. This includes the time to watch the four television episodes that take places between the game chapters. Each episode can be up to 30 mins long, depending on the choices you've made.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Quantum Break usually costs £28.79.
 

Quantum Break

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of Strong Violence and Strong Language. Violence consists of close quarters combat and characters shooting at each other with a variety of firearms. Between the live action scenes and computer generated scenes, the violence looks very realistic with blood and injuries depicted in detail. Bad language is frequently heard and includes the word ‘f*ck’ and its derivatives.

Skill Rating

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Older teenagers who can engage with a deep narrative as well as cope with the fast shooting will enjoy this unusual game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

While you can not save anywhere, the game does offer very frequent checkpoints and autosaves at these points, so you are not likely to lose much (if any) progress if you die or close the game.

There is no map or mission log available, and the HUD does not display any information to help you orient yourself to the world or your tasks. However in most cases there is a single linear path and some kind of visual indicator of where to go. The timeline menu recaps what you have already played through and learned, and shows important story information from multiple characters' points of view, including video clips, so is very good for tracking all the details of the story.

The difficulty can be changed from the timeline screen, when you select a chapter to play. Each chapter can be selected individually, and the difficulty can be changed but only if you are restarting a chapter or beginning a new one. The game offers aim assist for weapons as well as time power assist for aiming time powers in combat.

There is lot of additional reading material about the lore and additional details about the characters of the world that is not necessary for gameplay or for understanding or following the main storyline.
 
Our Quantum Break Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:

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