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POSTED 5/4/16


QUANTUM BREAK

Remedy Entertainment/Microsoft Studios



Iíve got to get to you first, itís just a question of - BZZTDT!

...keeps on slippiní, slippiní, slippiní - BZZTDT! You may have broken a watch, you may have broken a clock, but itís a reasonable certainty that youíve never broken - BZZTDT!

...is on my side - BZZTDT!

Quantum Break, the latest from the Alan Wake people who arenít actually Alan Wake, and couldnít be anyway as heís a fictional entity, is an on-rails sci-fi combination of seek íem up adventure and third-person shooter. Imagine if latter day Lara Croft shagged Nathan Drake and their baby plopped out in TVís Fringe and youíll have an inkling as to what kind of - BZZTDT!

When you canít find the music to get down and boogie, all you can do is step back in - BZZTDT!

That description back there Ė or possibly forwards - BZZTDT!

...is running out, you canít push it underground, you canít stop it screaming out - BZZTDT!

...is apt, especially as Quantum Break stars TV people youíve actually seen before, be they Shawn Ashmore (The Following), as the main protagonist Jack Joyce, Dominic Monaghan (Lost) as his brother, Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) as a briefly controllable interlude baddie bloke or Lance Reddick (The Wire). You play a section, you get a 20 or so minute TV episode that varies depending upon your in-game choices, then get playing again and again and again and aga- BZZTDT!

Outbreaks of shooting, which use standard weaponry as well as various bendings of - BZZTDT!

...you challenge me for a reason - BZZTDT!
 
...are slick and intuitive as you battle corporate arseholedom. But balancing is uneven throughout Ė none worse than in the final confrontation, where difficulty suddenly spikes ridiculously in a miasma of utter WTFiniess - BZZTDT!

...and I know that Iím the most inept that ever slept - BZZTDT!

This patchiness diminishes Quantum Breakís impact as an otherwise quite spectacular experience. In - BZZTDT!

...we could have been so much more, but - BZZTDT!

take me back to the start...

 



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