For all the mixed reviews it got, Quantum Break aimed to make use of Microsoft's original vision of the X1. Combining games with other forms of media. Originally there was going to be a television show that aired alongside Quantum Break, instead, they put it in-game between the chapters. You can opt to skip these, but they show an interesting view point, which is Monarch's side of the main story and the internal struggle going on there.

This is your typical Remedy game. That means it's not very long, but the story, visuals, sound, gameplay, controls.. All of it is top-tier. You play as Jack Joyce. A man who, through an accident, gains the ability to manipulate time in small, isolated quantities. He uses his abilities to attempt to stop Monarch, the corporation responsible for time fracturing.

At the end of each chapter you will play a junction section, where you play as the head of Monarch, Paul Serene. The decisions you make as Serene, will alter how the rest of the game, and the TV show, play out. Remedy was able to score top-notch actors, including Sean Ashmore as Jack Joyce, Dominic Monaghan as Will Joyce and Aiden Gillian as Paul Serene.

If you're looking for a new single-player story-driven game, check out Quantum Break. You can pick it up on Windows 10 and Xbox One, if you own both copies, you can play the same save file on both platforms, so you can take it with you whenever you go without having to start a new game. That's a pretty cool feature, and it's another first that Quantum Break can be proud of. Not only did they incorporate the X1's original vision, but they were the pioneers in allowing cloud saves to sync to a PC copy of their game. A big kudos to Remedy for pulling it all off successfully.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/28/2016 at 11:46pm

Quantum Break is an interesting game that seems to be lauded by some and critically panned by others. It reminds me of older Phillips CDI games with live footage mixed with gameplay. QB seems to do that all better, but it's a kind of genre I haven't gotten into beyond the camp affinity I have for Sewer Shark or Plumbers Don't Wear Ties. And truth be told, I haven't played those games either but I sort of appreciate them and how they sit in the retro community.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/28/2016 at 11:46pm

Oh, meant to ask. How did you play QB? PC or XBone?

Maxxiumus_Prime   Post Author wrote on 05/28/2016 at 11:48pm

I actually played it on the X1. I didn't take advantage of the pre-order offer to get a free Win10 copy, due to my comp limitations.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/29/2016 at 02:57am

I hadn't really heard much about this so I looked it up. After seeing the cast I'm disappointed that the show never happened!

This is something I'm not willing to gamble on at $60, but it looks intriguing enough to buy it when the price drops or there's a sale. Unfortunately, it's not on Steam (only the Microsoft store) so it's not as likely to get deep discounts as frequently.

Maxxiumus_Prime   Post Author wrote on 05/29/2016 at 04:53pm

That's true. but E3 and the Summer Sale are just around the corner, so keep your eye out! The show is embedded in the game, and happens at the end of each chapter. It changes slightly based on your decisions, which is pretty cool. Originally, the show (from my understanding) was going to happen based on the most popular outcomes of each chapter, which would have been pretty cool, but I like how they did it instead. You can steam them, or you can download a free 75GB episode pack, which includes all outcomes and choices so you can view them offline.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/29/2016 at 05:33pm

Do you need to have bought the game to download the episodes?

Maxxiumus_Prime   Post Author wrote on 05/29/2016 at 06:29pm

You shouldn't need to, no. Worst case, you can check them out on Youtube.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 05/30/2016 at 12:19am

Awesome, thanks.

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