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Quantum Break

Discussion in 'General Game Help & Discussion' started by Jon, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. Jon

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    So, I do not anticipate that there will be much interest, but I started a blog back in January just because. I chose to write one about Quantum Break (and it turned more into a discussion about exclusives, honestly) if anyone is interested in giving a read.

    https://cerebralcognitions.wordpress.com/

    There's a couple other non-video game blogs there if anyone is interested in reading, but my opinions tend to fall on deaf ears. :link:

    Otherwise, I wouldn't mind hearing what others think of Quantum Break.
     
  2. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem It's all Ogre now. Premium Member

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    I saw the gameplay trailer and it looks really freaking cool. Also they recently announced that not only is there going to be a PC version but it's also coming out on the same day as the Xbox One version.
     
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    That sounds good until you realise that the PC version was confirmed to be a Windows 10 store exclusive. The Win 10 store uses the Universal Windows Platform as the exclusive packaging of apps, but this comes with a lot of issues for AAA games. V-sync is forced on and can't be turned off at all, there's no SLI or Crossfire support, no proper fullscreen support (only borderless windowed), no .exe file (so no overlays e.g. Steam and FRAPS) and locked files that prevent modding. And whilst I am unaffected the fact that the game is arbitrarily limited to Windows 10 and DX12 is disappointing and points to a Microsoft that has learned nothing from the disaster that was GFWL.

    I have nothing against the Windows store in principle, and the game certainly does look very cool. But those issues and the fact that the games' recommended specs are a i7 4790k and a 980ti (exactly my system which cost more than £1000 a year ago) don't exactly fill me with hope (Edit: for the port, that is).
     
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  4. Fool's Requiem

    Fool's Requiem It's all Ogre now. Premium Member

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    I refuse to waste my money on an Xbox One.
     
  5. Jon

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    Well, the XBox One version comes with a free copy on the Windows version, which is cool to me, but since you can stream from the XBox to Windows anyway, I'm not sure the use of it... :shrug:

    Rearing what dimmerwit just said made me very happy to be a console gamer and not PC... It's a Microsoft Studios production and a Microsoft exclusive, so I suppose it makes sense. However, mods and graphics are two of the biggest reasons to get a game like that for the PC. Their choice to limit both is sad.
     
  6. Bandicoot

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    I thought it looked amazing at it's reveal, but wasn't it lined up as a launch game? That is a long overshot which is a really good thing or a really really bad thing. In these circumstances, I rarely see a middle ground. It makes me cautious of a game I was previously keen on. I'll wait, get it half price out of a preowned bin later in the year, see what the consensus is.
     
  7. Jon

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    Not a launch game, no. It was announced the year Xbox One came out (2013) with an original release in 2014. Originally, the high name actors were not a part of the whole thing, either. They were added when the game was delayed last year. The original delay of 2014 to 2015 was due to the cinematic pieces being filmed at the Xbox Entertainment Studio they created. When that dissolved, because they couldn't get off the ground (and I do hope it comes out eventually; the Steven Spielberg produced Halo show they were working on was picked up by Showtime, so we might see that at some point), they had to refilm a lot of the TV show components of the game. Then when it delayed from 2015 to 2016 it was a two-fold reason. First, they added Ashmore and other big Hollywood names to the game and needed to scan them in and film their scenes. Second, they didn't want Quantum Break competing with other exclusives being released, like Halo 5 and Forza 6 so they pushed it to a time when it would be the only exclusive on coming out to push popularity.

    There's certainly no lack of publicity for the game.
     
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    So after playing the first two acts of Quantum Break (first two game segments and their accompanying tv show segments), as expected, I'm unimpressed. I was hopeful this would be unique, but I must say, it's anything but. The gameplay is solid. Fun, but incredibly redundant. The time moves are nifty, but it's not anything special. The guns are blah. Nothing realistic. You get a handgun, SMG/Assault rifle and a shotgun, all called that, so there is nothing unique about them. They are all distinct in situations you expect. handguns are balanced, quick firing weapons with minimal damage you'll find yourself swapping to in a pinch or to take out single enemies. SMG/Assault rifles are used for groups of enemies and to stack bullets during freeze time (which result in explosions). And shotguns are high spread weapons designed for a lot of damage up close (mostly against other shotgunner mobs). You can pickup variations of each weapon. Such as a heavy pistol that is like a magnum, higher damage, less clip size; or full-auto pistol, which fires full auto instead of semi auto. Tactical SMGs fire in bursts rather than full auto; or one that has a larger clip size. Nothing at all is special about the gun play, and since a lot of it is spent cover-to-cover while moves are cooling down, there is no cover move. If you're near cover, Joyce will duck behind it. If you try to run to another cover, he stands up and gets obliterated with bullets. It gets stale real quick.

    As for the tv show part of it, I heard bad reviews about it, but I actually find that to me more intriguing. Quality is atrocious (even Netflix only productions are better), but the story there is much more interesting. I see nothing that you do in game affecting the show though, other than after each game part you control Aiden Gillen for 10 seconds to make one of two choices which will then show you the associated 22 minute video, which has nothing to do with the game per se. Overall, if it were a show, not a gmae, I may watch it. But as for a video game... it's more like forcing you to take a 20 minute break at times to watch something more or less irrelevant.

    Anyway, I'll finish up soon, then trade this thing in. It has almost no replay value to me.
     
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    Read the PCGamer review. Sounds a lot like a sci-fi version of Spec Ops: The Line with cool time abilities. Decent but unremarkable gunplay, but a good story and characters that keeps you interested throughout. Says the PC port is very demanding or poorly optimized.

    I've got a buttload of games that I'm working on or planning on working on, I'll wait a bit to see if they fix the issues and lower the price.

    Edit: Oh, they complain about the platforming... seems Remedy hasn't realized that platforming in a game that isn't meant to have platforming sections is a bad thing.
     
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    I can see why the specs for PC would be demanding. The characters are amazing. There were literally a couple times I had to stop during a cutscene and think, "Am I playing the game or watching the live action show right now?" The facial captures are great. But that's where is stops. I finished the game last night, and that's after having taken Wednesday-Friday off because of various things going on IRL. I played the 3rd and 4th Acts on Saturday (watching the last of the 4 TV shows), then the 5th act yesterday. Overall, the game was completed in less than 10 hours of game play. For $60, it was too short. In the day and age where you normally get 50+ hours in a game, most in the 60-70 hour range, this game was woefully short.

    I enjoyed the TV show, thoroughly. Even though the buffering was annoying, and downloading the 70+GB of the shows takes forever, I found the story there or betrayal, plotting and protection and love to be far more enthralling than the game's story of, "don't know what I'm doing, but I gotta try this because that person said to." There's a lot of predictability in the game. The ending was particularly predictable, especially because you know DLC content needs an opening.

    I would recommend renting, and not buying this. It's enjoyable enough to play once, but replay value is low. With about 3 hours a night, you can finish this game in 2 days.
     
  11. Fool's Requiem

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    You can't rent PC games.
     
  12. Jon

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    I was speaking more in generality than specifically to your situation. It was more or less a review of the game. But either way, I wouldn't spend $60 on that game.