8 Minutes of Quantum Break Gameplay…But Will You Want to Play It?

Gamescom 2014 is here and Microsoft opened the world’s largest games expo with their Xbox press conference. A metric ton of games were shown and discussed during the 90 minute conference. While there were some new game announcements, most of the games were shown previously at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The game that was previously announced but not shown was Remedy Games‘ Quantum Break. Well the wait for gameplay footage for this Xbox One exclusive is finally over with the 8 minute gameplay demo shown below:

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As you can see, graphically, the game looks absolutely stunning. Particle effects and dynamic lighting are thrown front and center to amaze and titillate. The footage shows the main game mechanic, the protagonist’s ability to manipulate time. As the main character, combat is completely changed by your ability to freeze time on enemies or small portions of the environment. Freezing time around an enemy, shooting at them, and then allowing the time to unfreeze and get bullets hailed at said baddies seems to be the way this mechanic is most utilized. The question I had after watching this video is: “Why do I want to do any of this?”.

The game seems beautiful, yes, but I don’t know if spamming a ‘gimmick’ button is the way to make a compelling game. While I walked away less than impressed with the footage shown, I’m willing to give the makers of the excellent Alan Wake the benefit of the doubt. Be sure to check back with us as we learn more about this game in the months leading up to its 2015 release.

What are your thoughts on the video and the game?  Let us know in the comments below.

Cicero Holmes

Cicero is an avid gamer and sports fan masochist of the New York Islanders and New York Knicks. You can follow his poor life choices on twitter @StubbyStan.

  • The Inner Circle

    Horrible article….

    August 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm
    • Cicero Holmes

      Thanks for reading & commenting! What was horrible about it?

      August 13, 2014 at 1:10 pm
  • spideynut71

    Such a stupid, pointless question and article. Why does anyone want to play ANY game? ALL games have a specific “gimmick” at their core. You could just as easily say “All you do in Super Mario is jump and collect coins ; why would I want to do that?” Or, “All I do in (X) FPS is shoot enemies…why would I want to do that?”.

    August 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm
    • Cicero Holmes

      There are plenty of games where the mechanic is new & fresh. Super Mario Bros. when it was released, was incredibly innovative & the game mechanics were very compelling. You obviously haven’t listened to our podcast, Spawn On Me, because there we say don’t play Watch_Dogs because of exactly what you’re saying.

      August 13, 2014 at 3:49 pm
      • spideynut71

        “There are plenty of games where the mechanic is new & fresh”

        Name just 5.

        August 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm
        • Cicero Holmes

          This exercise is silly but I’ll indulge:

          1. The aforementioned Super Mario Bros.
          2. Pac-Man
          3. Galaga
          4. Max Payne
          5. Gears of War

          If, perhaps, you were talking about current titles over the last few years:
          1. Heavy Rain
          2. Dance Central
          3. Batman Arkham Asylum
          4. Mass Effect Series
          5. Grand Theft Auto V

          August 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
          • spideynut71

            Um…yeah, I was talking about current games, since we’re talking about NEW, innovative gameplay. And what, exactly, is innovative about all of those games?? HR is just one, long QT event, Batman AA ??, Mass Effect ??, and GTAV…are you serious? Dance Central is of course innovative because of no controller, so I’ll give you that 1….but 1 game is far from “plenty”

            August 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm
          • Cicero Holmes

            Heavy Rain was more than just a QT event…The story and the fact that any of the protagonist could die had never been seen before.

            Batman AA was the first superhero game that was truly great. Never before had players been able to actually FEEL as powerful as the Dark Knight. Plus Detective mode was innovative & truly compelling

            Mass Effect – I don’t even think this needs to be explained. The greatest RPG series of the last 10 years, easily!

            GTA V – The ability to switch between the three main characters screamed “gimmick” when announced but it couldn’t be more wrong. Not only did it work, but switching between characters always brought you into new, funny &, in the case of Trevor, bizarre situations.

            August 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm
          • spideynut71

            – 1.) How was the story “innovative”, and 2.) the protagonist being able to die “had never been seen before”?? WTF kind of drugs are you on? Sure, you could carry on with another character, which was new..but it also ruined the game, for many people. That’s not an innovative feature many other devs would ever bother copying.

            – Actually, the Spider-man 2 movie game is widely considered the “first great superhero game”. The CQC was better…more fluid… than any other game had done to that point, but nothing truly innovative.

            – I loved the ME games…but what exactly was the innovative part? The dialogue/choices was done very well, but as a game mechanic, had been done in other PC-only RPGs before. And switching playable characters on the fly was done way back on OG Xbox with Brute Force.
            – The GTA series itself has certainly innovated quite a lot over the years…but GTAV brought very little new, worth mentioning, to the genre.

            Bottom line is, you’re questioning whether or not you’d want to play QB, just from an early, short gameplay demo. Sam Lake stated more news/info about the game would be revealed in the coming months, so it’s waaaay too early to judge the gameplay, when we know so little.

            August 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm
  • Daam

    The guy playing did use the time thingy often. But the game looks amazing and if the story is a good one it’ll be a very good game 🙂

    It’s a good, honest article. Thanks for posting it.

    August 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm
    • Cicero Holmes

      Thanks for reading & commenting, Daam. I’m glad you enjoyed. I hope that my assessment of the game isn’t indicative of the final product. I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this because conceptually, it seemed like something we had never seen before.

      August 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm
  • Solryn

    Great article. I was blown away by how good the game looked. But, what I saw was a new set of effects added to the same old third person shooting gallery. It’s the same thing I feel looking at The Order 1886. The problem is these games have been touted as heralds of the next gen. It feels like a missed opportunity. The fact that they’re new IP on new machines means that they’re not saddled with expectations of carrying gameplay from previous versions. Halo 5, Uncharted 4(?) will be amazing graphical showcases but the gameplay can’t vary too much from the template. These new games could have done something fresh. Early gameplay shows that they’re not moving the needle on gameplay just the lateral move of better graphics. In most ways that fine. But, in some ways it’s a let down.

    (If you thought the effects looked neat in Quantum Break be sure to check out Singularity. Great game with a “time” mechanic.)

    August 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm
    • Cicero Holmes

      Thanks Solryn, for reading & commenting. I couldn’t agree more. But like I’ve said, Remedy has made brilliant games in the past so they’ll get the benefit of the doubt, but right now it just doesn’t look like something new.

      August 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm
  • Looking forward to this game, 2015 is going to be good for gamers. So much too play, not enough time and money to fund the fun!

    August 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

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