It is perhaps unsurprising that Quantum Break is not only Remedy Entertainment’s most ambitious, but also their most accomplished release to date. It is the culmination of their twenty one year history, where refined narrative structure and gun wielding, action packed gameplay meets cutting edge technology to create the next evolution of the story driven game experience. It is not quite a quantum leap over the developer’s last effort, Alan Wake, and its tone may not be as consistent, yet it is thus far the greatest showcase for Remedy’s wealth of creative talent, and is in my opinion the finest console exclusive available for the current crop of hardware. But is it, as it has been touted, the future of narrative led video games?
For those that don’t know, Quantum Break is an epic time travelling action-thriller that stars Shawn Ashmore as the game’s protagonist, Jack Joyce, who is attempting to thwart the plans of his former friend turned foe, Paul Serene (played by Irishman, Aidan Gillan). You see, at the beginning of the game, the two friends conduct a secret experiment within the rather advanced physics lab of the Massachusetts based Riverport University. Something goes horribly awry and instead of celebrating the creation of the world’s first working time machine, instead the pair manage to tear apart the very fabric of time and the two of them come away altered by the experience - in more ways than one. Following his witnessing of the end of time as we know it, Paul jumps back to 1999 and begins to prepare for this cataclysmic event in the only way he knows how, by accepting that what he has seen will duly come to pass, regardless of what transpires in the meantime. It is therefore your duty, as Jack, to struggle against the heavily armed, and highly advanced forces of Serene’s company, Monarch Solutions as you desperately seek to repair time itself, save your brother (Dominic Monaghan) and with him, the entire human race. Simple, and not a single egg metaphor in sight!