Zero Punctuation: Quantum Break

Quantum Break

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Quantum Break.

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Apparently it's also available on PC, if you have Windows 10(too bad, MS. Not with as pushy as you're being about it), you can buy it through the games store....and apparently only through the games store, which still pretty much makes it an exclusive.

Though from what I've read, it seems like I could get more enjoyment and the same approximate experience by playing Singularity again while stopping every so often to watch an episode of Fringe.

Huh, upload time was off by an hour this week. Wonder why.

Dalisclock:
Apparently it's also available on PC, if you have Windows 10(too bad, MS. Not with as pushy as you're being about it), you can buy it through the games store....and apparently only through the games store, which still pretty much makes it an exclusive.

Though from what I've read, it seems like I could get more enjoyment and the same approximate experience by playing Singularity again while stopping every so often to watch an episode of Fringe.

On the PC you need constant internet access in order to stream the live-action parts, whereas on the Xbox One version the live-action bits are already on the disc, so no internet is required, so it was a no brainer which version I chose to buy.

I like the game, but I do agree with Yahtzee and Angry Joe in that the live-action bits should've either been separated from the game or been turned into actual in-game cutscenes or gameplay sections. Combining the two sounds good on paper but in practice doesn't work as well, live-action cutscenes in games work fine if they're not overlong(I.E. Twisted Metal Black) but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

Multiverseman:
Huh, upload time was off by an hour this week. Wonder why.

Ooh, upload time, look who's trying to be fancy here!

It's not on PC. It's available through the windows shop as an Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app.
Basically an emulator and a crappy one at that...

Michael Prymula:
but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

You're kidding, right?
They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

It's not exclusive. You could have played the terrible half broken Windows 10 only UWP-strangled PC port.

Aaahh... Defiance... My mom loved that live-action [companion] series based around a video game that she kept asking me why the show's commercials kept on referencing it like it had true significance to her enjoyment of said series overall... Good times...

Other than that, on a unrelated related note, Happy Birthday, Hitler! I'm sure kush is legal in your area!

Now I want to ride an elephant seal. Preferably a continent one.

FPLOON:
Aaahh... Defiance... My mom loved that live-action [companion] series based around a video game that she kept asking me why the show's commercials kept on referencing it like it had true significance to her enjoyment of said series overall... Good times...

Other than that, on a unrelated related note, Happy Birthday, Hitler! I'm sure kush is legal in your area!

Glad I'm not the only one who thought of that. But to me, the game was the companion to the series, with the characters referring to in-game events from time-to-time.

Bullet time was still in Requiem: Avenging Angel before Max Payne...

Edit: It also came out on GOG a few days ago! I was happy as a clam when I found out.

Well, there goes my final reason to get an XONE. I was looking forward to it, but since watching some playthroughs on YouTube, everything just feels underwhelming. The visual effects are awesome, and props to the sound engineers, but the game could've been better had they dropped the live-action segments all together. That way the story could have worked out better, and campaign itself would have been a little longer. I highly doubt QB is getting a sequel.

Someone told me Yahtzee has cancer is that true? I hope not that would be bad

Dornedas:

Michael Prymula:
but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

You're kidding, right?
They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

Afraid not, some people don't mind that(Jim Sterling gave this game a pretty positive review) while others do. I didn't mind the long cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid 4 due to me finding the story really compelling, but I can totally understand others not liking that sort of thing. Didn't work as well in QB though since most of the characters shown in the live-action bits don't appear in the actual game until near the very end, and there's also some cool action scenes in the live-action bits which would've been so much cooler if I could actually play them(hell, even if it was just a QTE i'd take it).

CoCage:
Well, there goes my final reason to get an XONE. I was looking forward to it, but since watching some playthroughs on YouTube, everything just feels underwhelming. The visual effects are awesome, and props to the sound engineers, but the game could've been better had they dropped the live-action segments all together. That way the story could have worked out better, and campaign itself would have been a little longer. I highly doubt QB is getting a sequel.

It probably will get a sequel considering that it's the best selling original IP on the Xbox one so far:http://www.gamespot.com/articles/quantum-break-is-microsoft-studios-biggest-selling/1100-6438962/

Madmatty:
Someone told me Yahtzee has cancer is that true? I hope not that would be bad

I think you got Yahtzee mixed up with Total Biscuit, as the latter is the one who has cancer.

I liked Defiance myself and I hope Yahtzee reviews it during a slow week(especially considering that it's still getting updates, there were new missions released just last month)

Dornedas:

Michael Prymula:
but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

You're kidding, right?
They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

Hideo Kojima agrees, 20 minutes is simply too short.

Am I the only one who can only see a 45 sec. long commercial for how great the escapist used to be?

Michael Prymula:

Dornedas:

Michael Prymula:
but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

You're kidding, right?
They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

Afraid not, some people don't mind that(Jim Sterling gave this game a pretty positive review) while others do. I didn't mind the long cutscenes in Metal Gear Solid 4 due to me finding the story really compelling, but I can totally understand others not liking that sort of thing. Didn't work as well in QB though since most of the characters shown in the live-action bits don't appear in the actual game until near the very end, and there's also some cool action scenes in the live-action bits which would've been so much cooler if I could actually play them(hell, even if it was just a QTE i'd take it).

CoCage:
Well, there goes my final reason to get an XONE. I was looking forward to it, but since watching some playthroughs on YouTube, everything just feels underwhelming. The visual effects are awesome, and props to the sound engineers, but the game could've been better had they dropped the live-action segments all together. That way the story could have worked out better, and campaign itself would have been a little longer. I highly doubt QB is getting a sequel.

It probably will get a sequel considering that it's the best selling original IP on the Xbox one so far:http://www.gamespot.com/articles/quantum-break-is-microsoft-studios-biggest-selling/1100-6438962/

Madmatty:
Someone told me Yahtzee has cancer is that true? I hope not that would be bad

I think you got Yahtzee mixed up with Total Biscuit, as the latter is the one who has cancer.

I liked Defiance myself and I hope Yahtzee reviews it during a slow week(especially considering that it's still getting updates, there were new missions released just last month)

We will see. Hopefully for Remedy sake, the sales won't drop off too soon.

I'd play this game, but I don't have an Xbone. And my Internet is complete shite.

"It's a Mario star with a pretentious haircut!"

I'm gonna make that my new motto. :3

This game was like a huge non-event. It got quite a lot of critical praise somehow, but its like no one at all is talking about it. Not a single thread about this game when it came out.

As for my thoughts on the game, I hate this kind of third person shooter gameplay. No blindfire, soft cover mechanics, bullet spongey enemies. And as Yahtzee said, no bullet time? I'm not expecting "jump off the balcony, shoot some fools, land in the pool" kinda shit, just some basic slow down time and shoot. It's like the third person shooting was their last concern.

Dornedas:
[They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

It's not even a good idea there either. I really wish SE would just admit they want to make REALLY PRETTY movies and focus on that instead of making games that feel like really pretty tunnels(when they aren't making MMO's). Maybe if the Spirits Within hadn't bombed.....

Then again, I don't particularly like any of the games after IX so take that as you will.

Thanatos2k:
It's not exclusive. You could have played the terrible half broken Windows 10 only UWP-strangled PC port.

In other words, on the incontinent elephant seal of gaming platforms.

Jang:
Am I the only one who can only see a 45 sec. long commercial for how great the escapist used to be?

That happens to me sometimes. I thinks its down to my internet connection going janky while the video loads, so it loads a different video instead for some reason. Just refresh the page and the video should be fine

This game never really grabbed me. I kept looking for that nice hook or interesting game mechanic and I did not see it. Also locking it into the open terminal to Microsoft OS does not help either and being emulated on top of that? Bleh will have to pass.

Lastly where is the fun part? When I watched the lets plays, it feels like like a product to be consumed vs a game to be enjoyed.

Well thankfully we have plenty of games out there to pick from and enjoy : )

It was my reason to get an XB1. I'll likely get it. Even Yahtzee seemed to like the story.

Well, what do you know, Yahtzee? For all I know (i.e. I just saw some gameplay and one cutscene because I don't spend so much money on a unproven concept), the story could be really deep, the kind that you watch over and over again to grasp the moral, like in UNDERTALE.

These all-purpose time powers make sense if you think of them as greatly slowing time in a certain area, i.e. a bad guy's personal space or your personal space. It's a lot like the electric powers in INFAMOUS.

And look, upgrades/downgrades that change how long actions take are actually quite influential. The main reason why DARK SOULS 3 is great is that it's very much based on time, like how long it takes before an enemy realizes you're a threat, how long they take to cautiously amble towards you, and how long it takes for both you and them to attack.

Dalisclock:
Apparently it's also available on PC, if you have Windows 10(too bad, MS. Not with as pushy as you're being about it), you can buy it through the games store....and apparently only through the games store, which still pretty much makes it an exclusive.

Though from what I've read, it seems like I could get more enjoyment and the same approximate experience by playing Singularity again while stopping every so often to watch an episode of Fringe.

Except with the Windows 10 version you are stuck in their shitty sandbox which doesn't allow SLI or Crossfire or 120hz+ and has a bunch of other limitations. Even if I was interested in this game I wouldn't buy it from Microsoft's app store.

Yahtzee Croshaw:
Quantum Break

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Quantum Break.

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2:28 I think you mean shit like what you rip off

Devieus:

Dornedas:

Michael Prymula:
but having to sit for 20 minutes watching live-action bits before the next chapter is a bit draining.

You're kidding, right?
They are not really 20 minutes long. Nobody would believe that having 20 min. of doing nothing in a game is a good idea.
Unless you are making a Final Fantasy game.

Hideo Kojima agrees, 20 minutes is simply too short.

I wouldn't be surprised if he did agree. I didn't really mind the length of the cutscenes between chapters, partially because I like Final Fantasy (except the XIII series) but the ending cutscene in MGS4 is roughly 1.5 hours long. Now that was painful to sit through after a while since MGS4 was my first MGS game.

The time power we needed was to compress the sequences to what we actually needed to know, not the time power we got.

 

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