Quantum Break breaks onto the Xbox One and PS4 on April 5th, but the embargo lifted about a day ago, and the reviews have been unleashed. So how is it?
In a word, pretty good. Seems like most of the critics out there have landed somewhere around an 8/10, and the aggregate rating currently on OpenCritic is sitting at a 77. As always, there are a few dissenting voices, like Jeff Gerstmann of Giant Bomb, who gave the game 2/5. He says: “Quantum Break is an ambitious experience, but neither the video game nor the live-action sides of this time travel story come together in a satisfactory way.”
A few people flat out loved the game, though. Easy Allies (the Gametrailers guys) gave it a 4.5/5 and said: “High stakes narrative and engrossing combat propel Quantum Break to greatness.”
Gamespot landed somewhere in the middle with a 6/10. They criticized the gunplay, the live action element, and the story itself, but thought the time mechanics were really well executed.
As said, most other sites landed right about on an 8/10. Seems like if you liked Max Payne or Alan Wake, or third person shooters in general, you’ll probably find something to like about this game. It’s not a masterpiece, but it looks really good, graphically, and the time manipulation powers help keep the sub-par gunplay from dragging the game down too much. Mileage may vary with the story and live action component. Some people seem to like it. Others… not so much.
All the reviews are also for the Xbox One version of the game. As far as I can tell, nobody’s played the PC version yet, which launches the same day as the Xbox One version. So even if the reviews didn’t give you a pause, the potential state of the PC Port should. Remedy has a really good track record with PC games, but considering how often they launch these days in various degrees of a broken mess, it’s probably still worth waiting at least a few hours from launch to make sure Quantum Break isn’t broken.