5 Reasons Why You Should Go Back And Play The Criminally Underrated Quantum Break

Quantum Break was not all that well received at launch. Collateral damage from the Xbox One's reveal and the game's TV tie-in proved to be detrimental. However, revisiting the game years after the fact shows a game that you should not miss this current generation.
5 Reasons Why You Should Go Back And Play The Criminally Underrated Quantum Break

5 Reasons Why You Should Go Back And Play The Criminally Underrated Quantum Break

It is no secret that Quantum Break got a rough reception upon its launch. Unfortunately, the game was collateral damage since Microsoft shot themselves in the foot with the hugely unpopular initial reveal for the Xbox One. Further, that infamous reveal and Quantum Break’s association with it – primarily its innovative way of fusing TV episodes into the game – ultimately ended up having a negative knock-on effect. 

We at Keengamer have reported on this topic before, in our article Quantum Break: The Misunderstanding’ stating that:

Quantum Break deserves more praise…it is an experience, not just a game.

I too recently played through the game again myself in anticipation of Remedy’s next upcoming game, Control. I enjoyed my time with Quantum Break once again Therefore, here are 5 reasons why you should go back and check the game out for yourself.

1. The Cast

The main characters of Quantum Break played by well-known actors

The main characters of Quantum Break played by well-known actors

Quantum Break boasts a range of well-known Hollywood actors featured in the game. Xbox Wire provides a list of the prominent actors and a look at their resumes:

Shawn Ashmore as Jack Joyce

Ashmore, who plays the game’s main protagonist, has been a staple of geek cinema for decades now – most notably spending the last 16 years playing Bobby “Iceman” Drake in the “X-Men” films. Fans of the thrilling, but short lived drama “The Following” may remember him as FBI agent Mike Weston.

Aidan Gillen as Paul Serene

Quantum Break’s antagonist will be very familiar to anyone who enjoys HBO dramas. Fans of “The Wire” will remember him as Baltimore’s mayor Tommy Carcetti. More recently, he’s brought both charm and sinister treachery to the world of “Game of Thrones” as Lord Petyr Baelish.

Dominic Monaghan as William Joyce

Monaghan is best known to some for his role as Meriadoc “Merry” Brandybuck, one of the four hobbits in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. To others, he stood out as the heroin-addicted rock star Charlie Pace in the mysterious trapped on an island drama “Lost.”

Lance Reddick as Martin Hatch

Another alum of HBO’s crime drama “The Wire” and the aforementioned “Lost,” Reddick has brought his commanding presence to the screen for 20 years. In the sci-fi mystery drama “Fringe” he played Philip Broyles, head of the Homeland Security’s aptly named Fringe Division.

Courtney Hope as Beth Wilder

Hope has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including “NCIS,” “Bones,” and the most recent entry in the “Divergent” series, “Allegiant.”

All these actors were captured perfectly in game and their acting skills really came to light, making for a more immersive and engaging story. Most notably, Aidan Gillen really shined as the antagonist.

2. The TV tie-in

Aidan Gillen and Lance Reddick in Quantum Break

Aidan Gillen and Lance Reddick in Quantum Break

Here is where Quantum Break got a lot of backlash. To fully understand why we need to take a brief look at history and the reveal of the Xbox One. Whilst it was the forced always-online requirement that generated the most backlash, the second issue was with TV. Microsoft focused way too much on TV and not on the games. Microsoft’s vision was to make the Xbox One the all-in-one device that could be the only box you would need in your entertainment center. Whilst pursuing such dominance, they made a disastrous mistake by forgetting about the core gamer.

The repercussions of that event are still being felt in 2019. Microsoft still has not earned the trust back from many gamers for that reveal. When Quantum Break was revealed to have a TV show tie-in, it inevitably fell victim to the same scrutiny. However, if given a chance, this TV tie-in is actually very well produced. In fact, it is of a higher quality than many actual TV shows I see on TV. There is only a handful of these at around 20 minutes long and they supplement the game in a way that is cohesive.

3. The Gameplay

Quantum Break is insanely fun to play thanks to the array of Time powers at your disposal. Time powers are the major gameplay element of Quantum Break that make the game stand-out. These powers are used by the main characters Jack Joyce and Paul Serene. In Quantum Break, players have the ability to control or manipulate instances of fractured time, which is integral in the combat sequences of Quantum Break. GamesRadar provide a detailed look at these abilities:

Quantum Break: All powers explained, and what they look like

4. The Graphics

Graphics comparison between Xbox One and PC

Graphics comparison between Xbox One and PC

This one will vary depending on what system the game is played on. Whilst initially Xbox One console exclusive, the game later released on PC. Having said that, the game is still very impressive looking even on the weaker Xbox One hardware. In fact, even to this day it is still one of the best looking titles on the system. Moreover, the game is enhanced for Xbox One X (Microsoft’s 4K gaming system) which runs the game as impressively as PC.

Digital Foundry did a super impressive video providing a breakdown of the graphics and how it was achieved:

Quantum Break: An Xbox One Tech Showcase

5. Remedy Entertainment

Remedy Entertainment Logo

Remedy Entertainment Logo

Remedy Entertainment are the developers of Quantum Break and those familiar with the studio will know how reassuring that is. Remedy are behind games such as Max Payne, Alan Wake, Death Rally and more. With that reputation and gravitas, I always trusted in Quantum Break and, for me, it paid off. Remedy are great game-makers and even better storytellers. Whilst Quantum Break wasn’t the Alan Wake 2 I was hoping for, it was and still is a brilliant game and a technical achievement on Xbox One hardware. If you are yet to check it out, I highly recommend you do so.

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Lol what? It got fairly high scores all around, wrongfully so. Gameplay? Handheld crap that practically plays itself. Gunplay? Far behind most TPS. Cutscenes? Hey remember that GAME I’m supposed to be playing? End boss was atrociously designed. So far below Alan Wake I wasn’t sure it was the same studio. It really wasn’t with all of a few management positions. The graphics aged like ass. The effects are the most obnoxious thing around and the lens flare itself looks like the JJ Abrams special. Super lame game. Ultra hot take.


I agree, the control system really left a lot to be desired. It seriously damaged the play-ability of the game and ultimately left me not being bothered to put in the time and effort.

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