Quantum Theory Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Quantum Theory box art
System: PS3, X360 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Team Tachyon 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Tecmo Koei 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 28, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

This game is riddled with superficial set piece moments that inevitably turn into cheap deaths. Prompts that should give you ample warning in these situations are just plain broken. Even if they did work, the developers made it near impossible to accomplish tasks without random experimentation. For example, there is a section in the game when you “roadie-run” across a crumbling bridge. Unbeknownst to you, you’re supposed to dive towards the end of the run to trigger a prompt to dive once more. There’s no possibility that you would make it otherwise. It’s things like this that make the game very near unplayable.

Quantum Theory screenshot

The online multiplayer might be a welcome piece to the puzzle if there were anyone who actually wanted to play it. There are only a few modes to choose from, which are your standard deathmatch, team deathmatch, and team leader. The online community for Quantum Theory is a bit lackluster to say the least, considering it was a sinking ship before it got off the dock. It seems obvious that there would have been a co-op aspect since you have an accomplice throughout the entirety of the game. But again, it falls short.

The visual style so closely resembles the Gears of War franchise that the only distinctness is its poor quality textures. The backgrounds tend to be very monotonous and make each level design feel very unimaginative. It’s like you’re walking into the same room over and over, but with varying forms of cover. The soundtrack even sounds like it was pulled from the Bleszinski epic. An opus of darkly ominous horns and moody percussion makes you feel like you’re joining Delta Squad all over again.

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The length of the campaign can last anywhere from eight to ten hours and contains a lifeless multiplayer. There really isn’t much reason to revisit once you’ve beaten the single-player component. Honestly, there isn’t much reason to visit in the first place. Quantum Theory is just a bland effort in the third-person shooter genre, and has nothing to offer in terms of originality or serviceable gameplay.

The used market in the videogame industry is certainly a viable one. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this game hit the bargain bins in the very near future. Nonetheless, if you ever see a guy in a trench coat selling Gears of War 3 next to your local Gamestop, just keep on moving.

By James Trujillo
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.5
Graphics
With a visual style that’s very unoriginal, uninspired, and borderline plagiarizing, the quality itself isn’t terrible. However, it certainly isn’t great either.
2.5
Control
Other than quirky and inaccurate aiming, everything else works like it should.
1.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Except for the high school students they hired as voice actors, some audio files may have been stolen. We’re looking into it.
1.2
Play Value
Even if you got this game as a gift, you should return it immediately. There are far too many moments that make it unplayable. Go play Gears of War instead.
2.0
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Navigate through a dark fantasy world where intense battlegrounds change form in real-time.
  • Strategically perform actions with your AI-controlled partner. Fight as a pair in order to overcome hurdles by executing powerful combos, and launch attacks against colossal enemies.
  • Use Syd’s massive firearms to decimate enemies from afar, then move in close to use his powerful gauntlet. Filena obliterates her enemies using the legendary weapon “Lumiere,” which transforms from a sword to an explosive long-range gun.
  • A mixture of organic and otherworldly technologies combine to form a surreal landscape, filled with menacing architecture and locales.
  • Continue the adventure with your friends in numerous online modes, including Team Battle and Battle Royal modes.


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