|System: X360, PS3||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, youre supposed to dive towards the end of the run to trigger a prompt to dive once more. Theres no possibility that you would make it otherwise. Its things like this that make the game very near unplayable.
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. Its like youre 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 youre joining Delta Squad all over again.
The length of the campaign can last anywhere from eight to ten hours and contains a lifeless multiplayer. There really isnt much reason to revisit once youve beaten the single-player component. Honestly, there isnt 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 wouldnt 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.
CCC Freelance Writer