Published on October 3rd, 2010 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Quantum Theory Review
Release Date: Sept. 28, 2010
ESRB Rating: M
Publisher: Tecmo KOEI
Developer: Team Tachyon
Genre: 3rd Person Shooter
Platforms: Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PS3
We are in the season of some of video games biggest releases, and coming off a monster release that was Halo: Reach, we find ourselves with Quantum Theory. A game that was developed by Team Tachyonwho developed “Undead Knights” on the PSP. If your looking for a general description on what this game’s main story line premise is, here is a quote from the team themselves:
” Many years have passed since the world war inflicted catastrophic damage on the human race, leaving only a few survivors. In their new community Cocoon, life has been threatened by a black material called Erosion, creating a post-apocalyptic environment. Surviving humans recruit a militia to conquer the Erosion and set out to take down the evil, Living Tower. Arriving at the scene is the stalwart warrior Syd, whose only intentions are to destroy the Tower. He meets the beautiful and mysterious Filena as they both ascend to the top in their search for answers.
In this hyper-real action-shooter game, players experience Syd and Filena’s adventurous ascent through a treacherous tower, presented in an art nouveau style world that is on the verge of becoming post-apocalyptic, which merges the beauty of organic motifs with technology and action-packed gameplay. ”
There is not much to say about “Quantum Theory” but I will say this. This game was a blatant fall on the sword of game play mechanics that “Gears of War” already mastered. They took the best mechanics from “Gears of War” and massacred the fundamentals. I do however like the fact that the cover you hide behind does break away, and can almost crumble around you (something that “Gears” has addressed in “gears 3”) but it does fail to deliver on every other aspect. For starters, the game environments are very dull and boring. It seems that every corridor you enter, or battle rooms, all appear to be the same sort of layout. You cover in one point, enemies spawn in another, and you shoot until their all dead. Unfortunately the enemies never really pose as a real threat. I got through 65 % of the game before I was killed, and that was by accident. Even the over sized brutes that you have to fight, seem to die with ease.
The weapons do have a wide variety to them. There are many to choose from, but you are limited on how many you can carry. Three slots will take up your arsenal, and honestly the best weapon out of the game is your starting weapon the bursts in a single shot. For a wide variety of weapons though, there are very few enemy variations to fight against. The enemy AI is not even worthy of a nod, as they are beyond predictable. Stay in cover long enough, shoot an enemy and through their animation will snap back to their original location and vulnerable to a second shot.
The games story is not much to bark about either. It puts you in the drivers seat of a post-apocalyptic world, where you fighting with whats left of humanity against “Diablosis.” “Diablosis” converts anyting they come in contact with into a black symbiot genetic material that becomes evil, and corrupts the environment around you. You consume the role of Syd and fight to take down the tower that “Diablosis” generates from to save humanity from ultimate extinction. It feels very generic and just plain. I felt a very big sigh of relief when I was finished, simply because I knew I didn’t have to play this game through again. From very poor scripted AI, and a very weak, generic story line, this game felt like a very bad impression of a “Gears of War” knock off. Though multiplayer can bring a little enjoyment, for about an hour, it does not live up to what other games have done and are currently doing. It’s a very easy, pick up and play shooter. If you are familiar with third person, cover based shooters, you’ll know the control scheme, but sadly you will not be impressed. I find it very difficult to recommend this game when there are much better games out there, and on the horizon.
[xrr label=”Rating: 4/10″ rating=4/10]
+ Easy Pick up and play controls
+ Multiplayer can generate some life
+ lots and lots of Weapons
– Very poor AI
– Dull Environments
– Characters I don’t care about
– Horrible story line