Honorable Mention: Quantum Break
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the best Microsoft games from this year and our 2016 winner!
Remedy Entertainment finally released the fabled Quantum Break in 2016, proving that they could release a title that melded live action TV and frantic, high-intensity third person gunplay. The temporal journey of Jack Joyce and Paul Serene delivers plenty of drama, some great twists, and time bending abilities that elevate the cover-based shooter to greater heights.
Dashing from cover to cover, capturing enemies in time bubbles and then sending a barrage of bullets their way never got old. But as the game progressed, enemies were introduced who were impervious to your time powers. Suddenly one of the most fun aspects of the game was slowly being stripped away.
The set pieces – as infrequent as they were – still showed off the fantastic ways that the temporal anomalies created through time travel were affecting the world. Crossing a bridge in the midst of it being torn asunder by an off-course ship was a highlight. The destruction continuously froze and continued, forcing Joyce to use suspended pieces of debris as platforms as he tried to escape the chaos.
While the TV show fleshed out another side of the world, the characters it focused on weren’t pertinent to the overall plot. It served as a fun and unique storytelling mechanic, padding out the length of the game, but it didn’t add as much as it could have.
Quantum Break had some fantastic ideas but with a lackluster final section and the TV portion not turning out as well as many had hoped it would, the game’s most enjoyable portions occur in the beginning and middle. Wielding a plethora of time-based abilities and tearing through crowds of enemies is empowering and gorgeous to behold, but this sense of wonder and control was ripped away far too quickly.