Quantum Break is due for release this coming Tuesday, April 5th. This is a game that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It is doing a lot of things that I feel that this generation of gaming should be doing and that’s taking risks, and making bold leaps forward. But not every critic agrees, as some of these risks that Remedy Entertainment hasn’t necessarily gotten the best feedback, and that’s why I think that after the reaction to Quantum Break don’t expect developers to take risks anymore.
The TV series that goes alongside Quantum Break is extremely fresh and unique to video games. In the past certain games have had live-action series that are released around the same time but they usually don’t have the same impact that the in game live action series that Quantum Break features. Quantum Break’s live action series changes depending on the choices that you make throughout the video game sections. It’s something that could change the way we play video games in the future, or how cut-scenes are produced in video games.
So, when you see a game like Quantum Break that’s taking a fresh and unique approach to their storytelling and its gets looked down upon, it upsets me. Video games are the sandboxes in which many people like to play in, and I like to see developers try new things out and take the risk needed to be different from the average video game. Quantum Break took many risks, and in my opinion, it paid off. A majority of critics and gamers on the other hand do not seem to like these innovative changes to storytelling. It’s reactions like this that causes developers to play it safe, and stick to what worked in the past just so their video game can be excepted to the mass audience. What we don’t know is the next big thing could be out there in video game development, but we the gamers aren’t allowing the creative freedom that the devs teams want.
It’s very common for leaps and changes to not get good receptions and reviews, take Call of Duty for example, one of the most popular games out there. It has gone from a realistic approach with modern day wars and combat to being a futuristic shooter with made up wars and different game play elements. In particular, stereotypes from what we believe the future will be “one day” (flying around maps, running across walls, robots etc.) Many players who at one time would complain that “Modern Warfare has run its course” are the same people who are wanting Call of Duty to go “back to its roots” or “make the games similar to Modern Warfare” or even remakes of the old games. It’s just an example of the many times a development team has been criticized after trying to freshen up their series or the genre of their video game.
If there’s one thing that I’ve learned from the entertainment business, is that you should never listen to the critics, that’s usually something that’s just one person’s opinion is on the subject. Innovation doesn’t come from doing the same thing the same way that you’ve always done it, it comes from going beyond what you think you can do, and then breaking the mold. That’s when you get something that’s fresh and unique, which is what you want in a video game. If you wanted to play what you had in a previous generation then it’s time to dust off your old games, and play them again, we’re now in the 8th generation of gaming and a lot of things will change whether you like it or not.
We as gamers should be praising Quantum Break and Remedy for not being afraid to take risks and make something extraordinary, which is what the video game community wanted so much out of the 8th generation. With that being said, my hats off to you Remedy Entertainment. I hope you keep doing what you do best, and that is revolutionizing the video games industry with your innovative pieces of work.
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