Review: Quantum Theory
Quantum Theory is a game that hardly any gamers would have heard of, but it has always had a startling resemblance to the popular Gears of War series. However, it's one thing to look like something else, but does it possess any of Gears' quality?
- Worth The Time?No, not remotely.
- Things LovedEnemies explode on death.
- Things HatedIt's a blatant but very poor imitation of Gears of War, the laughable story and dialogue, the way the game tries so hard to be "cool", the main character, the generic and repetitive nature of the game, the broken cover system, the annoying cinematic slow-mo effects, the sub par graphics.
- RecommendationThere really is no reason to buy this game whatsoever. If you have an Xbox 360, it would be a no-brainer to just buy Gears of War instead, and if you have a PS3 or don't fancy Gears, pretty much any working shooter will be better than this.
- Name: Quantum Theory
- Genre: Third Person Shooter
- Players: 1
- Multiplayer: Online
- Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
- Developer: Team Tachyon
- Publisher: Tecmo
- Price: R551-599
- Reviewed On: Xbox 360
Before I start, perhaps it would be best to inform you that this review is going to be short, but not at all sweet. Quantum Theory is most probably a game you’ve never been interested in to begin with, but you might have heard or read somewhere that it’s a Gears of War clone. Now, we all know that accusations of copying or ripping off are commonplace these days, but rarely does the term “shameful clone” fit anything as accurately as it does Quantum Theory when put next to Gears of War. It really makes you wonder then how having something so good as a model to steal ideas from can result in something so terrible being produced. Life is full of surprises.
Quantum Theory placed quite a bit of emphasis on its story, which really baffled me when I played the game. It’s confusing and difficult to even know what the game is about after literally hours of playing it. It has something to do with an apocalypse where mankind is threatened to extinction by a large thing known as the ‘Diablosis’ – and the main character, Syd, has to destroy these huge towers because he doesn’t have anything better to do. That’s about all I have to tell you, because the poor voice acting, laughable dialogue and convoluted storytelling soon made me switch off. The game’s story really is obnoxious, and this isn’t helped by Syd, a character so unlikeable and without personality that you’ll most probably spend your game time trying to get him killed so that you’ll be able to enjoy the game over screen.
Perhaps the worst thing about the game, regarding its story, is how it tries so hard to be “cool” with its overdone gritty makeover and mongrel of a main character. More often than not, the lines Syd drops throughout the game easily manage to portray him as a brainless war-hungry troll rather than a human being. I’m guessing it was realised by the developers that Syd was too much of a buzz-killing brick, which would then explain Felina’s place in the story – who is his female companion. Or it could be that the developers figured that having a female to look at might inspire gamers to play this. Either way, she’s just a typical action girl who will manage to make you laugh with her horrendous dialogue and hurried line delivery which makes her seem even less interested in the story than you are.
When it comes to the game itself, Quantum Theory is so identical to Gears of War it’s disgraceful. It looks like Gears, controls like Gears, the HUD is set up like Gears, Syd’s animations are like Gears, it feels like Gears and even plays like Gears – but compared to Gears it’s a heap of trash. Basically, you control Syd from a third person Gears perspective and, in a nutshell, the idea is that you enter an area filled with chest-high walls and other forms of cover, blast through wave after wave of ridiculously stupid enemies and then repeat the process. The combat is dreadfully boring, and soon after you learn that you can be shot repeatedly while hiding behind cover, you’ll most likely just resort to your inner rambo.
Quantum Theory, seemingly realising they were taking too much from Gears, decided to have a gun bash and a running punch for melee attacks rather than a chainsaw and also doesn’t feature Gears’ much enjoyed Action Reload system, where correctly timing a button press while reloading will result in a fast reload and extra damage, but incorrectly timing it will jam your gun. However, I think that the developers were considering it, because the reloading sure is identical to Gears. To make the combat more “interesting”, and supposedly to separate it from Gears, Syd’s female companion Felina will aid you in battles. I think the developers must have felt that it was an innovative gameplay mechanic to throw a person instead of a grenade but, regardless of their thought process, Syd is able to toss Felina at enemies for huge damage or an instant kill, depending on the enemy. Felina can also help out in melee if you correctly time a second gun bash after making contact with an enemy with the first.
The only enjoyable thing about the combat is that enemies literally explode when they die, but the visuals in this regard look so dated that it quickly stops becoming cool. Quantum Theory also has this feature that whenever you make a “great” headshot kill, the camera will jump to the enemy and let you watch its head explode in slow motion. It makes you feel a little good about yourself at first, but it fast becomes annoying to watch constantly. A similar thing happens when you throw Felina at enemies, however that becomes irritating round about the second time it happens. I guess it’s just common human behaviour that when you don’t like something and find it annoying, then almost everything about it will irritate you, which is why I’ve begun picking on Quantum Theory with the small things. On that note, it’s highly irksome, and creepy, when Syd picks up ammunition, because he always makes really strange comments that make it sound as though he’s enjoying picking up ammo a little too much.
The game’s graphics are nothing to get excited about. In fact, the screenshots seem to look better than the actual game. Overall though, Quantum Theory is just ugly, and with regards to its environments and level design it seems as though vomit on a rock was its artistic inspiration. The graphics are very much below average, certainly not matching up to today’s standards. When it comes to sound, we’ve already established that the voice acting is bad, so maybe it’s worth a mention that the game’s music won’t make you cringe, but its action-themed Euro trash sound tracks don’t really impress – especially when it feels like they were meant to be epic.
There is a multiplayer component to the game, but I’ll truly be amazed if you’re interested in that at all. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even bother playing it, because when a game is this bad multiplayer certainly isn’t going to make it any better. Not to mention that there aren’t many players around with Quantum Theory to actually enjoy the multiplayer with. That said, however, I do sincerely apologise for lacking information with regards to the multiplayer, but life is precious and you only get to live it once, so I decided not to waste any more of it on this game.
Quantum Theory is a horrible game that definitely isn’t worth your time or money, especially more so when considering that there are so many other games out there that are worth your interest. Perhaps Quantum Theory’s biggest achievement would be that it managed to actually get itself released, but that certainly doesn’t make it worth anything.