While schlocky in places, Quan­tum Break’s story is sur­pris­ingly nu­anced, in­ti­mately ex­plor­ing the mo­ti­va­tions of those on each side of a strug­gle, and for much of its du­ra­tion avoid­ing sim­plis­tic goodie-ver­sus-bad­die rep­re­sen­ta­tions – a ma­ture ap­proach given fur­ther weight by the ex­cel­lent cast. The pseudo-sci­ence that un­der­scores its dis­as­ter sce­nario is also en­joy­ably de­tailed, and while por­ing over emails and doc­u­ments might be detri­men­tal to the game’s pac­ing, in iso­la­tion each find makes for a de­cent enough read. How­ever, all of this makes it es­pe­cially dis­ap­point­ing when the game aban­dons any sem­blance of sub­tlety to crow­bar in a poorly de­signed, an­noy­ing boss fight.

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