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Quantum Break (2016) is an adventure shooting game with action-packed combat sequences. You explore and influence a world where the time has been distorted, make important decisions in intense narrative scenes. Play is punctuated with live action TV-style episodes at the end of each chapter to create an unusual and high production multimedia fusion of video games and television.

You play as Jack Joyce, a regular guy caught up in a dangerous experiment gone wrong, and are now imbued with powerful abilities that let you manipulate time. You use your time powers to evade enemy agents, engage in supercharged gunfights, and solve puzzles as you try to escape a secretive organisation and save time itself.

Play involves a mix of several dramatically different experiences. Sometimes you hunt for clues to the mystery of what has happened or use your time powers in clever ways to solve puzzles. Other times you take on fast-paced high stakes combat with a combination of time powers and shooting skills to clear an area and get past some enemies.

At the end of each chapter you make important narrative decisions, sometimes from the viewpoint of your opponents, that shape the story. Then, at the end of each chapter there is a non-interactive television-style episode that incorporates some of the decisions you’ve made and takes around 30 minutes. It is not required to watch these to progress, but they do contribute to the overall story of the game.

The result is a highly polished game that experiments with mixed media and the use of a well-known cast to do the motion capture and voice-acting as well as the live action show episodes.

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Quantum Break 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 23 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Shooting game with Action, Collecting and Narrative elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete. This includes the time to watch the four television episodes that take places between the game chapters. Each episode can be up to 30 mins long, depending on the choices you've made.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for frequent scenes of Strong Violence and Strong Language. Violence consists of close quarters combat and characters shooting at each other with a variety of firearms. Between the live action scenes and computer generated scenes, the violence looks very realistic with blood and injuries depicted in detail. Bad language is frequently heard and includes the word ‘f*ck’ and its derivatives.

Skill Level

15+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Older teenagers who can engage with a deep narrative as well as cope with the fast shooting will enjoy this unusual game.


Quantum Break usually costs £29.99.

Quantum Break

Steam Store PC £29.99
XBox Store Xbox One Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store PC Free Free

Xbox Game Pass

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/04/2016, updated in 2000

Out Now: PC and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Shooting (Action, Collecting and Narrative)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 3D First-Person

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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