'Quantum Break' looks relentlessly surreal

Developer Remedy Entertainment's time travel tale will never be mistaken for any other game.
'Quantum Break' looks relentlessly surreal

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Timothy J. Seppala
Timothy J. Seppala|@timseppala|April 5, 2016 6:49 PM

I've never taken as many screenshots of an Xbox One game as I have Quantum Break. When I wasn't preoccupied with slowing down the flow of time to outrun enemies who wanted to murder me or to stop a 60-foot tall section of scaffolding from squashing me like a grape, I was tweaking the in-game camera to frame the scenes of chaos around me. The aesthetic Developer Remedy Entertainment used for its latest is captivating, blending elements of surrealist art, cinema and even lo-fi photography into a look that's unlike anything I've seen before.

It's too bad that the game lacks a proper photo mode, because as the narrative progresses and the space-time continuum starts destroying itself, Quantum Break ratchets the surreal factor to the extreme.

Gallery: 'Quantum Break' at its most surreal | 11 Photos

  • The time machine
  • We're going streaking
  • Particle physics
  • Time vision
  • Starry night
  • Dressed to kill
  • Stutter
  • Ripple effect
  • Let there be light
  • Shooting blanks
  • Bursting bubbles
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'Quantum Break' looks relentlessly surreal