Quantum Theory Hands-On

We check out some new areas and enemies in Tecmo's third-person shooter.

We finally had a chance to get some hands-on time with Tecmo's third-person shooter Quantum Theory. Though its visual style is still predominantly Japanese, the gameplay feels as though it were crafted to cater more toward a Western audience. In fact, the game showcases tremendous influence from Western third-person shooters such as Gears of War.

Who's Making This Game: Tecmo.

What The Game Looks Like: From what we've seen so far, Quantum Theory definitely has a sci-fi look to it, but it's more of an organic interpretation where everything sort of looks as though it could start squirming at any minute. This applies from everything to the weapons that the main character, Syd, uses to objects and walkways that you see scattered in the environment--all of it generally falls in line with the idea that you have to make your way up through a tower that's essentially alive.

How The Game Is Played: For the basic controls, Quantum Theory controls much like Epic's Gears of War games. To take cover behind objects, you simply run up to them and press the X button on the PlayStation 3 controller, and when you want to aim and fire, all you have to do is squeeze down on the L2 button and then press R2 to fire. There's also an option to sprint as well as a dive move that can help you evade enemy attacks, and you can switch to one of three weapons by simply pressing a corresponding direction on the PS3 controller's directional pad.

What tends to differentiate Quantum Theory from something like Gears of War is the way Syd interacts with his AI-controlled cooperative partner, Felina, as well as the level design. Whenever Syd and Felina are in close proximity to each other (as denoted by an icon on the lower right side of the screen), you can trigger a cooperative attack where Syd throws Felina at an enemy to make the killing blow. In one of the levels we played, the only way to defeat its boss is to use this very attack and to prevent Felina from being killed. Likewise, you can also execute cooperative melee combination attacks that appear to be quite useful when you're surrounded by one too many enemies.

As for the level design, since you are fighting in a "living" tower, the ground often shifts underneath you, creating new passageways and bridges that weren't there before. This makes Quantum a bit unpredictable in a good way because it always leaves you guessing where enemies are coming from. But there was one portion of the level we played that was especially interesting where Syd has to cling to a piece of a bridge that starts flying through the tower. You can reposition yourself on this piece of debris to simultaneously take cover and avoid enemy fire as well as get better line-of-sight shots on enemies as you're floating through the air. What We Say: While it's easy to say that Quantum Theory borrows many of the elements that make the Gears of War games so popular, it's clear that Tecmo is trying to create Quantum's own identity through level design, cooperative attacks, and a look that seemingly merges Japanese visual design with Western visual design. We'll have more on Quantum Theory before its release in 2010.

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51 comments
gol3tron
gol3tron

@alex_mck Captain Obvious to the rescue! My original post was essentially "what the hell does any of this have to do with quantum mechanics?". Look at the above photos and then try to answer my question. Now watch the trailer for the movie AI and attempt to answer the question "what the hell does any of this have to do with artificial intelligence?". Compare and contrast both answers. HINT: AI is about an android who is artificially intelligent (according to trailer). Quantum Theory is about some dudes who shoot at things in a mutating tower....

fritigoerd
fritigoerd

If I cant use the hawt chick instead of the hulking brute , I wont give this game a slight chance whatsoever

Shadow_zone
Shadow_zone

Looks interesting. Looking forward to hearing a bit more.

alex_mck
alex_mck

@Gol3tron - The name may refer to an idea within the game, without going into minute scientific detail, but still be technically correct. This is true in many cases -- for example, the film Artificial Intelligence is still about artificial intelligence without going into PhD-level computer science.

termadoyle
termadoyle

wow. this game should be in the dictionary definition of the term "rip-off".

KO4U
KO4U

Chalk this up with Deadly Premonition and Nier and we're looking at some great exotic games for a change. I mean, it sucks that there's such a thing as a stock Japanese game!

Gammet25
Gammet25

I hope they will make a good third person shooter.

Tigii
Tigii

Am i the only one who wants to be the living tower and own the lil intrufers :P?? lol .. sounds interesting yes it does sound like Gears of War and probably has nothing to do with the title but yes it does sound hectic and fun .. so how bout im a wait and see how it turns out :D

simo_tmm
simo_tmm

sequel: String Theory? :)

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Gears of War 3: Anime Edition!!!

--bj--
--bj--

If any of you people think that you understand quantum theory, you don't understand quantum theory.

phrozac
phrozac

to @gol3tron and truthbetold101 that little back and forth was the funniest thing i've read in daaaaays

Jhoalot
Jhoalot

I hate when people say "GOW" refering to gears of war for me the real "GOW" is God of War, also God of war come out first.

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

say what yuo want, but it's obvious this is a blatant Gears of War ripoff. Not that that's bad in itself, but the gameplay videos of this at TGS were very unimpressive. The A.I. still needs lots of work. The giant boss enemy didn't even change position when the guy rushed him from a different angle. I think the throwing mechanic with your partner was kind of silly, too. It's cool that a Japanese developer is trying to emulate Gears for the PS3 , but it looks very sub par right now

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

@gol3tron touche lol touche. a physics exam would definatly be an awesome final boss haha, unless he was multiple choice. people are going to read our comments and not know what the ell is going on haha.

gol3tron
gol3tron

@truthbetold101 no problem man. you should probably know though, that saying "its just a theory" isnt really a valid argument, because from an experimental perspective, the results are WELL within the required uncertainties to be considered scientific fact. thats why things are referred to as "laws of physics". because to an incredible degree of precision, the results are EXACTLY what are predicted theoretically. the experiments themselves are pretty fascinating. in fact, if you're interested i highly recommend reading about such things as the procedures as well as the results are quite creative and intriguing. also, no one has played the game yet, but i can guarantee you that there will be nothing in "Quantum Theory" regarding intrinsic angular momentum, the WKB approximation, or even something as badass as quantum field theory, although it would be pretty funny if the final boss was a physics exam... the fact that the average gamer knows little about quantum mechanics is exactly my point! im sure the developers could have come up with a more fitting and creative title that reflected something meaningful about the game, rather than picking something out of a hat. like i said: gears of war 3...

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

@gol3tron 1. u havent played the game yet, so you really cant make the call that "this game has nothing to do with it", without your statement being strictly an opinion and observation. 2. you could try to use gears 3 lol, good luck with the sarcasm. 3. its still a theory none the less. not saying its innacuate, its still not exact science. unless its accurate 100%, which its not because there is trial and error lol. 4. the typical games isnt even going to know what quantum mechanics are, let alone are they going to take classes on it so that they can question the games name, so who cares bro. in other words, your only valid thing you stated was that your a psysics graduate student. whopee lol. hows your social life treating you jkjk. im totally kiding dude. honest questions though. what school did you graduate from? and what would you honestly name the game instead?

gol3tron
gol3tron

@truthbetold101 first of all, im a physics graduate student specializing in atomic physics (i.e. i work in a lab -- am a scientist) which is DEEPLY dependent on quantum mechanics and i would contend i know enough about quantum mechanics to make the call that this game has nothing to do with it. while you're consideration of introductory quantum mechanics classes is conservative in that teachers tend to give simple, illustrative examples, the overwhelming majority of quantum mechanics problems are quite complex (deterministic ones), but once you have the wave function for a particle, it is wholly and 100% always deterministic within the "quantum" regime, i.e. very small. Any nondeterministic properties of QM are only apparent at the semiclassical level as the quantum limit becomes slightly less valid, but still quite useful. furthermore, it is important to note that quantum theory and quantum mechanics are essentially synonymous and that it is actually the most experimentally tried and true of ANY physical model IN THE HISTORY OF HUMAN SCIENCE, thus to draw a difference between the "theory and exact science" as you put it is somewhat nonsensical. as for the game, call it "Gears of War 3"... oh wait...

TheTenth10
TheTenth10

It doesn't look like GeoW, there's more than 4 colors on screen at the same time.

truthbetold101
truthbetold101

@gol3tron Quantum mechanics is a fundamental physical theory which extends and corrects classical Newtonian mechanics, especially at the atomic and subatomic levels. It takes its name from the term quantum (Latin for "how much") used in physics to describe the smallest discrete increments into which something is subdivided.(or in other words how something is changed.) to say "and dont say because the levels are "unpredictable" because quantum mechanics the majority of the time is quite deterministic..." is kindof inacurate considering you are in a class, not a teacher or professor or scientist for that matter. typically (not everytime) teachers tend to give examples that can be deterministic that way you can understand how what you are being taught works. if they gave you examples that were 100% study and uncontroled at all, everything would be random and teachers wouldnt be able to work off of there planed studies. quantum mechanics are generally acurate after study and experience, but the reason this game is quantum theory and not quantum mechanics is because the quantum theory is not "quite deterministic" , thats why its theory and not an exact science. lol besides that, how about you scientific self think of a better name that suits this game. good luck. if anyone wantsmore basic information on quantum mecanics, the theory itself and the physics, visit "http://www.wordiq.com/definition/Quantum_theory"

gol3tron
gol3tron

this is nothing like my quantum mechanics class... what gives? did they just pick the name "quantum theory" because it sounds cool and mysterious? it is a cool name, but seriously, what does this have ANYTHING to do with quantum theory.... and dont say because the levels are "unpredictable" because quantum mechanics the majority of the time is quite deterministic...

philosophy666
philosophy666

Graphics look awesome and camera angle seems great too. Main character definitely looks badas* with that weapon.

chedarcheese190
chedarcheese190

the one thing that it needs to beat gears of war is a good story. look below.

Generalmojo
Generalmojo

gears of war for ps3 lol? eat that microsoft

sasha08
sasha08

I got to say I'm excited for this game. Its funny you know, on other sites its getting some heat and mud thrown at it but I personally think if its anything like Gears, PS3 fans should appreciate the diversity of games on and coming out on the PS3. Whether its a copy cat game or not, PS3 owners are getting the whole range in games and quality at that. So in saying that, happy days for all.

Bashers79
Bashers79

I don't know about a "predominantly Japanese" visual style, as soon as i saw the first pic, I thought gears of war, but with more polish. Thats not to say its a bad thing though, gears 1 & 2 were both excellent games, even the most die hard Sony Fanboy can't deny that. MS don't own the rights to 3rd person shooters and gears certainly wasn't the first TPS ever made so i say bring it on. As of the 1st of Oct i'll won't care anyway, i'm bagging me a 250GB slim so when it comes out i'll be able to play both. Only four days to go, the waits killing me.

xophaser
xophaser

Yes, more 3rd person shooter. I get dizzy playing fallout 3, mirror edge and other 1st person game. No problem with RE5 3rd person, but got a buzz from dead space. So I might get this one. Technically these over the shoulder should be 2nd person and stuff like devil may cry and the old resident evil should be call 3rd person.

PEPO-Q8
PEPO-Q8

hmmmm.... thats like gears of war cooooool

raith616
raith616

grow up n stop the fanboy nonsense adrian, if your that impressed by gears buy an x-box too its worth the output when you can laugh at folk who only have the one

TheAcejoel99
TheAcejoel99

looks sweet. IF and I mean IF!!!!! this turns out as good as gears than there will be only one franchise that is keeping me from selling my xbox. Halo. And sadly PS3 dosn't have halo. Oh well, game looks sweet. Is is ONLY PS3? I have all three systems.

Majero88
Majero88

This game looks awesome! I loved gears of war and this looks just as good and from what I've been reading it may even have the potential to be better

CraigyM83
CraigyM83

I'm not keen on shooters, sick of the sight but this looks like it'll have Gears sci-fi 'plot' and playability.

Shadow-Elite
Shadow-Elite

Looks like another game to be on lookout in 2010

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

I hope it'll be epic! :(

amkalfus
amkalfus

this sounds pretty legit and since ps3 owners didn't get gears, i'm hoping this is epic!

DFBTG
DFBTG

As much as I love Gears' gameplay (really it's only redeemable quality, oh, and graphics), I'm not fond of another game almost ripping it off. But then, maybe I'm a hypocrite because I may just end up purchasing this game. With great gameplay, what appears to be interesting, unique, and challenging level design, and (hopefully) a good story, it shouldn't disappoint. But then, so often has priase been leaped onto something during a preview then gets ravished during the review, and generally for good reason.

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

I think this look good loved gears probably like this too. Gears 3 better be good ;D

Raad78
Raad78

I want this game since its first appereance!!

rayfonseca
rayfonseca

Looks pretty fun, like a more interactive version of Gears of War. Felina as a more melee character sounds interesting and can give the game a good replay value.

cowdrunk
cowdrunk

still looks too much like a rip on gears of war and still looks totaly awsome

rumor_persona
rumor_persona

I liked the first trailer of the game very much. I hope this game turns out to be really good.

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

GEARS OF WAR on ps3 :P man did i love gears or what so if this is like gears it is a definate buy for me looks awesome!!!

SaintAjora
SaintAjora

Should be good, looking forward to it^^

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

hands on with no video footage...