Quantum Theory Impressions

Koei takes a stab at cover-based shooters in our first look at Quantum Theory.

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The cover-based shooter genre exploded when Gears of War burst onto the scene in late 2006. Tecmo is the latest developer to jump into the fray, using Quantum Theory as its weapon of choice. This third-person shooter shares a lot in common with the progenitor of this genre, from the ominous environments to the weapon selection system, but a unique cooperative mechanic with your AI-controlled partner looks to separate this from the glut of similar games.

All societies eventually come to the realization that civilization must fall. It's the end of the world in Quantum Theory, and a living tower is at the center of the destruction. The majority of your quest takes place in and around this tower that is slowly morphing into a ruined cesspool by a fountain that taints everything it touches. You play as Syd, a hulking man with a sure shot and a thirst for fixing diseased towers, and you soon partner with a lithe young woman named Fillena. She is a reluctant ally, but your goals are the same: destroy the tower that is destroying your land.

The majority of the game plays out in typical third-person shooter fashion. You move from cover to cover, mowing down meanies with your mighty gun while slowly making your way up the tower. The relationship between Syd and Fillena is what distinguishes this game, though. You can pick Fillena up midbattle and throw her toward your enemies in a pinch. The two different throws either stun a small group or knock down one enemy with a direct attack, and these do change the feel of combat a bit. You can also initiate a melee attack, which can single out one foe or stun a circle of marauding beasts.

At the end of our demonstration, a giant boss stood in our path. This humongous troll-like creature sprayed bullets and swung his mighty sword with reckless abandon. You need to dodge his rushes and shoot him in the chest when he's stunned, and it's a healthy break from the standard action. There's no cooperative mode, but there is competitive play that includes deathmatch, team deathmatch, and a guardian mode, in which each team has one leader they must protect at all costs.

At this early stage, Quantum Theory doesn't have quite enough to differentiate it from other similar shooters. But the solid core mechanics and novel co-op play are a good start, so it remains to be seen how the final product will fare. Quantum Theory is due out this October for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Stay tuned to GameSpot for more updates on this game.

Discussion

15 comments
eetaoc
eetaoc

missing out on a perfectly good chance for co-op. not yet clear on how this game will be, not much to the story as of yet. these kind of games,with simple story lines, usually suck or rock with no middle ground. but still holding out hope

BlackieX
BlackieX

Seriously, what's the deal with no co-op? Do they not realize that there's an ever-increasing number of us out here in the gaming "hood" that would much rather play a game co-op with friends than ever touch deathmatch, with its inevitable throng of angry-at-their-own-crotch 13 year olds squeaking out incoherent "insults" and ragequitting every time they get shut down? Take a lesson from Epic, and assorted others, Tecmo, and do this right, or don't do it all, please.

dretos_uchiha
dretos_uchiha

No thank you koei can you please pass me the third person cover shooter game with co- op for my ps3

itchyflop
itchyflop

gears of war did this years ago and these guys cant get it right now why??? it frustrates me !! everyones doing the co op thing it loads more fun at least give the player the option!!! poor just poor!!

DFBTG
DFBTG

No co-op? Paint me not as interested. I'll still look forward to the game, but lack of co-op has definitely lowered it's value to me from the offset.

ppg4all
ppg4all

looks pretty sick got to hand it to them pretty sweet touch

santinegrete
santinegrete

"There's no cooperative mode" Well, this feels like wasted potential, if it had any. If the game is good but doesn't do anything original (and cool, not pretentious) it will reach maybe 6, 7 point something tops.

alfaresalasmar
alfaresalasmar

no it looks like a ps3 and xbox version of gears of war.

NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Looks interesting... Very interesting. *TRACKED*

ThePurpleBubble
ThePurpleBubble

Gears of War with a more Asian feel to it, it seems... Nah, I'll keep my sights on Gears3. This had the possibly of being good, if it weren't so obvious it was trying to duplicate other duck-and-cover TPS'

Jaden_Arbiter
Jaden_Arbiter

McShea doesn't even know that Tecmo is developing this, not their counterpart Koei. And spoken quite honestly, just watching a video of Quantum Theory on youtube would be a better idea than reading this.

termadoyle
termadoyle

lol. The very definition of the word "rip-off".

IcedEarthaholic
IcedEarthaholic

If done right, this could be a decent Gears of War clone. Hopefully they don't mess this up.

lobert124
lobert124

I am wondering how this will go, I am looking forward to it