When I first heard Quantum Break was tying live-action video into their game, I was just a tiny bit worried. Honestly, I couldn’t stop thinking about Command and Conquer. Now those games’ live-action sequences were the definition of cheese, but they embraced it. I wasn’t sure how Quantum Break was going to handle it. We’ve seen pieces of it before, but today’s Villains trailer has me sold.

“There’s no changing the inevitable,” says Littlefinger, I mean Aidan Gillen. “Time is just one closed loop.” Gillen plays Paul Serene, one of the game’s two main villains. Joining Gillen is Lance Reddick as Hatch. You’ll recognize him from The Wire, Fringe and John Wick. Both men work for the evil corporation Monarch Solutions.

You play as Jack Joyce (played by Shawn Ashmore). “In everything you’ve seen, do I stop before you’re dead,” says Joyce to Serene.

The trailer looks great, and I can’t wait to dive into Remedy Entertainment’s latest title. The release date snuck up on me and is coming next Tuesday, April 5th.

How you play determines what you see

Quantum Break gameplay

Quantum Break’s live action pieces are broken into four TV episodes with each lasting around 22 minutes. So, it’s basically a movie inside a game. Now, what you see and what other people see might not always be the same. There are variations to each episode depending on what you do.

Depending on how well put together the live action portions of it are, it could very well add much more replay value. If each 22-minute episode looks as good as the trailer, I’m down.

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Remedy embraces streamers and YouTubers

Anyone who uploads game footage to Twitch or YouTube knows how much of a pain copyrighted music is. Videos get taken down, or entire portions of archived streams get muted. Remedy Entertainment is implementing a great solution for those of you who plan to stream or otherwise upload footage.

Engadget shows where the ‘disable copyrighted music’ option is under the audio settings. I can’t think of any big name game that lets you do this. Let me know if you know one.

It’s great that Remedy is recognizing how popular streaming and capturing are these days, and are willing to implement settings to help these folks out. Me? I don’t plan on streaming my first playthrough so give me all the licensed music.

Quantum Break is one week away. Are you picking it up? What do you think of the short snippets of live action we’ve seen so far?

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